A bequest is a gift left in a will. Many people don’t realise that you don’t have to be rich or famous to make a bequest, when the truth is that most bequests are made by ordinary, hardworking people who want to make a positive difference to their community after they're gone.
The good news is that including a charity in your will is just as easy as providing for your loved ones. And it can be as much or as little as you want.
Without the generosity of everyday Kiwis, we wouldn't be able to provide the range of services we do. Bequests form the financial basis of many New Zealand charities and are essential for ensuring the good work they do continues into the future.
A will is the only way for you to say how your money should be used after your death. A will also means less confusion and heartache for your loved ones in their time of grief. If you don’t make a will, part or all of your estate may end up going to people you never intended to benefit.
Our full name is New Zealand AIDS Foundation and our registered charity number is CC22230. You will need these details to give to your lawyer in order to make a bequest.
All of these programmes have really and tangible impact on our mission and the health and wellbeing of the community has a whole. Your bequest can ensure a lasting difference.
What about my family and friends?
Including a charity is not about excluding your family. We believe there's most often room to consider both. And by including a charity you'll be helping to build a more supportive community for your own children and grandchildren, something they'll appreciate long into the future.
I thought bequests were just for the rich and famous?
You don’t have to be “wealthy” to include a charity in your will. Anyone can leave a charitable gift. Regardless of its size, it can make a big difference to a cause that is important to you.
I want to include a charity but don’t know where to start?
Your lawyer/solicitor can help you prepare a will or amend your current one. Also the charity you are considering can provide assistance. For a confidential chat email [email protected].
Do I have to tell the charitable organisation I’m leaving a gift?
If you've arranged to make a gift to our charity, we would naturally love to hear about it. That way we’ll have the opportunity to thank you personally and perhaps discuss how we might invest your future gift. Letting us know what you've done also helps give us an idea of how many people are planning to leave a gift in their will, which helps us plan for the future. If you wish your gift to remain anonymous, your request will be honoured.
For further help and more information contact us at [email protected].
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