Leave a Bequest

Gifts left to Vicdeaf in a Will play an important part in ensuring we can continue to deliver and grow our services to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. People from all walks of life choose to support Vicdeaf in this meaningful way.

Why make a Will?

A Will is a powerful reflection of your values and principles. Your Will enables you to achieve your life’s goals, even after your own lifetime.

After providing for your family and the people you hold dear, you may wish to consider leaving a gift in your Will to Vicdeaf. It would be an honour for Vicdeaf to be considered for such a gift. Every gift makes a real difference to those who benefit from Vicdeaf’s work.

Ways to leave a gift in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support Vicdeaf. There are a number of ways you can include Vicdeaf in your Will.

Option 1: Leave a share of your Estate
The easiest way to leave a gift to Vicdeaf is to leave the ‘residue’ of your Estate - known as a ‘residuary bequest’. This is the remainder of your Estate once your family and loved ones have been provided for. A benefit of this type of gift is that you don’t have to amend your Will if your financial situation changes.

Option 2: Leave a fixed sum of money
You may wish to leave a fixed sum of money - known as a ‘pecuniary bequest’. This type of gift does not allow for changes in your circumstances and needs to be reviewed regularly.

Option 3: Leave a specific item of value
You may wish to leave us a specific item - known as a ‘specific bequest’. It can be property or an item of value such as shares, artwork or jewellery. It can be either used to support our work or be sold. You can also choose Vicdeaf to be the beneficiary of life insurance policies.

The making of a specific bequest should not give rise to any stamp duty or capital gains tax consequences for your estate.

Wording to include in your Will

All forms of bequests will aid our work and services for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Once you have decided which option best suits you, we recommend the following wording for your Will;

      

“I give to the Victorian Deaf Society of 4/340 Albert Street, East Melbourne in the state of Victoria

  1. the residue of my Estate, or
  2. ...% of the residue of my Estate, or
  3. the sum of $..., or
  4. the specific item(s) ...

for its general purposes and I further direct that the said bequest shall be paid free of all taxes and duties and that the receipt of the Treasurer of the Victorian Deaf Society for the time being shall be sufficient discharge of my executor(s)."

    

If you use wording other than the above provided, please ensure you state Vicdeaf’s full name and address - Victorian Deaf Society of 4/340 Albert Street, East Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

Should you already have a Will, you may consider making a Codicil to incorporate a bequest to Vicdeaf. We recommend you obtain professional legal advice on the wording of your Codicil.

Please let us know

If you would like further information, or you have decided to include Vicdeaf in your Will, we would appreciate it if you could inform us of your intentions. You can contact us by calling (03) 9473 1111 or emailing us fundraising@vicdeaf.com.au.

Become a Friend of the Gaslight

Supporters who confirm bequests to Vicdeaf are invited to become a Friend of the Gaslight.

Friends of the Gaslight enjoy teas, events and social gatherings to learn more about how their gift will help Vicdeaf’s work and services. They have the opportunity to make friends with like-minded people and are thanked - in their life-times - for their generosity and support.