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Gifts in Wills

When you think about leaving a Gift in your Will, it’s only natural to consider your loved ones first and foremost. Many people also find a place in their Will to leave a legacy, to reflect other important aspects of their lives – the issues that concern them most and the values they believe in.

We are grateful you are considering including a Gift in your Will for Australia for UNHCR. By remembering Australia for UNHCR in your Will, you will enable us to continue our lifesaving work, giving refugees protection beyond your lifetime. 

Your legacy will help the world’s most vulnerable people. Without your support, our work would simply not be possible.

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How to leave a Gift in your Will

Decide on the family, friends and organisations that you would like to recognise in your Will.

Download your Gifts in Wills guide to get started.


Choose the type of legacy you would like to leave:

  • A percentage of your estate
  • A specific sum of money
  • A residuary gift

Visit a solicitor to have your Will written or updated with a codicit. Or you can visit Gathered Here to create a Will for free - it takes less than 10 minutes!

Why leave a Gift in Will to Australia for UNHCR?

Leaving a Gift in your Will to Australia for UNHCR can provide life-saving aid to refugees. Your Gift can support UNHCR’s emergency response, enabling us to go straight into action.

Your Gift can also support UNHCR’s long-term work with displaced people. Our ongoing work aims to provide healthcare, education and livelihood training, helping people rebuild their lives with dignity.

What impact will my bequest have? 

Your bequest can make a world of difference. One of our recent bequestors, Don, was a primary school teacher and chose to leave a Gift in his Will for refugees. With his Gift, he will enrol and retain 429 refugee children into primary education.

His Gift will be a part of UNHCR’s Primary Impact program, which will operate for four years and we will be working to enrol more than 120,000 out-of-school refugee children into education programmes and retaining 300,000 children who are already in school in 16 countries globally. 

In 2021 Australia for UNHCR received their largest ever bequest, which transformed the lives of Bidibidi’s children, improving the quality of their education and the safety of community. 

More than 230,000 mostly South Sudanese refugees will benefit from the three-year project, which will upgrade school facilities, pay teacher salaries and create energy-efficient lighting. 

With more than 100 million people now displaced around the world, there has never been a greater need for UNHCR’s work – and your support. 

We'd Love to Hear From You

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Aylin Salt

Planned Giving Manager

Australia for UNHCR, aligns with my values: integrity, trust and making a positive impact in the world. My role at Australia for UNHCR allows me to help make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world with the support of our donors. I love that I can build strong relationships with our incredibly generous donor community along the way. Please get in contact with me, if you are considering a gift in your Will or have included a gift in your Will, and we can discuss in more detail the impact you can make in the future of refugees.

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Gifts in Wills FAQs

What is a bequest or a charitable bequest?

A bequest, otherwise known as a Gift in Will, is a donation passed to an organisation or individual as part of your Will.

It is the legacy you leave behind when you pass away, and can have a lasting impact on the lives of others.

How do I word my Gift in Will?

If you are creating a Will or updating it, we suggest you consult a legal adviser to ensure that your Will is valid and your wishes are expressed accurately.

Australia for UNHCR is proud to collaborate with Gathered Here to offer you the opportunity to write your Will for free. You can complete your Will in less than 10 minutes online. 

If you have already included Australia for UNHCR in your Will or intend to do, please let us know so we can thank you formally. 

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Make a difference for refugees by donating a portion of your salary each pay day

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Our fundraising impact

The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

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