Sunshine Coast, Brighter Futures
Every day the University of the Sunshine Coast is working to create a brighter future. We teach aspiring leaders all the skills they will need to tackle future problems, and our researchers are providing answers to our region, country and planet’s challenges.
Join with us to create a bright future through making a bequest in your will to USC.
You can change lives
Education is the key to unlimited opportunities, both for individuals and for societies. It’s with this generosity that we can continue to support our students to gain an education that is the key to unlimited opportunities.
USC is an exciting, growing University, in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and we are committed to meeting the demands of having a positive influence on quality of life – delivering opportunities for education, economic development, environmental excellence, social and community benefits.
Students consistently rank USC in the top cohort of Universities nationwide for the high standard of their education experience and increasing numbers are looking to our programs and research opportunities as pathways to rewarding professional careers.
Like all Australian universities, we must look beyond government support to continue on our path of delivering world-class education and research, while building the foundations of a successful, sustainable society.
Gifts such as bequests from our community provide vital support for student scholarships, research, campus enhancement and cultural initiatives that reflect our supporters’ interests and USC priorities.
It’s a common misconception that only wealthy people leave a bequest in their will. The reality is that most bequests are made by hard-working people who are keen to make a positive difference in their community.
Fortunately Australians as a whole are a very generous bunch, with 70% of us supporting charities. And when asked, 29% of people say they’d be willing to leave a gift in their will once family and friends had been provided for.
The trouble is only 7.5% of Australians actually end up doing that. So if you are considering adding USC to your will, please act on that thought and know that the impact you will make on our community will be lasting and far reaching.
Whoever you are, whatever your situation, you can help create a bright future for tomorrow’s students by including USC in your will.
How to leave a bequest
We encourage you to discuss your intended bequest with us and seek professional advice from a solicitor when planning your estate to ensure your wishes are expressed correctly.
You may wish to use our suggested wording to take to your solicitor. There is a copy of our suggested wording below:
USC wording for bequests
There are two categories of bequests to the University:
a bequest for general purposes, where the University will decide which projects are to be funded by the bequest, being the projects at the University with the greatest priority at the time of receiving the bequest; and
a bequest for a stated purpose, where the donor specifies the particular initiative to benefit, such as a student scholarships and bursaries, a Professorial Chair a particular area of research or one of our community facilities and programs such as the Art Gallery.
- Will clauses - Bequests to the University for general purposes
This category of bequest is the most flexible, giving the University the ability to decide which projects are funded by your bequest in response to changing needs and priorities. For this category of bequest, the following Will clauses are suggested as a guide:
- I give [insert percentage] of my residuary estate to the University of the Sunshine Coast (ABN 28 441 859 157) of Sippy Downs, Queensland for its general purposes.
- I give [insert dollar amount] to the University of the Sunshine Coast (ABN 28 441 859 157) of Sippy Downs, Queensland for its general purposes.
- Will clauses - Bequests to the University for a stated purpose
A donor may wish to nominate the particular endeavour that will benefit from the donor’s bequest. Such bequests must be carefully expressed, to ensure that the donor’s wishes can be implemented by the University. For this category of bequest, the following Will clauses are suggested as a guide:
- I give [insert percentage] of my residuary estate to the University of the Sunshine Coast (ABN 28 441 859 157) of Sippy Downs, Queensland for [insert purpose].
- I give [insert dollar amount] of my residuary estate to the University of the Sunshine Coast (ABN 28 441 859 157) of Sippy Downs, Queensland for [insert purpose].
Over time, there will probably be changes to the content or structure of a particular course, and the research priorities of the University may also change. If you choose to make a bequest to the University for a stated purpose, the University requests that the following provision be included to address the possibility that the stated purpose cannot be performed at some future time:
If at any time the University determines that it is impossible or impracticable to carry out the stated purpose then the University may apply the bequest for such purpose or purposes as the University determines most closely aligned with the stated purpose.
Download an example of the wording for bequests (PDF 298KB) to take to your Solicitor.
Contact the Development Office for further assistance on:
Tel: +61 7 5430 1104
For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.