Leave something vital. Leave the world with water.

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Imagine a future where every single person in the world has clean water and a toilet. A world where diarrhoea no longer kills. A world where children are able to go to school and fulfil their dreams. A world where parents – freed from the burden of water collection – can earn an income to support their families.

Every single day WaterAid is working towards that future. A world where every family in every village and town will have access to safe water and sanitation. A world where children can reach their full potential and everyone can look forward to a more positive future.

You can be part of this future by remembering WaterAid in your Will. Find out more by clicking through the tabs above or get in touch with our Bequest staff by phoning 1300 858 002, or emailing info@wateraid.org.au. Or read about how your gift can change lives here.

We're immensely grateful for every gift we receive, whether it is a specific sum, an item, or a small percentage of whatever is left once you have thought about those close to you. 

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A gift in your Will is an investment in the future of the world’s poorest people.

There are several gifts that you might consider leaving to WaterAid:

A share of your estate
Known as a 'residual bequest’, it is a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. One of the advantages of this gift is that it won't be affected by inflation as its value will change in line with the value of your estate. This means you're less likely to need to amend it in the future.

A specific sum
This is a gift of a specified dollar amount. It is worth remembering that the effects of inflation may devalue this kind of gift.

A specific item
It could be something valuable such as an antique, painting, property, shares or an insurance policy.

A reversionary gift
This gift allows you to leave your estate to your loved ones while they are living, but after they pass away the share you intended for WaterAid will pass to us.

Amending an existing will?
Of course, you may already have made a Will. You can add WaterAid by completing a codicil and sending it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document on which changes or additions are made to an existing Will and must be read in conjunction with it.

How to word your will
It's really straightforward to include a gift to WaterAid in your Will. All you have to do is give your solicitor our full legal name (WaterAid Australia) and registered Australian Business Number (99 700 687 141).

That's it. Your solicitor will do the rest, so it really couldn't be easier.

While we are unable to provide you with any legal advice we can help put you in touch with solicitors in your area if you wish. Get in touch with our Bequest staff by phoning 1300 858 002, or emailing info@wateraid.org.au.

Our promise to you

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  • You don’t have to tell us your decision – we completely respect your right to privacy (although we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you).

  • We understand that your family and loved ones come first.

  • We won’t put you under any pressure – it’s a decision you will want to make in your own time.

  •  If you remember WaterAid in your Will we will use your gift carefully so it achieves the greatest possible impact for the families we will be working with.

  • We will share news of the vital work that is made possible by gifts like yours, transforming the lives of men, women and children in the communities we work in.

  • We’ll answer any questions you have, and we’ll keep you up-to-date with our work in the way that suits you – just let us know.

  • You can change your mind about a gift in your Will to WaterAid at any time.

  • Any gifts you leave will be handled sensitively and respectfully.

Here are some straightforward answers to some of the questions you may have about leaving a gift in your Will.

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How and why should I make a Will?
Without a Will, your estate will be divided according to the law, which may not be in accordance with your wishes. It is therefore of great importance that you make a Will and equally important that it should be drawn up with the help of a solicitor to ensure your last wishes are met.

What kind of gift should I leave?
There are three main types of gifts you may leave in your Will:

  • a share of your estate
  • a specific sum of money
  • a specific item

A share of your estate (a residual bequest) is the whole or a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. These gifts are very important to us as they usually maintain their value or increase over time.

A specific sum of money is a gift in your Will of a set amount.

A specific item could be something valuable such as antiques, paintings or even property. See ‘How to leave a legacy’ for more details.

I’ve already made a Will. Do I need to make a new one?
You do not need to make a new Will. Instead you can add a codicil to your Will and send it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document on which changes or additions are made to an existing Will and must be read in conjunction with it.

Will my gift make a difference?
One of the great things about a Will is that every gift, whatever the size, helps us reach more communities sooner. You could choose to leave a small percentage of what is left from your estate rather than a specific amount.

Will my gift be used wisely?
If you choose to remember WaterAid, we will use your gift carefully so it achieves the greatest possible impact for the families we work with. You will be building a future where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Your gift can help children gain an education and help families earn an income. It will lead to healthier, happier families who are released from the burden of water collection, and a world where diarrhoea is no longer a killer.

By leaving a gift in your Will to WaterAid, you will be playing an instrumental role in helping us turn our vision into a reality.

What if I need to change my Will?
We understand and respect that your decisions about your Will are private, personal and made after much consideration. We also understand that circumstances can change. You can change the content of your Will at any time. We will never pressure you to declare your intentions, though of course we’ll always be delighted to hear from you.

I've decided to leave a gift to WaterAid in my Will. What do I need to tell my solicitor?
Your solicitor will need our full legal name (WaterAid Australia), and our registered Australian Business Number (99 700 687 141).