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Planned Giving

What is planned giving?

Planned giving (sometimes called a bequest) is a legacy, a gift from an individual made available when they pass away by provision in their will. People often leave bequests to charitable organisations in the same way they make donations throughout their lifetime.

Why is planned giving important?

Writing or updating your will can allow you to reflect on what you have achieved and what you wish to do to make the world a better place for future generations. You will most certainly want to meet the wishes and needs of your loved ones. Once you have done so, you might want to remember the work of mecwacare.

Perhaps mecwacare has enriched your own life, or touched the life of a relative at a time of need. A planned gift to mecwacare in your will is a lasting testimony to the care of others and your own concern for people in need. Your donation will be ensuring that our legacy of care for the most vulnerable in our community continues well into the future.

Donations received through our planned giving program can help mecwacare in a number of ways, such as providing care, equipment and facilities to give people with dementia greater comfort, security and dignity.

Planned giving and mecwacare

Leaving money or assets to a charity or not-for-profit organisation can make a positive impact on the lives of many people, both in the short term and into the future. When forming your bequest plans there are a number of methods to consider.

Once you have made provision for your family in your will, you could consider leaving the remainder of your estate to mecwacare, or you may wish to make a memorial bequest to honour a loved one. You may even specify a gift of money, property or shares.

For those without beneficiaries or those wanting to achieve something very significant, you can donate your entire estate, or a percentage of it, as a gift.

Suggested Wording

‘ I ……………………..(YOUR NAME)………………give and bequeath to mecwacare, 1287 Malvern Rd, Malvern, Victoria for general purposes in the care of older people or people with a disability:

  • A gift of…………. % of my residual estate
  • A gift of the balance of my estate after providing for my family
  • A gift of property, shares, works of art, furniture
  • The sum of $...................

And I declare the official receipt of mecwacare shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees for such bequest.’


We encourage you to seek professional legal, estate-planning and financial advice when planning to alter your will.

If you would like more information on planned giving, please call our Marketing and Fundraising Manager on 03 8573 4868 or email