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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 - download our Guide to Wills and Bequests.

Here are the basics

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 $150 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. Alternatively, you 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.

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.

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 7 key priority areas
  • allows us to personalise all communication with you and focus on programs that interest you
  • enables us to invite you to events for face-to-face updates on our programs

To notify us, please send us a message with the form below or call the bequest team on 1800 811 700.

If we can help you with bequests, leaving a legacy in your Will or donating in memory, please call 1800 RED CROSS (733 276) or email us.

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