For Solicitors

Include a Charity is a successful collaboration between many of Australia’s favourite charities, covering a range of causes and aspects of our community, from medical research, education, animal welfare, the environment, the arts and more.

The Include a Charity campaign relies on the support of its campaign supporters, volunteers and partners. We also rely on the support of the legal profession.

Your prompt about leaving a charitable gift in their Will could make the world of difference, both to your client and their legacy, and to the charity they nominate as a beneficiary.

Legal professionals

Giving to charity is something that many of your clients may be very passionate about. When asked, almost a third of Australians indicated that they would consider including a bequest to a favourite cause or charity in their Will. Reality shows that only 12% actually do.

One reason for this intention-action gap is that Australian solicitors rarely ask clients about charitable bequests. If they did, the data shows charities would receive at least a billion dollars more every year.

You don’t have to push charitable bequests, just ask clients if they’d like to consider one. The study also showed 46% of people have no problem at all being asked.

The difference one simple question can make is staggering. To help more Australians get the Wills they want, and help more charities have more money to do good.

Why we need your support

A study in the UK has shown the difference that solicitors are making by asking a question about philanthropic gifts in Wills. When solicitors asked the question, the number of charitable gifts increased from 4.9% to 10.8%, an increase of 120%.

So you have a critical role to play, and we would love your help.