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TOGETHER, WE CAN LEAVE
A LASTING LEGACY FOR
CHILDREN’S FUTURE

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At UNICEF, we are united by a single conviction that every child should have the ability to change the world. Gifts in wills provide sustainable funding for us to help the world’s most needy and vulnerable children to survive and thrive.

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most important ways you can join UNICEF to help build a better world and transform the lives of many children.

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Why UNICEF?

UNICEF makes sure more of the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected. We have done more to influence laws, policies and customs to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place #foreverychild.

Here’s how UNICEF helped the world’s children in 2019

0 million children
under age 5 were provided services to prevent malnutrition
0 million out-of-school children
were provided with education
0 million children and young people
were provided with skills development
0 亿名儿童(5岁以下)
提供预防营养不良的服务
0 名失学儿童
重返校园,接受教育
0 万儿童和青年
提供技能发展和培训
0 million people
were provided with access to safe drinking water
0 million people
were provided with basic sanitation services

Humanitarian assistance provided in

0 emergencies
in 96 countries
0 万人
提供安全食水
0 万人
提供基本卫生服务

在96个国家/地区

0 次紧急灾难中
进行人道救援工作

Why leaving a legacy gift is important?

  • By choosing to name United Nations Children’s Fund Malaysia (UNICEF) as a beneficiary in your will, you help to ensure a reliable, sustainable funding for the world’s children.
  • With UNICEF’s gifts in wills, you’ll be able to support vulnerable children in many different focus areas that are based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Basic education and gender equality

Basic education and gender equality

Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse

Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse

Policy advocacy and partnerships for children rights

Policy advocacy and partnerships for children rights

Young child survival and development

Young child survival and development

Planning to leave a legacy gift in your will?
Get in touch with our Donor Retention team today by e-mailing:

For general enquiry,
you can email to
enquiry-mlya@unicef.org

Learn more on how you can leave a legacy gift in your will.

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How can your legacy help children?

Gifts in wills give children the power to change the world.​

Our world is constantly changing and so are the needs of our children. We do not know what the future holds but we can all help support children in the future – no matter what. ​

By supporting children in your will, you are giving them the chance to overcome their restraints and find new opportunities.​

Globally, over 600 million children are not learning basic skills, and this is an education crisis. Watch the video to see what UNICEF is doing to change this. Your legacy gift can go a long way and help support us to tackle children’s crisis now and in the future.

Supporters like you make a difference!

Today, generous UNICEF supporters are transforming the lives of vulnerable children here in Malaysia and all over the world, because of a decision they made – leaving a gift to UNICEF in their will or living trust, without giving up assets that they and their family need. That decision is something we hope you will consider.

Meet Elizabeth

Meet Pat

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Planning to write your own will

You should only write your own will if you have a simple wish to distribute property and assets to your loved ones.

*Here’s how you can execute a will:
A will must be written by hand or printed. The will is valid if it satisfies the following rules: –

  • The testator must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind.​
  • If you are sick when you sign the will, get your doctor to certify you are of sound mind at the time of signing.​
  • Signed by two independent witnesses aged 18 and above, and who are not beneficiaries of your will. The witnesses have to be in attendance when you sign the will, but do not have to see the contents of your will distribution.​

Some important reminders when writing your will:

  • Make sure the will is signed, dated and has two witnesses.​
  • Check the spelling especially for names.​
  • Be unambiguous and specific.​
  • Destroy any earlier wills.​
  • Inform the executor the place you store the will.​
  • Use a will template which has standard sections and includes legal terms.

*NOTE:
This article was published in Free Malaysia Today’s online portal.
This article is only applicable to non-Muslims of Malaysia and non-natives of Sabah and Sarawak. 

Seeking professional help

*It is recommended to engage in professional will writing or estate planning services when:​

  1. You have a sizeable or complicated estate which includes:​​
    • multiple properties and/or properties in other countries.​
    • overseas investments and/or bank accounts.​
    • complex business structures.​
  2. You are handing over a business to someone as a will is often not the best tool for this purpose.​
  3. Individuals other than your immediate family members are financially dependent on you.
  4. You have specific wishes that may be misunderstood or considered complex. Language and wordings must be precise to avoid misunderstanding.

*NOTE:
This article was published in Free Malaysia Today’s online portal.
This article is only applicable to non-Muslims of Malaysia and non-natives of Sabah and Sarawak. 

Apart from your will writer, lawyers, unit trusts and insurance companies, here are some of the organisations that can tell you more about will writing:​

  • Notary Public Malaysia​
  • Amanah Raya Berhad​
  • MyPF​
  • Maybank2U (online will writing)
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