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UK’s in-memory giving market now valued at record level – up to £2.4bn a year

Melanie May | 11 September 2023 | News

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The UK in-memory market has grown significantly over the last 10 years and is now valued at a estimated £1.8bn–£2.4bn a year – a record amount – according to Legacy Foresight.

Legacy Foresight’s data also reveals that while the majority comes from funeral donations, this dominance is declining. 41% of the total comes from group in-memory fundraising – where three or more people fundraise in memory of someone they have lost – with this on the increase.  

Donations as part of a group are also likely to be higher than donations made by individuals, something Legacy Foresight says is largely due to the emotional power and logistical benefits group fundraising can bring. However, it also highlights that in-memory teams are often unaware of group in-memory fundraising activities because groups are engaging with community fundraising or charity events teams.


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The research also found that all in-memory supporters appreciate and need acknowledgement, both of their loved one and their own fundraising efforts, with even supporters who chose to be more private about their motivation noticing when there was no acknowledgement.

Ashley Rowthorn, CEO of Legacy Futures, said:

“The analysis highlights a lack of joined-up structures within fundraising teams, leading to the group dynamic being overlooked. Being able to identify in-memory groups and record their motivation for giving is key to enhancing the supporter experience and maximising fundraising potential.


“The data and intel provided by this study presents senior leadership teams with hard, unequivocal evidence regarding the value of in-memory giving. It will help nonprofits make strategic decisions around their own in-memory investments, teams and campaigns.”

More findings

The research looked at the size, shape and scope of in-memory giving in the UK, using data from its In-Memory Insight Programme – a ‘learning circle’ of 48 charities – and results from a consumer survey that tracks in-memory giving activities of over 2000 members of the UK public.