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Why leave UNICEF a gift in your Will?
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How to leave UNICEF a gift in your Will

Thinking of leaving a gift in your Will but not sure where to start?

This page can help you prepare and also answers some key questions you might have. Choose one of the options below to get started.

Your gifts in Wills questions answered by one of our GoodWILL Project solicitors, Ahmad Al Sarray.

Our Gifts in Wills FAQ provides answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Our free Gifts in Wills guide tells you everything you need to know. Request it now.

Leaving a gift in a Will is an important decision. Find out about the promise we make our supporters.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

When making or updating your Will, you just need to let your solicitor know your intentions. There is no obligation to let us know and you can change your mind at any time.

At UNICEF, we respect that the decision to leave a gift in your Will is special and personal. That’s why we have developed a free Gifts in Wills guide to share more information to help you consider this decision in your own time and provide a clear step by step process.

Our free guide includes information on making or updating your Will and how your legacy gift will have a lasting impact for children.
Making a difference to the lives of children in Australia and around the world starts with you. Watch the video to find out how.

Our promise to you

When you leave a bequest to UNICEF you are making a promise to be there for vulnerable children all over the world. We respect your decision, and make the following promises to all of our supporters:
  • Leaving a legacy is your decision and yours alone. We will never pressure you in anyway and, of course, you can change your mind at any time.
  • We will always respect your privacy. Your Will is personal to you and we’ll always recognise that.
  • Your family and loved ones will always come first.
  • We’d love to hear whether you’ve included UNICEF in your Will, but you don’t have to tell us if you don’t want to.
  • If you do decide to tell us that you intend to leave a gift, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on our work, in the ways that you prefer.
  • Whatever gift you leave us, we promise that we will treat it with care, sensitivity and respect.

Your questions answered

Together with Ahmad Al Sarray, one of the solicitors participating in The GoodWILL Project, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about gifts in Wills.

Click on the video below to hear answers to the following questions:

  • What is a gift in Will, legacy gift or bequest?
  • What if I want to update my Will?
  • Why do I need a Will?
  • Is the process complicated?
  • What if I do not have a lot of money?
  • Are gifts in Wills tax deductible?
  • What are the different types of gifts I can leave in my Will?
If you are considering leaving a gift to UNICEF Australia in your Will, we hope we have been able to answer some key questions you may have. We also recommend you seek professional legal advice when writing or updating your Will.
Your gifts in Wills questions answered by one of our GoodWILL Project solicitors, Ahmad Al Sarray.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a will?
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An up to date Will is the only way to make sure that, after you pass away, 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 pre-determined formula and maybe not for your family, friends and the issues you care about as intended.
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
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Writing a Will is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make. It’s important to take your time, but once you’ve made your decision it’s simple. We recommend you consult your solicitor who can provide an estimate of cost and help you write your Will.
I don't have much money, what's the point in making a will?
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You don’t have to be wealthy to make a Will. You just have to make a simple decision. Whoever you are, whatever your situation, even with a small gift you can make an enormous and lasting difference to the lives of children.
Can I say where I want my gift to be used?
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Legacies provide UNICEF with vital funds for long-term planning and development. Leaving a legacy to a specific type of work or location might mean that we cannot fulfil your wishes if we are no longer doing that specific work or in a specific area in the future. Keeping your gift for general purposes enables UNICEF to use it where the need is greatest at the time.
I've already made a Will do I have to make a new Will?
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Your Will records your wishes at a particular point in time. It is advisable to regularly review your Will as your circumstances change so that it accurately reflects your current wishes. If your current Will still reflects most of your wishes, and you simply wish to make some additions or small changes, your solicitor can help you create a Codicil. It’s important to consult your solicitor to ensure the original Will is not affected.
Do I need to tell you I've included UNICEF in my will?
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This is entirely up to you. However, letting us know about your gift can help us plan our future work. Most importantly, we’re very keen to show our gratitude to you and keep you informed about our work with children around the world. Thank you.
Can my gift be confidential?
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Of course – all information you give to us is strictly confidential. Any information supplied to UNICEF Australia is protected by our Privacy Policy. 

Leave a Legacy gift to UNICEF with the GoodWILL Project.

It connects people like you who’d like to leave a gift in their Will, with solicitors who can provide their services free of charge.
Thai Dang is one of many that has benefitted from the life-saving work of UNICEF.
BBC veteran journalist and UNICEF ambassador Martin Bell OBE on the difference Gifts in Wills make to children's lives
When Helen and Jonathan Beeby from Melbourne decided to leave a gift in their Wills to UNICEF, they were able to make provisions for their three sons as well. Click here to read their story
“I've always travelled and have seen the work of UNICEF on the ground in places like East Timor. When I compare the experiences of those children with that of my own grandchildren here in Australia, it's literally worlds apart. No basic necessities, or opportunities to change their future. At my age I feel it's my responsibility as a global citizen to give back. I want to instil a sense of global awareness in my grandchildren. That's why I've remembered UNICEF in my Will.”

Find out more

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Why leave a gift to UNICEF in your Will
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