Menschen für Menschen Switzerland is focused on stopping impoverishment in towns and rural areas
and on creating livelihood opportunities.
There are several ways you can help people in Ethiopia. Here you will find all donations with concrete examples.
Cradle of humanity, country of origin of coffee, rich culture and poor families. Over 100 million people live here: A visit to a contradictory country.
«In Ethiopia, I found the sense and purpose of why I was born: To be there for other people and make a difference. » – Karlheinz Böhm (1928-2014)
“What you have done in your life lives on,” said Karlheinz Böhm (1928 – 2014), the founder of Menschen für Menschen. “My children, my work – that will continue my life in a certain way, without me having to be there for it.”
What traces do I want to leave behind? These are probably the questions most people ask themselves. Still, many find it difficult to make a will. But it is a comforting feeling to know that you have arranged everything for your loved ones in a self-determined way.
In every sixth will in Switzerland, charitable organisations are also favoured. Some supporters of Menschen für Menschen also strive to ensure that their humanitarian commitment continues to have an impact in the future. The easiest way to do this is with a bequest. Whether large or small, testamentary donations are very important for Karlheinz Böhm’s Ethiopia Aid. They enable a long-term commitment to the life prospects of particularly poor families.
The change in Swiss inheritance law came into effect on January 1st 2023. Anyone who has something to bequeath will thus be given more scope for structuring their estate. Inheritance law regulates so-called compulsory portions for spouses and children. The compulsory portions are expressed in fractions of the entire estate. You dispose of the rest of your estate yourself by will: With the so-called “free quota”, you make use of your freedom to design beyond your life according to your will.
The reform of inheritance law strengthens the “free quota” (see FAQ’s): the compulsory portions for descendants shrink to half of their statutory share of the inheritance. Previously it was three quarters.
With a will, you can determine yourself within the framework of the basic rules of inheritance law what should happen to your assets and give special consideration to people who are particularly close to your heart. And you have the opportunity to make a legacy to create something good and lasting in addition. Without a will, your legacy will be distributed according to the statutory provisions or, in the absence of beneficiaries under the inheritance law, will fall to the state. A will can be supplemented, amended or revoked at any time by yourself or by a notary.
A legacy is a share of assets with which the testator wishes to give consideration to a person or a charitable organisation. It can consist of a certain amount of money, valuables or real estate.
A will can be amended, changed or cancelled at any time, either by the testator himself or by a notary.
If you want to include the foundation Menschen für Menschen in your will, the following options are open to you:
Legacy or bequest
This is the simplest way in which you can support our organisation: You specify an amount, a tangible asset, an object, a property or a percentage of your assets.
You bequeath a quota of your assets to the foundation and make the organisation a co-heir. Suggested wording for your will: “I appoint the foundation Menschen für Menschen Schweiz as joint heir.”
If you have no relatives entitled to inherit your estate, you are free to appoint the Foundation as your sole heir.
The most important thing at the end: Your signature
With just a few clicks you can find out about your personal situation. With the simple questionnaire, you can create your will online right away.
Create your will
With a legacy to the foundation Menschen für Menschen, you are creating a humane future and enabling justice for many young people beyond their own lives. “Helping instead of pity” was the request of our founder Karlheinz Böhm. With your contribution you help to shape this work. Thank you very much!
Do you have questions about our work in Ethiopia? Would you like more information about the settlement of your estate? Then please contact us without obligation. We will treat your inquiry confidentially and will be happy to provide you with more information.
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