At Red Cross we act for humanity and believe in the power of compassionate people like you to make a difference. Your gift could help people in Australia and overseas continue to get the vital support they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. It could help us respond to a disaster, support a young person in the justice system or at risk of homelessness or help a newly arrived migrant family to settle into their new community.
A gift in your Will to Red Cross can ensure the values you hold dear are passed on. We appreciate that family and friends should always come first and believe talking to your loved ones is an important step before you create or finalise your Will. Once you have taken care of them, leaving a gift to Red Cross means the causes you care about benefit too.
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 $165 (inc GST) to prepare a simple Will. We provide referrals to qualified solicitors who can help create or update your existing Will at a reduced cost. This special service is only available to those intending to leave a gift in their Will to Red Cross.
If you are kind enough to be including a gift to Australian Red Cross in your will, make sure to include the correct wording below in step 3.
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 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.
It’s important that you use the correct wording, or your Will may be invalidated.
If you wish to donate a percentage of your estate after providing for loved ones
“ I give to Australian Red Cross Society (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.”
If you wish to donate what’s left over of your estate after providing for loved ones
“ I give to Australian Red Cross Society (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.”
If you wish to donate a specific sum
“ I give to Australian Red Cross Society (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.”
If you wish to donate a specific item
“ I give to Australian Red Cross (ABN 50 169 561 394), for its general purposes, free of all duties, my________________ for which an authorised receipt from Australian Red Cross will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee.”
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 enduring 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 notification helps us by:
providing assurance of future investment into our priority areas of work
allowing 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 send us a message using this form or call the Bequest team on 1800 733 276.
Including a gift in your Will to support Red Cross is an important decision, and it’s one that we want to make sure you are 100% happy with. That is why we make these commitments:
We understand that your family and loved ones come first. Once you’ve looked after those closest to you, we would be honoured if you think about leaving a gift to support our work.
We will handle whatever gift you leave us efficiently, so that it can do the greatest good in the areas where it is needed most.
We recognise you have every right to change your mind about a gift in your Will at any time.
If you intend to leave a gift in your Will and need legal advice you can take advantage of our Will referral services and our National Solicitor Network.
If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to Australian Red Cross, you are under no obligation to share this information with us. However, we would find it helpful to know your wishes as it gives us the opportunity to personally thank you, and to plan for the future. Any information you share with us will be kept strictly confidential and will be used respectfully and appropriately. We would love the opportunity to honour you as a valued member of the Friends of Red Cross society.