Leave a Gift in your Will

Why leave a gift in your will to Massey University?

A gift in your Will (sometimes referred to as a bequest) to Massey University can make a lasting contribution for generations to come, whether it endows scholarships or bursaries for gifted students, helps fund academic posts or provides facilities or resources.

Since its inception Massey has been the recipient of many gifts and they have played a vital role in Massey’s successful contribution to New Zealand. Two of the first were those of Sir John Logan Campbell in 1912 and Sir Walter Clark Buchanan in 1924. These two gifts enabled the establishment of an agricultural college on farmland at the edge of the Manawatu River in 1927. It is from these gifts that Massey was born and, over the last 84 years, has grown to a multi-campus University with expertise in distance learning, veterinary medicine, agriculture, horticulture, food innovation, humanities, creative arts, education and business.

For more information download the Planned Giving brochure

What will my gift be used for?

A gift in your Will can lead to many successes. It can provide scholarships for disadvantaged, disabled or outstanding students in undergraduate or postgraduate study – a very direct way of helping students to reach their goals.

Gifts can advance the work of our leading researchers in areas of; agriculture, food innovation science, arts, design and music, humanities and social sciences, and business.

Gifts can also make a significant contribution to the building of contemporary facilities; library collections, endowing professorial chairs; equipping laboratories; launching new programmes – all of which will ensure that Massey remains at the cutting edge of discovery and education.

A targeted gift can enable you to identify a specific area of your choice in which to advance the work being undertaken at Massey.

A targeted gift could also be made towards one of our current projects which include:

Alternatively your gift could be described as an unrestricted or general gift, allowing the University to allocate resources to the area of greatest need and allowing flexibility for the future.

Whatever the purpose of the gift, we guarantee that the money will be spent according to the instructions you make.

Recognition of donors

Donors can be recognised for their contributions to Massey in a number of ways including (but not limited to);

  • Naming of buildings, lecture theatres, research groups or other specific items
  • Named scholarships or prizes that exist in perpetuity
  • Establish scholarships, prizes or buildings to honour the life of a loved one

Leaving a gift in your will in New Zealand

The Massey University Foundation was established in 2004 to collect gifts on behalf of the University. It has charitable status under the charities act (registration number CC27593). As of 1 April 2008, gifts of money by New Zealand resident taxpayers to a charity will receive a 33% rebate on any gift (up to a limit of total net income for all gifts in a given tax year). A gift from you can therefore reduce the amount of tax payable out of your Will.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who are all alumni or friends of the University with specialist skills. The Vice-Chancellor is always a member of the Foundation board. The Foundation produces audited accounts and reports to the University Council once a year. The Foundation invests endowed gifts on behalf of the University. Currently it manages a portfolio of some 13.5 million which is used to support scholarships and research at the University.

Please designate all University gifts to the ‘Massey University Foundation’.

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your will to Massey University please contact Mitch Murdoch, Foundation Director on +64 6 951 6599 or contact us via online form

Leaving a gift in your will in the USA

If you are a USA resident you can leave a gift to Friends of Massey USA Inc and you will receive the tax benefits available to you.

If you wish to leave a gift in the USA and require assistance please contact Ben Phillips on +1 202 396 8151 or email: b.phillips@massey.ac.nz.

Suggested wording for leaving a gift in your will

Leaving a gift in your Will is a reasonably simple procedure but one that requires great care. It is advisable to work with a lawyer, Trustee Company or others experienced in drafting Wills.

The most common types of gifts left in wills are; pecuniary gifts, a fixed amount left in a Will; and residuary gifts, the remaining value of an estate when all other gifts to family and friends have been made and liabilities have been paid.

However, a gift in your Will can take many forms including:

  • Cash or securities
  • Real estate
  • Life insurance policies

We suggest the following wording to guide an entry in your Will which can then be communicated to your legal representatives:

A cash gift: “I give to Massey University Foundation $.......... (in figures and in words) to be used for the specific purposes of………… for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees, (or) as an unrestricted gift for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

Gift of personal/household effects: “I give to the Massey University Foundation my (list of personal or household effects) to be used for the specific purposes of……………for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees, (or) as an unrestricted gift for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

Gift of land: “I give to the Massey University Foundation my property (address of property) or any interest I have in it at my death or any property acquired by me as a substitute to be used for the specific purposes of……….for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees, (or) as an unrestricted gift for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

A contingent gift: “I give (description of gift) to (names of primary beneficiaries) absolutely, but (if all primary beneficiaries) predecease me, then to Massey University Foundation to be used for the specific purposes of……….for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees, (or) as an unrestricted gift for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

For a residuary gift “I give the balance of my estate or the assets or property listed below to be used for the specific purpose of ………………..for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees, (or) as an unrestricted gift for which the receipt of Massey University Foundation shall be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.” Talking to our Development Staff before you finalize your Will can help you decide on the type of bequest that will be most effective in the future. Call our Development Office on + 64 (0)6 350 5159.

Letting us know your intentions

The details of your Will are naturally a private matter, and understandably, you may wish to keep them that way. However, if you wish, you can let us know your plans and we can then respond appropriately, and where necessary assist you by discreetly providing you with information about specific departmental needs and areas where the University requires support. Informing us of your intentions in no way commits you to any gift, and any information you give to us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

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