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Nearly half of Australian adults have admitted to not having a Will in a recent survey and of those who do have one, just 7.5 per cent will leave a charitable gift.
The survey, conducted by charity consortium Include a Charity, also found that a quarter of Australians who did have a Will haven’t discussed the content with family or friends and 20 per cent hadn’t told anyone where their Will is.
Burnet Institute Planned Giving Manager, Merrilyn Julian said almost all of us have the capacity to enhance the lives of others through a gift in our Will.
“Every bequest, however small or large, is gratefully received and makes a difference to Burnet’s capacity to meet the health and social justice challenges of the day,” Merrilyn said.
“The Institute is fortunate in having received legacies and notifications of future bequests from many people in all walks of life. It’s their generosity and foresight that allows us to plan for our long-term future with confidence.”
Ross Anderson from Include a Charity said the survey results are alarming and not having a Will can cause great distress and long legal battles for loved ones.
“Such distress, at what is already and emotional time, can be avoided if people take the simple step of making a Will. It is easy, relatively inexpensive and can even be done at home,” Mr Anderson said.
Leaving a legacy with Burnet Institute
A very generous bequest from Jim Beever, a long-term supporter of the Institute, has provided funding, in perpetuity, for The Jim and Margaret Beever Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in infectious diseases or viruses at Burnet.
The fellowships, to be awarded biennially to outstanding early career researchers, will provide continuity in the planning and development of research projects and help us retain and develop our brilliant young researchers.
The first fellowship will be awarded later this year, for commencement in 2013.
Every gift in every Will makes a difference to the Burnet Institute.
CLICK HERE for more information about leaving a gift to Burnet in your Will or please call Planned Giving Manager Merrilyn Julian for a confidential discussion about your bequest ideas.