Leave a lasting legacy for kids.

This is just the beginning of something unforgettable, lasting and life-changing for kids.

Consider leaving a gift in your Will – and together, we can change the world for millions of kids.

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Why are Gifts in Wills so important to UNICEF?

Every day we see the impact of ongoing conflict, natural disasters, deadly diseases and poor education preventing kids from reaching their full potential.

When you leave a gift to UNICEF in your Will, you’re giving children a chance

It comes in many forms – clean water during a drought, life-saving vaccines, nutritious food in a famine, and education during a conflict.

It’s a gift of long-term sustainable change, which can transform kids' lives and allow them to reach their full potential.

With UNICEF and you, together we can change the future for millions of kids.

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Haven’t written your Will yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

We’ve recently partnered with the folks at Footprint, New Zealand's largest online Will provider. And for a limited time, we're offering a free online Will service as a way to say thank you to our generous supporters.

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Find out from some of our supporters why they chose to leave a gift in their will to UNICEF.

How do I leave a gift to UNICEF Aotearoa my Will?

To leave a gift in your Will, follow these four easy steps to guide you through the process.

We recommend seeking legal advice when creating or updating your Will. Prepare as many details of your finances as possible before seeing your solicitor. It may also help to sit down with your family beforehand and decide how much you could realistically afford to give as a gift.

UNICEF Aotearoa has partnered with Footprint to help make the process as simple as possible. Footprint is New Zealand’s largest online Will provider and for a limited time we are offering a free online Will service (terms and conditions apply). It takes on average 15 minutes to write your Will and you can do so from the comfort of your own home.

There is no obligation to let us know, and you can change your mind at any time.

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A residuary gift is the most effective way to leave a gift in your Will to UNICEF. It’s the remainder after you have made provisions for your family and friends. A residuary gift also keeps up with inflation which means the gift will achieve as much in the future as it will now.

A percentage of your estate is the nominated portion or fixed percentage of your estate to UNICEF. A percentage gift also keeps up with inflation.

A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money left for UNICEF.

I give and bequeath free of all duties and taxes,

  • The residue of my estate, or
  • - XX% of my whole estate, or
  • - XX% of the residue, or
  • The specific sum of $XX

To leave a gift to UNICEF, you will need to include the following details in your Will when naming us as a beneficiary:

The New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF
Registered Charity No.CC35979
216 Willis Street, Wellington, 6011

If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to UNICEF Aotearoa, it’s important to let us know so that we can thank you personally for your commitment and keep you updated on our work for children.

Please let us know by contacting our dedicated Legacy Manager, Paola Trujillo-Bell, [email protected].

Your privacy will be fully respected, and any information you give us will remain confidential

Legacy Contact - Maria

If you would prefer to speak to someone about leaving a gift in your will, we’re here to help.

Our dedicated Legacy Manager, Maria Wesson, would be delighted to hear from you.

Call: 0800 243 575 or email [email protected]


Don’t worry, updating your current Will to include a legacy gift is quick and simple. All you have to do is download and fill out our Changes To Your Will Form and give it to your lawyer.

If you die without making a Will, you will be classed as dying ‘intestate’ and this could result in your estate not going where you would have wished. If you have no family members left to inherit, the entire estate will pass to the Government.

Through our recent partnership with Footprint, New Zealand’s largest online Will provider, we’re offering a free online Will service for a limited time (terms and conditions apply).

You are free to change your mind about leaving a gift in your Will to UNICEF at any time, and we completely understand that this is a personal decision. If you have told us you are intending to leave us a gift, it would be helpful to let us know if that changes.

Gifts in Wills provide UNICEF with vital funds for long-term planning and development. Leaving a gift to a specific type of work or location might mean that we cannot fulfil your wishes if we are no longer doing that specific work or in that specific area in the future. Keeping your gift for general purposes enables UNICEF to use it where the need is the greatest at the time.

No, we do not have the expertise or resources to assist with writing Wills. However, we have partnered with New Zealand’s largest online Will provider Footprint, and for a limited time we’re offering a free online Will service (terms and conditions apply).

Your Will records your wishes at a particular point in time. It is advisable to regularly review your Will as your circumstances change so that it accurately reflects your current wishes. If you have any questions check with Footprint or your Solicitor.

While monetary gifts are preferred, we will also accept properties and shares. These will be transferred to UNICEF and disposed.

This is entirely up to you. However, letting us know about your gift can help us plan our future work. Most importantly, we’re very keen to show our gratitude to you and keep you informed about our work with children around the world. Thank you.

The Executor should notify our Legacy Wills team on 0800 243 575 or [email protected]. Once Probate has been granted the administration of the estate can commence.

Of course – all information you give to us is strictly confidential. Any information supplied to UNICEF Aotearoa is protected by our Privacy Policy which can be viewed at: https://www.unicef.org.nz/legal/terms.

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