Leaving a bequest to Mission Australia
Help make Australia a fairer place with a bequest to Mission Australia
How your legacy can create a fairer future
A bequest (also known as a legacy) is a gift of money or assets that you leave through your Will. Bequests are critical to Mission Australia. They enable us to safeguard hundreds of our vital services and programs, ensuring we can continue to help Australians doing it tough to transform their lives.
By leaving a gift in your Will to Mission Australia you will help us to overcome homelessness, empower youth, strengthen families and provide employment solutions for many years to come.
Who gives bequests?
People from all walks of life leave gifts in their Will to Mission Australia, and we greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of each and every one of them.
Even if you have been unable to donate during your lifetime, you can still support Mission Australia by leaving a gift in your Will – just like John and Wendy have:
Twenty years ago, John’s gambling and alcohol abuse resulted in him living on the streets. Fortunately, Mission Australia found John and worked with him to transform his life.
To help ensure we can continue to give Australians doing it tough the same support, John chose to leave a gift to Mission Australia in his Will. “I never thought I’d need Mission Australia, let alone end up leaving them a bequest in my Will.”
A proud supporter of Mission Australia since the 1970’s, Wendy first saw the impact of homelessness while working in a hospital where rough sleepers were regularly treated for injuries and conditions associated with life on the streets.
Determined to do something about it, Wendy chose to leave a gift to Mission Australia in her Will. “I realised we didn’t have a Will, so we made one. And I made sure we included Mission Australia right from the start.”
Watch Mission Australia’s Bequest video to find out what motivated these and other generous Australians to leave gifts in their Wills.
Types of bequests
Bequests can be made in a number of ways, depending on your wishes or circumstances. They include:
- Residuary – This gift consists of the remainder of your estate once your family and friends have been provided for and any taxes and charges are settled.
- Percentage/fractional – A gift in the form of a specified percentage of your estate.
- Specific/pecuniary – A gift in the form of a specified amount of money, item of property or stocks and shares.
Some people like to donate a combination of two or more of the above types of gifts.
How to arrange a bequest
The best way to arrange your gift is to speak with a solicitor. They can ensure your estate is distributed in a way that meets your wishes. Your solicitor can also create a Will for you or update your existing Will to include a gift to Mission Australia with the appropriate wording.
Should you wish to choose an alternative method, please discuss this with your solicitor. If you don’t already have a solicitor, the
Law Council of Australia website can point you in the right direction.
Do I need to inform Mission Australia of my bequest?
You don’t have to tell us, but making us aware of your plans gives Mission Australia the opportunity to offer our thanks and invite you to visit our services.
By including us in your Will you are also entitled to honorary membership of the Benjamin Short Society – named in honour of the founder of the Sydney City Mission.
For more information or to discuss your bequest, contact us by submitting the online form, call our National Bequest Manager on
(02) 9219 2057 or call 1800 88 88 68.
To inform us of your bequest, you can also submit your information via our online form.