Leave a Bequest

Leave a Bequest or Legacy

A legacy is a lasting way to reflect your beliefs and values; and is the most significant personal statement you can make for animals. These gifts are vital to our work and enable us to be guardians of animals in need, to care for the sick and injured and to provide a safe haven for the lost or abandoned.

By leaving a gift in your Will, you become an Animal Guardian, a cherished partner who works alongside us to protect animals, rescue them from harm and care for them – long into the future.

Bequests are critical to the long-term viability of animal welfare organisations. If you would like a Lower South Coast SPCA representative to discuss the possible options for a bequest with you, please call on 039 312 0962 and ask for Dalene Erasmus or email us on marketingspcalsc@gmail.com

One of the most important things our generation can do is to provide the means for the continued prevention of cruelty to animals in the future. Your gift to the Lower South Coast SPCA – whether it is a bequest or a life insurance policy – can be pivotal to this aim.

Why a will is important

Writing a Will enables you to ensure that everything you cherish and have worked hard for is passed on to your loved ones and the causes you hold dear. It’s a voice that will be heard when you are no longer here.

 

Deciding what you’d like to leave is the first step. Here are a few ways to leave a gift in your Will:

Residuary Gift:

The easiest way to leave a legacy is to leave the residue of your estate. Some leave the entire residue, while others have given a percentage of the estate, once all other gifts, fees, debts and taxes have been paid. The advantage of leaving a residuary gift is that it automatically keeps pace with inflation so your legacy retains its value. It also means that you don’t have to amend your Will if circumstances change.

Pecuniary Gift:

This is simply a sum of money, which you can arrange to keep pace with inflation.

Specific Gift:

This gift is an item of value, such as jewelry, property, stocks or shares.

These days, making or amending a Will is relatively easy, but we always recommend that you seek advice from your attorney or qualified advisor when you make or change your Will. If you’ve already made a Will and now wish to include a gift to the Lower South Coast SPCA, you can complete this codicil form and take it to your attorney who can advise you on the best way for your wishes to be carried out. The Lower South Coast SPCA does not recommend that you make a codicil without consulting a qualified advisor, who should ensure that any codicil made is executed correctly and properly reflects your intentions.

If you’ve decided to remember animals in your Will, it’s important to use the correct wording and to include the Society’s registered name: The Lower South Coast SPCA. To assist you and your attorney, here’s an example of the correct clause:

Suggested wording for your Will

I (full name), leave the residue/xx% of my estate/the sum of R________ to the Lower South Coast SPCA, Non-Profit Org. No 002-114 NPO and Public Benefit Org. No PBO18/11/13/1722 of Cnr Quarry and SPCA Roads,  Uvongo, KwaZulu Natal 4275, to be used at the Lower South Coast SPCA’s discretion. The receipt of an authorised officer of the Lower South Coast SPCA shall be an absolute discharge to my executors.

WHERE YOUR GIFT WILL GO

Legacies are used carefully, to ensure that they achieve the greatest possible impact and make a positive difference that animals can feel.

Your legacy will enable us to continue the fight against cruelty and provide humane education to children and youth in the communities where it’s most needed. Your gift will help us to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, and give second chances to unwanted, neglected or abused pets.

Every legacy is important to us – large and small – as they help to build a future where animals are treated with the care and respect they deserve.

JOIN US AS AN ANIMAL GUARDIAN

If you’ve decided to include a gift to the Lower South Coast SPCA in your Will, or are intending to do so, we’d love the opportunity to thank you for your generous support and welcome you as an Animal Guardian. Please let us know by filling in this form.