A gift about people
Our story began from a gift left in a will; today we continue to bring that gift to life to the people we serve.
Mercy Health can trace its origins back to the establishment of Health Services in Victoria in 1920. The organisation has since grown from strength to strength, caring for the needs of the community from the beginning to the end of life. Today Mercy Health provides acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, maternity services, specialist women’s healthcare, early parenting services, palliative care, home and community care, and health worker training and development. We are committed to responding to people’s needs and improving health outcomes for those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
How can a bequest help Mercy Health?
After your family and friends have been taken care of, would you consider leaving a bequest to Mercy Health?
Bequests made without specified intentions will be directed to the most vital areas of need within Mercy Health. An unencumbered bequest is the most flexible way to benefit future generations.
Regardless of the amount, your gift can make a big difference. A gift in your will is a wonderful legacy for future generations. Your gift can change lives in many different ways.
Should you wish to make a bequest to Mercy Health, it is recommended that you and/or your legal adviser contact our office.
The suggested wording for including a gift in your will is:
“ I give, devise and bequeath to the Mercy Health Foundation (ABN 60 905 269 648) in the State of Victoria for its general purposes, free of all duties, the following: (indicate whichever is applicable % of my estate, % of my residual estate, sum, personal item or property) and I direct that a receipt of the public officer or other proper person for this organisation shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor.”
It is preferable that bequests are designated for general use, as areas of need within Mercy Health change over time. However, it is possible to specify that your gift be utilised for a specific purpose, for example:
For a particular facility:
“ for the use of general purpose at (insert Mercy Health facility).”
“ To be used for the purposes of research.”
If you wish to make a bequest for a specific purpose, please contact the fundraising team at Mercy Health to ensure your request can be fulfilled.
Mercy Health is honoured to have the trust and support of our friends who leave a bequest in support of our work. We value your support and thank you for supporting Mercy Health.
Our promise to you:
1. It is our practice to always encourage people to leave something to Mercy Health; however, we recognise that the decision is yours, to be made in your own time.
2. We will always respect your privacy. We recognise and appreciate that your will is completely personal to you.
3. We also realise that, rightly, your family and loved ones will always come first.
4. You can tell us that you’ve left a gift if you would like to, and we would love to hear from you – but you don’t need to tell us.
5. If you choose to inform us, we will give you the choice about how we contact you in the future about our work.
6. We will give you the opportunity to be connected with the work we do.
7. At any time in the future, you have the absolute right to change your mind about a gift in your will to Mercy Health.
8. We will handle whatever gift you leave us efficiently – and also with care, sensitivity and respect.