2 February 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 17

Alexandra Roberts, National Museum Wales

It’s been a great start to the New Year so far. Our Christmas Event went amazingly, everyone had a lovely time, including Shenkin - the Goat Major who welcomed our guests on the front steps. (It’s always a nice surprise when the Goat Major turns up to dinner) 

Now that all of the Christmas madness is over, I’ve been starting on a few different projects and getting started on planning for 2015. 

My one of my main projects at the moment is Legacy Giving at Amgueddfa Cymru. I have to admit, wills and legacies are not something I have ever thought about for a second, although I suppose that’s one of the advantages of being 21 and having no savings. So for the past few months I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the reasons people would leave a gift in their will, and why it is such a great way to give a gift. 

The economic climate of recent years makes fundraising that little bit more difficult, even people who are very well off feel the need to take precautions. Financial stability doesn’t quite have the same meaning as it used to, people are more aware of the possible downfalls, and the impermanence of this stability. 

Everyone is saving for a rainy day, and the money which people might have otherwise donated to charity is now kept safe for if that day comes, but what if it never rains? You never know what is going to happen, a new child, that perfect wedding, or even retirement, it makes sense to look after your money and be prepared for those unexpected financial demands. However chances are most people will leave something behind, to look after loved ones, and make sure that safety net of savings goes to a good cause. 

To me, this is seems like the perfect time to make a donation. You can make sure every penny is allocated where you want it to go, and help the causes and charities which you want to support even after you are no longer around. 

It’s a difficult part of fundraising, but I’m hoping this project will make Legacy Giving at Amgueddfa Cymru a much more open form of giving. I guess we’ll have to see how it goes!!

All in all, the past few months have been amazing, I’m now getting more involved in a variety of projects across the organisation and working on projects for St Fagans and The Waterfront in Swansea as well as The National Museum Cardiff. I’m hoping the next few months will be just as exciting!

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