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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Our donors who leave a Gift in their Will come from many different parts of the communities and have different reasons for leaving a gift for Australia for UNHCR.
Whatever their reasons, their donations will make an impact on individuals, communities and in some instances save lives, educate many or provide livelihoods that will help impact refugees in a positive way.
Here are Dorothy, Stephanie & John, sharing their stories on what connects them to refugees and why they decided to leave a Gift in their Will.
Supporting refugees is an issue close to Dorothy Hoddinott’s heart. For 23 years, she was principal of Holroyd High School in Sydney, where more than half of students have a refugee background. Through her leadership, she helped students to achieve their goals, rebuild their lives and have hope for the future.
"As teachers, we have a duty of care for the children we work with. But beyond that, I just couldn’t turn my back on the injustice and unfairness I was seeing these refugee kids go through. I couldn’t ignore the inequality. I wanted to help on the global scale by donating to Australia for UNHCR"
Inspired by her parents to ‘live beyond her own nose’ and acknowledge her privilege in a world of shared humanity, Madeleine decided to leave a gift to Australia for UNHCR in her Will.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my life. I’ve retired now but I spent many years working in jobs I enjoyed, surrounded by family and friends and living in my own home. I’ve got everything I need, and then some. For most of us here in Australia, if we need help, there is help available. In places of turmoil, there often isn’t.”
“When I read about, or see on the news, the work that UNHCR does, I’m amazed. To look at the staff on the ground, going into the places they do to help refugees – I could no
sooner do that sort of work than fly, but if I can help a little from here in Australia, I will.”
In 1929, Stephanie’s father came to Australia on documents issued to displaced persons by the League of Nations. Her decision to leave a gift to Australia for UNHCR was triggered by footage of Syrian refugees in despair.
“How lucky we are as Australians to enjoy security and stability. I am conscious that poor countries like Bangladesh and Lebanon have, for the most part, not turned their backs on neighbours seeking refuge. They now endure a huge burden in providing for the long term care of refugees. UNHCR now faces an unprecedented demand for its services. Shamefully, millions of people are forcibly displaced worldwide, over half of whom are children. Many of these have no other assistance than that they receive from UNHCR. It is critically underfunded for the job it must now do.”
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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.
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.
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.
Please refer to our clause wording or download the Gifts in Wills guide for further information.
Use our correct registered name: Australia for UNHCR
Include our ABN: 35 092 843 322
If your client would like their gift to be used for a specific program or inform us of the gift, please contact our Planned Giving Manager, Aylin Salt on (02) 9276 6871.
Thank you for making sure that a Gift in Will to Australia for UNHCR is administered to the last wishes of your client.
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When distribution of the estate is complete, please post a cheque made payable to Australia for UNHCR.
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.
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.
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.