Skip to main content
Leaving a legacy with a bequest. A student opens a book in a University library.

Gifts in wills and bequests

Leave a legacy
Gifts in wills can make an enduring contribution to the progress of learning and discovery. Supporting a cause you are passionate about can create a powerful legacy in your honour or in memory of a loved one.

Make your passion your legacy

Hear from some of our alumni and donors who have chosen to leave a lasting legacy to the University.

What is a bequest?

Bequests are donations made as part of your overall financial or estate planning. It is a wonderful way to leave a future gift in memory of yourself or a loved one which you can direct to a specific cause or have it apply more broadly.

Benefits of leaving gifts in wills

  • Costs nothing now
  • Flexible and easy to update
  • Creates a personalised legacy
  • Choice in how you would like your gift applied
  • Exclusive membership to our Challis Bequest Society

What can my bequest support?

The breadth of research and subject areas at the University of Sydney is so vast, so whatever you are passionate about – helping animals, supporting talented students or enabling life-changing research – you can direct your gift to the area that means the most to you.

How to leave a bequest

As a first step, we welcome you to get in touch with us to talk about what you might like to support. You can contact the Planned Giving team on

We can assist you in drafting clauses. Alternatively, you can use our recommended wording in our bequest pack (pdf, 1.5MB) to include the University in your will.

How we can help

If you find something that you want to support, we are happy to work with your solicitor or help you word your bequest, so it has the best possible long-term impact.

If you'd like to know more information about a specific area, or aren't sure what area you'd like to support, we'd like to invite you on campus, or where possible we can arrange to visit you.

For example, if you have a passion for animal welfare, music or healthcare, we can introduce you to people working in those areas and give you a tour of the campus or facilities.

Please contact our Planned Giving team on and we can assist you.

I elected to leave a bequest to the University because their focus is on evidence‑based veterinary training to ensure world‑class veterinary professionals.
Debra Pinkerton
Our family legacy is about providing opportunities for someone else to do what we’ve done.
Graham Brooks

Stories of our bequestors

You can read more about how bequests are transforming the University in the latest Challis Bequest Society newsletter (pdf, 2.2MB).

More information?

Contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Alexandra Miller

Alexandra Miller, Planned Giving and bequests in wills.
Associate Director, Planned Giving