Leave a Legacy

If you would like to support our work now and in the future, you can choose to leave a legacy to IofC.

A legacy is a strong and valuable way to show your connection to our work and our values, and it will help us to continue with existing programmes, or fund new programmes that bring people together across divides – wherever they are in the world.

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Find Out More: The Richard Hawthorne Fund

Richard Hawthorne was dedicated to the work of IofC for much of his life. In particular, he played a part in many activities in Nottingham and the Midlands. As a committed member of his church, he reached out to people of different faiths and believed that together they could play a part in bringing about a better society. He had a remarkable outreach into local communities, including in some of the most deprived areas, building friendships with people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds across all ages and genders. He was recognised for his work with an MBE. In his will, Richard left a generous legacy to further the work of IofC. This is the basis of the Richard Hawthorne Fund.

The Richard Hawthorne Fund supports:

  • Furthering IofC’s work in building links of trust between people of different faiths in order to create a society which is more harmonious and value-driven;
  • Enabling young people, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds, and individuals who work closely alongside those young people, to attend IofC gatherings in the UK and overseas.

You can read more about Richard’s life here

Find Out More: The Richard Hawthorne Fund

What size of legacy can I leave?

We are grateful for any support you feel you can give us, so there are no limits or guidelines for a legacy amount. You can always talk to our Company Secretary, Jacqui Begley, who can give you some guidance.

Where will my money be spent?

All legacy money goes directly to our initiatives, such as sponsoring participants to take part in our Refugees as Re-builders course. No legacy funding goes towards salaries or administration costs.

Can I specify what my legacy should be used for?

Absolutely. Many of our donors have special relationships with countries, initiatives or areas of interest, and you can certainly specify the types of programmes you’d like your legacy to be donated towards.

To find out more about how to set up a legacy and what to do next, just contact our Company Secretary, Jacqui Begley at or call 020 7798 6000.