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A Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute provides important funds to develop research projects that would otherwise not be possible.

Your Will doesn’t need to be complicated – it just needs to reflect your wishes. The most important people you should consider are your loved ones. Once you have provided for them, consider nominating the Heart Research Institute as an additional benefactor.

Gifts in Wills, both large and small, play a vital role in funding crucial research at the Heart Research Institute. They provide a lasting contribution in advancing our understanding of cardiovascular disease, helping prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease for generations to come.

Gifts in Wills: complete guide

Legal Name: The Heart Research Institute

Company Number: 3931099

Registered Address: PO Box 10340, The Terrace, Wellington 6143

If you have any questions, please contact our Head of Philanthropy, Jo Degney-Hartley using the form at the bottom of the page.

How to leave a charitable bequest

We appreciate that this is a very personal matter, and it is something that needs to be discussed with your family and a lawyer.

A gift in your Will can be included when you first make your Will, or added to your existing Will as a codicil (a short legal amendment). If you do not yet have a Will, we recommend you contact a solicitor about drawing one up. While some people draft their own Wills using kits purchased online or from a newsagency or post office, a solicitor will ensure all requirements are fulfilled so your Will is valid.

If you already have a Will, adding a codicil is a simple and cost-effective way to include a gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute. Please contact your solicitor about including a codicil in your Will.

Talk to your family about leaving a gift in Will

Family comes first. It’s important your loved ones know about your desire to support the Heart Research Institute and Heart-First Science, so they can fulfil your wishes. If you are planning on leaving a gift in your Will, please make sure you talk to your family about your intentions.

Types of gifts in Wills

You can leave a gift in your Will in a variety of ways. Discuss these options with your family and your solicitor to work out what works best for you.

  • A residual gift: With this type of bequest, the Heart Research Institute receives the balance of the estate after those specifically named in the Will have been provided for.
  • A percentage gift: This can be any percentage of your total estate up to 100 per cent. This type of bequest enables you to share your estate among several people or organisations without specifying the property or amounts.
  • A pecuniary gift: This is a gift of a fixed sum of money made to the Heart Research Institute.
  • A specific gift: This type of bequest enables you to leave a specific cash amount or other asset to the Heart Research Institute.

Wording for your Gift in Will

“I give to the Heart Research Institute, PO Box 10340, The Terrace, Wellington 6143, Company Number 3931099, (a percentage), or (a specific sum or piece of property), or (my whole estate) or (the residue of my estate) free from all duties to be used for the general purposes of the Heart Research Institute. A receipt from the treasurer or other authorised person to my executor shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the payment of such benefit.”

Informing us about your decision

If you have left a Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute, please let us and your family know. This does not alter your rights to change or update your wishes if circumstances change, but does help us to recognise your support, plan for the future and ensure that your wishes are carried out.

It also means we can thank you personally for your decision. If you choose to leave a Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute, you will be provided with the opportunity to join our Hearts for Eternity legacy club.

Want to know more about leaving a Gift in your Will for heart research?

Hearts for Eternity members: others who have left gifts in their Wills

If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute, you will be provided with the opportunity to join our Hearts for Eternity legacy club. Hearts for Eternity members are generous benefactors who provide the long-term funding needed to uncover scientific breakthroughs.

Through this club, we seek to recognise the generosity of our supporters, by providing opportunities for you to tour our laboratories and see our research first hand, and to attend special functions to meet our researchers and other people who share your vision of a future without heart disease.

The Heart Research Institute unveiled the beautiful Hearts for Eternity sculpture at our annual Chairman’s Christmas Brunch in 2016. This artwork, which is now a permanent fixture here in the foyer of the Heart Research Institute, is a tribute to the generosity of the many people who have left a Gift in their Will to HRI.

This piece of art has been created by well-known metal artist, Ken Pearce. It portrays the heart and circulatory system. Each gift we receive will be dedicated a special crafted heart with the benefactor’s name inscribed and added to the sculpture for posterity. Any requests to remain anonymous will be respected.

For more information on how you can become a Hearts for Eternity member, contact our Gift in Wills Relationship Manager, Rosemary Warwick using the form above.

Thank you to our Hearts for Eternity members

Hilda AbbeyMrs P FalconerSusan Barbara KlimpschMr & Mrs Judy Pengelly
Mr John M AdamsMrs Nancy Graeme-EvansMr R LaneMr J Stone
Ms S AnketellMrs J GrayMrs Eileen LangeR H Streifler
Ms Pat Arnott-EvansMrs Vivienne HallMr Anthony Lanning-PaveyMr Ian Strowbridge
Mr & Mrs Gaetano & Leonie BezzinaMr & Mrs R & L HammondsMrs Judith LaverMr & Mrs K & B Thomasen
Miss M BlumsMr E HannaMr Thomas LeffersMrs E Van Der Knaap
Mr L BoydMrs Joan HealeyMrs Donna McGregorMelissa Vidler
Mr David BranscombMs Margaret HunterMs Rosemary McQuadeMiss D E Watt
Mr Michael CavendishMs D JanesMr I MorrisonMr Richard Wylie
Mrs V ChickMr A JenkinsMr Michael NorthcombeAnonymous (99)
Ms C ContacosMr Gerard KaudeerMr I Palmer
Mrs E CornwellMr & Mrs R & M KippaxMrs Linda Parker


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