Include a gift in your Will

Why leave a gift?

By including a gift to Mater in your Will, you can make a huge impact in the lives of others, now and into the future. Once you have provided for your loved ones, you may wish to include a percentage of the remainder of your estate to Mater.

This will help so many others in need—from seriously ill and premature babies, to young adults, researchers searching for a cure for cancer, the elderly, homeless and many others.

It will save lives. Your gift will play a crucial role in ensuring Mater’s team of doctors, clinicians and other staff can continue to respond when and where they’re needed, as well as fund our researchers to discover better treatments and potential cures for diseases like cancer and diabetes that affect so many of our loved ones.

It creates a legacy. Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways you can impact a cause that is close to your heart. Whether that’s caring for the tiniest babies, or finding a cure for cancer, your legacy will be remembered and will make a difference.

It's easy. It doesn't take long to make a difference—a simple Will can take as little as one hour to do.

It doesn't affect your lifestyle today. Making a decision to include a gift to Mater in your Will enables you to consider a gift that you might not be able to afford today, but would love to make if you could. And you can even discuss with the team at Mater how you would like your gift to be used, so you can fully appreciate its impact.

We’re happy to discuss with you the many ways you can add Mater Foundation to your Will, to ensure that your bequest will achieve what you want it to. For a confidential discussion, call our Donor Liaison Manager on 07 3163 8000 or complete our online form.

 

I decided to include Mater in my Will because I don’t want others to suffer like my wife Lorraine did.

Rusty, Mater Foundation donor who lost his wife to ovarian cancer.

Mater Foundation supporter Heather has decided to leave a gift in her Will, so that she can leave the world a better place.

Click below to hear a little of Heather’s story.

Does leaving a gift mean my family will miss out?

Not at all. When drafting your Will, it is important that you make adequate provision for your dependents first. Then you may wish to consider gifts to other family members or friends, as well as organisations close to your heart, like Mater. By leaving a residual gift for example, you will simply be gifting Mater a percentage of the remainder of your estate, after your friends and family have been looked after.

 

What kind of gift can I leave?

A residual gift
A residual gift is a percentage of the remainder of your estate, after debts and provisions for your family have been made. Even a small percentage left as a residual gift to Mater will make a huge difference. Giving a percentage of your estate also helps to ensure your gift retains its value over time.

A pecuniary gift
A pecuniary gift is for a specific amount or a specific asset. It could be a monetary gift, real estate, a parcel of shares, or any other specific item. If you are considering a gift of a specific amount of cash, remember that its value will decline over time due to inflation, so your Will needs to be updated regularly to retain the value of your gift.

 

Who will my bequest help?

Mothers and babies: your gift will provide care for the smallest, most fragile and vulnerable premature babies cared for in Mater's Neonatal Critical Care Unit which provides treatment to around 2000 seriously ill and premature babies every year. Babies like Bailey and Bella.

Cancer patients: your support will help to care for the one in two Queensland men and women, like Trevor, who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Mater's state of the art Cancer Care Centres provide comprehensive, compassionate care for more than 5900 people each year.

Indigenous, refugee and homeless communities: your gift can help disadvantaged communities gain better access to healthcare through Mater's community outreach programs.

Future generations: your gift can be used to invest in Mater Research—Mater's dedicated research institute—where researchers and clinicians are working around-the-clock to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately, develop a cure for life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

Young adults with chronic health conditions: your gift will help care for adolescents and young adults with chronic and complex health conditions at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane.  Your gift can be designated to support any of the above areas, or you can allow Mater to determine the area of greatest need when the time comes.

 

How do I include a gift in my Will?

Step 1: Consider how you would like to share your assets

We are happy to discuss with you the many ways you can add Mater Foundation to your Will, to help ensure that your gift will achieve what you want it to. For a confidential discussion, speak with our Donor Liaison Manager on 07 3163 8000 or complete our online form.

 

Step 2: Contact a solicitor or other Will maker

Seek advice from a specialist Will maker such as a solicitor, a trustee company or the Public Trustee. These professionals are the best people to prepare your Will. They can ensure your Will meets all legal requirements, giving you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out.

You’ll find solicitors or professional Will writers listed in your phone directory or online. You may wish to refer to your state based Law Society website.


Step 3: Let Mater know about your gift

Please let us know that you have included Mater in your Will by completing our online form, or contacting us on 07 3163 8000 or bequests@mater.org.au.

 

Mater Foundation recommends you seek independent advice from a specialist Will maker such as a solicitor, a trustee company or the Public Trustee when making your Will or making changes to your Will.

 

Contact us

Want more information about leaving a gift in your Will? Click here to read about how you can leave a gift to Mater Foundation in your Will.

We’re happy to discuss with you the many ways you can add Mater Foundation to your Will, to ensure that your bequest will achieve what you want it to. For a confidential discussion, call our Donor Liaison Manager on 07 3163 8000 or complete our online form below.

 

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