Bequests to the Stroke Foundation
Become a Stroke Champion of Hope – a wonderful way to help, make a lasting difference and be recognised for your commitment.
We need your support to continue our work to reduce the incidence of stroke, improve the medical treatment of stroke and support stroke survivors and their families. You can do this by becoming a Stroke Champion of Hope.
The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand had chosen Dr Jonathan Baskett as the Patron of the Stroke Champions of Hope because of Dr Baskett’s long term commitment to supporting stroke survivors and their families in New Zealand.
Please consider supporting us in our fight against stroke. With your help we can reduce stroke, save more lives and help those who have suffered a stroke. The biggest gift of your life could be to simply include the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand in your Will. Thank you for considering stroke.
Making a Will
Many New Zealand adults either do not have a will, or their will may be out of date or invalid. A marriage may make a will invalid, and parts of a will can become invalid upon a divorce or, in some circumstances, separation. If you die without a valid will, legislation decides how your estate is to be distributed according to a set formula, which may well not reflect your wishes. Every adult should have a valid and current will.
A will is not about death. A will shows you care about those you love. Making a will can give peace of mind, knowing that your wishes for family, friends and community organisations important to you, have been identified and addressed.
You may choose to leave specific items (jewellery, real estate, furniture, family mementoes) to particular beneficiaries, or you may choose to share your entire estate on a percentage basis. You may choose the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Incorporated as a beneficiary in your will, which can be done in the same way as choosing any individual.
Your will is a legal document, and we recommend that you have it prepared by a lawyer so that it is worded and signed correctly. This ensures your estate will be able to be distributed in accordance with your wishes.
Leaving a Bequest
Bequest giving is a simple and effective way of continuing your support for your favourite charity or if you want to make a real investment in the charity’s vital services into the future.
Choosing your bequest
Your bequest can take one of a number of forms:
- a percentage of the value of the estate (meaning the bequest will grow in proportion to the size of the estate)
- the residue of the estate after payment of any debts and provision for family and other beneficiaries
- a specified amount of money or item of property (be aware that a specified gift may alter in proportional value to the rest of your estate).
The proper wording to use
I give to Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Incorporated (or Stroke Foundation [x] Region Incorporated)1 [the sum of $xx/residue of my estate/description of property of assets] for:
a. its general purposes OR
And I declare that a receipt appearing to be given by the Chief Executive Officer or an authorised officer of Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Incorporated shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my trustees.
Your bequest is a wonderful way to support the Stroke Foundation beyond your lifetime. A bequest has no effect on your financial situation now, and will mean so much to the people we care for.
If you are considering making a Bequest or would like to talk about what is involved and how this can help the Stroke Foundation please contact us on 0800 STROKE (0800 78 76 53) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. If you wish to leave a bequest to one of the regions, please contact the Stroke Foundation to obtain the full legal name.
2. Please discuss any specific purpose with the Foundation prior to making your Will, as it is important to ensure that there will be no issues in using the Bequest for that purpose.
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