Including a Gift in your Will

What will your legacy be?

Including a gift in your will to ADRA is a wonderfully generous way to ensure the values which are important to you live on, as you continue to help people thrive around the world.

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to live a full and thriving life (Genesis 1:27). As followers of Christ, we have made it our mission to fulfill this promise by serving humanity so that all may thrive as God intended – free from poverty and hardship.

ADRA works alongside communities to create a better future for all. Rather than a temporary fix, our goal is to break the cycle of poverty to ensure future generations do not face the same struggles as their parents and begin their lives with more opportunities to live a thriving life.

The legacy that we leave in each community we work with, is one which changes the future for the people.

Will you join us and leave a legacy that changes the course of the future?

To make a bequest you need a will. If you already have one and wish to leave a gift to ADRA New Zealand, all you need to do is update your existing will. ADRA New Zealand recommends that you seek the professional advice of your solicitor or legal adviser to ensure that all facets of your Will are worded correctly and reflect your wishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can transform the lives of the next generation of vulnerable children and communities living in extreme poverty by including a gift in your will. Your bequest will ensure that the next generation can thrive.

Your generous bequest today has the potential to do amazing things such as:

  • Provide Clean water to communities
  • Help farming families earn a better income
  • Support struggling communities here in New Zealand
  • Provide immediate relief after disasters

Each of these actions help break the cycle of poverty and hardship and give hope and a brighter future to all. You can make your legacy one in which leaves the world a better place.

The first step is to discuss your intentions with your family and loved ones. Once you have done this, meet with your solicitor or trust officer for professional advice.

If you decide to include ADRA New Zealand in your Will, we offer some suggested wording to help your solicitor or trust officer in writing up your wishes.

Recommended wording:
“To Adventist Development and Relief Agency, an Incorporated Charitable Trust (AK632208) in New Zealand, of 124 Pah Road, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand to be applied under the direction of its Board of Directors for its charitable purposes (in the strict legal sense).”

Listed below are the different types of bequests that you can choose to gift ADRA. Before choosing which type of bequest to give, we recommend that you seek the professional advice of your solicitor or legal advisor to ensure that all facets of your Will are worded correctly and reflect your wishes.

Types of Bequests

Residuary Bequest (or percentage of residue)

Residuary bequest allows you to provide financially for your family, friends and debts and only leaves that which remains to ADRA New Zealand. The benefit of making this type of bequest is that the dollar value isn’t eroded by inflation and is able to have the largest impact for our beneficiaries.

Percentage of Estate

You can also nominate ADRA New Zealand to receive percentage of your bequest. With this type of bequest beneficiaries of your Will, such as family, friends and ADRA New Zealand, are not disadvantaged should your circumstances change.

Contingency Bequest

Depending on how your asset/s are owned your partner or spouse may be given the use of property and/or assets during their life-time, with the remaining money or assets, or a stated portion thereof, going to ADRA New Zealand after they pass away.

Specific Bequests

Name a specific sum of money, property, shares or other assets to be awarded to ADRA New Zealand. This gift while generous, can be eroded by changes in circumstance. If choosing this type of bequest, review your Will regularly.

Other Bequests

You can also choose to support us through a perpetual trust that provides ongoing support to ADRA New Zealand, or by nominating ADRA New Zealand as the sole benefactor of your life insurance policy.

It may be many years until your Bequest is realised and over this time current ADRA projects may be completed while new projects will start. We ask that you trust our experienced team to use your Bequest where it’s most needed and useful at the time.

However if you would like to make a specific gift to New Zealand or to international projects you are able to do so. Below you will find some suggested wording to help your solicitor or trust officer in writing up your wishes.

For projects within New Zealand and internationally
preferred type of Will as it gives the greatest flexibility to ADRA New Zealand  

“To Adventist Development and Relief Agency, an Incorporated Charitable Trust (AK632208) in New Zealand, of 124 Pah Road, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand to be applied under the direction of its Board of Directors for its charitable purposes (in the strict legal sense).”

Projects within New Zealand only.
Community Support Programmes including, life skills and parenting training, new mothers support, community centres, youth mentoring, budgeting training and community support groups.
May be preferred by the testator, but reduces flexibility by ADRA New Zealand.

“To Adventist Development and Relief Agency, an Incorporated Charitable Trust (AK632208) in New Zealand, of 124 Pah Road, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand to be applied under the direction of its Board of Directors within its function known by the said Board as “National Programme” for its charitable purposes (in the strict legal sense).”

Projects outside of New Zealand.
May be preferred by the testator, but reduces flexibility by ADRA New Zealand.

“To Adventist Development and Relief Agency, an Incorporated Charitable Trust (AK632208) in New Zealand, of 124 Pah Road, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand to be applied under the direction of its Board of Directors within its function known by the said Board as “International Programme” for its charitable purposes (in the strict legal sense).”

We understand and respect your decision to keep the contents of your Will private if you choose to. However, we would encourage you to notify ADRA as this would allow us to best plan for the future and upcoming projects.

This would also allow us to share with you the potential impact of your gift, celebrate your generosity, and share the current ways that ADRA is changing lives.

Your privacy is important to us and your information will be treated with the strictest accordance with privacy laws. You can read more of our privacy policy here. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, please fill in the contact form on the right with your concern and we will arrange to have our donor relations manager contact you to discuss your wishes in complete confidence.

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