Legacy gifts change lives

Auckland Deaf Society is heavily reliant on the generosity of ordinary New Zealanders, like you, to fund our programmes.

Your legacy will help us to ensure we can continue to be the community hub for Deaf Aucklanders and their whānau for generations to come.

Your legacy could help to:

  • Develop diverse and engaging programmes for people for all ages and walks of life
  • To create employment opportunities for Deaf Aucklanders, particularly young people
  • Provide New Zealand Sign Language Classes to give hearing New Zealanders the opportunity to learn one of New Zealand’s official languages and connect with the Deaf Community

Every gift in a will, regardless of type or size, will be gratefully accepted

Types of Legacy

The remainder of your estate after considering your loved ones. This is a great way to help us through your Will. This means that you can provide for your dependents and debts and any cash legacies first and then leave us whatever is left, or a percentage or fraction of whatever is left. This type of legacy is inflation proof and it means that you won’t have to alter your Will to account for inflation, as you may if you designate a specific sum of money as a legacy.

A gift expressed as a percentage or fraction of your estate.

A specified gift which can be money, property or stocks and shares.

This comprises your entire estate and is usually left by those without beneficiaries or those wanting to achieve something very significant.

What will my gift be used for?

None of us can see into the future so the needs of the community today might change considerably in the future, that is why it is best to leave your legacy for “general purposes”. This way it can be used where it is most needed.However, you can specify the funds from your legacy are used towards a particular programme or you could set up a scholarship fund for education or coaching programmes.

If you do wish to restrict some or all your gift to be used for a particular purpose, your solicitor will be able to suggest wording to ensure we will still receive your gift, even if there are changes to the way we provide services.

Making a Will

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 Public Trust.

Your solicitor only needs to know how you would like your estate to be distributed.

Your solicitor will help you to finalise your Will in accordance with your wishes and advise you about choosing executors and how to keep your Will safe.

OFFICIAL WORDING: If you are making a will and including a legacy to Auckland Deaf Society

“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 Auckland Deaf Society Incorporated, to be used where most needed, and the official receipt of the Foundation 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)

OFFICIAL WORDING: Altering an existing Will to include a legacy to Auckland Deaf Society

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 sort of postscript to your existing Will, and can be drawn up easily by your solicitor.

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.

If you would like more information about including a gift to Auckland Deaf Society, please email fundraising@auckland-deaf.org.nz. All conversations will be strictly confidential.

Auckland Deaf Society is proud to be part of Include a Charity.