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The Will To Give

Leaving a gift for the community in your Will through Taranaki Foundation is a simple way to ensure your gift will continue giving forever.

By making a gift in your Will, or establishing a fund in your lifetime, you will support the people, places and communities you care about for generations to come.

You may consider leaving a percentage of your estate or a specified sum in your Will, the choice is up to you.

Full details of the options available to anyone thinking about leaving a gift to Taranaki Foundation can be found in our Bequest Pack.


Community is our ‘sixth child’

Anne has decided to leave a gift in her will for her community and says that she is “delighted” to have this plan in place.

“Giving through Taranaki Foundation keeps my giving alive – it keeps on living forever and giving forever. It means I can leave a lasting legacy for my community.”

Making an intergenerational impact

Loren Anderson and Joel Zimmerman have deep roots in Taranaki.

They have chosen to support the Taranaki community through a gift in their will with Taranaki Foundation because it will provide intergenerational support for the region they love.


Birthday celebration includes a gift for the community

A health scare and the example set by her parents inspired Janine Evans to leave a bequest to help others, as part of her 65th birthday celebrations.

Giving Stories

A quiet act of generosity

Realising a wish to make a long-lasting difference

An intergenerational family legacy lives on for Taranaki

Steve ‘Coach’ McKean legacy honoured

Have a few questions?

Foundation staff can work with you to understand your wishes and provide the documentation your lawyer will require to include a gift in your Will.
Or you may choose to work directly with your professional advisor to make a bequest to the Taranaki Foundation in your Will.


Often, we can’t give as generously as we would like during our lifetime. A gift in your Will can be the perfect way to make a difference, without impacting on your current financial needs.

Giving is all about your personal situation.  You can choose to:

  • Make a bequest in your Will for a specified amount.
  • Leave a percentage of your estate in your Will.
  • Give during your lifetime – you can decide to make small or large gifts over time.

You don’t have to be specific. You can consider leaving a percentage of your estate, perhaps with a ceiling limit attached to it.

You’re free to change your mind at any time.

You decide the places, causes or charities you wish to benefit from your generosity. You can change your distributions in the future, by updating your Memorandum of Wishes with the Foundation, without having to change your Will.

You can remove or re-add Taranaki Foundation to your Will by simply amending your Will through the ordinary avenues.

"We have decided to leave a gift in our will to the Taranaki Foundation. We love the idea of giving back to the community that has accepted us so wholeheartedly. It’s very humbling to know that we will help others for years to come. "
Matthew and Marcia Millard - Donors