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.


Meet others leaving a legacy

Meet Rachel

"It seemed like a no-brainer to include Tearfund as one of the charities in our Will when we were thinking about what we wanted to accomplish after a lifetime of God’s blessing to us."
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I’m a long-time supporter of Tearfund. When I was looking for a charity to give through, I recognised that Tearfund is an organisation set up by New Zealand churches, and has many years of expertise in responding to need around the world. They understand the global context and have the smarts to deliver effective assistance on my behalf. I trust their knowledge of complex poverty issues and know that the solutions are delivered through partners that work in the name of Jesus. (That part is especially important to me!)

I’ve given to Tearfund in many ways over the years. I have supported sponsor children that matched the age and gender of each of my own three children—plus one for me! Now that those sponsorships are complete, I am enjoying giving to ‘where most needed’. It seemed a no-brainer to include Tearfund as one of the charities in our will when we were thinking about what we wanted to accomplish after a life-time of God’s blessing to us. Whether it turns out to be a lot or a little, I know it will mean a huge amount to those who receive it.

We’ve travelled quite a bit around the world over our lives, and seen a lot of poverty in various regions. The enormity of need sometimes feels overwhelming, and it is hard to know how to respond. How do you really understand what’s going on for people and what interventions are really going to be catalysts for long-lasting and real help? I wanted to know more about responding to need in the world, so I completed a post-graduate diploma in Development. Having been involved in community development for over 10 years now, I know that the aid we give is making a difference in the world. Targeted interventions can help loosen the grip of poverty and enable people to live with more options and freedom.

Rachel Vince

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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."
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I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of being involved in child sponsorship with Tearfund through my local church and also personally. I have sponsored children through Tearfund for many years, and until recently, have been very involved in a monthly garage sale at my church. Some of the money raised supported our regular sponsorship of a child in Ethiopia.

I’m also very supportive of Tearfund’s Protect work, which seeks to compassionately combat human trafficking, slavery, and the exploitation of poor and vulnerable people.

I support Tearfund as I believe the financial funding raised through donations and bequests is well stewarded and administered wisely. Both of these things are very important to me.

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. They are putting faith into practical action and achieving results that transform lives and local communities. I know anything that I leave them will be well used and help those in greatest need.

Kate Turner

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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."
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In 2010 I had a dream. I saw a peloton of bike riders racing over seven days throughout New Zealand and at the same time helping Tearfund pump up their resources to fight global child sex trafficking, as they so effectively do.

Having fifty years in the Insurance business with hundreds of clients has given me real insight into the world of charity effectiveness. Tearfund (plus a few others) stood out as compassionate, thoughtful and effective operators, making a measurable difference in this world, with every member on their staff focused and inspired, personally, spiritually and practically.

2012 arrived, and along with it the first Tour of New Zealand cycle race. We found the competitors could pump in some needed cash by gaining sponsorship, and several hundreds of thousands dollars later the effectiveness of Tearfund and the rescue of girls multiplied.

When I walk into the next life I want to have written on my headstone, “I hope that you are looking forward to joining me in a few years as much as I will be in welcoming you”.

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.

Peter Yarrell

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Where Most Needed

$1,000

from Jean 
 

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

$40,000

from Pauline 
 

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

$71,000

from Eric 


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

Where Most Needed

$126,000

from Verna
 

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

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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.

   

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Get in touch

Contact us today for more information or to discuss your wishes in confidence.


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Engagement Manager – Gifts in Wills
Roslynn Shearman
giftsinwills@tearfund.org.nz
09 621 1054
021 587 665
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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • How will my gift be used?

    How will my gift be used?

    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. Learn more about our causes.

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  • Can I support a specific project with my gift?

    Can I support a specific project with my gift?
    The biggest impact you can make is by giving openly towards the greatest needs. 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.

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  • How do I leave a gift in my Will?

    How do I leave a gift in my Will?
    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

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  • How do I update my Will?

    How do I update my Will?
    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, Symonds St, Auckland 1150, Registration CC 21725, 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.

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  • Do I need to communicate to Tearfund that I’ve included a gift in my Will?

    Do I need to communicate to Tearfund that I’ve included a gift in my Will?
    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.

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  • What are my giving options?

    What are my giving options?
    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.

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  • What is Tearfund’s address and Charity Registration Number?

    What is Tearfund’s address and Charity Registration Number?
    The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (Tearfund)
    PO Box 8315
    Symonds St
    Auckland 1150
     
    Charity Registration Number: CC 21725

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  • Can I make a memorial or ‘in lieu of flowers’ donation to Tearfund for a loved one?

    Can I make a memorial or ‘in lieu of flowers’ donation to Tearfund for a loved one?
    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.

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