Giving through your will

Create a better future: give an enduring gift

Making a gift in your will to The Australian National University is a lasting legacy that can create a better future. Your bequest will help us create opportunities for our students, staff and researchers. It will ensure excellence is embedded in our approach as Australia’s national university.  

A will is your opportunity to have the last word, to say what you believe in and to recognise people and organisations that enriched your life.

ANU Alumna and bequest donor Ms Hester Gascoigne

What can you support?

By leaving a gift in your will to the University, you can support:

  • Scholarships for students who might otherwise be unable to study at ANU
  • An academic discipline or research priority that you are passionate about
  • Distinctive learning opportunities such as international collaboration and study
  • Endowed positions including Chairs and Professorships
  • and a variety of other important areas of research and teaching at ANU

You can also leave an unrestricted gift in your will. Such a bequest allows the University, a specific College or your preferred area to use the funds to support critical initiatives and other areas of greatest need - so valuable in today's rapidly changing world.

Guidance for your will

How to leave a gift in your will

There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to ANU:

  • A percentage or portion of your estate
  • Pecuniary - a fixed amount of money
  • Residual - the remainder of your estate after providing for family and friends
  • A specific item or asset including property, shares, bonds and artwork

You may direct the University to support a long term purpose, or give ANU the flexibility to use the funds to achieve an immediate impact. You can support an existing fund or purpose, or establish a new opportunity.

Our Gift & Estate Planning team can provide you with suggested wording to include a gift to ANU in your will. Please contact us to start the conversation

We strongly encourage you to seek professional legal advice for your estate planning and to ensure your will is validly executed and up to date. ANU is unable to provide you with legal or financial advice.

How your gift will be managed

All gifts to the University are accounted for by the ANU Foundation and governed by the ANU Foundation Board to ensure the wishes of the donor are met in accordance with the ANU Foundation statute 2018. 

Notifying us of a gift in your will

By notifying us that you have left a gift to ANU in your will, you will join our community of bequest donors. We welcome the opportunity to recognise your generous commitment with regular updates from the University.

If you have already remembered ANU through a bequest, we would be grateful if you could contact our Gift & Estate Planning team with your Let us know form.

Contact us

Gift & Estate Planning

ANU Advancement

T: +61 2 6125 9055
The Australian National University
Buildings 71 & 71T, 28 Balmain Crescent
Canberra ACT 2600
Sarah McCarthyRachel HunterDebbie Wilson

Sarah McCarthy

Head of Advancement

Rachel Hunter

Development Manager

Debbie Wilson

Senior Development Officer


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