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Thanks to bequests, Albert Schweitzer Fonds can help as many vulnerable groups in Sub-Saharan Africa as possible to achieve better health and thus a better future.

You too can do your bit. Donate upon your death and include ASF in your will.

All donations received by ASF through bequests are exempt from inheritance tax for us. So the full amount you bequeath will go towards the health of girls, mothers, people with disabilities and all the other vulnerable groups we help in Africa.

Leaving your estate or part of your estate to ASF can be expressed in your will. For your convenience, please find below the steps you can take to do so:

Step-by-step plan for a will:

Step 1: Heir or legatee?

Think about what you are bequeathing and what part of it you want to bequeath to your loved ones and/or ASF. You can name ASF as (joint) heir or as (joint) legatee.

Choose heir if you want to leave a percentage of your estate. As an heir, the charity alone or together with other heirs is entitled to the entire estate. This share, usually a percentage, is also called the bequest. The charity and any joint heirs will then inherit all the benefits and debts of the estate.

If you want to leave a sum of money or assets, choose a legatee, who will receive a bequest. This can be a fixed amount of money, but also a specific asset such as a house or a painting.

Step 2: Do you choose an executor?

Although it is not compulsory, appointing an executor in your will is highly recommended. This person will settle your estate after your death. Ask this person beforehand if they are willing and able to take on the duties of executor.

Step 3: Recording your wishes

Always have your wishes recorded by a civil-law notary, because your own handwritten statement is not sufficient. Drawing up your will can be done by the civil-law notary or online.

Civil-law notary
Make an appointment with your civil-law notary and discuss your wishes. The civil-law notary will draw up your will.

Instead of
an initial meeting at the civil-law notary, you can complete
an online module, for example via, where you can easily arrange a will online for a fixed fee. This is more cost-efficient because you do the preliminary work yourself online, and you only have to go to the civil-law notary to sign the will.

Step 4: Text of the will

Once your wishes have been established, the civil-law notary will prepare a draft text, which you will receive together with an explanation by post or email. Please read these carefully.

Step 5: Signing

Make a (follow-up) appointment with the civil-law notary to go through the text together. When everything is satisfactory, you sign the will. You can change your will at any time in the future at the civil-law notary’s office.

Once you have signed the will, a copy will be sent to your home address. The civil-law notary will keep the original of your will and register it with the Central Register of Wills in The Hague, so the will can always be found after your death.

Step 6: Inform the charity

If you have decided to include ASF in your will, you can let us know if you wish. This is not mandatory, but if you do, we can thank you, invite you to meetings and involve you in similar projects that you would like to contribute to later.

Direct contact

If you prefer to consult with us in person first, please contact us at +31 (0)30-8801499 or