Gifts in Wills

Leave a legacy that will make a difference in people’s lives.

Why leave a Gift in your Will?

“For the last half-century, many Australians have dedicated a gift in their wills to the Heart Foundation. This generosity has enabled us to fund talented researchers, whose lives are dedicated to fighting heart disease; the single biggest killer of Australians. Please continue to help us deliver ground-breaking research that will help sufferers of heart disease as well as their carers and supporters. Pledge today and help the generations of tomorrow. Thank you”

Adj Prof John G Kelly AM, Group CEO, National Heart Foundation of Australia

Gifts in Wills (also known as bequests) have been major drivers of change in heart research in Australia.

For over 60 years, generous bequests have been responsible for all sorts of advances in the fight against heart disease. Our bequest community have been catalysts for extraordinary advances in high impact research, and they continue to help us plan for the best research into the future.

Lionel Sardar is pleased to be leaving a gift to the Heart Foundation in his Will. 

"I have a history of heart disease, so my wife and I decided that leaving money to the Heart Foundation is one of the best things we can do for our friends, their children and grandchildren. We know the Heart Foundation will invest it in research, where it might lead to that breakthrough which saves precious lives. I have peace of mind. Whatever I leave in my Will, I know it’s going to be used wisely."

We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be custodians of your generosity and help make a difference to the lives of many Australians.

Free information pack

Receive your free Gifts in Wills information pack to learn more about how your gift will make a difference. 

What impact could my bequest have?

The generosity of people who have left a gift to the Heart Foundation in their will has shaped the state of heart research and education in Australia today.

As a charity, we rely on donations for over 80% of our funding. Gifts in Wills provide over 50% of the funding needed each year to ensure we can commit to the long-term funding required for significant breakthroughs in heart disease.

Lily Haskins had a cardiac arrest at just six years old and had to have a pacemaker surgically fitted - a device that was developed, in the 1960s, by research funded by the Heart Foundation. Thankfully, Lily survived and is now back to school and doing well.

Over half of all the crucial work undertaken by the Heart Foundation is made possible by gifts in Wills.

To give you a sense of the impact of gifts in Wills, consider that the average gift amount after taking care of loved ones is over $100,000. A gift such as this would fund a prestigious Heart Foundation Fellowship to help the best and brightest mid-career cardiovascular researchers to continue their work in the field, and contribute to the growing base of knowledge in biomedical, clinical and public health cardiovascular research.

The impact of gifts in Wills is enormous and far-reaching.

Find out more information on how to leave a gift in your Will

More information

To learn more about leaving a gift to the Heart Foundation register for an information pack.

If you would like a confidential conversation about this process, feel free to reach out by email giftsinwills@heartfoundation.org.au or call Ian Lawton on (02) 9219 2453. 

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