The UK's only awards recognising professionals and teams across the whole legacy giving sector

The Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards 2025 will showcase the outstanding achievements, talent and dedication of UK legacy giving professionals, and spotlight the vital and significant income that gifts in wills bring to charities.   

Now in its 3rd year, these unique awards provide an essential voice for the legacy giving community, raising the profile of the valuable work of professionals within their own charities, whilst also providing a platform to benchmark the progress made through collaboration, skill, and excellence across the sector.   

Combining a morning Excellence Forum with an afternoon award ceremony, the day will highlight and reward the talent, partnerships and creativity behind legacy giving, and provide insight and inspiration from the award-winning entries, as well as lively discussion on the direction of the sector.    

2024 Event Highlights

The inaugural event in 2024 inspired charities and their partners to think bigger and aim higher. Best of all, it was a day where the legacy community could gather to share their pride in working in this incredible sector and to truly recognise and reward the hard work, creativity, and collaboration that goes unseen in realising the life-changing gifts left in legacies – enabling donors to leave a positive mark on the world. 


Why Enter?

Winning a Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Award is a meaningful validation for individuals, teams, projects and partnerships of excellence, innovation and impact. It helps to:

  • ​​​​​Position you, your legacy team, and your organisation at the forefront of this dedicated and hard-working sector.  
  • Highlight the excellence, agility and success of your legacy giving strategy with your senior leaders and peers.
  • Boost team morale, celebrate exemplary skills, and attract the best talent to your organisation.
  • Educate the wider charity sector on the vital importance of legacy giving.
  • Benefit from useful feedback on your entries from a diverse judging panel of experts, leaders, and practitioners.