You can make a bequest to the Soil & Health Association –
for a more organic world

When it’s our turn to become compost, we can continue to contribute to an Organic New Zealand.

When preparing your will, you can choose to leave a bequest to the Soil & Health Association. This gift is one that you may not be able to make during your lifetime, but will ensure that others can continue to work for a more organic and sustainable New Zealand in the future.

Your generosity at death will enable us to continue working on making New Zealand: Organic, Pesticide Free and GE Free

In your will, you can leave a bequest to the Soil & Health Association for “general purposes” or a “specific purpose”. We will respect your wishes if you leave a gift for a specific campaign, however, because of the changing nature of campaigns and funds available it may be that the Association can better use your gift if it is left for “general purposes”.

We invite you to advise us, in confidence, that you have left a bequest in your will to the Soil & Health Association. This gives us the opportunity to thank you in life.

Making a will is easy. To make or change a will, please contact your lawyer or the Public Trust Office who offer a free will service. And because your life circumstances will change, we encourage you to regularly review your will.

There is no tax duty payable on bequests given to the Soil & Health Association.

There are four ways you can include us in your will

  1. Specific sum
    This is a common form of bequest, where a specific amount is written in to your will. We recommend that you review your will regularly in light of inflation and changes to the value of your estate if you choose to nominate a specific sum to bequest.
  2. Percentage of your estate
    You can nominate a percentage of your estate to be gifted. By nominating a percentage of your estate, your donation keeps pace with inflation and your estate value.
  3. Residue of your estate
    This is the money or assets remaining from your estate after it has been divided amongst those you wish to remember. You can specify to gift the full sum, a nominated amount or a percentage of your residue estate.
  4. Gift of assets or property
    You can nominate to gift a property, home, shares or other assets, allowing them to be retained as a capital investment or to be sold to raise funds. If you choose to do this, we ask that you please contact us first to ensure that we are able to accept and utilise your gift in the way that you would hope.

Wording for your will

If you do include us in your will, then it is important that you personally write, or confirm, the wording of your will and sign your will, and that our full, legal name is used – “The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Incorporated”.

Sample wording you may wish to use in your will

Gift for general purposes

“I bequest the sum of $_________ (or_____% of my estate or _____% of the residue of my estate) free of probate and estate duties to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Incorporated for general purposes. I declare that a receipt given on behalf of the Association will be a complete discharge to my Trustees for the gift.”

Gift for specific purposes

“I bequest the sum of $___________ (or _____% of my estate or _____% of the residue of my estate) free of probate and estate duties to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Incorporated, to be used for ________________. Should the Association be unable to use the money for that purpose, I direct the Association to use the funds for the general purposes of the Association. I declare that a receipt given on behalf of the Association will be a complete discharge to my Trustees for the gift.”

A more organic end

We encourage you to think about your wishes after death for your physical body. There are more organic options available than the conventional process after death.

The links below take you to information about environmentally friendlier options in New Zealand. If you know of other sites we could link to, then please contact us, as we would be pleased to help people find this information.

Living Legacies – www.livinglegacies.co.nz
Living Legacies is a natural funeral company which has an innovative, sustainable and celebratory approach to life, death and funerals. The site has information about planning for a funeral and natural burial parks.

Natural Burials – www.naturalburials.co.nz
Natural Burials is a not for profit organisation, which promotes the concept of natural cemeteries. There is information on this site about “Ways to green a ‘traditional’ burial” and they have a “Natural Wishes Will Pack”.

State of Grace – www.stateofgrace.net.nz
State of Grace was founded by a group of women who are passionate about enabling families to personally care for and make specific home-based funeral arrangements for loved ones. They also believe in the principles of sustainability and that the processes should be as natural as possible.