FAQs about a gift in your Will

Whether you're updating your Will, or creating one, we're here to help.

Check out these frequently asked questions about including a gift in your Will to World Vision. If you cannot answer your question below, please contact us using the form below, for more information or to discuss your wishes in confidence. We would love to help you, and together, we can continue to protect and nurture children.


You can transform the lives of the next generation of vulnerable children and communities living in extreme poverty and dangerous places by including a gift in your Will.

Since 1974 we have worked hard to make sure that all resources entrusted to us are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to bring maximum impact to children and communities in need. We have strong checks and balances in place to ensure your money goes where we say it will.
Whether you’re updating your Will or creating one for the first time, we’re here to help. Including a gift in your Will is simple to do, doesn’t impact on your day-to-day living and gives satisfaction knowing that your generosity will live on.

There are three main ways of including a gift in your Will. Your legal advisor will clarify for you what best suits your wishes and circumstances:
  • Residual - remainder of your estate after taking care of your loved ones
  • Percentage - a percentage of the value of your estate
  • Pecuniary or specific - a specific sum of money, property or items.
Suggested wording:
"I give to World Vision New Zealand (CC25984) the residue of my estate (or ……………% of my estate or the sum of $...............or a description of the property or asset given) for its general purposes and declare that the receipt of the Chair or other authorised officer shall be full and sufficient discharge for my Trustees."

When preparing your Will, we advise seeking qualified legal advice including a solicitor, the Public Trust Office or a trustee company such as Perpetual Guardian. The New Zealand Law Society and your local Citizen's Advice Bureau can help you find a solicitor if you don't already have one.
As it may be many years before your gift becomes a reality, we encourage you not to be too specific in your Will as World Vision New Zealand priorities and projects change over time. We ask you to trust our experienced leadership team to use the gift where it is most needed. 
Contributions made through Child Sponsorship enable community-based development programmes which bring about long-term, sustainable improvements for children and their communities. A gift in your Will to “World Vision New Zealand Child Sponsorship programmes (or equivalent successor programmes)” will enable us to continue this important work. 
We understand that you may wish to keep the contents of your Will entirely to yourself. However, we encourage you to let us know if you have included a gift to World Vision New Zealand to help us plan for the future with confidence. 

We want to thank you during your lifetime, welcome you to our Visionaries Group and keep you or your trustees informed of the impact gifts in Wills are making now.

If you wish to remain anonymous, this will be honoured.
A gift in your Will, legacy or bequest refers to the property or money that you promise in your Will to give to another person, organisation or charity after you die.

Your estate means the whole of your property and assets at the time of your death. 

You can help transform the lives of children for generations to come.

“My support of World Vision began at primary school with the 40 Hour Famine challenge, child sponsorship started with my first pay, and now twenty years later, I love the idea of leaving a legacy for the future.” — Jessica Wallace, Visionary

Contact us today for more information or to discuss your wishes in confidence.

<br>Contact us today for more information or to discuss your wishes in confidence.