Bequests

The Australian Centre for Heart Health relies almost entirely upon the generosity of people in the community to support its research and training programs. Bequests, or gifts given to us in your Will, (large or small) make a lasting contribution to the fight against heart disease.  A bequest becomes an ongoing memorial to you and your commitment to supporting heart research, training and services. This will ensure that our work can continue to help reduce preventable deaths and disability from heart disease and enrich the knowledge of heart health professionals so they can provide the highest possible quality care, as well as improving wellbeing, building management skills and fostering personal growth for sufferers of heart disease..

A bequest is a way of ‘touching the future' now.  

Make a difference and include a charity in your Will

Leaving a bequest to the Australian Centre for Heart Health will help ensure that its vital heart research, health professional training and delivery of patient services will continue well into the future.

Your bequest, no matter the size, will support research to help reduce deaths and disability from heart disease. Bequests are made to charities not only by wealthy people. People with modest means also choose to support charitable causes, including important heart research, training and services.

Remember, you can look after your family as well as leaving a bequest to the Australian Centre for Heart Health

Leaving a bequest to a charity does not mean leaving your family and loved ones out of your Will.

Once your family and friends are provided for, you can leave a bequest to your chosen charity.

Help make a difference! Your bequest will fund important research to find out how to prevent heart disease in future generations. Your bequest will also contribute to the training of healthcare professionals to ensure access to convenient, high quality care for sufferers of heart disease, in addition to vital research into identifying ways of helping survivors of heart illness to make a good recovery..

Click here to download our bequest brochure.

Types of bequest

The main types of bequests you can make after choosing your charity are as follows:

Residual legacy

A residual legacy is what is left of your Estate after all your other wishes have been carried out, including provisions made for your family. Leaving the residue of your Estate to a charity has the advantage that the legacy maintains its relative value over time.

Specific legacy

This is a gift of a stated amount of money, a specific item or group of items, such as stocks and shares, jewellery or property.

Percentage or fractional legacy

This is a bequest expressed as a percentage or fraction of your Estate.

Whole Estate

A bequest which comprises the entire Estate is often left by people who have no beneficiaries or for those wanting to achieve something very significant with their estate.

How to leave a bequest to the Australian Centre for Heart Health

Ensure you make a Will

Having an up to date Will is very important to ensure that your wishes are followed. A Will provides you with peace of mind. So don't delay.

Select which charities to include in your Will

You may wish to leave bequests to more than one charity.

Obtain advice from your solicitor

It is important that you obtain professional advice. Ask your solicitor about how to include a bequest to the Australian Centre for Heart Health. Different types of bequests are listed above.

Made your Will already?... Consider simply adding a Codicil

If you have already made or recently updated your Will, you can ask your solicitor to draw up a Codicil stating your wish to include a gift to the Australian Centre for Heart Health. The Codicil can then be kept with your existing Will.

Suggested wording for including the Australian Centre for Heart Health in your Will

If you would like to make a difference to the future and include a Bequest to the Australian Centre for Heart Health in your will, below is the wording you may like to print out and take to your solicitor. 

"I bequeath ...% of my estate (or the sum of $.......) to the Australian Centre for Heart Health of Suite 8, 75-79 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne, to be applied to the uses and purposes of the Centre generally and I direct that the receipt of the Secretary for the time being of the Australian Centre for Heart Health shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors."

Or

"I devise and bequeath the rest and residue of my Estate [or alternatively ‘the whole of my Estate'] of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate to the Australian Centre for Heart Health of Suite 8, 75-79 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne, to be applied to the uses and purposes of the Centre generally and I direct that the receipt of the Secretary for the time being of the Australian Centre for Heart Health shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors."

If possible it is more helpful for us if the money is left to us for general purposes as then it can be applied to where it is needed most. It is also preferable if you do not include a dollar amount, rather a percentage, as the dollar amount may become very out of date over the years from when the Will is written until it is executed.