Your questions answered

What is a Gift in Will?

A bequest or ‘Gift in Will’ is the donation you make when you include the Stroke Foundation in your Will.

Don’t you have to be wealthy to include a Gift in your Will?

Not at all. Many everyday Australians include charitable gifts in their Wills. They know they can look after both their loved ones and the causes that have been important during their lifetime.

Every gift – no matter its size, will help us continue our work to prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Can I add a gift to the Stroke Foundation to my existing Will?

Yes – it’s as simple as adding a codicil (an amendment to your existing Will). We recommend that you consult your legal advisor to assist you with this. You can request a codicil form by contacting us.

What type of gifts can I include in my Will?

There are a number of ways you can include a gift to the Stroke Foundation in your Will:

  • A percentage or share of your estate (residual legacy)
  • A specific sum of money (pecuniary legacy)
  • Property
  • Shares
  • The whole of your estate

Make sure you speak to your solicitor about which option will best suit you.

What if I need to look after my family?

Of course, we understand that taking care of your loved ones must come first.

This is why a residual legacy is a popular choice for many of our 700 supporters who have included a gift to the Stroke Foundation in their Will. It allows you to first leave gifts to your loved ones and pay any financial commitments. It also automatically adjusts to changes in the value of your Estate.

Should I discuss my gift with my loved ones?

Yes, we recommend that you let your loved ones know about your gift so they understand why supporting the fight against stroke is important to you. It will also help ensure your final wishes are fulfilled.

How will my gift be used by the Stroke Foundation?

Your gift left for general purposes will provide the Stroke Foundation with the flexibility needed to respond to critical priorities in the future. If you would like your gift to go towards something specific, please contact us to discuss this. It’s worth remembering though that most gifts in Wills aren’t received for many years so if you include a general gift it means we can fund the most critical work at that time.