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Thank you for your interest in leaving a gift in your Will to The Conversation.

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A bequest is a special, powerful gift. Leaving a gift in your Will to The Conversation ensures your commitment to evidence-based news and analysis continues to live on through The Conversation. It isn’t an alternative to caring for your family. It’s part of it — because we want to be able to live and thrive in a healthy democracy, and healthy democracies need access to high-quality, non-partisan, evidence-based information.

Write your Will with Safewill

The Conversation have teamed up with leading online Will writing service Safewill to give our Australian supporters the opportunity to write their own Will.

What types of gifts can you leave in your Will

Residual bequest

After you have provided for your friends and family in your Will, give a percentage of the remainder of your estate — 10% can make a huge difference. And this type of bequest won’t lose value over time.

Percentage of estate

Specify a percentage of your estate — any amount from 1% to 100% — that you would like The Conversation to receive. This gift Will also keep its value over time.

Pecuniary bequest

Leave a specific amount of money, real estate or shares to The Conversation.

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Wording for your Will

A gift to The Conversation may be unrestricted or designated.

An unrestricted bequest allows The Conversation to choose how your bequest Will be applied.

A designated bequest enables you to choose how your bequest Will be applied, for example, to a particular area such as education, environment, arts, science or other.

The most effective bequest is one that allows The Conversation the flexibility to use your gift in a way that meets our needs at the time.

Suggested wording

I give, devise and bequeath to The Conversation Foundation Ltd., as trustee for The Conversation Trust (ABN 80 958 603 438) free from all taxes and duties

  • All my residuary estate (OR)
  • _ _ % percentage of my residuary estate (OR)
  • The sum of $_ _ _ _ (OR)
  • List of asset or assets

To be applied for the purposes of funding independent and trusted journalism (unrestricted bequest)


To be applied to:

  • Cities editorial
  • Education editorial
  • Environment and Energy editorial
  • Business and Economy editorial
  • Arts and Culture editorial
  • Health and Medicine editorial
  • Science and Technology editorial
  • Politics and Society editorial

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.

Don’t forget

To ensure that your Will fulfils your intentions and that it is legally sound, it is advisable that it be drawn by a solicitor or a Trustee Company. This Will ensure the wording used is appropriate for the bequest you wish to make and for your particular situation.

And remember once you have made your Will, it is important to review it every few years or as circumstances change. Remember that the value of your assets Will change over time.


If you need help with any aspect of leaving a gift in your Will please get in touch with Helen Johnstone our Philanthropy and Bequest Manager at or 0422 851 282.