Help our work live on

This week is Include a Charity Week.IFAW is a charity, and most of our income comes from the generosity of people just like you, whether it’s through one off donations, monthly direct debits or small change kindly put in collection boxes. But it’s a little known fact that much of our vital income actually comes from people including a gift to IFAW in their will.  

Last year, Australia rated as the most generous country on earth and our IFAW supporters certainly deserve that accolade.  Last year we received some many donations and the gifts made in wills enabled us to rescue and protect tens of thousands of animals. For most of us, the notion of preparing a will isn’t particularly pleasant. But it can be worthwhile. Amazingly, now, almost one in six of animals we save, is as a result of a legacy gift. And this is increasing - Last year that figure stood at one in 10.

That’s why IFAW, along with over 130 other Australian charities, is again taking an active part in Include a Charity Week to help raise awareness of the importance of gifts included in wills.  

It’s a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your will - nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, you’ll be amazed at what one gift, no matter how big or small, can do. Whatever the amount, we’re extremely grateful for any gift that’s been included in a will for us, as it helps us plan our  work to help and protect animals in Australia and around the world, including providing needed assistance during and  after bush fires and cyclones.

It’s a very simple and straightforward thing to do as well. Just ask any professional will provider or solicitor who will show you how or visit for some helpful information.

So this week please keep it in your mind, discuss the subject with your family and friends and then maybe, when the time comes, you’ll consider including us in your will and help our work live on, just as your love of animals can live on.

For more information on how to remember IFAW in your will, visit

-- Isabel McCrea

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