A gift for tomorrow
Every day, MSF is helping people who are sick and injured throughout the world, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. When people lose everything in natural disasters, wars or conflicts, they cannot plan. But we do. With your future support, MSF can respond quickly and effectively, often within hours of an unexpected medical emergency.
As someone who believes in our work, you can ensure that your own legacy will save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people in the years to come. By planning your estate today, you can care for people in life-threatening situations tomorrow.
Including MSF in your will
Each year Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) gratefully receives charitable bequests in support of our work from individuals who have taken the step of remembering those in need of urgent medical care in their will. When making a will it is possible to provide for loved ones and still make a lasting contribution to causes close to your heart. Your legacy gift can help us to continue to provide medical aid to those most in need. Please click here to learn more about leaving a gift in your will.
Joe Davidson: Why I chose to include MSF in my will
Joe Davidson has always had a natural curiosity about the world. Over time, this has translated into a commitment to make a difference in any way he can.
Davidson’s interest in MSF began after a series of trips to West Africa in 2003 and 2004, and increased after he saw the organization’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. “When in Africa I witnessed widespread poverty and human suffering for the first time,” he says. “And the 2004 tsunami was a major crisis that touched the hearts of people worldwide. Consistent, reliable funding is required in order for humanitarian organizations like MSF to be effective and to have an impact. It was time for me to do my part.”
By 2005, Davidson had become a monthly donor. Since then, after confronting medical needs of his own, Joe has found many other ways to continue his “journey with MSF” – by attending and being a presenter at local events, by becoming an MSF flight coordinator in Central African Republic, and by making the incredible decision to leave a legacy gift in his will to the organization.
When asked about his decision to leave a legacy gift, Joe explains:
“Whatever I leave behind, I want it to have as much effect as possible. Including MSF in my will just seemed like the right thing to do. As a final gesture, I can think of nothing more compassionate than leaving a legacy gift to an organization that will do everything possible to help those who are most in need.”
Dr. Raghu Venugopal: Legacy Giving saves lives
Dr. Raghu Venugopal works in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto and has worked in MSF field missions in Burundi, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Raghu knows that his decision to leave a legacy gift to MSF will save lives.
“I know the impact donations from MSF’s supporters have on individual human lives. One lasting memory from my work in Democratic Republic of Congo is a man I’ll call Aimé, a 35-year-old who came to our hospital with advanced HIV/AIDS. He was unable to walk and looked like little more than a skeleton. Yet with treatment and lifesaving drugs he was transformed into a healthy man who left our hospital five months later on his own two feet.
"It’s because of stories like Aimé’s that I chose to include MSF in my own will. MSF’s medical acts are immediate, effective and personal. Beyond our own lives, legacy gifts ensure our fellow human beings – far away from our homes but with similar hopes and needs – are given a better chance at survival and dignity.”
Other ways to leave a legacy
There are many other ways that you leave a legacy: