Donate 1% for Good
Leaving just 1% of your estate in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ could help more than 193,000 Kiwis live full and happy lives.
Help support a life beyond vision loss
Thank you so much for your interest in leaving a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ. Such a gift would help to transform the lives of New Zealanders with sight loss – for many years to come.
You won’t just be helping people overcome the day-to-day challenges of vision loss. You will be helping them to live out their passions and excel at whatever they choose to do. Blind Low Vision NZ is privileged to help life open up for adults and children, through access to specialised counselling, mobility training, new technology and other practical help including guide dogs. Through your future support, you will make even more possible for New Zealanders with sight loss.
A gift in your Will can help to ensure the next generation of people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision live the life they choose.
Our Vision, Your Legacy
Ryder, a remarkable guide dog, has become an unwavering source of freedom and companionship for Laura, his owner.
How to leave a gift
Before you make or update your Will, we encourage you to talk to your loved ones about your decision first. If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ, we recommend consulting your solicitor or a legal expert to manage the paper work on your behalf. They can advise you on how to leave a gift in your Will while still making sure your family and loved ones are taken care of.
Types of gifts
We encourage you to talk to your solicitor or trustee company about the different types of gifts you can leave as a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ. They can help you choose the gift that best reflects your wishes – there are three main types to consider:
- Percentage gift: Leaving a gift as a percentage rather than a fixed amount will ensure that inflation doesn’t erode the value of your gift over your lifetime. It can also be used if you wish to divide your estate among a number of people or organisations. 1% could make a real and significant difference to our work.
- Residual gift: This gift is the remainder of your estate (or percentage thereof) after your loved ones have been provided for and expenses have been deducted.
- Pecuniary gift: This gift is a specific amount
such as $5,000.
Wording your gift
If you are kind enough to include a gift to Blind Low Vision NZ in your Will, please make sure you include the correct wording. Your Lawyer can advise you or you can use our suggested wording below. If you already have a Will, you can update this by way of a codicil, using the same wording.
“I give and bequeath to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind CC21361, the sum of $xx, (or) xx% of my estate, (or) the residue of my estate free of all charges, 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.”
If you would like the bequest to be designated to a specific area or cause please note this in place of “to be used where most needed” above.
Leaving a Legacy of Love
For Jennifer and Charles, the decision to include Blind Low Vision NZ in our wills was both emotional and practical.
Gifts in Wills TVC
Frequently Asked Questions
Leaving a gift in your Will for Blind Low Vision NZ will help ensure the next generation of people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision live the life they choose.
Right now there are 193,000 New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or low vision. As our population ages, that number will increase, reaching 225,000 by 2028. Demand for our services will keep increasing with time.
Your gift will help to fund guide dogs, vision rehabilitation, our accessible library and the ever-changing technologies and services that make it possible for New Zealanders with sight loss to live their lives to the fullest.
You can add a codicil to your existing Will to add a gift to Blind Low Vision NZ. We recommend you contact your solicitor or a legal expert to make this change.
Yes. If you would like the bequest to be designated to a specific area or cause please note this in the wording of your Will.
Yes. We changed our name from the Blind Foundation to Blind Low Vision NZ in 2019. Our legal name is Royal New Zealand Foundation Of The Blind Incorporated.
A gift in your Will made to our new name Blind Low Vision NZ or any of our previous names will be legally honoured. Our Charity number has remained the same.
Our charity number is CC21361.
If you do intend to leave a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ, please consider telling us about your gift. Letting us know does not alter your right to change or update your wishes if circumstances change but it does help us plan for the future.
If you would like to let us know, you don’t need to say the amount, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to thank and acknowledge you as a Visionary of Blind Low Vision NZ and send you updates on our work through our summer and winter newsletters “Our Vision, Your Legacy”, event invites and a small gift of a Blind Low Vision NZ lapel pin.
If you change your mind about leaving a gift for Blind Low Vision NZ, you have the right to change or update your Will at any time.
For information regarding wording or making a gift in your Will please contact:
Joanne Eve – Relationships Manager Legacies
Phone 09 355 6888
Mobile 022 0159 216
Toll Free: 0508 534 229
For legal matters or to notify us of a bequest please contact:
Tony Robson – Legacy Administration Manager
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