Most Australians aren’t aware that they can leave a gift in their will – yet many wish to ensure UN Women’s work continues until everyone everywhere can live lives to their fullest potential – with equal access to become leaders, to learn, to earn, and to be agents of change in all facets of life. Over the years, UN Women Australia has been a grateful beneficiary of legacy gifts which have helped bolster UN Women’s programmatic and policy change work enabling a brighter future for women and girls in more than 100 countries. To the families and friends of those who gave an important gift in their will to UN Women Australia and also those who intend to leave a legacy, we can’t thank you enough.

Supporting UN Women Australia in your Will

Making a gift in your Will is a wonderful way to continue supporting the organisations and causes you care about, even after your natural life has ended.

We greatly appreciate the generosity of all who give to us in their Will. These gifts enable UN Women Australia to pursue its stated mission and purposes, to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, end violence against women, ensure women’s needs are addressed in times of crisis, promote women’s economic empowerment and expand opportunities for women to be leaders.

How will gifts be used?

Monetary gifts received are used for the general purposes of UN Women Australia and its work. This may include supporting programs in the Pacific region to end violence against women or to ensure women’s access to decent jobs through improvements to labour laws, access to finance or entrepreneurship training, responding to women’s unique needs in the wake of natural disasters or funding new initiatives around the world that are in line with our strategic plans.

What types of gifts will 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 general purposes. We can then use your gift as needed to further our work. 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 Janelle Weissman, Executive Director, on 02 6185 0010 to discuss so that we can try to ensure UN Women Australia will be able to use your gift as you intend.

Further, we strongly encourage anyone considering a gift to UN Women Australia to first ensure that they have met their ethical duty to provide for family members and dependents (eg. current/former spouses, de facto partners, children, grandchildren/members of the household who have been dependent on you and others who you have been living in a close personal relationship with).

If a family member or dependent challenges your Will in Court and the Court thinks you have not adequately provided for that person the Court may override the provisions of your Will.

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).

You may also consider making a “contingent gift” as well as choosing one of those three options. 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.

Suggested wording for gifts made in your Will

Making a Will is complex. If there is a problem with your Will, your gift (and the gifts to your other beneficiaries) may not go to the people and organisations you want to benefit but as decided by the Court or according to legal rules of intestacy. We strongly recommend you seek assistance in preparing your Will from a lawyer or other expert (such as the Public Trustee or Trustee and Guardian in your state or territory).

If you would like to leave a gift to UN Women Australia, please contact us or ask your solicitor to contact us.

Contact
Janelle Weissman, Executive Director, UN Women Australia
Email: [email protected] | Phone: 02 6185 0010
Below, we have provided suggested wording and our organisational details, to make this process easier.

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Suggested wording to leaving your legacy: Support UN Women Australia in your Will

Option 1: Specific gift

I give $[insert amount] to UN Women National Committee Australia Ltd, ABN: 23 638 729 775/ACN: 613 156 700 at GPO Box 2824, Canberra ACT 2601 to be used for UN Women Australia’s general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the director, secretary or a public officer of UN Women Australia will completely discharge my gift.

Option 2: Percentage of estate

I give [insert percentage] % of my total estate to UN Women National Committee Australia Ltd, ABN: 23 638 729 775/ACN: 613 156 700, at GPO Box 2824, Canberra ACT 2601, to be used for UN Women Australia’s general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the director, secretary or a public officer of UN Women Australia will completely discharge my gift.

Option 3: All or a percentage of residuary estate

I give the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, to UN Women National Committee Australia Ltd, ABN: 23 638 729 775/ACN: 613 156 700, at GPO Box 2824, Canberra ACT 2601 to be used for UN Women Australia’s general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the director, secretary or a public officer of UN Women Australia will completely discharge my gift.

OR

I give [insert percentage]% of the residue of my estate both real and personal, to UN Women  National Committee Australia Ltd, ABN: 23 638 729 775/ACN: 613 156 700, at GPO Box 2824, Canberra ACT 2601, to be used for UN Women Australia’s general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the director, secretary or a public officer of UN Women Australia will completely discharge my gift.

Additional Option of Contingent Gift

This option may be used to give a gift to UN Women Australia if a gift to another person or organisation fails, for example because that person does not survive the deceased or the organisation no longer exists or cannot use the gift as they are required to.

If my gift to [name of person or organisation] cannot take effect completely or at all, to the extent that it cannot take effect, I give that gift to UN Women National Committee Australia Ltd, ABN: 23 638 729 775/ACN: 613 156 700, at GPO Box 2824, Canberra ACT 2601 to be used for UN Women Australia’s general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the director, secretary or a public officer of UN Women Australia is a sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of that gift.

Thank you for your commitment to a brighter future for women and girls, around the world.