A legacy for the future – and students in need

By combining a desire to help students in the short term, as well as providing a platform to help create a better future, a special opportunity came to life.

An anonymous donor who has previously generously gifted more than $1 million to the University of Auckland has pledged to donate $1,000 to the University’s Student Emergency Fund for each notification of a new bequest intention before 30 September 2018 up to $100,000.

Director of Alumni Relations and Development Mark Bentley said the donor wanted to help the University in a holistic way - both by helping students who needed it most, and encouraging people to invest in future generations through a legacy.

“The donor himself received major support when he was a student and it changed his life. At the same time, he appreciated the positive impacts of gifts in the will, to create support for students and research in the future. His unique idea was to bring the two together in a pledge of further support.”

Bentley added that often people who did organise to leave a gift in their will did not notify the University and said this would be the perfect time to do so, to allow students in need to benefit from the pledge.

The Student Emergency Fund helps students during times of high stress, crisis or unexpected financial difficulties, where studying can feel impossible. Emergency funding and support can help meet the immediate needs of students and allow them to succeed in their tertiary studies.