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.
  • We appreciate family and loved ones should always come first.
  • We believe it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your will – communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out.
  • We also understand that circumstances change and respect your decision to alter your will at any time.

We are grateful when people decide to include a bequest to Cancer Council NSW. Bequests are a vital source of income and we appreciate every gift.

Find out how to leave a gift in your will.

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.

Jump to:

> Making a will
> Updating a will

Making a will:

I’m using a Solicitor:

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

Use the download 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.

What wording should I use?


If you are kind enough to be including a gift to Cancer Council NSW in your will, make sure you include the correct wording below.


Wording of will - expand to copy/paste

‘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).’

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.

Step 2. Decide your gift

  • 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

  • Specify an exact amount from your estate

  • Assets

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

  • Special Arrangements

    If you have a complicated estate or wish to specify, other than general purpose, how your gift is used please contact us.

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.

Most of our supporters chose to include a gift for “general purposes” but it is possible to specify how your gift is spent. 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. To allow us to honor your wishes effectively we would ask you give us a call for a confidential chat.

Step 3. Communicate your final wishes

We believe it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your will – communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out. Let your family know that an enduring gift to Cancer Council NSW is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.

If you have left a gift in your will to Cancer Council NSW, please do let me know. Getting in touch will help our team to plan research investment for a future where we are stronger than cancer.

Professor Karen Canfell, Cancer Research Division

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.

You can notify us via a simple form or calling the bequest team.

Thank you for your consideration. Together we can work towards a future where we can beat cancer.

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Contact the Bequests Team

We’re here to help with any questions you have on the very personal decision to leave a gift

(02) 9334 1479

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