Make a Bequest
An everlasting way to improve the lives of forgotten felines
By leaving a gift in your Will to the Cat Protection Society of Victoria you can make a significant difference to the lives of thousands of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
While regular donations help to sustain our day-to-day work, generous gifts like bequests provide the financial security that allows us to remain committed to our vision of a community in which all cats are valued and respected as companion animals and have a high standard of welfare and wellbeing.
If you’d like to leave a gift to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria in your Will, your options can include:
- A specific bequest allows you to specify the dollar amount you would like to leave as a gift in your Will. It’s important to consider, though, how inflation may diminish its value over the years so you don’t adversely affect people and organisations named in your Will.
- A percentage bequest is when you choose to leave a nominated percentage of your entire estate as a gift in your Will. This doesn’t depend on the value of your estate as the percentage remains the same.
- A residuary bequest is when you leave the remainder of your estate as a gift in your Will after first leaving gifts to your loved ones.
- In perpetuity allows you to select a specific amount or percentage of your estate to be provided to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria as a permanent annuity, an annual amount, for a period of years up to a certain total. In this way, we can rely on your support with regular gifts into the future.
Your solicitor can advise you on the most suitable option for your situation.
Preparing Your Will
Once you’ve provided for your loved ones, it’s fairly simply to include a gift in your Will for the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, and if you already have a Will, you can add a codicil (a legal provision) to include the bequest. We always recommend you seek legal advice when drafting your Will.
It is important that you use the correct wording in your Will. Our business details are below and should be included in any official documentation:
The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, ABN 35 390 087 628
PO Box 257, Greensborough Vic 3088
Your legal advisor may find the following bequest clause helpful:
“I devise and bequeath to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, ABN 35 390 087 628, free of all taxes and other deductions (the residue of my estate / or other type of bequest) to be used for the general purpose of The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, and the receipt of the Secretary or other proper officer of the said fund shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee”
The Cat Protection Society of Victoria provides this information as a guideline only and we strongly recommend that you seek professional guidance from a legal or financial advisor
Jarrah’s Circle – Recognising our bequestors
More than 2,000 stray and abandoned cats seek refuge and are cared for at our Shelter every year.
One of the best ways you can help ensure these cats are re-homed and provided with their second chance for love, health and happiness is by leaving a gift in your Will.
For those who intend to leave a gift in your Will, we’d like to recognise you as a Guardian member of Jarrah’s Circle. Along with invitations to exclusive functions with our leadership team and, of course, our feline residents, you’ll receive select mailings and personal updates on our work. When your gift is realised, your foresight and generosity will be recognised on a special honour board in the reception of our Shelter.
Jarrah’s Circle is the Cat Protection Society’s key supporter program, bringing like-minded philanthropic cat lovers together for a common purpose: to support the Society’s mission to promote, protect and improve the welfare and wellbeing of companion cats.
We would love to talk to you about your gift intention so that we are able to honour your wishes for years to come. To discuss your interest in leaving a gift in your Will, please give our friendly supporter team a call on 03 8457 6500
We’d love to welcome you into Jarrah’s Circle.