Leave a legacy that will make a positive impact

Making a will can save your loved ones a large amount of stress, money and uncertainty around your intentions following your death.  

Many people neglect to have a will, and feel they are too young, it’s too complicated, or it simply gets overlooked. Whether you use the services of a solicitor or an online will making service, a will can be easy, stress free, and will clearly detail your intentions to your loved ones when you die. It also lets your loved ones know you have made a clear and conscious decision about your estate and provides peace of mind around any uncertainties.

It’s important to remember that not only is a will important to ensure your estate is allocated as you intend, but that your will is up-to-date. With personal and financial circumstances changing throughout your lifetime, many people have up to three wills throughout their life.

This week is Include a Charity Week, a campaign that shines a light on the importance of charitable gifts in wills. Include a Charity Week is an opportunity for us to reach out to all our supporters to pledge their support through a gift in their will.

It is understood that only eight per cent of Australians have a gift to a charity included in their will, yet 29 per cent of Australians say they would consider it. This is even more the reason to ensure you have an up-to-date will that reflects your intentions, and that you discuss it with your loved ones to prevent it being disputed after your death. Open and honest conversations ensure that there are no surprises and help your family understand the importance of your decision.

We rely on the generosity of our members and community to continue our work. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women’s economic security, safety and wellbeing, and housing security. Our programs and services are needed now more than ever.

A gift in your will will allow us to continue our life-changing work and ensure women, young women and girls are supported. Whether large or small, every dollar is greatly valued because it will help us have a positive impact on a women’s life, and in doing so provide the greatest gift.

By leaving a gift in your will, you can support us to deliver our life-changing community programs and services. A gift, even as low as one per cent of your estate, can have a big difference in positively impacting on a women’s life, and in doing so provide the greatest gift.

Examples of how your gift could be used include:

$1k could provide five women with support for their immediate needs after experiencing a traumatic life event.
$10k could support three young women to access and attend a global advocacy opportunity to further their career
$50k could support the delivery of a nation-wide digital advocacy campaign about the impact of domestic and family violence
$100k could fully fund a homelessness support program for older women for one year
$500k could support the extension of crucial domestic violence crisis response programs into another location for three years
$1m could support the establishment of new affordable housing in regional Australia for vulnerable women

Introducing mY-Legacy

Being a part of mY-Legacy means that you will join a group of people like Betty*, who are passionate about creating lasting change.

Betty reached out to us in September 2019 to discuss leaving a gift in her will to support women escaping domestic and family violence. She had vivid memories of the physical violence that her mother suffered throughout her marriage, and was determined to support other women in the same situation.

Betty is passionate about ensuring that every woman experiencing domestic and family violence can be supported to leave and seek safety.

Generous mY-Legacy donors like Betty help us implement client-centred solutions to support a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected, with equal access to power, opportunity and resources.

Remember, where there’s a will, there is a way.

If you would like information on how to leave a bequest to YWCA Australia, please visit the mY-Legacy webpage.

YWCA Australia wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, live and play and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations people as the custodians of the lands, seas and skies, with more than 60,000 years of wisdom, connection and relationship in caring for Country.

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