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Your enduring legacy

Every day USC 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. An enduring legacy of a bequest helps to shape a better world.

For many people adding a charitable gift to their Will is one of the most powerful and enjoyable decisions they make. They know they have created a legacy that will have a lasting impact.

Join with us to create a bright future through giving a gift in your Will to USC.

When your gift is directed to USC, the opportunities to shape the world are endless

Education is the key to unlimited opportunities, both for individuals and for societies. It is with the generosity and vision of bequest donors that we can continue to provide vital support for:

  • to help students in any of 120 degree programs through the financial support of a scholarship
  • to solve significant world problems through research 
  • to enhance cultural initiatives that reflect our supporters’ interests like art or music and/or
  • to assist with building the much needed general endowment for USC priorities like vital program development.

It’s a common misconception that only wealthy people leave a bequest in their Will. The reality is that most planned gifts like bequests are made by hard-working people who are keen to make a positive difference in their community.

Whoever you are, whatever your situation, you can help create a bright future for tomorrow’s students by including USC in your Will.

Discussing your wishes

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.

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to USC, or if you would like to have a conversation about your areas of interest, the USC Development Office team would be delighted to help. All enquiries are confidential and obligation free.

Contact Kate Evans, Senior Development Manager for further assistance on:
Tel: +61 7 5456 5136
Email: kevans@usc.edu.au

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:

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.

For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

Please let us know if you have provided for USC in your Will, so we may express our gratitude and keep you informed of the programs you care about.

Thank you

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

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