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Leave a gift in your Will

By leaving a gift to Family Works in your Will, you’ll support Kiwi children and families living in poverty, with family violence and in dire situations that can be difficult to even imagine.

Many of us would like to be able to support children and families in need more than we do now. However, sometimes it’s just not possible.

Leaving a gift in your Will means your current financial situation and lifestyle need not change, as the money comes out of your estate after your death. It allows for you to continue providing for those who depend on you today, while also supporting causes that are important to you in the future.

What does it mean for children and families in need? 

Leaving a gift in your Will is a powerful and lasting way to support vulnerable New Zealanders who may not otherwise receive the help they need. Your gift will have a positive impact on generations to come.

What does it mean to Family Works?

While we do receive some government funding to offer services across the lower North Island, there are many more children and families in need of our support. For that we rely on the generosity of people like you. Our vision of for Aotearoa New Zealand to be the best place in the world to grow up – a place where all children are safe, families are strong and communities are connected.

Making a will

Your Will needs to be thought about, discussed, planned, and arranged carefully. That way, you can be sure that your hard earned assets will  be used to support the things you care about after you are gone. 

If you’ve decided to leave a gift in your Will, you can choose for your donation to be used for a specific Family Works service or region, or you can choose for your gift to be used wherever the need is greatest at the time.

Making a bequest is an easy process. The first step is to contact your solicitor or professional trustee. They will make sure your wishes are clearly and accurately recorded in your Will or added to your existing Will. (This amendment is called adding a codicil).

You can remember Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central) in your Will in a number of ways.

  1. A specific gift: You can choose to leave a specific amount of money, real estate, shares or any gift you wish to nominate.
  2. A percentage: You can leave a nominated percentage or fraction of your total estate.
  3. A residual gift: After providing for your family, you can nominate that you want to leave part, or all of what’s left of your estate to Family Works. Its flexibility also means it is less likely to need updating over time.

As your will is a legal document, it is important to seek the right advice and wording. You should contact your solicitor or a recognized trustee company; for example the Public Trust Office or Guardian Trust. They will be able to advise you on creating a Will in accordance with your wishes.

Words matter!

When you make a Will, or add to an existing Will (a codicil) you need to be clear as to what your
wishes are.

As Family Works is legally part of Presbyterian Support Central, we suggest the following words:

“I give to Presbyterian Support Central ‘a percentage of my estate’, or: ‘the residue of my estate’, or: ‘the sum of $ ’, for general purposes. I declare that the receipt of Presbyterian Support Central signed by the Chief Executive, or other proper officer, will be sufficient receipt and discharge for my trustees”.

Bequests ‘for general purposes’ can be used where the need is greatest. Alternatively, you may prefer to support and specify an area of our work that is of special interest to you.

For example: “I express the wish that this gift be used to assist children and families experiencing family violence or poverty.” Or “I express the wish that this gift be used to support children and families in Taranaki.”

Our details:

  • Our official name: Presbyterian Support Central
  • PSC Charity Registration Number: CC11182
  • Our Address: PO Box 12706, Thorndon, Wellington 6144

Kowhai Club

We understand that you may wish to keep the contents of your Will to yourself. However, once you have included Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central) in your Will, you may choose to let us know. We would love to hear from you. We would love to thank you, to keep you updated of our work in the community, and to welcome you to the Kowhai Club.

The Kowhai Club is a very special group made up entirely of people who have advised us that they are helping vulnerable children, families or older people by including Presbyterian Support Central (including Family Works and Enliven) in their Will. The Kowhai Club offers us the opportunity to recognise and honour you during your lifetime while you are able to accept our thanks and appreciation.

Any questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will/making a bequest. Our Supporter Relations Advisor, Margie Carter, would be delighted to hear from you and is happy to provide any additional information you’d like about our work in the community.

Phone: 0508 TO HELP (that’s 0508 864357)
Email: support@psc.org.nz
Address: Supporter Relations Advisor
PO Box 12706
Thorndon
Wellington 6144