Leaving a gift to charity
For a variety of reasons, we're often not able to give as generously during our lives as we might like. Leaving a gift in your will is a great way to support the vital work of charities we've always wanted to help but were unable to.
And if we're lucky enough to be able to look back and say we've had a good life, it's nice to know there's a way to help those who haven't been so fortunate.
Charities play a vital role in filling the gaps that governments and society have overlooked and they depend on our support to help lessen the effects serious illness and crisis can have.
By leaving a percentage of your estate, a sum of money or other assets to a charity in your will, you will be positively affecting the lives of many New Zealanders, including your own children, families and friends.
Your gift, regardless of the size, will be gratefully received by your chosen charity. If you have any questions about leaving a gift, please contact the charity to discuss it in further detail. Their contact details can be found on their individual profile pages on this website.
Different types of bequests
There are four main types of gifts you can choose to leave to a charity.
The remainder of your estate after considering your loved ones.
2. Percentage or fractional
A gift expressed as a percentage or fraction of your estate.
3. Pecuniary or specific
A specified gift which can be money, property or stocks and shares.
4. Whole estate
This comprises your entire estate and is usually left by those without beneficiaries or those wanting to achieve something very significant.
Talk to your lawyer about the type of gift that will best suit you and your estate. Gifts left to charities in your will are exempt from inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
Most common ways to leave a gift in your will
Pecuniary or Specific Bequest:
I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx): (description of item) absolutely for the general purposes of the said charity and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.
I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx) (proportion of residue to be completed) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.
For more information request your free Will Information Pack (right) or click on the following links:
Why leave a gift in your will.
How to leave a gift in your will.