Bequests

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Bequest


A gift in your will to the SPCA is a very special last act of kindness. By leaving a gift in your will, you can ensure that the love you have for animals can continue for countless generations to come. You'll be helping to ensure that in the future, thousands of animals get the love they all need and deserve.

Why leave a gift to the SPCA?

The SPCA receives only a small amount of government funding to help us in our animal welfare work. Instead, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of animal lovers to support animals through the precious gift they leave in their will.

Bequests are one of our largest sources of funding and our on-going lifeblood providing income for many years ahead.

Leaving a gift to the animals is a fitting way to celebrate the love and companionship you have enjoyed during your own lifetime. Your gift can help ensure that the SPCA will always be here to help New Zealand's animals through our essential work.


The different ways you can make a bequest

There are a variety of ways to leave a gift in your will to the SPCA depending on what suits you best:

  • Residuary: what is left over (the residue) in your estate after all expenses, debts, and other specific bequests have been settled.
  • Pecuniary: a specified sum of money in a will.
  • Specified bequest: where a particular item is specified in a will, for example, works of art, or stocks and shares, or even property.

To ensure the wording in your will accurately describes your intentions, the following clauses should be included:

I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfills the objects I intended to benefit.

Understandably some people have a strong affinity and association with their local SPCA centre and you may wish that your gift is directed to a specific community. In this circumstance we recommend the following wording:

I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes, for use in the
(name the area of New Zealand you want your gift directed to e.g Otago) area and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfills the objects I intended to benefit.


Caring for your pets

If you choose to make a bequest to the SPCA in your Will, it really helps if you let us know. As well as giving us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity, we will be able to give you peace of mind that your pets are cared for when you are gone.

You can opt to transfer custody to a friend or family member, however if no one is able to care for them, you can include a clause in your will which gives custody to your local SPCA centre, we recommend the following wording:

If I have any pets at my death and have not made alternative provision for their care and welfare, I give those pets to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated. Without imposing any trust I ask the SPCA to take any action the SPCA in its absolute discretion considers necessary for the welfare of my pets, including:

  • Finding a suitable new home; or 
  • Placing my pets in a specifically selected foster home


Ask us more about making a 
gift in your will to SPCA New Zealand

Leaving a gift in your will is a big decision and we appreciate you'll want to take your time to think it through first and share your thoughts with your family.

Everyone is different, and so are their circumstances, so it's important that the gift you leave is right for you. If you would like to discuss your options further or if you wish to consider making a bequest during your lifetime, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email: legacy@spca.nz
Phone: 027 512 9689

 

Support your community


 

Giving in your Will is an easy way to make a difference.

Rotorua SPCA is doing fabulous things in our local community and they deserve our support.   Donation and gifts made through the Geyser Community Foundation to the Rotorua SPCA Fund will benefit Rotorua SPCA forever 

Geyser provides a unique and effective way to support your local community:

  • Donated capital remains forever
  • Investment income supports Rotorua SPCA – forever

Contact the Geyser Community Foundation today to find out more on 07 349 7496.

 

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