One very practical way of helping the Royal Botanic Gardens is by structuring your estate planning so that the Gardens is included in your Will.
If you take the generous decision to make a bequest to the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria, you will be helping to secure the botanical, horticultural and scientific future of the Royal Botanic Gardens – and your foresight will be appreciated by generations of visitors into the future.
Your gift of monetary funds or specific assets will be invested and secured immediately and will live on in perpetuity. Unless the donor specifically requests otherwise, only the investment income generated by funds held by the Foundation will be utilised by the Royal Botanic Gardens. These long-term and independent funds will help the Gardens survive and prosper – thanks to your generosity and the generosity of like-minded people.
Different kinds of bequests
There are a number of different ways to make a gift to the Royal Botanic Gardens in your Will.
The best way to recognise the Royal Botanic Gardens in your Will is to leave a share or proportion of the residue of your estate. What this means is that after you have made all necessary provision for your close relatives and friends in your Will, the remaining (residuary) moneys and/or assets pass to the Gardens as your nominated residuary beneficiary.
Gifts of cash, shares, property and other assets
Bequests of cash, shares, property and/or other assets or possessions are also possible, on the understanding that all such gifts will be used to further the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Should you wish your partner, a relative or friend to have the use of property and/or invested capital for his or her lifetime, but with those moneys and/or assets eventually passing to the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can make what is known as a Contingency Bequest.
Bequests of specific sums
You can also make a bequest in the form of a specific sum to the Royal Botanic Gardens, but it is important that a bequest of this kind is reviewed regularly as the value of such gift can be seriously eroded by inflation.
Our Bequest Officers are available to assist you.
If you would like more information on the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria or the Royal Botanic Gardens to assist your decision about making a bequest, please contact our Bequest Office on (03) 9252 2493 or complete and return the Bequest Enquiry Form (PDF - 137 kB). Your enquiry will be dealt with promptly and confidentially.
Alternatively, your own solicitor should be able to assist you.
All bequests should be made to the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria.
We would like to thank you personally
Please let us know if you have decided to include the Gardens in your Will so we can thank you personally.
You can do this by phoning our Development Branch on (03) 9252 2493 and advising our staff of your decision, or by notifying us by using the form opposite.
The names of all bequestors are kept in confidence, as are any details that you make available to us.