Bequests support the future of The Conversation.

We understand and appreciate that the decision to leave a bequest is a very personal one. If you are considering leaving a Legacy gift to The Conversation, please contact us for a confidential conversation. We would be happy to discuss ideas to ensure that your passion for evidenced based news and analysis continues to live on through The Conversation.

Recommended wording for your Will

“I give, devise and bequeath to the The Conversation Foundation Ltd., as trustee for The Conversation Trust (ABN 80 958 603 438) of Level 1, 715 Swanston St Parkville VIC 3010 for the purposes of funding independent and trusted journalism, free from all taxes and duties, (here please specify your gift, eg. the sum of $X). 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.”

If you wish to donate to The Conversation in your Will, please use our recommended will wording. Using the advised format will ensure there is no confusion regarding the recipient of your bequest to charity (in this case, The Conversation), and the way in which funds will be used (for independent and trusted journalism.)

Types of charity bequests

Leaving a legacy to charity may be as simple as adding a Codicil to your existing Will, but please seek the advice of your solicitor before doing so. Full capital gains tax relief may be available to your estate for bequests made to certain charities, including the The Conversation.

A bequest to The Conversation may be:

  • A specific sum of money or nominated asset such as a house or other land, shares and other investments, life insurance, works of art or other valuables.
  • A bequest of your entire estate, or a specified share, or percentage of your entire estate (after all debts and expenses have been paid).
  • A residual bequest, or a specified share or percentage of your residuary estate, after all debts and expenses have been paid, and other gifts distributed.
  • Your property, (such as a house) can pass to The Conversation after having been used or occupied by a primary beneficiary during their lifetime. The Conversation would receive this only after a specified period or after the nominated person has passed.
  • You can also make a gift to The Conversation during your lifetime. This allows us to channel the funds into editorial and research projects immediately.

We know that some people may have a preference to fund a particular focus of the work we do and may like to support for example our Fact checks, Explainers, Education, Environment or Arts editorial projects. We recommend discussing any preferences you may have with us.