GIFTS IN WILLS

Make an impact on generations to come

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Your gift today will change someone’s tomorrow

When you include a gift in your Will to Tearfund, you’re doing something extraordinary — something that will have ripple effects on future generations as you help make the world a better place for those most in need. Whatever stirs your heart the most — whether that’s lifting families out of poverty, educating vulnerable children, or protecting people from exploitation — we promise your special gift, big or small, will be used to make the maximum possible impact in the lives of vulnerable people around the world.

 

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A message from Ian McInnes, CEO Tearfund

Being able to leave a gift that endures beyond a lifetime is a generous act that will transform the lives of many people — people who are otherwise forgotten and left on the margins.

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Meet others leaving a legacy

Meet Rachel

"It seemed like a no-brainer to include Tearfund as one of the charities in our Will...

Meet Kate

"I decided to leave a bequest to Tearfund as I believe their work is making a difference in fighting injustice and alleviating poverty around the world."

Meet Peter

"It was an easy decision in choosing to leave behind a good bequest to Tearfund knowing that as I go on to the next adventure, my reach on this planet continues in one of the most meaningful ways I can think of."

How to leave a gift in your will

What is a gift in will?

A gift in will to charity is an investment in the future, a way of passing hope onto the next generation. By writing a charitable gift of any amount into your will to Tearfund, your life’s values and vision will live on — impacting lives long after your own.

Where will my gift be used?

By including an unrestricted bequest (a gift in your Will to charity), you can be confident your generosity will have the maximum possible impact on people and be used for the most good by meeting the urgent and critical needs across our four causes: Modern Slavery, Farming & Enterprise, Disaster & Conflict and Child Development. Learn more about our causes.

Why is a gift in my will to Tearfund important?

The work of Tearfund is simply not possible without people like you. The kindness you show by making a gift in your Will, also known as a bequest, will help to alleviate poverty, fight injustice, empower communities, meet people’s needs in disasters and conflicts and care for children for years to come.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

A written Will reflects your wishes and desires, and the legacy you want to leave behind. Writing a gift in your Will to Tearfund will not affect your day-to-day living, but will ensure your generosity and values live on. We recommend you seek qualified legal advice from a solicitor, the Public Trust Office or a trustee company to write or amend your Will. For more guidance, read through our most frequently asked questions below or contact us to discuss your questions in confidence.

The difference you can make

Your generosity will make a difference far beyond your lifetime.
Here are just some of the ways your gift, big or small, will change lives for the better.

FROM JEAN

$1,000

Jean’s gift is being used Where Most Needed, which allows a quick response to those in urgent need.

FROM PAULINE

$40,000

Pauline's gift ensures her sponsored child continues to thrive, and will provide other families with life-giving opportunities.

from Eric

$71,000

Eric’s gift is being used within our Sri Lanka Dairy Project to help families work their way out of poverty.

from Verna

$126,000

Verna's gift is being used Where Most Needed, which allows a quick response to those in urgent need.

We promise to steward your gift wisely

We promise to use each gift as efficiently and effectively as possible to meet the most pressing and urgent needs in our projects worldwide. Learn more about our donors’ achievements through our Annual Report.

Contact us today for more information, or to discuss your wishes in confidence.
giftsinwills@tearfund.org.nz

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Your gift will go to meet the most urgent needs across our four causes: Modern Slavery, Farming & Enterprise, Disaster & Conflict and Child Development. Giving openly to the greatest needs means your gift will have maximum impact in the lives of those who need it most and fill in critical gaps across our projects.

The biggest impact you can make is by giving openly towards the 'Where Most Needed' fund. This allows Tearfund to fill the most critical gaps across our projects so that our lifegiving work continues for all those who need it. However, feel free to contact us to discuss any specific wishes you may have.

If you already have a written Will, you will need to amend your current one to include your bequest. Otherwise, you can include your bequest when you write your Will. We recommend you seek legal advice when drafting, updating or amending your Will to include a gift to Tearfund. Contact us for more information at giftsinwills@tearfund.org.nz 

When preparing or updating your Will, we advise you seek qualified legal advice from a solicitor, the Public Trust Office or a trustee company such as Perpetual Guardian. The New Zealand Law Society can advise you of solicitors in your area. To make sure the wording in your Will accurately describes your intentions, we suggest including the following which you can take to your legal advisor:

I give and bequeath (choose one of the four options): 

  1. ………..……% of my estate
  2. The residue of my estate
  3. The sum of $..................
  4. Description of assets or property

To The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (Tearfund), PO Box 8315, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, Registration CC21725, for its general purposes. I declare that the official receipt of the Chief Executive or other duly authorised officer shall be full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees.

While an unexpected gift is wonderful, we'd love to hear from you so we can personally thank you, keep you up to date on how your gift will make a difference, and share our future plans. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, your request will be honoured.

There are several ways you can include a legacy gift in your Will to Tearfund. We encourage you to talk to your legal advisor to determine which option best represents your wishes.

Gift of residue: Donate the remainder of your estate after financial commitments have been honoured and loved ones are cared for.

Percentage: A gift expressed as a percentage or fraction of the value of your estate.

Pecuniary gift or Specific gifts in a Will: A specific amount designated in your Will or gifted items, such as the proceeds of a life insurance policy, shares, property, art works, etc.

Whole Estate: A gift comprised of your entire estate.

The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (Tearfund)
PO Box 8315
Newmarket
Auckland 1149
 
Charity Registration Number: CC21725

Making a memorial donation to Tearfund or a donation in lieu of sending flowers to funerals is a wonderful way to honour the memory of friends and loved ones and something we can most certainly assist you with. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your specific desires.