«What you have done in your life lives on» - Karlheinz Böhm (1928-2014)

Inheritances and legacies

“In Ethiopia, I have found the sense and purpose of why I am in the world at all”, said Karlheinz Böhm, the founder of Menschen für Menschen: “To be there for other people and to make a difference”.

Karlheinz Böhm died on 29 May 2014 at the age of 86. “What one has done in one’s life lives on,” was his conviction. It is a satisfying thought to leave traces and to do good that has an effect beyond one’s own life: more and more people are favouring charitable organisations with their possession.


Signs of hope

Africa is a continent of the future because the population is very young. There are many signs of hope: child mortality is falling. Ethiopia’s economy is growing at an annual rate of ten per cent. But not all people benefit from this positive development. With your last will and testament, you can help the poorest families and their children to develop future perspectives in their homeland.


Donate for a better future

With a well-regulated estate, you can give special consideration to the people and organisations that are particularly close to your heart. Without a will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the statutory provisions or, in the absence of beneficiaries under inheritance law, will fall to the state. Inheritances and bequests to charitable organisations are exempt from inheritance tax and benefit those in need undiminished.


Ostern in Äthiopien

Leaving Traces

By making donations in your will to the Menschen für Menschen Foundation, you can make a difference beyond your life: you give the poorest children and families a chance of a decent future in their home country. The foundation’s 30-year commitment to people in Ethiopia is made possible by donations, gifts and bequests. Your contribution will help to shape this joint work.


Helping instead of feeling pity

With a legacy, you determine a fixed amount, a material value or a property for Menschen für Menschen. However, you can also use the relief organisation as a co-heir, sole heir or successor. When drawing up a will, it is important to observe the legal formal requirements. It is therefore advisable to seek professional advice.


Create something lasting – get advice!

Which of us does not have the need to have provided for his loved ones if something should happen? It is reassuring to have arranged your estate according to your own ideas. By considering a charitable institution such as the Menschen für Menschen Foundation, you can also create something good and lasting. Would you like more information on how you can manage your estate? Together with a specialist, we will be happy to check for you whether your will meets the legal requirements in form and content. Get in touch with us:

Your contact person:

Claudio CapaulClaudio Capaul
Responsible Legacies
Menschen für Menschen
Phone +41 (0)43 499 10 60