Leaving your legacy for a better future.

Your will is one of the most important statements of your life. By choosing to leave a gift to the Cawthron Foundation, you are supporting vital research to ensure that our waterways and natural environments will be healthy and safe for future generations.

We suggest that you consult your legal advisor about preparing or amending your will.

General or unrestricted bequests allow the Foundation to apply the funds to research with the greatest need and give flexibility to respond to changing priorities. Alternatively, you can nominate an area of specific interest to you:

  • Freshwater ecology 
  • Coastal and marine ecology 
  • Safe sustainable food supplies 
  • Biodiversity (endangered species) 
  • Scholarships and Fellowships

Cawthron Foundation is an independent charitable trust established to support the world-class, independent research developed and delivered by the Cawthron Institute to benefit New Zealand and our global environment.

A gift in your will to the Cawthron Foundation enables you to play a part in developing science for a better future. Your gift will be used to support and extend the work of our scientists to ensure our rivers, estuaries, oceans and food are safe for our communities.

Types of bequests

There are three main types of bequests:

Percentage – you may nominate a percentage or fraction of your estate e.g. I (name) hereby give and bequeath 20% of my estate to the Cawthron Foundation.

Specific – this is leaving a set amount e.g. I (name) hereby give and bequeath $50,000 to the Cawthron Foundation.

Residual – this is all, or a nominated percentage of the remaining funds after providing for family and/or friends e.g. I (name) hereby give and bequeath the residue of my estate to the Cawthron Foundation.

If you have already included a bequest to the Cawthron Foundation in your will, we would appreciate the opportunity to be able to thank you. This also allows us to plan better for the future. There is no need to specify an amount, just a simple phone call. After acknowledging your support, we will keep you up-to-date with our work through our newsletters and invitations to events.

We would love to talk with you

Please contact the Cawthron Foundation team:

Elizabeth Bean, Foundation Secretary
Phone: +64 (0) 3 539 4336 - Mobile: +64 (0) 27 414 8781
Email: foundation@cawthron.org.nz 

Download our Bequest brochure for more information

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