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Gifts in wills and bequests

Leave a legacy to shape a better future
Leaving a gift in your will to the University of Sydney is a meaningful way to make enduring contribution to future generations through the progress of learning and discovery.

What is a bequest?

Bequests (also known as gifts in wills)  are donations passed on to a beneficiary through a will or other estate planning documents. It is a wonderful way to leave a legacy in memory of yourself or a loved one and create a lasting impact on the lives of others. 

Whether you’re passionate about contributing to medical breakthroughs, helping transform disadvantaged communities, finding solutions to global issues or supporting animals in need, a gift in your will to the University can be life-changing.

Thank you for considering how you could change the lives of others for generations to come. Find out about areas you can support and how to include a gift in your will, or get in touch directly for more information:

Alexandra Miller
Deputy Director, Planned Giving
+61 439 301 629
planned.giving@sydney.edu.au

You can choose to make your gift unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose. The five main types of gifts you can leave in your will are:

  • residual
  • percentage or fractional
  • whole estate
  • pecuniary or specific
  • endowment gifts

Our team will work closely with you to understand the impact you want to create and provide advice and support to ensure your gift will carry out the impact you intended. 

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us for our future-proofing gift recommendations).

As a way of expressing our gratitude to those who make the generous decision to include a gift in their will to the University, we offer exclusive membership to our Challis Bequest Society. 

While not obligatory, for many, it is an integral part of maintaining an ongoing connection to the University. Membership comes with a range of benefits, including: 

  • a letter of acknowledgment
  • invitations to society-only events and luncheons 
  • behind the scenes tours 
  • updates on the latest discoveries
  • an annual newsletter.
 

How to include a gift in your will

Every gift makes a lasting impact

We understand that leaving a gift in your will is no small action. Wherever you choose to direct your gift, please know that every gift in will is treasured. Our team is here to assist you in creating a meaningful legacy that will shape a better future.

Stories from our bequestors