A gift in your Will to Cancer Council Queensland is a thoughtful reflection of your values and makes a profound statement about your life.
It’s a wonderful thing to be remembered for.
Your gift will make a lasting contribution to research, education and support services for cancer patients and their families when they need it most and well into the future.
Our promise to you
When you choose to include a gift in your Will to Cancer Council Queensland:
- We understand that your family and the people you love will come first.
- Your privacy and wishes will always be respected.
- Your gift will be used carefully and cost-effectively.
- You and your gift will always be treated with sensitivity and respect.
- If you prefer to remain anonymous, your wishes will be respected. (But we’d love to know so that we can talk with you about any wishes you may have and acknowledge you for your generosity.)
- We will thank you and remember you for your enduring support.
Who leaves a gift in their Will?
Your questions answered
Anyone can leave a gift of any amount in their Will. You don’t have to be wealthy. Of course, you should consider your family and loved ones first. Every donation helps with research, preventing cancer and supporting cancer patients and their families.
If you’re thinking of making or changing your Will, you’re making an important decision about your values and priorities. We strongly suggest you talk to a solicitor to help you draft a Will. Some people draft their own Wills using kits online or bought from a newsagency or post office.
However, there are certain legal requirements for a Will to be valid and using a solicitor will make sure you get it right. Solicitors charge different amounts to draft Wills. Shop around to make sure you get the best deal.
Cancer Council Queensland also provides its supporters with a Free Will Service for those who include a gift in their Will. Please call our team for details of our solicitor partners in your area.
If you already have a Will, the most cost-effective way to include a gift to Cancer Council Queensland is by adding a codicil – a short legal amendment to your Will. Check with your solicitor if a codicil is appropriate for the updates you wish to make. Adding a codicil could be done via a simple email exchange with your solicitor and then popping into their office to sign the amendment. You can also update your Will for free using our Free Will Service.
There are several different ways to leave a gift in your Will.
A residual gift
A residual bequest is a simple way to leave a gift that needn’t interfere with any other specific bequests left to loved ones. This type of bequest retains its value over time. By leaving a residual gift to Cancer Council Queensland you are instructing your Executor that, once your debts are paid and specific gifts are distributed to loved ones named in your Will, the remainder (or a proportion of the remainder) of your estate will be gifted to Cancer Council Queensland.
A fixed specific gift
A gift in the form of other property such as real estate, shares, vehicles or items of jewellery. Whole or part of your estate – You can leave your entire estate or any part of your estate to Cancer Council Queensland.
A fixed sum of money
Also known as a pecuniary bequest, in the form of a specific cash amount. Your solicitor can advise you of ways to ensure the gift retains its relative value (for example, by increasing the amount by reference to CPI).
Here is the information you should provide to a solicitor if you wish to include a gift in your Will to Cancer Council Queensland. Suggested wording to include a gift in your Will to Cancer Council Queensland (ABN 48 321 126 727) is as follows. Please select the wording that best reflects the kind of gift you wish to give.
A residual gift
‘I give, devise and bequeath… (insert either ‘all of my residuary Estate’ or ‘the fraction or percentage of your residuary Estate that you would like to give’) to Cancer Council Queensland presently of 553 Gregory Terrace Fortitude Valley, Queensland to be applied for… (insert either ‘its general charitable purposes’ or the specific purpose that you would like the gift to be used for).’
A specific or monetary gift
‘I give and bequeath… (insert particulars of the specific item being given or the sum of money being given) to Cancer Council Queensland presently of 553 Gregory Terrace Fortitude Valley, Queensland to be applied for… (insert either ‘its general charitable purposes’ or the specific purpose that you would like the gift to be used for).’
Irrespective of whether you make a specific or monetary gift or a residuary gift, after you make the gift in your Will, you should also include in your Will the following declaration – ‘In relation to that gift, I declare that a general charitable intent applies, a receipt signed by a person authorised by Cancer Council Queensland shall constitute a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors and my Executors are not obliged to see or enquire into the application of the subject matter of the gift made by me’.
Most of our supporters choose to include a gift for ‘general purposes’. The work of Cancer Council Queensland is vast and varied and changes over time as community needs change and new research breakthroughs occur. Therefore, the more flexibility we have to direct your gifts in the best way possible, the better equipped we are to create a cancer free future.
Some people do choose to direct their gift to a particular type of cancer or other area of personal interest, perhaps because of their own experience with cancer or in tribute to a loved one lost to cancer.
These gifts are more than welcomed, and we would be delighted to honour your wishes.If you do have a specific purpose in mind, please feel free to call our friendly team on 07 3634 5190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential chat.
If you choose to join others who have decided to leave a gift in their Will to Cancer Council Queensland, you will be welcomed into the Lifetime Partner Program.
Lifetime Partners receive:
- Exclusive invitations to talks and seminars with some of the country’s leading experts on cancer.
- Exclusive invitations to Cancer Council Queensland events.
- Regular updates on the progress being made by Cancer Council Queensland in research, education, prevention, and treatment programs through our Daffodil Newsletter.
- Direct access to our Gifts in Wills team to answer your questions along the way.
Whether you choose to receive this information or attend these events or not is entirely up to you. Whatever you choose, your wishes will be respected.
If you would like to know more about the Lifetime Partner Program, please call our team on 07 3634 5190 or email email@example.com.
If you have a specific question or you would like to know more about gifts in Wills or other aspects of Cancer Council Queensland’s work, please call our friendly team on 07 3634 5190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Gift in Wills team
Whether you’ve decided to leave a gift in your Will or you would like more information, we’d love to hear from you.
Senior Coordinator, Gifts in Wills
Phone: 07 3634 5190
Coordinator, Gifts in Wills
Phone: 07 3634 5124