Gifts in Wills Leave a gift for Guide Dogs Victoria

By leaving a gift to Guide Dogs Victoria, you can make a profound change to the life of a person with low vision. You may never meet the person whose life your kindness changes, but they will never forget you.

Your gift helps us provide a range of services and support programs to improve people’s independence. The breeding and training of Guide Dogs is a significant part of this activity. Gifts in Wills also help us provide ongoing mobility training to ensure that people with low vision can learn practical skills and become confident members of the community.

All gifts – however great or small – are greatly valued and significantly help in our future planning.

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Gifts in Wills Have you informed us of your Gift?

Around 50% of the (bequest) income we receive from Gifts in Wills comes from people we never realised were leaving anything to us in their Will.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will, please let us know. We appreciate knowing of your kind intentions so we can thank you appropriately for your generosity. Additionally, once aware of your plans, we are able to discuss how your gift may be used to maximum benefit or how we may form a fitting memorial to your kindness.

We also personally thank all supporters and present you with a special Guide Dogs Victoria Gifts in Wills Pin.

Gifts in Wills How to remember us in your Will

  1. Contact Angie Retallack, Key Relationships Manager Gifts in Wills, by calling her on (03) 9854 4508 or our Gifts in Wills team by calling (03) 9854 4444 or emailing giftsinwills@guidedogsvictoria.com.au. Angie and the team would love to hear from you and are there to provide all the information you need.
  2. Consult your legal advisor to ensure the option you have chosen best reflects your intentions. We recommend you seek the advice of an independent solicitor or qualified legal advisor before making or revising your Will. You should also seek qualified advice before choosing executors to administer your estate.
  3. Discuss your decision with your family and loved ones. This will ensure they understand and support your reasons for choosing to help Guide Dogs Victoria in such a powerful way.

You can access more information on the (bequest) process of leaving a gift in your Will here.

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Gifts in Wills Supporter stories

Gifts in Wills are invaluable both for us and the support services we provide for Victorians with low vision.

Kathryn’s life changed when she met Guide Dog Sammie. Read her story here.

Peter’s story is real and shows what a difference your gift can make to a person with low vision or blindness.

Listen to why our CEO Karen Hayes and her husband Graeme are leaving a gift in their Will to Guide Dogs Victoria.

 

Gifts in Wills Join the OTUS Fellowship

The OTUS Fellowship is a supporters group for people who have left a gift for us in their Will. The group is named in honour of one of our champion stud dogs, Otus, a much loved and celebrated figure of Guide Dogs Victoria.

When you choose to join the OTUS Fellowship, you join a community of like-minded donors creating profound impact for Victorians with low vision. The Fellowship regularly holds lunches and functions to ensure members see the difference a gift can make first-hand.

Otus a yellow dog lying down

Gifts in Wills Suggested wording for a Will

“I GIVE TO GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA (ABN 68 004 621 461), FOR ITS GENERAL PURPOSES, FREE OF ALL DUTIES (INSERT NUMBER)% OF MY RESIDUARY ESTATE FOR WHICH AN AUTHORISED RECEIPT FROM GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA WILL BE A SUFFICIENT DISCHARGE FOR THE EXECUTOR(S) OR TRUSTEE(S).”

OR

“I GIVE TO GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA (ABN 68 004 621 461), FOR ITS GENERAL PURPOSES, FREE OF ALL DUTIES THE WHOLE OF THE RESIDUE OF MY ESTATE FOR WHICH AN AUTHORISED RECEIPT FROM GUIDE DOGS AUSTRALIA WILL BE A SUFFICIENT DISCHARGE FOR THE EXECUTOR(S) OR TRUSTEE(S).”

TO DONATE A SPECIFIC SUM:

“I GIVE TO GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA (ABN 68 004 621 461), FOR ITS GENERAL PURPOSES, FREE OF ALL DUTIES THE SUM OF $(INSERT AMOUNT) FOR WHICH AN AUTHORISED RECEIPT FROM GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA WILL BE A SUFFICIENT DISCHARGE FOR THE EXECUTOR(S) OR TRUSTEE(S).”

Guide dog puppies

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