You’ve put your heart and soul into protecting the planet. But you know the job’s not finished yet. With a gift in your Will, you can keep protecting our planet long into the future.
From our beginnings as a small group of activists protesting against nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska, Greenpeace has grown into a global movement for change. Today, for the millions of people who believe in a cleaner, greener, more peaceful world that can sustain us all, Greenpeace is the world’s most effective environmental campaigning organisation, and a beacon of hope.
With a gift in your Will, that hope can live on. Here are five reasons you should consider leaving a gift to Greenpeace Aotearoa in your will.
1) Leaving a gift to Greenpeace in your Will is a way to take action for the planet, long after your lifetime.
Leaving a gift in your Will enables some part of ourselves to live long into the future.
Any gift you choose to leave will support our work for years to come, making sure that your legacy can continue working to protect the future of our planet and all those who call it home.
Many of the battles we have fought and victories we have won, such as the nuclear campaign of the 70s and 80s, and the ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration permits here in the waters of Aotearoa, have taken years of campaigning against huge multinational companies, governments and powerful industries. A planned gift enables us to continue to fight and achieve these vital wins for our planet together.
Having an up-to-date Will is, of course, vital to protecting your family’s future. But once you’ve provided for your loved ones and friends, a gift to Greenpeace will help protect the Earth for future generations.
You are investing in a green and peaceful future. You are taking action to help this world flourish for generations to come. You are funding environmental activism and promoting solutions that will last.
2) You Define Your Legacy.
Leaving a gift in your will is YOUR opportunity to define your lasting legacy.
Whichever ways you most enjoy our natural world, from swimming in the oceans to tramping in the bush, leaving a gift in your Will ensures a part of you can live on by protecting these treasures.
Leaving a legacy gift is about your life, your experiences, and your special moments. It is the story you leave behind about who you were and what you cared about. Your values and passions will live on in your gift.
Just think, what does my life stand for and what will be my legacy?
3) Change the world with two sentences.
Greenpeace celebrates a long history of victories for this planet and for Aotearoa New Zealand. For creating people-powered movements which stand up for the protection of our earth. Together, we’ve defied the nuclear arms race. We’ve stood between whales and harpoons. We’ve protected Antarctica. We’ve saved rainforests from the chainsaw and stopped toxic waste dumping in the oceans.
When it comes to making amendments to your Will or making a Will for the first time, many people envisage a long, expensive and complicated process – so put it off for a rainy day. Today, this simply doesn’t need to be the case.
After years of looking after the legacies of passionate, incredible people, Greenpeace Aotearoa has put together a booklet with some of the practical details of leaving a gift in your Will, including different types of gifts supporters choose to leave and some legal wording. By including just two sentences in your Will, you will be part of all future victories for this planet.
What are these two vital sentences? Download our booklet to find out!
4) You’ll be a vital part of a group of visionaries
From Greenpeace’s beginnings as a small group of activists in 1971, protesting against nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska, Greenpeace has grown into a global movement for change. Today, we are thousands of people like you; supporters, scientists, sailors, researchers, lobbyists, lawyers and activists in 55 countries around the world, peacefully doing whatever it takes to protect our planet for future generations.
By leaving a gift in your Will, you’ll be joining a group of visionaries. With generous forethought, we know that our future gift can make a lasting difference to the world our children and grandchildren will inherit.
To maintain our independence, Greenpeace does not accept donations from governments or corporations. This is a decision Greenpeace Aotearoa is proud to uphold and ensures we are able to lobby governments and challenge corporate entities through peaceful protest without compromising our values. It also makes contributions such as gifts in Wills, all the more important. Our work is not possible without people like you.
5) No one will work harder for your legacy
Greenpeace works tirelessly to defend the ocean, protect the land, and find solutions to climate change. For the millions of people who believe in a cleaner, greener, more peaceful planet that can sustain life in all its diversity, we are the world’s most effective environmental campaigning organisation and a beacon of hope.
We recognise the trust that you place in Greenpeace when you choose to leave us a gift in your Will. In return, we promise:
- To take responsibility to ensure your gift is used to make the maximum difference and has the most impact.
- To be open, transparent and accountable. We publish annual financial and impact reports on the Greenpeace website.
- We will update your loved ones on the impact of your gift so they feel a part of your Greenpeace legacy, should they wish.
- We will keep you up-to-date on the environmental work your future gift will make possible and will respect your choice about how we stay in touch.
- To acknowledge that the decision to leave a gift in your Will is yours alone. We respect that you may change your mind at any time in the future.
How do you want to leave your mark on the world?
Find out more here, send an email to [email protected] or call 0800 22 33 44.
Leaving a gift in your Will is a very special act of generosity and foresight.