Donations and Bequests

There is much that the New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust can do but we need your help. Our aim is to build the Trust from its initial funding of $900,000 to $5,000,000 by 2020. Income from the Trust will be used to fund qualifying research and support projects that help people with MS.

You can help us by:

  • Making an initial donation;
  • Committing to a regular annual donation;
  • Providing services on a ‘pro bono’ basis;
  • Agreeing to underwrite the annual operating costs of the trust;
  • Making a specific bequest to the Trust in your will.

Download our brochure for additional information.

When you make a bequest to the Trust, you are helping in a very tangible way to further New Zealand-based research into Multiple Sclerosis. Our legal name that needs to be recorded is The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust and our registered Charity number is CC51849.

If you already have a Will:
If you would like to include a bequest to the New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust  in your existing Will, you can make a simple modification by adding a codicil (a codicil is a supplement to a Will that is intended to alter or modify it). To make sure your codicil is legal, we recommend it is checked and approved by a qualified legal professional.

If you don’t have a Will:
A Will is an important legal document so it should be prepared by a legal professional. It’s important to discuss options and specific wording with your legal advisor to make sure your Will reflects your wishes clearly, giving specific guidance on how you want your assets and personal belongings distributed when you pass away.

Wording for a bequest:
The following is an indication of the accepted form of words that can be used to leave a bequest to the Trust:

“I give and bequeath the sum of $_____________ (or) __________ % of my estate, (or) residue of my estate, (or) property or assets as follows



free of all charges, to the New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust. The official receipt of the Chief Executive or other authorised officer of the Trustee is an absolute discharge to my executors.”

With or without strings attached:
You may chose to leave your bequest freely, i.e. ‘no strings attached’, so that the Trust can apply the funds in the areas of research where they are most needed, or you can specify a specific area of research where you would like the funds to be spent.

You can let us know about the bequest:
There is no requirement to tell us that you’re leaving a bequest to the Trust. However we would like to make sure that your generous giving is suitably thanked and acknowledged in your lifetime. Deciding to tell us about your bequest can also be a good thing if your Will is challenged. If we’re in a position to demonstrate that we have a relationship with you, your wishes are less likely to be amended by the court.

Strictest confidence guaranteed:
Any bequest inquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence by the Trust.  We will respect your wishes if you choose to remain anonymous.

Contact us about a bequest:

If you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to the Trust or require further information, please call us on  0800 164 338 or email us at


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