Australian War Memorial Bequests

Connecting our Past, Present and Future

At the Australian War Memorial, bequest donors play an especially important role in connecting the past, present and future. Bequests do not fund the ongoing operational costs of the Memorial, but instead support the creation of long-term financial security, allowing us to plan ahead and confidently pursue our vision for the benefit of all Australians now and in the future. Making a bequest to the Australian War Memorial is both simple and satisfying. Your bequest will create a lasting legacy that embodies your generosity and values.

"Leaving a bequest to the Australian War Memorial is my way of ensuring that my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the generations don’t forget the sacrifice of my father and the countless other Australians who went to war for our country."

Anonymous donor to the Memorial

Making a Bequest

There are many ways to make a bequest. You can bequest cash, a percentage of your estate, residual gift or a specific item for the Australian War Memorial’s collection. All bequests are welcome, whatever the size, and there are no fees.

Bequests may be made in memory or honour of family or friends or for many other reasons.

When forming your bequest plans, we encourage you to have a confidential discussion with our Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. Please contact us on 02 6243 4392 or via email bequests@awm.gov.au.

Wording your Bequest

The examples below may assist your advisers when drafting your Will:

Unrestricted Bequest

Unrestricted Bequest: I give to the Australian War Memorial Anzac Foundation (ABN 36 076 006 650), in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, [the sum of $____] or [ __% of my estate], free of any tax or duty. Such sum is to be applied to the [general purposes] of the Australian War Memorial and I direct that a receipt from an authorised officer of the Australian War Memorial, shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift.

Specific Bequest

I give to the Australian War Memorial Anzac Foundation (ABN 36 076 006 650), in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, [the sum of $____] or [ __% of my estate], free of any tax or duty. Without creating a binding trust, I direct that the funds be used and applied for the purposes of ________ or if the purpose no longer exists then for a similar purpose at the discretion of the Australian War Memorial. I direct that a receipt from an authorised officer of the Australian War Memorial shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift.

"The Australian War Memorial reflects so much of who we are as people. It is the soul of our nation, a place of connection to our past and to our future. To understand the Memorial is to understand Australia.

I have been fortunate to have been able to assist the Memorial with philanthropic support for a number of years. We can all contribute in different ways. Your own contribution may not be possible now, so to leave a bequest to the Memorial will help ensure the men and women who serve and who have served this country, will never be forgotten.

It will also contribute to the growth and development of this exceptional institution so that it continues to resonate with visitors and all Australians for generations to come.

I encourage anyone who has visited the Australian War Memorial, and experienced the powerful emotions arising from the sacrifice made by these men and women, to consider a bequest to the Australian War Memorial. By doing so, you will be helping to safeguard the future of this magnificent Memorial to the story of those Australians who sacrificed so much for us, our freedoms and in the hope of a better world."

Kerry Stokes AC Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial

We would like to personally thank you

The Australian War Memorial greatly values the gifts, large and small, which help us fulfil our purpose. We welcome the opportunity to thank our donors and express our gratitude.

If you leave a bequest to the Australian War Memorial, please let us know and by way of saying thanks, you will be:

  • given a free membership to the Friends of the Memorial group for one year, and invited to exclusive Australian War Memorial events
  • formally acknowledged in the Australian War Memorial Annual Report in the year you confirmed your bequest
  • acknowledged for all gifts of collection items or acquisitions made with the support of your bequest, on the item’s display label.

Please let us know about your decision to make a bequest to the Australian War Memorial by:

  • notifying us of your intention to make a bequest
  • sending us a copy of the relevant section of your will
  • sending us a letter of confirmation from your solicitor.

"What these men did, nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and the smallness of their story … it rises, it always rises … above the mists of ages, a monument to great hearted men and for their nation – a possession for ever."

C.E.W Bean

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