I'm trawling through the UK charity listings for congregations, and of those who added additional financial information, I am seeing a lot of congregations receive legacies. In the years 2015 and 2016, a lot of money left to the congregation was donated to the World Wide Work/IBSA.
I realize the letter from 2015 was read out asking congregations to donate excess reserves to the Branch Office but is this what the testator really wanted?
Consider Gloucster Kingsholme congregation. They received a legacy (amount not stated) but there filing for 2016 contains the following statement:
There is also a separate Kingdom Hall Building Fund, to which we have contributed together with
the Hempsted, Tredworth and Tuffley Congregations. The balance of this fund as at 31st March 2016
was £239,583.27. This money would normally be transferred to the Society for kingdom hall and
assembly hall construction, but due to the specific wording in the terms of the legacy, it can only be used for the building of a second kingdom hall in Gloucester.
For Great Yarmouth, the congregation received a legacy of £105,105 in 2015 and donated 91,659 of that to the Branch office in 2015.