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Bequests

Leave a lasting legacy

Any donation helps the RSA to care for and support all service personnel and their families get the support they need – even a small donation can go a long way!

Why we do what we do? 

Our Vision as the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Inc (RNZRSA) is for a country that values service to New Zealand. Our mission is to remember and care for all those impacted by service for New Zealand in military operations.  That includes not only service people but also their families.

We believe in a nation joined by a heartfelt connection to the Anzac spirit of courage, commitment, comradeship and compassion.

For over 100 years the RSA has led New Zealand in helping our veterans and their families.   While honouring the past is an important part of who we are, we’re also focused firmly on the present.

The National office is here to primarily support and remember our veterans, current service personnel and their families.  Every day we receive a cry for help. We rely on the generosity and assistance of New Zealanders to help achieve our mission.  

What you can do to help? 

We gratefully accept any donation - every bit counts. 

The need is vast, service and particularly active service often taking a significant toll on the individuals and their families involved.

Your donation could go towards funding a cataract operation, medical care, mobility assistance, help with school fees, emotional support including trauma counselling and help with treatment for post-traumatic stress, hearing aids, equine therapy, or a companion dog like Delta as shown here on One Network News.

One specific way you can help is to join the veterans and their families who leave gifts (commonly called bequests) in their Wills to the RSA.

Our Part

We will use your gift through our paid and volunteer network to provide help to those in need.

You can change your mind – we understand things change and so might the arrangements you want to make in your Will.

We will be available to talk with you about your wishes for your bequest and how we can help achieve those.

We will keep what you have done confidential unless you don’t want us to.

How to make a bequest to RNZRSA 

Contact us 

While you don’t have to ask us to leave a bequest, we can help with the process.  We are also happy to meet or call you for a confidential, no-obligation chat about how your bequest can make a difference. We can discuss how your donation will allow us to continue our work through your generosity.

Speak with your lawyer/trust company 

Making a Will can help your family deal with a difficult time so we think everyone should make a Will.  Speak to your lawyer, the Public Trust or another trust company about making a Will or changing your existing Will to include a bequest to RNZRSA as a charity you want to support. 

Decide whether to tell your family and friends 

While you do not have to consult anyone about how you want to arrange your affairs, speaking to your family and friends about your decisions might help them give effect to your charitable goals when the time comes.  

It is up to you whether you tell us. It is a very private matter, but it is very helpful for us to have this information as we would like to thank you in this lifetime and talk with you about how we would see your money being used.  

Bequests FAQs 

Why should I leave a charitable gift to the RNZRSA? 

We change lives every day and can only do this through our benefactor's generosity. We have limited funding, and the more donations we receive the more we can help veterans, current serving personnel and their families.

How do I make a gift in my will?

See your lawyer, the Public Trust, a trustee company, your local Community Law Centre or Citizen’s Advice Bureau who can advise you how to do this. 

 There are various options.  You can make:

  • A residual gift – once you have sorted out your family and friends, you can leave the residual of the estate to the RNZRSA. 
  • A percentage –you may choose to gift all or a percentage of your estate to the RNZRSA. This way if the value of your assets increases or decreases in time, so does your gift. 
  • A specific gift – you decide a specific gift, this could be a set amount of money, shares,  real estate or such other assets as you choose. 

Possible wording for a bequest is:

To give [set out the amount/nature of the gift] free from all charges and duties to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association Inc, incorporated society number 215442 howsoever called now or in the future (hereafter called “RNZRSA”) or its successor to use for the welfare of those who serve or have served in New Zealand’s armed forces, whether as part of the Defence Force or earlier, and/or their families or any of them in need. 

A receipt from the Chief Executive or such other duly authorised officer of RNZRSA shall be full and sufficient discharge to my trustees for all property given under this gift and my trustees shall not be bound to see to the application of the gift.

However, this wording might not be suitable in all circumstances and you should get advice from a lawyer, the Public Trust, a trustee company, your local Community Law Centre or Citizen’s Advice Bureau before creating or making changes to your Will to include such a bequest.

RNZRSA’s Charity Services registration number is CC20275.

Don't have a lawyer or a will?  

The Law Society (0800 22 30 30 - inquiries@lawsociety.org.nz) has a list of lawyers in your area who will be able to help. 

Alternatively you can contact your local Citizen's Advice Bureau, Community Law Centre, the Public Trust (0800 371 471 - email info@publictrust.co.nz),  Guardian Trust (0800 683 909 – info@guardiantrust.co.nz) or some other trust company.

Do you need to tell RNZRSA about your bequest? 

That’s your decision. However, should you decide to discuss your gift, rest assured we will treat this with the strictest of confidence.  We would like the opportunity to recognise your generosity, to thank you, and discuss how we would see your gift being used in the future.  

Can I direct how I want my bequest to be spent? 

Yes, it is entirely up to you. 

The only restriction is that it must be something we can actually do.  The fluid nature of our organisation means that requests can be very random and unplanned.

Sometimes we won't know the level of support needed until we hear from the veteran, or the family member. 

By not directing how your gift is spent, it allows us the ability to be able to manage and direct your money appropriately. Rest assured, your money is used wisely.  

 Questions? 

Feel free to contact our office on 04 384 7994