Remembering in your Will Now
A charitable legacy/bequest is when you leave a gift in your Will to a charitable cause. Some people leave their entire estates, others may leave a specific portion. This form of giving is a natural follow-on to the charitable giving that we do during our lifetime. It is part of the responsibility for Good Stewardship of God’s gifts that rests with all Christians, and is one that perhaps has been overlooked somewhat in the past. The New Evangelisation Trust wishes to assist you by offering a Zero Overheads service that manages and distributes your legacy gifts, in a professional and well considered manner, to where and when they are most needed in the field of Evangelisation in Ireland.
In relation to the leaving of larger legacies in particular, it is vital to be aware of the importance of giving the right amount to the right charity at the right time: it is very possible to over-gift a charity such that the funds are not well used or, worse still, could even cause the ruination of that charity. This would also be a waste of a valuable and hard earned gift. The New Evangelisation Trust is geared specially to ensure that this situation is avoided and so the donor can be reassured that their gift is being used responsibly.
If you have already made a Will it is usually a simple matter of writing, in conjunction with a solicitor, a codicil (amendment) to your Will to include a charitable donation. Please click here to upload a typical codicil.
Many people find that leaving a legacy to benefit others is one of the most wonderfully rewarding experiences of their lives. And what greater legacy can we leave than one which builds faith in Jesus Christ and his Holy Church after we have died!
There are two types of legacy you can
leave in your Will:
A Residuary Bequest
You make provisions for your nearest and dearest first, then leave the remainder, or part of the remainder of your estate to charity.
If you are making a residuary gift, the following text can be used in your Will:
"I give to The New Evangelisation Trust, Peppercannister House, Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2, all (or a fraction) of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the same".
A Pecuniary Bequest
You state in your Will that a specific sum of money will go to a particular charity.
If you are making a gift of a fixed sum or specific item, the following text can be used in your Will:
"I give the sum of €_______ or I bequeath (the item specified) to The New Evangelisation Trust, c/o 4b Aran Centre, Blessington Business Park, Blessington, County Wicklow, and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge for the same".
As with all gift handling services offered by The New Evangelisation Trust, there is no deduction made for costs: Every cent that is donated to The New Evangelisation Trust will be passed on to successful grant applicants who are working to spread the Catholic Faith in Ireland. All normal running costs and overheads are paid for by the Members and Associate Members whose personal contributions are prioritised to first cover these items.
A bursary is a grant that is awarded to a student in financial need who meets certain specified criteria. They are often established in perpetual memory of a beloved friend who has died, on in memory of the donor. There is enormous need in Ireland for grant assistance to students who want to study theology and other Evangelisation-related subjects: this is an area of great neglect. At present we do not have any perpetual bursaries in place however we are open to provide free-of-any-charge the setting up and administration of bursaries for donors. Our greatest concern is that the right type of bursaries become available to serve the Church in Ireland, and we want to do whatever we can to help that happen!
For more information on setting up a bursary so that a student can be educated to serve in the New Evangelisation, please contact us for further details.
We recommend that you seek independent legal advice from a licensed professional, i.e., by a competent authority with specialised knowledge who can apply it to your particular circumstances. Please contact the law society or similar association of jurists in your legal jurisdiction to obtain a referral to a competent legal professional if you do not have your own solicitors. If however you would like to receive free legal advice or free Will-making from a qualified solicitor then you may like to avail of a service from a member of our volunteer solicitors panel. Solicitors on this panel have no connection with The New Evangelisation Trust apart from their confidence in and goodwill towards our mission. All communications with these solicitors will be kept totally private between the enquirer and the solicitors in question: No details will be passed on to The New Evangelisation Trust and likewise The New Evangelisation Trust will not be liable in any way for advice received by enquirers.
The following is a list of solicitors who have very kindly offered free professional services in relation to assisting people to remember The New Evangelisation Trust in their Wills:
Mulroy and Company
4 University Rd
Contact: Mr Martin Mulroy, Solicitor
Telephone: (091) 586760
O'Donovan Mahon Cowen Solicitors
Contact: Mr James Mahon, Solicitor
Telephone: 05793 41866
The New Evangelisation Trust is a Registered Charity in Ireland No CHY 18516