Your Legacy for the Future

In 1974, when legendary American comedian, Jack Benny passed away, he stated in his will that his widow Mary Livingstone was to receive one long-stemmed red rose each day for the rest of her life.

Gifts in Will usually are not as romantic as Mr. Benny’s but we have heard of some unusual ones from clearing the national debt in Britain to leaving the majority of your inheritance to the family dog.

While we think your canine companion certainly deserves the best treatment, a legacy gift is traditionally a monetary gift given by will after death to a charitable organisation.


There are many misconceptions of the bequest, including the idea that only the truly wealthy can afford to give them. In reality, after your family is looked after, any amount, big or small can make the world of difference to life changing research and patient support.

In addition to the amount, a common concern is the costly and time consuming process of changing your will. Thankfully the legal system has come up with a new and improved way of making this easier. Depending on how your will is written, a codicil could be a time saving, low cost way of amending your will.

It’s never an easy topic to discuss – even for those who are asking for it – but planned gifts can be properly sorted or amended to your will at any time before the amount is given. Your lasting legacy can change the world for the better.

You determine the legacy you leave behind, so please consider leaving a small share of whatever is left after friends and family to the Pancare Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancers, please email our Relationships & Event Manager, Katherine Cummings or call 1300 881 698.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will for Pancare, we will promise to do the following:

  1. We will always respect your privacy. You don’t have to tell us you’ve left a gift, we respect your privacy (although we would like the opportunity to thank you!) Even if we have a conversation about it, we won’t keep asking unless you’d like us to.
  2. Family comes first. A lot of time when discussing a legacy gift, it can come across as if we value our work above your family. This is not the case – please make sure to look after friends and family first.
  3. Your decision, your time. This is a big decision. We wouldn’t ask you to do anything you’re not ready for. We’ll be here if you have any questions.
  4. The Choice. While we welcome the conversation and would like to offer you a choice as to where your funding goes, we can promise that if your gift remains unrestricted, we will ensure it is used carefully for the greatest impact.
  5. It isn’t final. Should you change your mind we’ll understand. Life situations come and go.
  6. Opportunity to be Connected. If you’d like to pledge a legacy gift, this is the ideal way to remain connected to the organisation. We will gladly welcome you to our most exclusive events and give you an opportunity to discuss with key figures in the Pancare Foundation what is happening in our space and how we are working to make the future brighter for Pancreatic and Upper GI Cancer patients.

To learn more about leaving a gift in your will, click here.