Bequests

Neil Bennett with daughter Margaret
Neil Bennett, pictured here with daughter Margaret, has chosen to extend his support of the Women’s by including a bequest in his Will.

You can help advance the health of women and newborns, in this generation and generations to come, by becoming a “Women’s Guardian” and leaving a bequest to the Women's in your Will.

Governments fund our public hospital services, but our world-class innovation and research is made possible by philanthropic funding. Every bequest we receive makes a significant difference to our ability to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of women and newborns.

To find out more about what a bequest can achieve, read Ilma's story.

When preparing your Will, your family and those closest to you should be considered first. Once you have done this, then donating from your estate may be the opportunity you have to give a significant gift to the Women's and make a real difference.

To ensure that your Executors are able to carry out your wishes effectively, the correct wording is so important. The appropriate wording for the type of bequest you wish to leave can easily be provided to you or your Solicitor.

To help you in your preparation, our Foundation Manager is available to discuss your plans, or to meet with you and provide more detailed information about how your gift to the Women’s may be directed and the steps required.

Additionally, by advising us of your decision to include the Women’s in your Will, it gives us the opportunity to thank you personally in advance and, if you choose, to involve you in our future plans and activities.

A bequest to the Women’s will support the vital work of Australia's first and largest specialist hospital for women and newborns. We have been passionately committed to progress and innovation in women's health for mroe than 155 years, and your support enables us to continue this unwavering commitment.

Types of bequest

  • Specific bequest – you can give a specific amount of money, however this does not allow for changes in your circumstances.
  • Percentage bequest – This can vary from your entire estate to any percentage you may choose and will not impact on family or other beneficiaries should your estate be affected by unforeseen circumstances.
  • Residual bequest – once again, the whole residual or part thereof, after personal beneficiaries have been included.
  • Assets – shares, paintings, property or any other items deemed to be assets may be left to the Women’s. These may be sold to realise the monetary value.
  • Contingent bequest – a contingency in the event of a beneficiary pre-deceasing you, in which case their bequest could then revert to the Women’s.

Please contact our Foundation Manager for further information.

Leaving a bequest on behalf of you or a loved one is an important legacy

The Foundation honours those who have left a contribution to the hospital in their will  for the purpose of research, programs or equipment. You can specify where the money is directed or simply leave this decision to the Foundation, by leaving a general donation.

If you have decided to bequest money to the hospital, the following wording may be helpful.

I give, devise and bequeath to The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation Limited (ABN 70 077 725 261) of 20 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, free of all claims, 

  • the sum of $                                 OR 
  • the residue of my estate  OR 
  • a (x)% share of the residue of my estate  OR 
  • all my property known as (property folio number) situated at (address of property)   

in aid of: 

  • its general purposes OR 
  • the specific purpose of (insert here the purpose for which the bequest is made, for example Women’s Cancer Research or Ovarian Cancer) 

and I direct that the receipt of the proper officer of The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation Limited shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors for my bequest. 
If any of the nominated beneficiaries predecease me, the bequest shall not fail but I give the share of my deceased beneficiary to The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation Limited.

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