If you’d like to help change lives even after your gone you can leave a gift to Bible Society in your Will. We promise to carefully and prayerfully use any amount given for the ongoing distribution of God's Word, to those who need it most wherever in the world that need may be.
If you are about to make a Will
If you’re about to make a Will and you want to include a gift for Bible work, then the typical wording which you could use is:
I give the sum of $_____ free of all duties to The Bible Society in New Zealand (Inc.) for the general purposes of the Society. I declare that the receipt of the secretary or treasurer of the Society shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee(s) for such a gift.
$ or %?
If you’re not sure how much you’d like to give or don’t want to state a dollar figure, you may wish to state a percentage, or fraction of your estate, or leave the residue (after making provision for your family and other concerns) of your estate or specified asset(s).
With inflation constantly rising, a set amount soon begins to lose its value and when it’s finally paid out it may end up being less than you originally intended. So stating a percentage or fraction of the total estate is a good option.
Already made your Will?
If you’ve already made your Will and want to include a gift to Bible Society, you can either make a new Will or add what is termed a ‘codicil’ to your Will. This is a separate document but still part of your Will.
The wording for a codicil will be something like this:
This is the (number of the codicil to the Will… e.g. first, second, third, etc) codicil of the last Will of (name) of (place of residence) (Occupation) which Will bears the (date) ____ day of ____ (month), (year).I want to add to my Will and insert the following clause: (No. of clause) I give to the Bible Society in New Zealand (Inc.) the sum of $____ for the general purposes of the Society and in all other respects I confirm my said Will.
Again please note that instead of naming a specific sum of money you may want to state a percentage, fraction or the residue of your estate or specified asset(s).
Some people find comfort in the knowledge that their funeral arrangements are planned in advance. It’s not meant to be morbid, rather, a way to ease the burden on those you leave behind by providing them with the details for a farewell into God’s Kingdom that you wish for.
We’ve created a handy little booklet that’ll help you with your planning. It’s not a legal document, just a way to share your wishes for your funeral arrangements.