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Gifts in wills

By including a gift in your will, your support for new medical discoveries to treat and cure eye diseases can continue.

Overview

Thank you for thinking about how you can help discover new treatments and cures for people suffering from eye disease around the world with your will. It’s an incredibly special thing that anyone can do.

By including a gift in your will to the Centre for Eye Research Australia or the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation, your support for new medical discoveries to treat and cure eye diseases can continue.

Whatever gift you can afford, we will make sure to spend it wisely on research projects that will have the greatest impact on eye health in the future.

Alternatively, you can specify that you would like funds to be used to:

  • buy a piece of laboratory equipment so researchers can study eye diseases in the lab;
  • help talented students or young researchers to become the next leaders in eye research by establishing a scholarship or fellowship; or
  • support an area of research close to your heart.

 

Whatever you can afford, you can make a difference.

We are happy to work with you to make sure your gift reflects what is most important to you.

Whether you’re planning your first will or want to update one you already have, it’s easy to include a gift for the Centre for Eye Research Australia. It’s best to visit a legal adviser so that your wishes for family, friends and your favourite charities can be clearly understood.

Types of gifts

There are three types of gifts you can include in your Will. Below we describe the most common to help you decide which is best for you.

Residuary gift

This is the gift of all or part of the value of your estate after debts, taxes and other gifts have been met. The advantage of residuary gifts is that they automatically keep up with inflation, and you don’t have to worry about amending the gift if your financial situation changes.

Specific gift

This is the gift of something of value like real estate, shares or a piece of jewellery.

Pecuniary gift

A pecuniary gift is simply a sum of money. You can arrange this amount to be increased in line with inflation.

Information for solicitors, executors and trustees

The Centre for Eye Research Australia is supported by the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation (ABN: 24 684 029 499).

The Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient.

The registered address is:

Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation
Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
Level 7, 32 Gisborne Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

If you require further information, or have any questions, please email us or call 1300 737 757 to speak with a member of the Philanthropy & Fundraising Team.

Suggested wording

Suggested wording to leave a residuary gift is:

“I give free of all taxes and testamentary expenses the whole (or percentage share) of the residue of my estate to the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation (ABN: 24 684 029 499) to be used for its general purposes, and the receipt of an authorised officer from the Foundation shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executors.”

The suggested wording for a pecuniary gift is:

“I give free of all taxes and testamentary expenses the sum of $____ (in figures and words) to the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation (ABN: 24 684 029 499) to be used for its general purposes, and the receipt of an authorised officer from the Centre for Eye Research Australia shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executors.”

The form of wording for a specific gift is the same as a pecuniary gift, except the gift is specified, rather than a cash sum.

If you would prefer to leave a gift in your will for a particular purpose or project, please email us or call 1300 737 757 to speak with a member of the Philanthropy & Fundraising Team.

Letting us know

If you intend to leave a gift to the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation in your will, or if you have already included us, we would appreciate the chance to thank you in person and invite to some of our special events, including tours of the labs and meeting senior researchers.

Your wishes will remain confidential. Please let us know by email or call 1300 737 757 to speak with a member of the Philanthropy & Fundraising Team.

Bequestors’ stories

People from all walks of life have generously decided to leave a gift in their will to the Centre for Eye Research Australia Foundation. Read a few of their stories here.

Phillip George Neal

Before he passed away in 2011, dairy farmer Philip Neal made the decision to leave a significant bequest to support stem cell research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

Peter Sierkowski

“I’ve always been a proactive person so when I was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about AMD and contribute in any way I could to AMD research,” Peter says.

Sylvia Gelman AM MBE

A dedicated teacher, a women’s rights advocate, a lover of the arts and sports – Sylvia Gelman lived a full and passionate life and made a lasting impact on all those around her.

Contact us

For more information about leaving a gift in your will, please email us or call 1300 737 757  to speak to a member of the Philanthropy & Fundraising Team.