You can help tomorrow by planning today…………
Have you ever considered leaving a lasting legacy that will help people with epilepsy and their families – but thought that only the wealthy are able to leave money or property in their Will to a charity? This is far from the truth. Every year, people from all walks of life make bequests to causes that they believe in.
After your family has been provided for, there is no better way to continue supporting a cause close to your heart – like Epilepsy Queensland.
Bequests to Epilepsy Queensland play a vital role in ensuring more people with epilepsy and their families receive assistance – today, tomorrow and in the future. With approximately 30% of our income coming from government grants, the community contribution to our income is extremely important. Bequests have helped in the establishment of new programs and in the development of services and research projects.
There are also different types of Bequests:
- Specific bequests are a cash sum, shares, property or other items of value.
- Residual bequests are the remains after other gifts have been distributed.
- General bequests are your entire estate or a specified share or percentage of your entire estate.
If you do not have a Will, your estate will be handled according to legal regulations and may not be distributed to your beneficiaries in the way that you would wish. The Queensland Public Trustee offers a wonderful free Will making service, if you don’t have a Solicitor.
If you do have a Will and haven’t already included a gift to Epilepsy Queensland, but wish to do so, you can add a codicil – a short legal amendment to your existing Will.
The wording of a bequest is very important and the preferred wording can be downloaded here or is as follows:
“I give and bequeath ……. to Epilepsy Queensland Inc, Level 2, 411 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba, in the state of Queensland, to be applied to the general charitable purposes of Epilepsy Queensland Inc and in respect of such legacy, I declare as follows:
(a) A general charitable intent shall apply;
(b) The receipt of the Treasurer for the time being shall constitute a full and sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees; and
(c) My executors and trustees shall not be obliged to see or inquire into the application of money or assets, the subject of such legacy.”
Notifying us of your decision to include a gift (no matter the size) to Epilepsy Queensland allows us to thank you personally in advance rather than your executor. Please contact our Fundraising & PR Manager, Ms Leigh Gilbert on 07 3435 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to request further information.
Even though you may never see the faces of those you help, through your lasting legacy you will touch their lives.