One sentence in your Will can enable you to help Deaf kids for years – even generations – to come. You have a unique opportunity to help Deaf children in a way you perhaps can’t manage right now.
Including a charitable bequest to HI HOPES is a painless way to give – since you don’t spend any of your money now. Only when you no longer need it, does it go towards helping Deaf children acquire language.
A charitable bequest could even save money, by reducing the amount of tax payable on your death. Wouldn’t you prefer to know that, instead of going to SARS, your money will be put to work to make a real difference in the life of a child born with a hearing loss?
Of course you will first want to make provision for your spouse and your own children in your Will. But, especially if your children are grown up and self-sufficient, leaving a bequest to HI HOPES could bring great satisfaction.
Types of bequests
A bequest is simply a sum of money or an item (such as your motor vehicle, home, jewelry, arts and antiques) that is given to a specific family member, friend or institution named in your Will.
In order to avoid giving away money and items you no longer have – and to ensure the value of your bequest keeps pace with inflation – a sensible option is to leave a percentage of your estate to each of your beneficiaries. Another option is to leave the residue (what is left after all taxes and other bequests have been paid) – or a percentage of the residue – to an organization such as HI HOPES.
If you already have a Will
You can easily include a bequest to HI HOPES by means of a codicil, which is a document containing additional instructions that is read in conjunction with the Will.
Since a codicil needs to be properly worded and witnessed in the same way as a Will, you are strongly advised to seek the advice of an expert before making or changing your Will.
For more information about leaving a bequest to HI HOPES, please call Claudine Storbeck on 011 717 3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.