Gifts in Wills and Bequests

Create your legacy with a lasting gift

Your gift can make a significant impact to Notre Dame.

Gifts in Wills can make an invaluable and enduring impact to the students and researchers not only of today, but tomorrow. Making a planned gift to The University of Notre Dame Australia provides a sense of security in knowing that you are creating a legacy that will live on for generations.

A bequest is a gift left to Notre Dame in a person's Will. We rely on the generous support of visionary people to help us fulfil our educational mission. Bequests are an important part of this support and provide long-term impact

A bequest may be in the form of money, real estate, stock, shares, artworks or goods.

A bequest may be made for a specific purpose, or it may be unrestricted, allowing the University to allocate your gift to the area of greatest need.

If there is a particular area of the University that you wish to support, we would encourage you, or your lawyer, to contact us to ensure that we can fulfil your specific intention. We would welcome a confidential meeting with you to discuss how your gift can make a difference, and how we can honour your legacy.

Making a new Will, or changing your Will – a codicil – to include The University of Notre Dame Australia, should be done with the assistance of a solicitor for the wording to be appropriate and reflect your intentions.

We welcome you to contact us and discuss your intention.

Please call us for a confidential discussion on (08) 9433 0575 or (02) 8204 4652 or email us at bequests@nd.edu.au

  • Suggested wording for leaving a gift in your Will

    General purpose or greatest need of the University:
    “I give [% of my residuary estate / insert dollar amount*] to The University of Notre Dame Australia, ABN 69 330 643 210 (“University”), for the general purposes of the University.”

    Residual Bequest
    “I give the residue of my estate, after payment of my debts and funeral expenses, to The University of Notre Dame Australia, ABN 69 330 643 210.”

    Gift of Real Property, Shares, Artwork
    “I give to The University of Notre Dame Australia, ABN 69 330 643 210 (“University”), my (type of: home, investment property, holiday home) property (address of property) or any interest I have in it at my death.”

    Specific purpose – Research
    “I give [% of my residuary estate / insert dollar amount*] to The University of Notre Dame Australia, ABN 69 330 643 210 (“University”) and I wish my gift will augment existing scholarships and/or funds for [insert general description of class of students in need / area of study].

    Specific purpose – Students facing financial hardship / scholarships
    “I give [% of my residuary estate / insert dollar amount*] to The University of Notre Dame Australia, ABN 69 330 643 210 (“University”) and I wish my gift will augment existing scholarships and/or funds for [insert general description of class of students in need / area of study].

    Additionally, we also encourage you to consider the inclusion of the following clause: “I declare that the receipt of the Vice Chancellor or such proper officer of the University will be sufficient discharge to my executors”. With specific purpose intentions, we would encourage you to make contact with us, to ensure that we will be able to fulfil your wishes.

    Please call us for a confidential discussion on (08) 9433 0575 or (02) 8204 4652 or email us at bequests@nd.edu.au