Legacy giving (also called planned giving) refers to gifts that donors plan to be distributed from their estate after their death. These gifts are generally made by long-time, loyal donors who believe in the need of the group to exist after their own life is over, and more important, who have faith that the organization will continue to do a good job for years and years to come. These are not necessarily major donors; many bequests come from donors who have given small amounts to an organization for a long time.