It’s because of a legacy that was left to the Foundation by retired teacher Marjorie Gordon that we are able to support a large number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in vocational education through bursaries.
There are several options when it comes to leaving a legacy:
Leaving a Legacy to the Dorset Fund
If you care about Dorset and would like your charitable bequest to support those most in need, leaving a legacy to the Dorset Fund is the best option. This fund has been set up by the Foundation to support issues affecting local communities across the county. Those issues reflecting local needs are informed by the research that we undertake.
Based on the findings from the Hidden Dorset Report the Dorset Fund currently supports older people, young people in education and training and also individuals with mental health issues through creative projects.
Our promise to you is that your legacy left to the Dorset Fund will always support the individuals most in need.
Read more about the Dorset Fund.
Setting up a Named Legacy Fund
Larger legacies of, for example, £25,000 or more, can be used to establish a unique Named Legacy Fund with the Foundation similar to the Marjorie Gordon Fund we manage.
In these cases the legacy is normally invested in an endowment fund and the yield from the investment is distributed annually in the form of grants to a cause or an area close to the heart of the donor.
Supporting Existing Charities and Community Groups
You might want your legacy to support the smaller local charities and community groups, but you are worried that as they are not very big or are completely volunteer led they may not be as permanent as the bigger regional or national charities.
If a donor wishes to support a number of local charities, a legacy can be left to the Foundation with instructions to distribute the donation between local specific charities, perhaps over a period of years.
If any of the charities close down in the meantime, we will ensure that the gift is redirected to another organisation with similar aims.
Letter of Wishes
A letter of wishes, such as the sample below, is a straight-forward way of agreeing in advance with Dorset Community Foundation how you want us to manage your legacy for the community.
Please fill in both documents:
We understand that talking about leaving a legacy can be quite difficult and you might like a lot of additional information before deciding to leave a charitable bequest.
For more information please contact our Chief Executive Jon Yates on 01202 670815 or email him at email@example.com.
Pledge and Enquiry Form
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