How to leave a gift

What type of gifts do we accept?

It is your choice, as the Will-maker (often referred to as the “testator” or “testatrix”), how to divide and allocate the assets that make up your estate.

We will accept all types of gifts, whether monetary or otherwise. Gifts other than money (such as shares, furniture and land) may be sold after transfer and the proceeds utilised to pursue our mission and purpose.

If you are supporting UN Women Australia through your Will, we ask that you leave your gift for UN Women Australia’s greatest needs. This enables us to allocate your gift where the need is greatest at the time, to advance the work of UN Women Australia and UN Women’s gender equality efforts globally.  If you leave a gift for a specific purpose or program, we may not be able to use the gift as our programs may have changed, or we may have enough funding for some programs but not enough for other worthy programs.

If you would like to leave a gift for a specific purpose, please contact our office on 02 6185 0010 or email [email protected] to discuss so that we can try to ensure UN Women Australia will be able to use your gift as you intend.

What form can my gift take?

If you choose to make a gift to UN Women Australia in your Will, that gift might take a number of different forms.

  • Option 1: You can allocate a specific sum of money, or a specific item of property
  • Option 2: You can allocate a percentage of your total estate.
  • Option 3: You can allocate some or all of the “residue” of your estate (that is, whatever remains after your debts and other specific gifts are distributed).
  • Option 4: You can name UN Women Australia as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

You may also consider making a “contingent gift” as well as choosing one of the four options above. If the person or organisation you leave a gift to cannot accept it for some reason (for example, because the person died before you or the organisation has closed down), a contingent gift allows you to say where that gift goes instead. You can specify that, should the person you intend to receive your gift does not survive you or the organisation you intend to receive the gift is not able to accept that gift, the gift goes to UN Women Australia instead.

We are grateful for any form of support you choose to provide. For practical reasons however, we would prefer to receive a specific sum of money/item of property directly (Option 1), as tracking other types of gifts into the future can sometimes become administratively complex.