mY-Legacy

Leave a legacy which will positively impact the lives of women, young women and girls in Australia.

By leaving a gift to YWCA in your will, you help us continue our work towards a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected, with equal access to power, opportunity and resources.

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Introduction

Where there’s a will there is a way

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.

We support the leadership and development of young women across Australia. For 140 years, we have challenged the systems, structures and policies that act as barriers to women, especially young women, achieving their full potential. Through our programs we are providing:

  • Domestic and family violence services to protect women and their families
  • Homelessness services and affordable housing for youths, women and their families 
  • Mentoring and leadership programs for young women and girls

By leaving a gift in your will, you can support us to deliver our life-changing community programs and services. 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

You can make a difference.


How to leave a bequest

1. Talk to us!

Bec, our Events and Fundraising Manager would be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about leaving a bequest to YWCA Australia. Please feel free to reach out to Bec at giving@ywca.org.au or on her direct line 02 9285 6296.

2. Formalise your decision.

To ensure that your estate is left as per your wishes, it’s important to make arrangements with your solicitor. Making a will can save your loved ones a large amount of stress, money and uncertainty around your intentions following your death. 

Suggested wording

If you would like to ensure that all or part of your estate is left to YWCA in your will, it’s important to remember to speak with your loved ones about your decision, and to formalise your intent through seeking legal advice and finalising your will. This will help ensure that after your passing, your intentions are met and there is less chance of them being challenged.

Tip: Remember to review your will regularly, particularly when life circumstances change!

There are several ways of leaving a bequest, dependent on what is best for you and your loved ones. Below is some suggested wording to help make you intentions clear in your will:

  1. Pecuniary – a specific gift of cash
    “I give, free of all duties and taxes the amount $____, or [insert specific item] to YWCA Australia ABN 74 111 663 873 for the general purpose of its work. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer of YWCA Australia is an absolute discharge to my executor.”
  2. A percentage of the residue or the entire estate
    “I give, free of all duties and taxes, ____% of my estate to YWCA Australia ABN 74 111 663 873 for the general purpose of its work. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of YWCA Australia is an absolute discharge to my executor.”
  3. A specific asset – real estate, shares, bonds or other particular items of value
    “I give, free of all duties and taxes, the amount of $____ or my units/shares in Trust/Ltd, or my real property situated at [insert street address] having the title reference to YWCA Australia ABN 74 111 663 873 for the general purpose of its work. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer of YWCA Australia is an absolute discharge to my executor.”
  4. A residual gift – the remainder of an estate after specific gifts have been disbursed
    “I give, free of all duties and taxes, the residue of my estate (or ____% of the residue of my estate), to YWCA Australia ABN 74 111 663 873 for the general purpose of its work. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer of YWCA Australia is an absolute discharge to my executor.”

Who to address your bequest to

YWCA Australia
ABN 74 111 663 873
Level 5/ 66 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000

Contact details

Rebecca Grant
Events and Fundraising Manager
Phone: (02) 02 9285 6296
Email: giving@ywca.org.au

3. Inform us of your decision.

We would love to hear that you’ve made the decision about leaving a gift in your will to YWCA Australia. This allows us to welcome you in to mY-Legacy, and also celebrate the amazing legacy you are leaving behind to help create a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected, with equal access to power, opportunity and resources.


mY-Legacy

When you leave a gift to YWCA Australia in your will, you’ll become a member of 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 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.

my-Legacy Charter

We understand that leaving a gift in your will is a commitment that may take years to be received. This is our promise to you:

  • We will keep you updated on the work we do that is made possible thanks to gifts like yours.
  • We will provide the opportunity for you to share why you’re involved and why you made a commitment to be a part of mY-Legacy, which in turn may help others make a similar commitment.
  • We will use all gifts cost effectively so that it has the greatest impact in helping create a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected.
  • We understand that loved ones come first, and we encourage you to discuss your intentions with them before formalising your decision in your will with your solicitor. 
  • We know circumstances change and as much as we appreciate every dollar donated, we understand you may need to update your will to reflect your current situation. We will always support you and your decision.
  • We will answer any question you have openly and honestly.

Expression of Interest

We understand that making a decision about how your estate is distributed is personal, and you may have questions. If you would like to speak to us for more information, or if you have already left a gift in your will, please complete the form below.

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