What is the GoodWILL Project?
The GoodWILL Project connects people who would like to leave a gift in their Will to UNICEF Australia with solicitors who can provide their services free of charge.
We’ve partnered with law firms around the country who want to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.
How does it work?
Visit the GoodWILL Project website, type in your postcode to find a participating solicitor near you and fill out the form to make an appointment.
Our GoodWILL Project solicitors are happy to offer this service to anyone, regardless of whether or not they decide to include a gift to charity, but their hope is that those who take advantage of this service will leave a gift in some amount to UNICEF Australia in recognition of this service.
In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, many of our participating GoodWILL Project solicitors are offering appointments via video or teleconference. For more information please contact [email protected]
Why do I need a Will?
An up-to-date Will is the only way to make sure that after your passing, your wishes are carried out. If you die without making a Will you are said to die intestate and your assets will be distributed according to a predetermined criteria, and possibly not to your family, friends and the causes you care about.
A Will is an important document to have at every stage of life, and here are 10 reasons why:
- Beneficiaries: to choose who benefits from your estate upon your death, you must have a Will. If you die intestate, the legislation in the relevant State determines the beneficiaries of your estate.
- Care of infant children: to appoint guardians for your minor children, you must have a Will.
- Executors: a Will allows you to appoint those who will administer your estate, including who will arrange your funeral.
- Avoid a challenge: unnecessary legal claims against your estate can be avoided if you have an appropriately drafted and valid Will.
- Death is a certainty: tomorrow is not guaranteed, so it is important to have a Will that is regularly updated to ensure it deals with your current circumstances.
- Reduce costs: the administration of your estate should be more efficient and therefore cost less if you have an appropriately drafted and valid Will.
- Reduce stress: by leaving an appropriately drafted and valid Will, the administration of your estate is less likely to cause undue stress to your loved ones.
- Maintain the family business: having a Will ensures there are people in the right positions to continue the business during the administration of your estate.
- Buried or cremated: you can leave instructions for burial or cremation, and funeral services in a Will.
- Philanthropy/Charitable giving: many people like to leave a charitable gift in their Will as a way of leaving a lasting legacy.
What if I already have a Will?
If you already have a Will and would like to update it to include a gift to UNICEF Australia, please find below the suggested wording for your visit with your solicitor:
I give and bequeath free of all duties and taxes,
- the whole (or x%) of the residue of my estate
- x% of my estate
- the sum of $ (amount), or
- details of specific asset(s)
to Australian Committee for UNICEF Limited (UNICEF Australia) to be used for the general purposes of UNICEF and I declare that the official receipt of Australian Committee for UNICEF Limited shall be sufficient discharge of the same.
To find out more about the process and benefits of leaving a gift in your Will to UNICEF Australian, see our frequently asked questions
What a Gift in your Will to UNICEF Australia could do
Gifts in Wills to UNICEF have the power to transform the lives of children both here in
Australia and all over the world. Put simply, your gift will make sure that more children
survive infancy, are fed, vaccinated, educated and have their rights protected. By
influencing laws, policies and customs in more than 190 countries, we are doing more to
protect children than any other organisation in history.
For more information the impact of leaving a gift in your Will to UNICEF Australia, download our free Gifts in Wills Guide
About UNICEF Australia
UNICEF Australia was established in 1966 to support UNICEF’s global mission by raising funds for programs and by advocating for children’s rights at home and abroad. UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a leading global humanitarian and development agency that works to help all children — especially the most disadvantaged and marginalised— to lead safe, healthy lives and realise their full potential.
Learn more about UNICEF Australia’s work around the world