Leave A Gift In Your Will

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Deciding to leave a gift in your Will is one of the most important decisions you will ever make and it’s important for you to have the relevant information to hand.  

If you would like to receive more information about the visionary act of leaving a gift in your Will, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page and a friendly member of our Gifts in Wills team will be in touch. Alternatively, please feel free to reach out to our Gifts in Wills Specialist, Gabi, by email [email protected]

We appreciate that your family and loved ones should always come first, and believe it is important to talk with them about your intentions and why leaving a gift to Médecins Sans Frontières is important to you. 

Writing your Will can be a simple or a complex process based on your own individual set of circumstances. If you need specific advice on your situation, we recommend consulting a solicitor.

If you are ready to draft your Will, there are some convenient online options. We have partnered with two online Will-writing platforms, Safewill and Footprint. Both services provide legally valid Wills. If your Will is very complex, you might prefer to consult a solicitor. More information on both platforms is provided below. (MSF does not receive financial benefits from the promotion of either platform).

Safewill helps Kiwis without a Will, to easily and affordably write or update a legally binding Will. You can make your bespoke Will online through a step-by-step process. As a valued MSF supporter, you can write your Will for just $80 (normally $160). It takes as little as 20 minutes to complete, is reviewed to ensure correct completion by their affiliate law firm, Safewill Legal, and comes with a year of free and unlimited updates. To learn more, click here.



Footprint is one of New Zealand's largest providers of online Wills, committed to helping and supporting Kiwis every day to turn their stories into a legend. Having a Will is not only about your final wishes, it’s also about protecting the people, pets and communities you care about most. As a valued MSF supporter, you can write your Will for $85. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and follows an easy step-by-step process. To learn more, click here

These websites are not under the control of MSF New Zealand, and you should read/agree with their privacy policies before proceeding to share your personal information. 


Step 1: Write Or Update Your Will

A gift in your Will, no matter what the amount, can make a real difference to the lives of many people in need of emergency medical care.

If you already have a Will but would like to leave a gift to Médecins Sans Frontières, you can do so by making a simple addition to your existing Will. This is called a codicil.

If you do not have a Will at the moment, you can simply include a bequest when you write a new Will.

Whatever your circumstances, we would advise you see a solicitor to ensure your wishes will be followed. 

When unexpected medical emergencies occur and our immediate action is required, it is essential that all our programs can continue without interruption. Financial flexibility is crucial to our ability to respond to priority needs, so we ask that you do not designate your gift to a particular project, country or region.

Step 2: Decide Your Gift

There are a number of ways you can leave a gift to Médecins Sans Frontières, depending on your circumstances.

Residuary Bequest: This is the most effective way to leave a bequest to Médecins Sans Frontières. It is a gift of what remains after you have made provisions for your loved ones. A residuary gift will keep up with inflation. It will mean your bequest will achieve as much in our projects in the future as you would like it to now. 

Percentage Gift: Leaving a percentage of your estate allows you to decide what proportion of your total estate you would like to give to Médecins Sans Frontières. A percentage gift will also keep up with inflation.

Pecuniary Bequest or Specific Sum: A pecuniary bequest is a fixed sum of money to be left to Médecins Sans Frontières. This type of gift will not keep up with inflation.

Step 3: Suggested Wording For Your Will

Here is our suggested wording to use when writing or updating your Will, as well as our organisational details.

“I give and bequeath to Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand Charitable Trust, of PO Box 6241, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142 New Zealand:

  • the residue, or
  • [......] percent of my whole estate, or
  • [......] percent of the residue, or
  • the specific sum of $[......]

to be used for its general purposes.”

NZBN: 2637615
Registered Charity Number: CC53189

Step 4: Notify Loved Ones And Medecins Sans Frontieres

We believe it is important to talk to family and loved ones about your Will. Communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out. Let your family know that leaving a gift to Médecins Sans Frontières is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.

We also suggest that you let us know once you have left a gift in your Will to Médecins Sans Frontières. Knowing when someone has chosen to support us in this particular way helps us to plan more confidently for the future, and I would be very pleased to have the opportunity to thank you personally for your generous support of Médecins Sans Frontières. 

For me, the concept of a legacy is not about having your name in stone somewhere, it’s about the positive impact your legacy can have.

Katherine Quin
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