ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

Wills and bequests

A gift in your will can change the world.

While many people may think there can be no solution to poverty, it’s clear you see things differently. You share our vision of a future without poverty and injustice, where every person can enjoy the right to a life with dignity and opportunity.

Bequests are a vital source of income for ActionAid Australia’s work, funding some of our most important programs. While our supporters’ commitment to our appeals, our regular giving programs and our child sponsorship provide much of the funds for ongoing projects, bequests enable us to expand our programs, reaching more communities, for many generations to come.

Bequests allow us to:

  • Fund larger projects and plan long term work
  • Help women in developing countries access their rights
  • Respond quickly to communities in times of emergency
  • Provide communities with the capacity, resources and skills to develop their own solutions to addressing poverty.

A will can ensure that a lifetime of hard work can be used to provide for loved ones or beloved causes. Providing for family and loved ones in your Will comes first, but even a small percentage of your estate left to ActionAid Australia can make a world of difference and ensure that the work you have supported during your lifetime can be continued long into the future.

For further information about leaving a bequest or to discuss your plans, please call Rowan Lyon on (02)9565 9111 or email

Click here for the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Whatever your motivation, including a bequest to ActionAid Australia is a gesture which can change the lives of thousands or people.

“Leaving a bequest to ActionAid is for me a very positive extension of the support I have been giving for many years. I am very happy knowing that when I am no longer able to make donations, ActionAid will continue, with my support, to make a difference in people’s lives for generations to come”.
Pamela Greet, ActionAid supporter, former board member and bequestor 

It is important to seek professional advice from a solicitor, a trustee company estate planning specialist or the Public Trustee when preparing your Will to ensure your wishes are executed in the way you would like. You could also use this suggested wording.

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