Write ACRF into your Will and help us back brilliant

A world without cancer could be the legacy you leave behind to your loved ones. When you leave a gift in your Will to Australian Cancer Research Foundation, you help to fund the technology, ideas and science needed to bring us closer to a world without cancer.

Often people who choose to include a cancer charity in their Will have lost a loved one to cancer or have had cancer themselves. These people have become our heroes, as new and improved methods to detect and treat cancer would not exist if wasn’t for them.

We are always grateful and humbled by those who leave a legacy to cancer research through a gift in their Will. No matter the size or amount you are able to give, ACRF is honoured to count you among our wonderful bequestors. The next break-through discovery in cancer research starts with you.

If you would like to learn more, download ACRF’s Bequest Booklet.


How to leave a bequest


    Call us on 02 9223 7833 and have a chat. We will walk you through any queries you may have and can post or email you a bequest booklet to peruse at your leisure and discuss with family, before a decision.


    Call your solicitor and make an appointment to create or update your Will to include a bequest to ACRF. You will need our recommended Will Wording (see below). If you haven’t got a family solicitor, you may wish to attend one of ACRF’S annual Wills Day events, where a volunteer solicitor will create a Simple Will for a greatly reduced fee.

    Will Wording:

    “I give to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACN 002 774 727) of Suite 903, 50 Margaret Street, Sydney for the purposes of funding world-class cancer research, free from all taxes and duties, (here please specify your gift, eg. the sum of $X). I direct that the receipt of any director or other proper officer for the time being of that Foundation will be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees”


    We would love to know so we can celebrate your decision to include us in your Will, thereby helping us back brilliant cancer research!


One of the best ways to plan for the future and to ensure your loved ones are protected, is by creating a legal will.

Here’s a snapshot of what can happen if you die without a will:

Australia has federal laws that state what should happen to your estate and your assets, if you are to pass without a Will (intestate).

If you pass without a Will, your estate automatically goes to your spouse. However, if you are estranged from your spouse, inheritance is at the discretion of the court and the outcome may not be as you wish. To Ensure YOUR wishes are fulfilled, create a legal Will to protect the beneficiaries of your estate.

If you pass without a Will and you are not married, but have a live-in partner, regardless of the years you have been together, they may not automatically inherit and can be forced to move out of your shared home.

If you have minor children but no Will, (therefore no provision for them when you die), a judge can decide who is the best person to become their guardian. By creating a legal Will, you can control who raises your children and when they receive their inheritance once they come of age.

You may have told your friends and family that you wish your favourite charity to receive a gift when you pass. However, if you do not have a legal Will, this wish cannot be upheld and is at the discretion of your executor.

Gifts in Wills to ACRF is a wonderful way to leave a legacy to cancer research. But without a legal Will, your wish to leave a legacy to ACRF, may not occur.


ACRF is hosting community Wills Days throughout March (NSW), May (QLD) and September (SA). Registrations are now open!

For more information or to book in to attend an upcoming Wills Day, please visit our website here or email Planned Giving Manager Lee Christian.


Long time loyal supporter Di Docherty, (pictured here with her grandchildren) supports ACRF because she lost her mother, husband and sister to cancer along with many friends. She decided she needed to do something to help others going through this journey. She chose ACRF because all money donated is used to fund research for all different types of cancer.


If it is important to you - it should be in your Will

Those who kindly think of us when creating their Will, regardless of the amount, are helping us end cancer. A bequest to ACRF helps us to arm our researchers with the tools and equipment they need to find new and improved ways to prevent, detect and treat ALL types of cancer.

It’s easy to do:

Even if you have a Will, adding a charity is as simple as adding a Codicil to your existing Will. Seek advice from your solicitor if you wish to do so.

You can also make a gift to ACRF during your lifetime. This enables ACRF to channel the funds into worthy research projects immediately, enabling you to see how your wonderful contribution is helping to back brilliant.

We know that some people may have a preference to fund a particular type of research. We recommend discussing any preferences you have with us.

If you would like to learn more, please complete the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours (or the next business day). Or you can contact Liz Wilson - Philanthropy & Engagement Manager on 02 9223 7833.

Bequest enquiry form
Types of Bequest
  • A specific sum of money or nominated asset such as a house or other land, shares and other investments, life insurance, works of art or other valuables.
  • A bequest of your entire estate, or a specified share, or a percentage of your entire estate, after all debts and expenses have been paid.
  • A residual bequest, or a specified share or percentage of your residuary estate, after all debts and expenses have been paid, and other gifts distributed.
  • Your property, such as a house, can pass to ACRF after having been used or occupied by a primary beneficiary during their lifetime. ACRF would receive this only after a specified period or after the nominated person has passed.