Would you like your legacy to be thriving families?
Making a bequest in your Will to Focus on the Family Africa will mean that we can continue to help families thrive for decades to come.
Simply speaking a Will is a legal document expressing your wishes regarding how your assets are to be distributed upon your death. Not having a Will in place automatically appoints the state as “executor” over all your possessions and assets. Therefore all major decisions regarding how your assets are to be distributed will be made by the state. This can be particularly distressing for your loved ones who remain behind. Not only will the process become even more drawn out but further attract the maximum amount of tax being incurred in the administration of your estate. Ultimately the outcome may not only be a more costly one but also one that you are not necessarily in agreement with. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a wealthy person every individual should make a concerted effort to have a Will in place. By not having a Will – no gift or “bequest” can be made from your estate without a stated designation. Naming an organisation like FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AFRICA in your Will allows you to leave a lasting legacy that can help others beyond your lifetime.
Focus on the Family Africa is a non-profit organisation that exists to serve and strengthen families. We are supported by means of donor funding and seek to assist in rectifying the socioeconomic disparity by targeting the root issue: the family unit (or lack thereof). By providing the tools necessary to create strong, healthy and lasting marriages we are contributing towards increased social stability and economic wealth. We do this by assisting couples in their journey, whether they need counselling through a challenge, or just need some refreshing and guidance on how to strengthen their relationship. We also equip parents to make the right emotional and spiritual investments in their children, and support youth, many in low income communities who are mostly growing up without parents – if any family at all. We know that healing and fixing broken families is not an easy task and that the healing and hope necessary for breakthrough will only come through people experiencing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that is why the gospel is at the heart of our organisation and our mission.
As a result of circumstances changing, it is vitally important to review your Will at least annually by ensuring that it is still valid and in accordance with your wishes. Changes can be made easily and affordably through a legal document called a codicil. A trusted attorney, trust company, accountant, financial advisor or institution will be able to assist you accordingly. It’s quite easy to add an organisation like FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AFRICA to your Will, or to make any adjustments to the details later should you change your mind.
There are a few easy steps to creating a Will.
If you have decided to include a gift to FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AFRICA see below for suggested wording that you can use:
“I bequeath to the Focus on the Family Africa NPC (Reg. No. 1993/006937/08) an amount of R … (alternatively a percentage of my estate, or the residue of my estate). Focus on the Family Africa may utilize this bequest at its discretion.”
Some examples of wording for restricted bequests:
Example 1: A straight forward direction of how the gift should be utilised
“I bequeath to Focus on the Family Africa NPC (Reg. No. 1993/006937/08) an amount of R… (alternatively a percentage of my estate, or the residue of my estate) for work in initiating and assisting with Orphan Care programmes for children infected/ affected by HIV AIDS, which aim to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have no family.”
Example 2: A straightforward direction which also allows future flexibility as needs and programmes change over time:
“I bequeath to Focus on the Family Africa NPC (Reg. No. 1993/006937/08) an amount of R….. (alternatively a percentage of my estate, or the residue of my estate) for work in initiating and assisting with Orphan Care programmes for children infected/ affected by HIV AIDS, which aim to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have no family. If this bequest at any time, in the judgement of all of the directors of Focus on the Family Africa, can no longer be used for this purpose, Focus on the Family Africa may use the bequest for any goal that, in its judgement, corresponds most closely to my intentions.
Example 3: Investment and interest
“I bequeath to Focus on the Family Africa NPC (Reg. No. 1993/006937/08) an amount of R… (Alternatively a percentage of my estate, or the residue of my estate) to be invested by the Company. The annual income from this investment shall be used to …………………………. The title of this investment shall be the ………………………… Fund. In order to make provision for inflation, Focus on the Family Africa may capitalize part of the annual income generated by this bequest.”
If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used for a specific purpose, then please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives.
We recognise that these are sensitive matters and we understand if you decide to keep your intentions confidential. Therefore you are in no way obliged to inform us of your decision. However, it will help us as a non-profit organisation to plan for the years ahead and allow us the opportunity to thank and recognise you for your support. Be assured that whatever details you share with us will be kept strictly confidential. You can let us know by completing the form below