Your gift for the future

Will the Eye Care Foundation’s projects still be needed in 10 or 20 years’ time? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘YES’. Through our projects in the countries where we are currently active, we will continue our work for a world in which unnecessary blindness is treated and eliminated.

Almost 40 years ago, the founders of the foundation could not have imagined the changes they would bring about. Their decision to take action has already led to 7 million patients having their eyes examined and/or operated. These people would otherwise go through life blind or vision impaired. A great result, but our goal to end avoidable blindness and vision impairment continues. Your help is still desperately needed.

That’s why we are so grateful when people include us in their wills. With your generous gift, we can do so much in the future for people who are among the poorest in the world. How wonderful it is that children can develop to their fullest potential because we have contributed to their sight being corrected or restored.  Likewise, for grandparents and parents who are able to make a contribution to their family and communities again after cataract surgery. Together with our medical specialists, our project coordinators, our employees in the Netherlands, Asia and Africa, and of course our many donors, we remain committed to good eye care delivery for everyone.

Your gift for the future is in good hands with  Eye Care Foundation. Our current director (Björn Stenvers) regularly speaks with the founders of Eye Care Foundation. Even though they retired years ago, they remain very involved with the foundation. They fully support how the foundation builds on the foundations they established almost 40 years ago. As we continue their work now, we are sure that the next generation will continue and expand ECF’s work for 10, 20 or 30 years. Until we are no longer needed.

ECF can only do that with your help. If you are considering including us in your will, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to discuss your wishes with you.

Also, if you need assistance with the general documentation of your estate settlement, our in-house notary can support with the devleopment of that documentation.

Recording your gift in a will

Of course, in will, you decide for yourself how your estate will be divided. You record your wishes with a notary. There are several options for including ECF in your will, for example with a sum of money or allocation of certain goods. The amount of money can be in the form of a fixed amount (bequest) or a percentage of your estate. It is also possible to appoint Eye Care Foundation as an heir in addition to your children, family members, friends and other charities.
If you wish to change your current will for any reason, you are able to do that through a notary. We imagine that you have questions about drawing up a will and the conditions surrounding that. If you would like to know more or need advice, please contact us. Mail to Björn Stenvers b.stenvers@eyecarefoundation.nl or call 020-6473879.

You can also obtain information from the tax authorities or notaris.nl.

Thank you very much in advance for your interest in Eye Care Foundation’s work and your generous support.

One donor, a 101-year-old lady, explains why she included our foundation in her will:

“I’ve been a donor since I had eye surgery years ago. I was then able to buy a video recording of the operation for 75 guilders. The money went to the Eye Care Foundation for the fight against blindness in Nepal. After that, my husband and I included Eye Care Foundation in our wills. The money from his estate was used to set up an operating room in the eye hospital in Mechi, Nepal, that bears his name. A great form of gratitude and for me very emotional. After my death, most of my estate will go to the Eye Care Foundationso that many poor people who are blind are helped.”

 

 

Do you need more information?

Please contact Björn

Björn Stenvers

Björn Stenvers
CEO
b.stenvers@eyecarefoundation.nl
Phone: +3120 – 647 38 79