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How to leave a gift


Thank you for considering leaving a gift to Red Cross in your Will. We would love to talk to you and discuss some of the options available.

We appreciate family and loved ones should always come first, and believe that it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your Will. Communication will help to assist your final wishes are carried out. We are grateful when people decide to include a gift in their Will to Australian Red Cross, as they are a vital source of income and we appreciate every gift.

Leaving a gift is an important decision but it doesn't have to be complicated. We have information, support and advice available to make the process as easy as possible. Here are the basics:

Step 1: Make or update your Will

Your Will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed. We recommend using a solicitor to make sure your Will is legal and valid.

Red Cross' National Solicitor Network offers a reduced charge from $75 to prepare a simple Will. We provide referrals to qualified solicitors who can help create or update your existing Will at a reduced cost. Or alternatively you could could attend one of our Wills Days.

Whether you choose to use your own solicitor or one from our National Solicitor Network, you can download this instruction sheet to help prepare how you would like your Will to be structured. It also includes some important questions to ask your solicitor and the correct wording to include a gift to Australian Red Cross.

If you are kind enough to be including a gift to Australian Red Cross in your will, make sure you include the correct wording below.

Preferred wording

The following are examples of specific wording recommended for leaving a gift in your Will to Red Cross. In all cases, the most important thing is your own peace of mind so we encourage you to discuss your Will with your legal advisor.

To include Australian Red Cross in you Will, you could include the following:

To donate a percentage of your estate:

"I give to Australian Red Cross (ABN 50 169 561 394), for its general purposes, free of all duties % of my residuary estate for which an authorised receipt from Australian Red Cross will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee."

or

"I give to Australian Red Cross (ABN 50 169 561 394), for its general purposes, free of all duties the whole of the residue of my estate for which an authorised receipt from Australian Red Cross will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee."

To donate a specific sum:

"I give to Australian Red Cross (ABN 50 169 561 394), for its general purposes, free of all duties the sum of $ for which an authorised receipt from Australian Red Cross will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee."

Step 2: Decide your gift

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support the Red Cross. There are a number of different ways you can remember the Red Cross in your will, depending on your circumstances.

Share of your estate, also known as a residuary gift. The residue of your estate is what remains of the estate once all your loved ones and charges have been paid. A residuary gift could be a percentage or the whole of the residue of your estate. Just 1, 2, 5% or more of your estate can make a difference.

Fixed sum of money, also known as a pecuniary gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It may be of interest to note that the value of this will decrease over time with inflation.

A specific gift. You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as real estate, art or a piece of jewellery.

Step 3: Notify loved ones and Red Cross

We believe that it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your Will. Communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out. Let your family know that an eduring gift to Red Cross is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.

We ask that you consider contacting us to let us know of your intended gift. Your notifaction helps us by:

  • providing assurance of future investment into our 7 key priority areas
  • allows us to personalise all communication with you and focus on programs that interest you
  • enabling us to invite you to events for face-to-face updates on our programs.

To notify us please fill out this simple form or call the bequest team on 1800 811 700.


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Notify Red Cross

Collecting stories is important to us. If you are leaving a legacy gift to Red Cross, please consider contacting us to let us know. We would love to acknowledge your kindness and hear of your motivation for leaving a gift to Red Cross. To notify us, just fill out this simple form or call the bequest team on 1800 811 700.