- a residuary bequest;
- a percentage of an estate;
- a pecuniary bequest (a specific sum);
- assets such as real estate, shares, or culturally significant works of art; and
- an endowment bequest.
Making a bequest is a common way to support the future growth and development of ECU. It is a gift that will live on, providing long-term benefits for future generations.
This page contains information about making a bequest to ECU. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.
Because of its flexibility, an unrestricted gift allows the University to meet its unpredictable and constantly changing educational needs.
However, you may wish for your gift be designated for a specific purpose reflecting your personal interest. In this case, the University makes every effort to respect your wishes.
Situations change over years, and, if the original purpose becomes inappropriate, a provision in your Will permitting the University’s governing body to redirect the funds can be most useful.
There are many forms of words that you can use in your Will to establish a bequest for ECU. We recommend that you seek independent professional estate planning advice to ensure your wishes are expressed correctly.
The following is an example only and you should obtain independent advice to determine whether this example or an adaption thereof, is appropriate to your specific circumstances and intentions.
"I give (whole of my estate) or (specific percentage of my estate) or (specific assets) or (the residue of my estate) or (sum of $___) to EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY of 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Western Australia, 6027, for the purposes of supporting Edith Cowan University in a manner to be determined through the discretion of the University. I declare that the receipt of Edith Cowan University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees."
If you have already drafted your Will, you can easily make an amendment by adding a codicil, or appendix, to include a bequest to ECU with the above, or similar wording.
The details of your Will are naturally a private matter and, understandably, you may prefer to keep your intentions to yourself.
If you do make a bequest to Edith Cowan University, we invite you to let our Bequest Coordinator know about it. This enables us to keep you up-to-date with information and developments at the University and to invite you to special events we hold for our benefactors throughout the year.
The Edith Cowan Society honours and recognises those who have remembered ECU in their Will. The Society honours Edith Dircksey Cowan, whose pioneering spirit and determination led to her significant contribution to the development of education in Australia.
By making a bequest to ECU in your Will, you’ll be invited to become a member of the Society and recognised as someone continuing Edith Cowan’s legacy.
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