On Thursday 27th April 2023, the Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards culminated in a ceremony which shone a light on the outstanding achievements of legacy administration and fundraising professionals.
13 winners, selected from 64 deserving finalists, were announced during the ceremony at Hilton, London Bankside, hosted by comedian Hal Cruttenden.
The award-winning entries were reviewed and assessed by an expert judging panel that included some of the biggest names from the charitable legacies community. Finalists came from a wide range of charities of varying sizes and causal areas, and winners were scored based on our judging criteria of Excellence, Innovation, and Impact.
Smee & Ford would like to thank our supporting partners; Shakespeare Martineau, Guardian Angel, The Institute of Legacy Management and Remember a Charity, and sends huge congratulations to all of the worthy winners and finalists.
You can view the full list of winners below, and sign up here for more information on next year's categories, judging processes, and helpful hints on how to make your submission a winning entry.
The purpose of the Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards is to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the people and teams working hard to attract, steward and manage legacy gifts for UK charities. The unique work of legacy teams has not always been widely understood and appreciated, so we’re delighted that the winners have been recognised in an exceptional field of nominees, each showcasing successes, and achievements this last year.
Legacy Life Cover & Crisis – Free Legacy Gifts Project
Crisis and Farewill – Increasing Legacy Income through our Improved Free Online Wills Service
Helen & Douglas House – Free Gifts in Wills Pledge Appeal
Guide Dogs – Engaging with our Legacy Life Changers
The Leprosy Mission – A Future Free from Leprosy
Diabetes UK – Legacy Administration Team
Weldmar Hospicecare – Above and Beyond Expectation