We are proud of what we have achieved since our beginnings in 1994.

Here are a few of our highlights over that time.

1994

Sir Stuart Etherington, then CEO of RNID, convenes a consortium of 13 charities to fund a 20-year forecast of charitable legacy income. Chris Farmelo is Project Director and Meg Abdy Project Manager and Legacy Foresight is born!

1998 – 2006

We start providing legacy income forecasts for individual charities – today we work with some 30 large charities on an ongoing basis. During this time we begin our project work, funded by an evolving consortium of some 20 of the largest legacy charities.

2007

Living Forever: Baby Boomers and Posterity – our flagship research into baby boomer donors explores their impact on legacy giving over the next 40 years. Our first project to combine numerical modelling with consumer research.

2008

Legacy Monitor benchmarking programme launches! A collaboration between Legacy Foresight and Clear Software (makers of FirstClass legacy administration software).

Expat legators research focuses on expats living in a few key countries, it identifies communications media and relevant local groups plus the motivations and messages likely to appeal to them.

2010

Baby Boomers Revisited updates our 2007 work in light of the global recession which dents Boomers confidence and makes them more conscious of spending and costs.

Marketing benchmarks 1.0: A project to collect and analyse data on charities’ legacy fundraising activities – spend, staff, channels and returns.

2011

In-Memory Insight programme starts to map, measure and research the growing in memory giving sector. Over 80 charities have taken part to date!

2012

Regional legacy analysis of legacy income and bequests by government region, based on detailed data from 10 large charities.

2014

Legacy Monitor Netherlands is set up in partnership with local expert Arjen van Ketel and eight pioneer charities (now 19 and counting!).

Legacy Giving 2050: Legacy Giving in an Age of Uncertainty assesses the long-term outlook for legacy giving in the aftermath of the global recession, producing market forecasts but also assessing the potential impact of legacy marketing on future income.

2015

Legacy Monitor website is launched so clients can download and manipulate benchmarking data, feeding results directly into plans and budgets.

The Scottish Project assesses the size, drivers and potential of the Scottish legacy market in the run up to the independence referendum.

2016

Legacy Marketing Benchmarks 2.0. is a new approach to marketing benchmarking which explores capacity, activity, marketing responses and legator profiles.

2017

The Invisible Legator project investigates the many charity legacies that arrive out of the blue; whether from known supporters who had not disclosed their gift, or from people who cannot be traced on charities’ databases.

In-Memory Consultancy offers bespoke in-memory fundraising research, strategies, new product development and supporter journey planning.

South East Hospices consortium: A benchmarking project with eight hospice charities operating in the South East.

2018

Understanding Legacy Stewardship. Funded by 29 charities, we set out to understand legacy stewardship from both charity and donor perspectives, using a combination of detailed case studies and in-depth supporter interviews.

Marketing Evaluation Service launches to assess the financial impact of an additional investment in legacy marketing and the time it would take to see a return.

2019

The launch of Legacy Journey – an innovative service to track communications received by charities’ potential legacy and in-memory donors.

Baby Boomer Legacies, now that boomers are reaching retirement our updated research focuses on two distinct cohorts: core and shadow boomers and uncovers how vast uncertainty has dented the confidence of this previously ‘Teflon’ generation.

Australian Gifts in Wills 2040. A long-term forecast of the Australian legacy sector over the next 20 years, it is presented at a series of meetings across Australia as the linchpin of Include A Charity week, September 2019.

2020

Our project Charitable Wills in the 21st Century takes an in depth look at attitudes towards will making now and in the future – taking into the account how these might have been altered following the pandemic.

We launch a new learning circle called Legacy Fundraising 2.0. to explore digital and social marketing.

Our latest product, Legacy Inspire, mystery shops the top legacy charities, scoring charities for quality of their legacy communications and their supporter experience.