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Leave a gift in your Will

We are so grateful that you are interested in leaving a gift in your Will to the Blind Foundation. Such a gift would help transform the lives of New Zealanders with sight loss for many years to come.

Why leave a gift in your Will?

You won’t just be helping adults and children overcome the day-to-day limitation of vision loss. You’ll be helping them to live their passion and excel at whatever they choose to do.

11 year old Campbell
“It is because of people like you I will achieve my dreams.” Campbell, 11 years.

We rely heavily on the generosity of New Zealanders like you to fund our services. Gifts in Wills to the Blind Foundation are an incredibly important source of funds. A gift in your Will could help to:

  • Add new books to our talking book library – so people who go blind can still escape into stories.
  • Teach people how to learn (or re-learn) basic everyday living skills such as making a coffee or getting dressed.
  • Teach people how to use a computer without sight so they can stay connected with their friends, family and the wider community.
  • Train puppies to become guide dogs and help blind people open up a world of independence.

If you have already decided on leaving a gift in your Will to the Blind Foundation, making a legal Will is the only way to ensure your wishes will be met in relation to the distribution of your assets. A Will also helps to avoid confusion over your intentions and gives you peace of mind.

If you are ready to write your Will or a codicil to your current Will, here is some official wording to help you.

Please also see our frequently asked questions about leaving a legacy.

Frequently asked questions

It’s just a nice feeling to be contributing to something that’s important and helpful to people

Charles and Jennifer
Charles and his wife Jennifer chose to leave a gift in their Wills to the Blind Foundation.

What information does my solicitor need?

It is important to seek out qualified advice from a solicitor when drawing up your Will. If you do not have a solicitor you can look in the Yellow Pages or you could contact the District Law Society for a contact.

Your solicitor is best placed to advise you on the information required for your Will. Including provisions to support the Blind Foundation is easy and we can provide you with the correct legal wording to ensure your support is directed to us. We would be pleased to discuss this with you or see our suggested, standard wording.

Which type of legacy is best for the Blind Foundation?

The very best way in which you can help us through a gift in your Will is to leave a Residuary Legacy. This is a percentage, or the full amount, of what is left after your dependents have been provided for and your debts have been paid.

This type of legacy is inflation proof, maintaining its value over time. This means that you will never have to alter your Will to account for inflation, as you may with other types of legacy gifts.

Residuary legacies are also easier for Blind Foundation to administer than many other types of legacy gifts.

Can I alter an existing Will to include a legacy to the Blind Foundation?

If you would like to amend an existing Will to include us, you can do so by adding a codicil or amendment. This acts like a postscript to your existing Will, and can be drawn up easily by your solicitor.

Can I specify where my gift goes?

In order to allow us to use your gift as most needed, it is best to leave a legacy for ‘general purposes’. However, if you do wish to restrict some or all of your gift to a particular area of our work we’d love the opportunity to discuss this with you to find the best wording to share with your solicitor to ensure your wishes can be fulfilled. Particularly in the event the way we provide services changes in the future. Please email Lyn Thomas  or call her on 09 355 6956 for a confidential discussion.

Can I change my mind later?

Yes, even if you have made a Will you can make changes or additions to it at any time. Your solicitor will be able to advise you.

Who can help me with questions I have regarding a Gift in my Will to the Blind Foundation?

Lyn Thomas is here to help answer any questions you might have about leaving a legacy to the Blind Foundation. Please email Lyn or call her on 09 355 6956 for a confidential discussion.

Official wording

Below is the suggested wording for a Will, codicil or amendment that can easily be drawn up by your solicitor. Note the “xx” marks below where your designated amounts or descriptions would be required, as appropriate.

Suggested wording for leaving a bequest to the Blind Foundation

“I give and bequeath the sum of $xx (or) xx% of my estate (or) xx, the residue of my estate (or) xx% (description of property or assets) free of all charges to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, to be used where most needed, and the official receipt of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind will be sufficient acknowledgement of having received this gift.”

Signature of testator and solicitors and witness of each:

Signed: (your signature)
Witness: (witness’ signature)
Date: (date signed)

Signed: (your lawyer’s signature)
Witness: (the witness of lawyers signature)
Date: (date signed)

Suggested wording for leaving a bequest to Blind Foundation guide dogs

“I give and bequeath the sum of $xx (or) xx% of my estate (or) xx, the residue of my estate (or) xx% (description of property or assets) free of all charges to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Guide Dogs, to be used where most needed, and the official receipt of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind will be sufficient acknowledgement of having received this gift.”

Signature of testator and solicitors and witness of each:

Signed: (your signature)
Witness: (witness’ signature)
Date: (date signed)

Signed: (your lawyer’s signature)
Witness: (the witness of lawyers signature)
Date: (date signed)

Thank you

Thank you so much for considering leaving a legacy to the Blind Foundation in your Will.

If you do decide to leave a legacy to support our services, please let us know as this will allow us to thank you for your gift and offer you a closer relationship with us. It does not, however, legally bind you to support us in any way and the information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Notify us

Please consider contacting us to let us know of your intended gift.  Letting us know of your decision to leave a gift to the Blind Foundation does not legally bind you to support us in any way and anything you share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence.

I wish to notify Blind Foundation of my gift.

Receive an information brochure

Leaving a gift in your Will is a very personal decision. We would love to send you an information brochure for further reading.

Please send me an information brochure.

Contact the legacies team

Lyn Thomas is here to speak with you confidentially and answer any questions you may have about including Blind Foundation in your Will. Please email Lyn and she can give you a call at your convenience, or call her on 09 355 6956.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is also known as Blind Foundation

Blind Foundation guide dogs is a service division of the Blind Foundation

Blind Foundation Registered Charity Number CC21361