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Frequently Asked Questions

LEAVING A GIFT IN YOUR WILL

Isn’t this a private matter?
Absolutely. We believe that the only way anyone should find out about the contents of your will during your lifetime is if you choose to tell them, and we will never ask you to tell us your wishes.

Of course, if you do want to let us know that you have remembered the APO in your will, we will welcome the opportunity to thank you. We may also be able to discuss whether you’d like your gift to go to a particular use and we will try to fulfill such wishes wherever possible. You can let us know how often you want to hear from us, and whether you’d prefer we write or call.

How will my family feel about it?
We believe in the importance of family and we understand that your loved ones come first. That’s why we would always encourage anyone considering leaving a gift to take care of those close to them first.

What form can a planned gift take?
A planned gift can be any gift that you intend to give the Foundation at a later time, but would like them to know about now. Some of those things may be:

  • Leave shares or personal property to the Foundation
  • Leave a gift in your will
  • Name the Foundation as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • Make the Foundation the beneficiary when you are winding up a trust or private foundation
  • Pledge a multiple year gift


I’m not a wealthy person, would anything I leave be helpful?
We’re profoundly grateful to anyone who chooses to help us with a gift in their will, no matter how big or small. And, when you consider that it costs just $800 for one school to be an APO partnership school receiving music mentoring, teaching and access to our full education programme and concerts realise that even a small gift could be enough to transform many children’s lives. You can also ensure that the value of your gift is not reduced by inflation over time, by leaving a gift as a percentage rather than a fixed amount.

Will my money be put to good use?
The APO strives to use every gift in a way which will have the greatest impact. Your gift will be invested in an endowment fund which will be used to secure the long term future of the orchestra. It will:

  • help the orchestra grow its number of players
  • secure a new home with improved rehearsal space, practise rooms and administration office space
  • increase the size of our education, community and outreach programme
  • help with player development
  • take orchestra music to larger part of greater Auckland and into more communities
  • provide opportunities to tour internationally


What if I need to change my will?
We understand that your situation could change in the future and of course, you can always change the contents of your will at any time and for any reason, regardless of any gifts you had originally decided to leave.

I’ve decided to leave a gift to the APO. What do I need to tell my solicitor?
Thank you very much for your generous support. If you have decided to leave a gift to the APO, the words you will need to add to your will are: “I leave ____________ to the Auckland Philharmonia Foundation, 301-303 Queen Street, Level 1, Auckland 1010, Certification of Incorporation as a charitable trust No. CC23607”

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