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What type of gift can I leave?

Many of our supporters ask - What kind of gift will deliver the most benefit to Cancer Council?

So many people choose to support us during their lifetime - to celebrate survivorship, honour the memory of a loved one, or just to show support and ease the burden for others. Often a gift in your will is a natural extension to ensure future support.

After family and loved ones are looked after, a bequest gift may be the largest donation many of us will be able to make. Knowing how different types of gifts deliver benefits for life-saving support and research, while safeguarding your loved ones, is important.

Residual gift - By leaving a residual gift to Cancer Council you are instructing your Executor that, once your debts are paid and specific gifts are distributed to loved ones named your will, the remainder (or a proportion of the remainder) of your estate will be paid to Cancer Council.

A residual bequest is a simple way to leave a gift that needn't interfere with any other specific bequests left to loved ones. Furthermore, this type of bequest retains its value over time (unlike a specific cash gift that can reduce in value with inflation). Equally, a residual gift also provides a form of protection as you continue to fund your lifestyle over time.

Whole or part of your estate - You can leave your entire estate or any part of your estate to Cancer Council.

A fixed specific gift - a gift in the form of other property such as: shares, investments, vehicles, boats or items of jewellery.

Fixed sum of money gift - also known as a pecuniary bequest, this gift is in the form of a specified cash amount. Keep in mind that it may be 10, 20 or 30 years before your gift will be realised. As a result many of our donors choose to nominate a small percentage of their estate instead of a fixed cash sum. Either way we are very grateful for the support you are giving so many others.

You can decide whether you want to specify how your gift is used, or simply trust us to put your gift to its very best use.

Many of our supporters have been touched by cancer themselves, and so you may wish your estate to be invested in an area of personal interest, or in tribute to a loved one who may have been lost to cancer.

However, the work of Cancer Council is vast and varied and we often have to respond to changes in knowledge, practice or treatments. Therefore, the more flexibility we have to invest your gift in the best way possible, the better our chances are of beating cancer in our children's lifetime. While specific gifts may require additional administration, they can make a great difference our research and support programs.

Most of our supporters have chosen to include a gift for 'general purposes,' but to allow us to honour your wishes effectively, we would ask you give us a call for a confidential chat.

This page was last updated on: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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