Change lives with a gift in your Will
“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight. While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight. While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, I’ll fight – I’ll fight to the very end!” – William Booth
Leaving a gift to The Salvation Army in your Will is a very special way you can keep on caring for people in the future.
A gift in your will – no matter how big or small – ensures that a Salvo will always be there for those in our community who are struggling with the challenges of homelessness, disadvantage or family crisis.
Your gift will serve to honour your memory, carry on the beliefs and values you hold so precious and give lasting hope for future generations.
Your legacy means a future that is free of pain, poverty, fear and addiction. It’s a future where help is at hand, hurt is healed, hope is real and lives are changed for the better forever.
Become an Honoured Friend
By leaving a gift in your Will to The Salvation Army, you will be joining a group of like-minded individuals who, like yourself are committed to ensuring that the kindness and compassion, you have lived by, will go on helping others now and in the future.
When you let us know that you have included The Salvation Army in your Will, we would like to honour your kindness and generosity.
You will be welcomed as an Honoured Friend. You’ll receive a special lapel pin and personal document folder, in which you can store your legal papers. It’s not only a convenient way to stay organised, but a small thank you from us for your thoughtful intentions.
You will also receive invitations to special functions, tours and access to many of the programs we run for the Australian community. You’ll have the option to leave your Will with The Salvation Army for safe-keeping. Of course you can also request to have your funeral service conducted by a Salvation Army Officer too if you wish.
Deciding what you wish to give
If you would like to include a gift in your Will to The Salvation Army to care for future generations, thank you. Here are some options.
- A percentage of your estate. You can leave us your entire estate or any percentage you choose. This way as the value of your assets increase or decrease, your legacy will adjust also
- The residue of your estate. After you have taken care of loved ones, you can leave us the whole or part of what remains of your estate
- A specific gift in your will. You can give a specific amount of money or items such as shares, paintings or property. Of course this does not allow for changes in your circumstances or inflation
- A gift through a perpetual trust. By making The Salvation Army the beneficiary of an endowment fund, you will provide long term and ongoing support. For more information please contact our Endowment Fund Assistant on 1800 337 082 or send an email
Why bequests matter
Nearly half of all our life-transforming crisis support is funded through bequests. Without the generosity of our supporters in their wills, we would be able to help far fewer people when they need it most. According to new research from Include a Charity, 25 per cent of Australians want to leave a bequest to charity in their Will. But only 7.5 per cent of people actually do. This is partly because, according to the NSW Trustee and Guardian , ‘at least 45% of people do not have a valid Will.’
Include a Charity week
Include a Charity helps educate people on the importance of charitable bequests. In their words, you can help the work live on. If that’s one of your aims, Include a Charity Week runs from 10th to 14th September this year and you can find more information here.
Frequently asked questions
Do you still have some questions? This short video answers some of the common questions we're asked about wills and bequests.
Finding a solicitor
Use our handy solicitor search to find a local solicitor who can help you prepare your will and ensure your loved once are taken care of.
Want to chat to someone?
We'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch.