How to leave a gift in your will

If you’re considering leaving a gift to the Cancer Council in your will, we would love to talk to you, discuss some of the options available and hear about the areas of our work you would like to support.

To get in touch us, please call us on (02) 9334 1479, or you can fill out our contact form.

Step 1. Make or update your will

Your will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed. A bit of preparation will save you time, money and help you decide if you need to use a solicitor or if you can do it yourself.

If you need to make a will, it is best to consult a solicitor who is experienced in wills and estates.

The cost to do this varies significantly, don’t be shy to shop around and get an estimate of fees up front. You can search for Solicitors in your area via the Law Society NSW website

Download the PDFs below to prepare how you would like your will to be structured.  It also includes some important questions to ask your solicitor and the correct wording to include a gift to Cancer Council NSW.

Updating a will

If you already have a will, the most cost effective way to include a bequest to Cancer Council NSW is by adding a codicil – a short legal amendment to your will. Check with your solicitor if a codicil is appropriate for the updates you wish to make.

It is important to remember:

  • Notify family and loved ones that you are updating your will – communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out.
  • Include the correct wording to make sure your gift is received and used as you intended.


What wording should I use?

Please make sure you include the correct wording below.

‘I (insert name here) bequeath to The Cancer Council NSW ABN 51 116 463 846 for its general purposes (or name a specific purpose, such as research, patient and support care services, cancer prevention programs – please call us to discuss 02 9334-1479)

[Choose and insert the appropriate statement from the list below]

  1. the whole of my estate
  2. (insert number) percentage of my estate
  3. the residue of my estate
  4. the amount of $ (insert the value of your gift in cash)
  5. my (insert name of asset)

free of all duties, and the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer for the time being shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the Executor(s).’

Step 2. Deciding Your Gift

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support Cancer Council.

Anyone can leave a gift in their will and of course, you should provide for any dependents and family first.

But please know that your generosity will go directly to funding research, preventing cancer and supporting people affected by cancer. There are several different ways to leave a gift in your will, but should you have a complicated estate or wish to specify the use of your gift please request a call back by filling out the form below.

  • Residual

    Cater for loved ones exactly as you wish & give Cancer Council NSW the most possible help

  • Percentage

    Allows your gift to maximise as your estate matures

  • Estate

    Specify an exact amount from your estate

  • Assets

    Any items that you own – property, cars, shares, jewellery

Step 3. Notify loved ones and Cancer Council

The decision to leave a gift in your will is a very personal one.

Notifying us of your gift gives us the opportunity to thank you of this great generosity in your lifetime and also allows us to keep you up to date with the impact that gifts, just like yours, are making to help in achieving our vision of a cancer free future.

Any information that you choose to share with us regarding your will with complete confidentiality. We also recommend that you tell your loved ones of your wishes.

We ask that you consider contacting us to let us know of your intended gift. Your notification helps us by:

  • Providing assurance of future investment into cancer research and support programs
  • Allows us to personalise all communication with you and focus on the programs that interest you
  • Provide you with information regarding annual financial outcomes, research breakthroughs and new research program initiatives
  • Invite you to events for face to face updates with researchers

When you leave a bequest to the Cancer Council you are giving a very special gift; hope for a world free from cancer. By making a bequest you’re also joining a very special group of people, we like to call it the Daffodil Circle.

Contact us

Leaving a gift in your will is a very personal decision.

If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: (02) 9334 1479

Alternatively, please fill out the form below call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.