Leaving a gift in your will

Financial and property bequests

Your support is essential to fulfilling Griffith’s mission to make a difference through our research and teaching.

Leaving a gift to Griffith University in your will helps us make a greater contribution to the wider community, with your generosity benefiting students, staff and researchers, providing a lasting legacy.

Bequests can be applied myriad ways:

  • student scholarships
  • innovative programs and research
  • existing or new buildings
  • resources and facilities
  • special projects.

Gifts can be given as money or specific property such as real estate, shares and other investments. Some donors have specific interests they wish to support with their bequest, while others provide their gift to be used at the University's discretion.

The Development and Alumni office works with those considering making a bequest to help them direct their gift to their area of interest.

Giving a gift

Making a bequest to Griffith is straightforward. You can sign a new will, amend your current one or add a codicil. To ensure your intentions are honoured, it is important to discuss your wishes with family before preparing documents with your lawyer.

Bequest take two forms: unrestricted and restricted gifts.

Unrestricted gifts allow the University to support a range of activities such as important research breakthroughs, student scholarship or facilities as they are needed. Restricted gifts are made with a particular aim or program in mind.

Body Bequest Program

Would you like to donate your body to science?

The Griffith University School of Anatomy, based at the Gold Coast campus, administers a Body Donation Program to support health and medical education and research.

Donors make a vital contribution to the training of doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, exercise scientists and other health professionals.

The first step to becoming a donor involves applying for an information pack and consent form.

If you would like to support our bequest program in other ways, donations are gratefully received.

Financial bequests to the program support the recognition of body donors, funding the donor memorial garden, book of remembrance, and thanksgiving service.

If you choose to include Griffith University in your will, please use the following terms:

If leaving Griffith the residue of your estate:

“I give and bequeath to Griffith University the residue of my estate to be used for general purposes.”

OR

“I give and bequeath to Griffith University the residue of my estate to be used for specific purposes in the following areas…”

If leaving Griffith a percentage of your estate or a specific amount:

“I give and bequeath to Griffith University the sum of $______ or ______ (desired percentage) of my estate to be used for general purposes.”

OR

“I give and bequeath to Griffith University the sum of $______ or ______ (desired percentage) of my estate to be used for specific purposes in the following areas…”

Because the research and teaching priorities of the University may change over time, we ask that you include the following in your will:

“If at any time Griffith University determines that it is impossible or impracticable to carry out the stated purpose then Griffith University may apply the income of the bequest for such purpose or purposes as Griffith University determines most closely accords with the stated purpose.”

If you intend to leave a gift to Griffith University in your will, please let us know so we can ensure your goals are achieved. You can arrange a visit or confidential discussion by phoning 07 5552 7218 or emailing giving@griffith.edu.au.

The Promoter of these Griffith University Appeals is the Director, Development and Alumni Office, pursuant to Sanction Number CP5701.

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