Include a charity and help the good work live on

Australians are a generous bunch.

In 2011, almost 13 million of us made at least one charitable donation (Roy Morgan, Jan 2011- Dec 2011). For a population of just over 22 million, this is an impressive statistic.

Last week’s ‘Include a Charity’ Week made me think how can we, as individuals, ensure we maintain this and even better, encourage more people to donate to charity?

Include a Charity (IaC) is a collective of over 130 of Australia’s most respected charities, working together to promote the inclusion of charitable giving through bequests and wills.

Understandably, the notion of preparing a will isn’t particularly pleasant. However once you’ve ensured your family and friends are looked after, including a charity in your will not only allows you to keep on giving, it also ensures the longevity of your chosen charity/s.

Given how easy it is to donate through your will, it’s a shame that only around 7.5% of Australians take this opportunity. By coming together as IaC, participating Australian charities hope to demonstrate just how easy it is to include a charity in your will, and promote the lasting benefits your bequest has for our global community.

As a member of IaC, the International Fund for Animal Welfare works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in desperate need. With our network of global partners and projects spanning forty countries, IFAW is a leading force in the protection of animals in crisis.

From grass-roots initiatives, like the vaccination of cats and dogs in impoverished countries and the rescue of animals caught in the Australian bushfires, to more complex endeavours, notably the successful lobbying against the commercial trade of seal parts to Europe and their work with eBay to ban the sale of ivory on their website worldwide, IFAWs involvement ensures expert care and continued support for our world’s animals.

Given that 1 in 10 animals cared for by IFAW are paid for by bequests, think of the lasting impression a bequest to IFAW would leave on our world. 

Let your love of animals live on!

--IM

For more information on just how easy it is to include a donation or residuary bequest to IFAW in your will, visit:

www.ifaw.org/australia or
www.includeacharity.com.au/internationalfundforanimalwelfare

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