This post written by Craig Dent, State Trustees.
State Trustees recently commissioned national research to delve deeper into what prompts people to make a Will and whether people follow through on their intentions to leave a bequest to charity.
The research is being launched during I Will Week 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of having an up-to-date Will, how easy it is to get it sorted and how important it is to take care of the people and things you love the most.
Running until 23 June, the campaign poses the question (and reiterates the response) through the tagline, “Love it? Will it.”
As Australians, we pride ourselves on being generous, offering to give a helping hand to those less fortunate. Our sense of charitable community contribution is second to none.
A study conducted by the Salvation Army found that 29 per cent of Australians would nominate a social cause or non-profit organisation as a beneficiary in their Will. However, the survey by State Trustees found that only 12 per cent actually followed through on their word and made a charitable bequest in their Will.
The study also found that people from New South Wales and Victoria were more charitable than other states with 11 per cent leaving a donation.
Part of the message during I Will Week is, if there is a charity or non-profit organisation that has made a difference to you or that holds a special place in your heart, be sure to include it in your Will.
Whether it is leaving a bequest directly to a charity or through a charitable trust fund such as the State Trustees Australia Foundation, even a small amount can go a long way and leave behind a legacy that will live long beyond your years.
Some of the research results as well as more information about the I Will Week campaign is available at www.iwillweek.com.au.
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As part of I Will Week 2013, State Trustees is offering Victorians a special one-off deal for those who sign up their first Will with State Trustees. State Trustees is pleased to offer 30% off the standard price of preparing a Will*. Alternatively, if you think a State Trustees Legal Will Kit is for you, we will store your Will in The Victorian Will Bank for free: a safe and secure storage to keep your Will.
*Conditions apply to the 30 per cent discount offer, so please refer to the full terms and conditions which are available at www.iwillweek.com.au.
Jun. 19, 2013
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