Remembering VSA with a gift in your Will

Sir Edmund Hillary, our founding President, believed that people working together in partnership could achieve great things. For that, we need you.  

Thank you, from our whānau to yours, for considering supporting our vision of a world of thriving communities together. By leaving a gift in your to VSA your generosity will be felt for generations to come.  


We have more information available in our new bequest pack.

If you would like to request a bequest pack or have questions about leaving a gift in your Will to VSA, then please get in touch with our Fundraising Team or phone 04 495 8546. Any member of the Fundraising Team is happy to help with any questions you may have.  

Below are a few steps to guide you:

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Step 1: Write or update your Will

Having a Will can bring peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order and that the people and causes that are important to you have been provided for exactly as you intend.


We recommend that you seek independent legal advice when you choose to write your Will, or if you wish to review your Will at any time. We give an example of bequest wording, but it does not replace the need to get independent legal advice before making a bequest.

Step 2: Choose your gift

There are many forms of gift including those noted below and your lawyer will clarify for you what best suits your wishes and circumstances:


Percentage or fractional – a gift as fraction or percentage of your estate


Residual - the residue of your estate (what remains after all other gifts and costs have been deducted)


Pecuniary or specific – a specific sum of money, a particular asset such as property, shares or an insurance policy

Step 3: Suggested wording

Once you’ve made the decision to leave a gift in your Will to VSA, here’s an example of the wording you could use:

“I give, free of all duties and taxes to Volunteer Service Abroad: Te Tūao Tāwāhi Incorporated of 77 Thorndon Quay, Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington 6011, Aotearoa/New Zealand:

•          […………] percent of my estate, or

•          the rest and residue of my estate

•          […………] percent of the residue, or

•          the specific sum of $[…………]

•          […………] (a description of property or assets)

to be used for its general purposes. An authorised receipt from Volunteer Service Abroad will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee(s).”


Key pieces of information your solicitor may require are:

  Our official name: Volunteer Service Abroad Te Tūao Tāwāhi Incorporated

              Our Registered Charity Number: CC36739

              Our address: 77 Thorndon Quay, Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington 6011, Aotearoa/New Zealand


Step 4: Let loved ones know

Your Will is your legacy to your whānau, your loved ones, to the next generations and to the values you hold dear.


That is why we feel it’s important to talk to your loved ones about your Will and a good idea to let them know that you are leaving a gift to VSA. Communication can help to ensure your wishes are carried out as you intend.


Some of our supporters want their gift to be in honour of a friend or family member.  If you’d like to do the same, please let us know, we’d love to know more about them so we can best honour them with your gift.