According to the most recent returns filed by registered New Zealand charities (which include a mixture of 2012 and 2013 financial years), 798 or 3% of total charities received bequests totaling $176 million.* That is an average of $221,000 for each of the lucky 798 charities. So is it easy money, or are there lessons hidden in the data on the charities register?
Size of bequests
Bequests vs donations