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Leave a Gift in Your Will

The impact of your gift can be felt beyond your lifetime. By leaving a gift to Médecins Sans Frontières in your Will, you are ensuring we can continue to deliver on our commitment to provide medical assistance where and when it is needed the most. Our programs are run in some of the world’s most conflict-ridden, challenging, and inaccessible places, and without the support of people like you, this work would simply not be possible.

As an organisation, our ability to remain independent is crucial in ensuring that our medical programs truly know no borders. Your gifts play an important role in the success and longevity of our many projects across the globe.

We recognise that creating a Will is one of the most important steps you’ll ever take. That’s why we know it’s important that you take your time and have all the information you need to help you determine whether you will leave a gift in your Will. 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.


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.

Bequestor Katherine Quin
Katherine Quin


If you would like to discuss your bequest or have any further questions, please get in touch using the form below.

You can also contact our Gifts in Wills Coordinator, Gabi, by email [email protected]

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