Leaving a Bequest

Setting up a Bequest for the Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to learn how you can help us continue our work with your bequest. We would love you to help our work live on after you have gone by including Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust in your will.

We are a not for profit Foundation strongly committed to raise the awareness of Bowel Cancer within New Zealand and to assist in driving change to enhance the early detection of the disease.

If you are interested in seeing the amazing work and targeted investment we are applying, head to the "How we help" section of the site.

Why Donate?

With more people dying in New Zealand from bowel cancer than from breast and prostate cancer combined each year, it is important to educate the general public to recognise the symptoms and take early action to prevent the onset and spread of bowel cancer.

With around 3000 people diagnosed annually, these numbers are expected to increase with the rollout of the Nationwide Bowel Screening Program.

The current Government criteria only cater for the screening of those Kiwi's aged between 60 to 74 years old (accounts for only 36% of diagnosed bowel cancers in this country).

Your vital funds can be directed towards...

  1. Research programmes
  2. The work we are doing to reduce colonoscopy waiting lists for those who do not meet Government screening criteria
  3. Help fund treatments
  4. Rehabilitation of bowel cancer survivors

How to leave a gift in your Will

Making a will is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The good news is, it's simple and affordable, so everyone can do it.

Below are the simple steps required to include Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust into your will.

Step 1. Chose Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust
Step 2. Contact us

We are happy to have a confidential, no-obligation chat about how your bequest can make a difference and how your gift will allow us to continue our work.

Contact our CEO, Georgina Mason by email georgina@bowelcancerfoundation.org.nz

Step 3. Speak with your lawyer/trust company

Speak to your solicitor/trust company about making a will, or changing your existing will to include Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust.

If you already have a will, it might be that you can draw up a codicil - an addition or amendment to your will. This codicil will then need to be incorporated into your will.

Step 4. Tell your family and friends

Speak to your family and friends about your decisions, so they can support the achievement of your charitable goals when the time comes.

By leaving a percentage of your estate, a sum of money or other assets to our charity in your will, you'll be positively affecting the lives of many New Zealanders, including your own children, families and friends.

Your gift, regardless of the size, will be gratefully received by us.

Different types of bequests

There are four main types of gifts you can choose to leave to a charity.

1. Residual: the remainder of your estate after considering your loved ones.

2. Percentage or fractional: a gift expressed as a percentage or fraction of your estate.

3. Pecuniary or specific: a specified gift which can be money, property or stocks and shares.

4. Whole estate: which comprises your entire estate and is usually left by those without beneficiaries or those wanting to achieve something very significant.

Talk to your lawyer about the type of gift that will best suit you and your estate.

Most common ways to leave a gift in your will

There are two..

#1. Pecuniary or Specific Bequest:

I leave to (Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust) of (101 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland) Charity Registration Number: (CC49309): (description of item) absolutely for the general purposes of the said charity and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.

#2. Residuary Bequest:

I leave to (Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust) of (101 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland) Charity Registration Number: (CC49309) (proportion of residue to be completed) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Gifts left to charities are exempt from inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

Thank you so much for including Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust, together we can make a difference.

Charity Achievements

Key milestones reached by Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust

$1.1million

Dollars distributed in the last 12 months to fund research and provide equity of care and better patient outcomes

195

Bowel cancer survivors rehabilitated after gruelling treatment helping to reduce cancer re-occurrence

109+

Bowel screening kits provided to Kiwi’s who do not qualify for free public screening to detect bowel cancer early

7+

Years we've been making a difference for bowel cancer patients in New Zealand