We like to believe that New Zealand is a great place for children, but for many of our young people, this is not the case. Every day, more than 1 in 4 Kiwi kids are going without the basic things that most of us take for granted.
The number of disadvantaged Kiwi kids has doubled over the last three decades. It is one of the most important issues facing us today and, unfortunately, there will likely always be children growing up in hardship across New Zealand. As long as that’s the case, Variety will be here to support them. But we’ll need your help to do so.
Increasingly, people are choosing to change the lives of these children and future generations by leaving a gift in their Will to Variety. You can too.
By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be giving disadvantaged Kiwi kids of future generations the childhood they deserve.
Your gift will enable Variety to provide tailored, flexible support to disadvantaged children across New Zealand, helping them in the way they need. We are embedded into local communities; we work alongside schools, community agencies, social workers and healthcare professionals to identify children in need. Our transparent, robust processes ensure we’re making the most meaningful difference.
Your special gift will be used in one of the following ways:
By leaving a gift in your Will, you will leave a lasting legacy. You will open up a world of opportunity and change the lives of Kiwi generations to come.
We think it’s really important to have an up-to-date Will to ensure that your wishes, and the people and causes you care about most, can be provided for when the time comes.
A share of your estate
Including a percentage of your estate to a charity is known as a ‘residuary gift’. Just a small percentage can have a huge impact. This gift is particularly good as it doesn’t lose its value over time.
A specific sum
Leaving an exact sum of money or shares to a charity is known as a ‘pecuniary gift’.
The following is the most effective wording to include a gift in your Will to Variety.
“I give to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Level 1, 300 Great South Road, Auckland 1051,
for its general purposes, for which the receipt of an authorised officer of Variety shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my trustees.”
Writing or updating your Will is much less arduous that you might think. If you already have a Will and would like to add a gift to Variety – the Children’s Charity, all you need to do is add a ‘codicil’. This is a supplementary document that can be added to your Will. We recommend you take the above wording along to your solicitor and they can help you update your Will.
“I finally got around to sorting out my Will last year. Day to day, I don’t really think about the gift I’ve left to Variety. But when I do think about it, I feel good about being able to help children.”
Elaine, a resident of Hawke’s Bay for 30 years, has been supporting Variety for just one year. In that short time, she has made up her mind to leave a gift in her Will to Variety to ensure she can provide ongoing assistance to the children of New Zealand long after she’s gone.
A friend of Elaine’s and a fellow supporter of Variety told her all about our work, providing support to disadvantaged Kiwi children. “I questioned her at length. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!” Elaine told us that she is a great believer of following her gut instinct and that she knew leaving a gift in her Will to Variety was the right thing to do.
“I hate inequality. Everything should be fair and equitable. But it doesn’t happen. And the children are born into this situation, it’s through no fault of their own. That’s the saddest thing.”
Elaine told us that adding a gift to Variety to her Will was simple. “I kept putting it off but when I got around to it, it was a very easy process to include a gift to Variety. Very easy.”
When asked what she would tell other people who are thinking about leaving a gift in their Will to Variety, Elaine nods. “Go for it. Absolutely, do it. You’ve got the opportunity to do something wonderful for kids that will need your help.”
“I decided that I wanted to leave a gift in my Will to Variety back in 1997. I became President of the charity in the same year after volunteering since 1990 thus giving me a greater platform to express my enthusiasm for Variety.”
“It’s a very sad situation that the country I’ve lived in all my life has ended up with so much poverty. We are now faced with levels of poverty we’ve never seen before and it is children who are suffering most. I’m ashamed to read the statistics on poverty in New Zealand. It’s awful.
“Today, I know that Variety continues to do exceptional work for children. I don’t have children of my own and when reviewing where I’d like some of my money to go, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted it to go to Variety. It has been a big part of my life all these years and it gives me a real buzz to support the organisation.
“I’m proud to support the charity in this way. I know the gift in my Will is going to make a difference to the lives of children for years to come.”
As a charity, Variety depends on the generosity of people like you to help thousands of disadvantaged Kiwi kids have the childhood they deserve. If you do decide to leave a gift in your Will to Variety, we promise to respect that your decision is private and personal and will treat it as such.
To receive further information or to submit an enquiry, please get in touch via this form.
If you’d like to discuss leaving a gift in your Will to Variety or have any questions, please get in touch with Emily Pavey, Relationships Manager, who would be very happy to have a confidential discussion with you.
P: 09 520 4111
M: 022 415 0847
You can also write to us:
Variety – the Children’s Charity
PO Box 17276
Why should I leave a gift in my Will to Variety?
We believe that disadvantaged Kiwi kids deserve the childhood that all kids deserve; a happy, healthy childhood, the same opportunities as other kids, and a foundation for a better future. We hope you do too.
Your special gift will be used to reach the 1 in 3 children living in poverty in New Zealand. With your support, we will continue to distribute funds to children in need of basic essentials, vital medical equipment, life changing mobility needs and essential learning opportunities. A gift in your Will can transform the lives of young Kiwis. Like all donations to Variety, we will ensure that your gift goes a long way in reaching those children living in deprivation in New Zealand.
Why should I write a Will?
A Will ensures that your wishes can be carried out after your death e.g. how you would like your funeral to be carried out, how your children will be provided for, what happens to your possessions.
When should I write my Will?
You don’t have to wait for significant life events (e.g. getting married) to occur before writing a Will. We encourage everyone over the age of 18 to prepare a Will.
Can I specify how I would like a gift in my Will to be used by Variety?
It’s a good idea to make sure a gift in your Will isn’t earmarked for anything specific. This is to ensure we can respond to changing needs of disadvantaged children in New Zealand as they arise in years to come; it future-proofs your gift to ensure it will go to where it is needed most. The worst-case scenario is that we would have to turn down your generous donation as we no longer carried out the specific work mentioned in your Will. We ask that you trust Variety to use your future gift in the most appropriate and impactful way.
Why should I tell you if I’ve left a gift in my Will to Variety? Isn’t this a confidential matter?
Your decision to leave a gift in your Will to Variety is absolutely a confidential matter and there is no obligation to tell us of your intention. The reason we encourage it is so we can be confident that we have a future source of income and it gives us the freedom to plan ahead in an informed way. With this knowledge, we will also be able to thank you and keep you updated with our work. If you do decide to let us know, you do not need to tell us the value of your gift.
Notification of a gift in your Will will always be treated with utmost confidence and respect.
Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my Will to Variety?
Every donation we receive from our supporters is important to us and has a direct impact on the lives of Kiwi children living in deprivation. Even a small percentage of your estate can make a meaningful difference. Small or large, every gift can change a child’s life.
What if I change my mind?
It’s not a problem! You are free to change your mind at any time, whether you’ve informed us that you’re leaving a gift in your Will to Variety or not. You are under no obligation. If you do decide that it’s not an option for you any longer, it would be helpful if you could let us know.
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