Bequests

Help protect your local environment

Leave a legacy to the Conservation Council

We all want this world to be a healthy and thriving planet for future generations, knowing that our family and friends are able to celebrate and treasure the beautiful places around us, breathe clean air and enjoy clean waterways.

Canberra has very special places that we have worked hard to protect. You can help to ensure that ongoing protection by leaving a bequest to the Conservation Council in your Will.

Your legacy is an opportunity to make a lasting commitment to the local environment, and to those who will inherit the Earth from us.

As the peak community environment organisation since 1981, the Conservation Council has always focussed on protecting the environment in the Canberra region. Over a long period of time, we have campaigned to protect natural habitats and species, act on climate change, reduce waste and pollution, and improve transport and planning. We want to see Canberra and the ACT Region as a sustainable society where nature is valued highly and where we step lightly on the earth

We encourage you to consider leaving a Bequest to the Conservation Council in your Will.

 

What you need to know about making a bequest

Your Will is the place where you can thoughtfully provide not only for your family and friends but also contribute to a better future and support environmental issues that are close to your heart. Leaving a bequest will provide vital income to the Conservation Council to continue our work to protect your local environment.

Bequests are directed to our Bogong Fund which is an investment fund managed and overseen by the Conservation Council Board. This way, your legacy will provide urgent but sustained funds to support actions now and into the coming decades. However, you can also direct your gift to be used immediately – the choice is yours.

You can choose whether or not your gift is recognised publically, but if you do let us know, then we can thank you and show our appreciation when your bequest is confirmed as well as when your lasting legacy is received. It can also be helpful if you discuss your plans with us o ensure that we are able to receive your bequest and manage it in the manner you desire.

Making a bequest to the Conservation Council

If you would like to make a bequest to the Conservation Council, there are a number of options you can consider, such as giving:

  • the residue of your estate after other amounts are distributed;
  • a specific percentage of your estate (thus protecting your bequest against inflation); or
  • a specific amount of money or other assets.

As making a bequest or legacy involves either the preparation of a Will, or the alteration of an existing Will, it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice.

 

Suggested wording in your will

Take special care to use our registered name “Conservation Council ACT Region Inc.” plus our ABN 68 248 339 828. Here is a sample of wording for your Will:

“I GIVE the rest and residue of my estate / OR [insert description of specific gift] / OR [insert percentage]% of my estate free from all debts (secured and unsecured) and all duties and taxes (whether federal or state) payable in respect of my estate to Conservation Council ACT Region Inc. (ABN 68 248 339 828) for its general purposes, and I DECLARE that the receipt of its Chief Executive, Treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Please contact us if you or your solicitor requires any further information.