Stories in New Zealand

Gifts Through Your Will or Trust

A humpback whale breaching off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.
Kaikoura, New Zealand A humpback whale breaching off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand. © Kerry Hargrove/iStock

Many of our supporters tell us they would like to do even more to protect nature for future generations. By leaving a gift to The Nature Conservancy in your will or trust, you can help protect our natural resources for years to come. 

Benefits to You

  • You retain control of your assets during your lifetime
  • You can easily modify your gift if you change your mind or your circumstances change
  • Your gift can remain anonymous if you choose
  • Your gift may provide tax savings or help reduce the tax burden for your beneficiaries
  • You can leave a gift in honour or in memory of someone who has inspired your love for nature
  • You will be remembered as someone whose legacy includes protecting nature, transforming how we use natural resources, and inspiring action for our planet 
Honorable Mention in the 2019 Staff Photo Contest.
Night Sky in New Zealand Honorable Mention in the 2019 Staff Photo Contest. © Ethan D. Kearns/TNC

How it Works

In your will, you specify how you would like your assets distributed after your lifetime. You can make specific provisions for each of your loved ones, while also supporting the causes close to your heart.

  • Simply designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate for The Nature Conservancy
  • You can also make The Nature Conservancy a contingent beneficiary that receives assets if your primary beneficiary or beneficiaries do not survive you (many of our supporters use this option to ensure that after their family is provided for, a portion of their assets goes to furthering conservation efforts across New Zealand)
  • If you already have a will or revocable trust to which you wish to add a gift to The Nature Conservancy, you should consult your lawyer to assist you in implementing such changes

 How to Say it: Sample Language

Please share this sample language with your lawyer or advisor: 

I give [the sum of $___ dollars] or [___% of the full/residue of my estate], or [the residue of my estate], to The Nature Conservancy, Registration No. CC53756, currently located at Room 119, 32 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012 (hereinafter referred to as “The Nature Conservancy”).

Please note: It is our carefully considered decision that neither The Nature Conservancy nor its staff will personally act in the capacity of Executor/Trustee for an estate or trust administration. Nonetheless, in certain instances, we may appoint an appropriate legal representative to serve in our fiduciary stead. 

reflected in Lake Matheson at sunset in New Zealand.
Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected in Lake Matheson at sunset in New Zealand. © iStock/Teradat Santivivut

Please Tell Us About Your Gift

Many people leave a legacy gift to The Nature Conservancy without telling us, but we would love the chance to thank you. Plus, your gift can inspire others to remember The Nature Conservancy in a similarly meaningful way. 

The Nature Conservancy uses legacy gifts to support our highest conservation priorities unless otherwise specified by the donor. If you would like your gift to be used in a place or by a program in New Zealand that is special to you, please contact us to ensure your wishes can be met. 

We’re Here to Help

We would be delighted to help you decide on a gift that is right for you. To discuss the best gift option for you or to notify us of a legacy gift you have planned, please contact us by phone at +64 (0) 27 706 5927 or by email at

This information is intended to provide a general overview of this gift option. The Nature Conservancy cannot render tax or legal advice, and this information is not intended as such. Because of the complexity of estate planning, it is also important that you confer with a qualified advisor to assess the financial, legal, and tax benefits for your personal situation. We would be happy to answer any question you may have about this material.