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Gillespie Macandrew joins RZSS to save species

Gillespie Macandrew RZSS

Law firm Gillespie Macandrew is to help one of Scotland’s animal charities raise funds for vital conservation projects.

The practice has entered into a legacy agreement with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) which operates Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park.

A two-year partnership will help the charity to raise money for projects in 20 countries. Funds raised will be targeted a protecting  some of the planet’s most threatened species.

Gillespie Macandrew will work with RZSS to encourage philanthropic giving across Scotland, through activities such as gifts in Wills.

Lianne Lodge, Associate at Gillespie Macandrew, said the partnership “affords us a great opportunity to support an outstanding charity. Recent statistics show that Scots are a very generous nation.”

“We have a thriving charity practice and have assisted charities in the past with legacy strategies, however this is the first exclusive agreement that we have entered into and are sure that it will be beneficial for both us and RZSS.”

Legacy fundraising is now the single biggest source of voluntary income to charities and non-profit organisations in the UK and is worth £2 billion each year.

Annual legacy giving figures reveal that almost 35,000 people across England, Wales and Scotland left 112,937 gifts to charity in their Wills in 2014, with supporters typically choosing to benefit three charities.

Barbara Smith, interim chief executive at RZSS, said: “As an independent Scottish charity, we receive no government funding. Vital donations – such as those we receive through Wills – will help us continue to protect species around the world, from the critically endangered Scottish wildcat to the vulnerable chimpanzees of Uganda.

“We hope that by launching this strategic campaign with Gillespie Macandrew, we can open up the potential of legacy giving to a wider audience and connect even more generations with our wonderful animals.”

Pictured with a ring-tailed lemur at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo are, left to right:  Lianne Lodge, associate, Gillespie Macandrew; Laura-Jane Sheridan, development manager, RZSS; Chris Smith, partner, Gillespie Macandrew; and Barbara Smith, interim CEO, RZSS. (Photo contributed).

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