Leaving a legacy gift or bequest is a wonderful way to make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of people seeking asylum in the community.
At the heart of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) are a community of volunteers, staff and supporters who as a movement, have enabled the organisation to become the largest independent human rights organisation for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are led and owned by our community and therefore rely on your donations to sustain our work and ensure 3,000 people each year receive the support they need to rebuild their lives.
Gifts in wills, large or small play a vital role in ensuring the ASRC can continue to protect, support and empower people seeking asylum so they can advance their own futures. Importantly, gifts in wills help the Centre build capacity to advocate for people seeking asylum and drive change. By including the ASRC in your will, you can create a lasting legacy to uphold human rights for people seeking asylum and a commitment to fostering a more compassionate Australia.
To speak to ASRC about leaving a gift in your will get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page.
“I believe that refugees and migrants contribute mightily to our social and economic fabric in Australia. I am the daughter of a refugee, and have benefited from the past welcome that Australia gave to people needing a new life. My mother and my grandmother always maintained that Australia was a generous country and that as refugees they were lucky in their choice. I grew up with a sense that Australia was a fair, open-minded and welcoming country. The Government has turned its back on it material and financial responsibilities with mean spirited and cruel policies which leave refugees and asylum seekers without support and the community ignorant of what is happening. However the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has taken up the slack. It supports asylum seekers directly and also provides a strong advocacy voice to the community and governments. I have been lucky in my life and want to make sure that this valuable work and message of humanity continues.” – Margaret Rasa
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I leave a gift in my will?
Including a gift to ASRC in your will is a simple process.
Steps for remembering ASRC in your will
- Get in touch with us via the form at the bottom of this page.
- Consult your legal advisor to ensure the option you have chosen best reflects your intentions.
- Discuss your decision with your family and loved ones. This will ensure they understand and support your reasons for choosing to help the ASRC in such a powerful way.
- Once you have remembered us in your Will, please let the Relationships Coordinator know. You don’t have to tell us, but we would love the opportunity to thank you.
What types of gifts can I leave in my will?
It is important to consider the type of legacy you choose to leave the ASRC. We recommend that you seek the advice of an independent solicitor or legal advisor before making or revising your will. You should also seek legal advice before choosing executors to administer your estate.
Please see below for the main types of gifts you can make in your will.
A residual legacy is a portion of your estate, or the balance remaining after loved ones and expenses are provided for. It is the preferred type of gift for the ASRC because it maintains the relative value of your gift and automatically adjusts to changes in the value of your estate. This is the legacy type we ask our supporters to consider because it should not decrease in value over time.
Specific amount of money
This type of gift is sometimes called a ‘pecuniary legacy’. A pecuniary legacy allows you to nominate a specific amount of money.
Specific items of value
Anything of value, such as property, shares, jewellery or works of art, may be specifically named in your will and given directly to the ASRC. If you are considering donating a legacy gift in the form of property or assets (includes a building, stocks, bonds, real estate and insurance policies) to the ASRC there are a few options that you might wish to explore.
The ASRC does not directly manage properties or fixed assets. If you choose to leave a property or assets, we request your consent to sell property and assets so we can allocate funds from the sale to support ASRC programs tackling the greatest need in the asylum seeker community.
We would accept the property or asset with the understanding that we would seek to sell it and liquidate the assets to fund our programs. This type of donation is honoured after all other bequests have been made and all debts, expenses and taxes have been paid.
We request that legacy gifts are left to us free of prescriptions so that ASRC can dedicate the gift to where it is needed most. Such a decision is made by the ASRC Management team.
However if you are passionate about a particular area of our work and would like to support a specific program, you may indicate this in your Will. Recognising that things change over time, we do request that you do not make this legally binding on receipt of the gift.
How should I word my gift in my will?
Who do I need to tell about the gift in my will?
Once you have consulted your solicitor and included the ASRC in your will, we suggest discussing your decision with your family and loved ones. This will ensure they understand and support your reasons for choosing to help the ASRC in such a powerful way.
Please also inform the Relationships Manager of your gift. Informing us of your decision to remember the ASRC in your will helps us to:
- Provide the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and welcome you as a key supporter.
- Ensures you will receive invitations to our Supporter events where you will hear about the exciting work being carried out at the ASRC today.
- If you wish, gives us a chance to keep you informed about changes in our work and news on the people we work with.
Your support for our work makes a real difference to the lives of thousands of people seeking asylum.
“The ASRC is the only reason I am here today. They are everything, they are my family, they saved my life. I would have been a dead man without them. I came here in 2008 and got my protection visa in 2015. In that time, ASRC provided me with all types of support, for my mental health, legal representation, food, a job at ASRC Cleaning. But they also gave me so much more than these things. They believed in me, gave me courage to live and they understood what I was going through. I used to finish work every day and go home to cry. Now I am here, smiling, happy, because of them. God sends you to good people when you are in trouble and God sent me to ASRC. Now I have permanent protection in Australia and I am running my own business. Because I am safe, I can now support my family, including my son who I haven’t seen since he was a baby. Because I survived, I want to help another generation to survive. I am also donating my profits to help kids in Africa with pencils and books and other things. The ASRC gave me my life back. And not only mine, but thousands behind me and in front of me. I would do anything for ASRC. I am now safe and happy because of them. ” — Mohamed, former member of the ASRC (2008–2015).
Find out more
If you want any more information about leaving a gift in your will, or if you already have, let us know. We would love to thank you.