Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again
– Ecclesiastes 11:1.
Donors can support Bible Media in several ways. One way to help us make a difference in the world is to make us a part of your legacy. Bible Media is a non-profit faith organisation that develops training, programmes and products to build communities and help believers grow. We constantly find new ways to raise the necessary funds to keep Bible Media initiatives going, and we depend on the support of loyal donors like you.
Bible Media invites you to opt for a legacy that will make an impact. In this way, your help will ensure that Jesus’ message is carried out. This guide shows you how easy it is to do this.
Many South Africans do not have a will, but it is essential that everyone has one, regardless of their financial situation. After all, what happens to your legacy when your earthly journey comes to an end is an intensely personal matter. Your bequests are determined by you and your needs. In addition to the people close to you, who must come first, you may feel the need to support an organisation that has played an important role in your life and is close to your heart.
We often think that only wealthy people can bequeath an amount to non-profit organisations. The reality is that most donations to Bible Media come from the wills of ordinary people who wanted to make a difference, even after their death. Jesus fed thousands of people with a handful of bread and fish. Whatever your situation, even a small contribution can make a profound difference, and is used for projects and products that affect and change many people’s lives.
Bible Media invites you to use our Bread on the Waters Guide. If you’d like to get your personal affairs in order, this is the perfect place to start. The guide offers you:
• An explanation of what options are available to you
• More information on why it is important to create a will or a trust
• An outline of different matters that you need to consider
• Easy steps to compile and update your will.
Can I draw a will up by myself?
What should I consider when drafting my will?
What else can I include in my will?
Can I leave money in my will for my favourite organisation?
What is a bequest?
Why bequeath something to charity?
Can I change my existing will to include a charity bequest?
What is estate tax?
Save on estate tax
What happens if my circumstances change?
First decide which lawyer or bank will compile your will, then look at the five steps below and discuss them with your professional advisor. To be a legal, binding contract, the will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses, who must sign it themselves. These witnesses, or their spouses, may not be one of your beneficiaries.
What do I have to bequeath?
Who do I want to help?
Who has made a difference in my life?
Safely store your will
Achieve peace of mind that your paperwork has been sorted out:
• Sort out your documents
• Be prepared
• Understand the grieving process
• Make a difference.
How do I get my paperwork in order?
What do I do with an inheritance?
• What about property?
How do I settle an estate?
• The will
• The role of the executor
• Tips on finances
• Other matters to be settled
How do I arrange a memorial service?
• Before the memorial service
• Arrangements for the memorial service
• Be informed about cremations
What do I do immediately after someone’s death?
• Natural and unnatural deaths
• Organ donation
• Practical tips for after a death
How do I deal with grief?
• The grieving process
• What does the grieving process look and feel like?
• The six phases of grief