| Commentary

138 Reasons for charitable gifts

| Commentary

(3) CHARITABLE LEGACIES

A: CHARITABLE LEGACIES: GENERAL

138 Reasons for charitable gifts

The history of gifts by will to charity goes back to at least the beginning of the Christian era. The earliest record of such a gift concerned a Roman soldier’s bequest for the purpose of funeral games. From early times, it was traditional for testators to leave one-third of their estates for charitable purposes for the good of their souls. To some extent, this tradition has continued, particularly where religious influence (in all major faiths) is strong. It is supported by the value attributed to public service among

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