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Leaving a gift in your Will to Murdoch Childrens Research Institute can make a real difference to future generations. Please join us in our quest to find a healthier future for our children and help us achieve medical breakthroughs that will save thousands of lives.

Why make a bequest?

Organising your Will is one of the most important things you will do in life. While family and friends always come first, many people who have already supported non-for-profit organisations choose to make a bequest of different forms and sizes to the cause that matters to them, even after they are no longer here.

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How will your legacy assist?

Your gift will allow Murdoch Children Research Institute to undertake ongoing live-saving medical research projects to address issues like obesity, cancer, allergies, diabetes, depression and hundreds of other rare and common childhood illnesses.

Discoveries made by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute researchers have improved the health and well-being of children in Australia and around the world. With you generosity we can continue to find better treatments and cures for diseases that continue to affect children.

Types of bequest

We are very grateful for bequests of any sizes. They can be made in a variety of ways according to your personal situation and preferences.  You can choose to bequeath:

  • A residual gift which is a share or whole of your estate after providing for family and friends.
  •  A percentage of the overall value of your estate which allows for growth or depletion of the value of your estate. 
  • A specified sum of cash.  However, this does not allow for changes of circumstance or inflation.
  • A gift of real estate, life insurance, superannuation policy, stocks, bonds, shares, artwork, jewelry etc.

How to make a bequest to Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Making a bequest to Murdoch Children Research Institute is very easy. You can either include the gift when you write your Will, or simply add one as a codicil to your existing Will.  Because a bequest is a gift made through your Will, we strongly recommend that any change you wish to make is done in consultation with your lawyer or advisor to ensure your wishes are recorded in a legally binding way.
An example of bequest wording is set out below, but should be only used as a guide for you and your solicitor. The exact wording will depend on the type of bequest you wish to make.

“I give [the sum of $...........] or [...........% of the balance of my estate] or [specified assets] to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute ABN 21 006 566 972 of 50 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052 for its general purposes OR (for the purpose of_________ [specify research area of your choice]). The receipt of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute will be sufficient discharge to my Executor/Trustee and declare that my Executor/Trustee shall not be responsible for seeing to the application of that gift.”

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Contact Us

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has a booklet which may assist you to plan the distribution of an Estate or revise your current plans. To obtain a FREE hard copy of this booklet or any further information about Bequests, please contact our Fundraising Team at or call us on (03) 8341 6362 for a confidential discussion about your bequest.

Download our Bequest brochure here.