Leaving a gift in your will

Leaving a gift to ANU in your will is a powerful way to make an impact on the world and often has the power to do much more than any gift you may be able to make in your lifetime. Remembering ANU in your will is a wonderful way to celebrate your life’s passions and demonstrate your commitment to bettering Australia and the world. It will honour your memory, perpetuate your ideals and can serve generations to come.

Through research and education our staff and students are working towards a greater future. Their work spans a diverse and extensive range–from the development of anti-cancer drugs at the John Curtin School of Medical Research to encouraging interest in the ancient Mediterranean world in the wider community by purchasing and maintaining items for the collection, and supporting lectures in the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans and their manifestations in our own world.

Your gift to the University will support:

  • higher education opportunities for talented students, regardless of their background
  • cutting edge research that addresses global issues
  • development on topics of national significance
  • the attraction of the finest minds in the world

A gift to ANU in your will allows you to enjoy the rewards of your hard work in life, while ensuring support for the causes that you believe in. Your gift, big or small, will make a difference.

How will my gift be managed?

Your gift will be managed by the ANU Endowment for Excellence and will be used according to your wishes. Funds in the Endowment:

  • are invested by the University
  • contribute a percentage of the interest earned annually (4.75 per cent in 2014) to support the cause the gift was left in aid of
  • remain in perpetuity as the remainder of the interest is reinvested to ensure capital growth

In this way your gift will continue into the future to support generations of students and researchers. All gifts go directly to the cause which the gift has been left to. None of the capital is used for administration costs.

What can I support?

A gift in your will can support ANU in any number of ways. It is your decision to make but we would be happy to discuss it with you. If you would like to discuss your gift and what it can support please contact us.

You can also learn more about areas that can be supported by visiting our Support us page.

How do I leave a gift in my will?

Leaving a gift in your will is often referred to as a bequest. The gift may be:

  • monetary
  • academic papers and collections
  • a percentage of an estate
  • assets - property, work of art, shares, an insurance policy
  • residuary of an estate - what is left after other gifts and estate costs have been met

If you don’t have a will, then the first thing you should do is seek legal advice about creating one. The Public Trustee in your State or Territory can provide advice on making a will and can help you find a solicitor.

We would be happy to help you, or your advisors, to word your bequest or assist in developing terms to include in your will. All discussions are strictly confidential.

If you would like to share your intentions with us we would be delighted to keep in contact with you and recognise your generosity. But you don’t need to tell us, we know it’s private.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your wishes.

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