We know that leaving a gift in your Will is a very important and personal decision to make.
We hope that some of these questions may help you with your decision.
Leaving a Gift in your Will
Everyone should have a Will, but more than 50% of Australians never get around to it. Without a Will, your assets will be distributed according to state law. By having a Will you can ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes by providing for your loved ones and the issues you care about, in the way you want.
We understand your loved ones should come first. Most of our supporters include a gift to the Foundation after they have taken care of family and friends. Ask your solicitor or Trustee Company about the best way to do this, taking into account your preferences and personal situation.
Thousands of ordinary Australians leave a gift in their will to causes they care about. Every gift – no matter how large or small – can make an enormous and lasting difference to those we support. There is no minimum required to leave a gift to charity.
The cost of putting together or updating your Will depends on how complex your personal affairs are. Ask your solicitor for an estimate.
Once you’ve made your decision, leaving a gift in your Will is easy to arrange. A phone call and a visit to your solicitor or Trustee Company is all it should take to write your Will or update your existing one.
Yes, it is as simple as adding an amendment or Codicil to your existing Will. Please contact your solicitor or Trustee Company and they will assist you with this.
You can use the suggested wording from our legal card for leaving a gift in your Will as a guide when speaking to your solicitor or Trustee Company.
You can tell us you’ve included a gift in your Will if you want to. We’d love to hear from you, if that’s what you choose, so we can thank you for your thoughtfulness. All information you share with us is strictly confidential. By letting us know, you become part of The Purple Teddy Club and will be invited to occasional special events, along with receiving other information and opportunities to see our work in action.
This is a personal decision for you to make, but we do suggest letting your family know of your wishes ahead of time. Discussing your wishes with your loved ones means you can explain your decisions and answer any questions they have.
All funds received as Gifts in Wills are invested directly into the Foundations programs and services of greatest need at the time. Meaning that no matter how big or small your gift it, your legacy will continue provide for others well into the future.
We ask you to keep your gift quite general so it’s easier for us to fulfil your wishes in the future. This also means we can respond where the need is greatest when we eventually receive the gift. Let us know if you want to support an area of our work. We are happy to discuss this and give you as much choice as possible.
Marian is a very special supporter of the Australian Childhood Foundation and made a heartfelt decision to help those without a voice.
“When thinking about what to put in my Will, I looked back at my own childhood. I have a deep understanding of what abused children face, and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I did. So after making provisions for my family, I have left a gift to the Foundation in my Will.”