One of the most effective ways to keep transforming lives is to leave a bequest in your Will to ALWS.

Transform Lives

Treasure in heaven

One of the most effective ways to keep transforming lives is to leave a bequest in your Will to ALWS. After taking care of your family, this can be the biggest gift you give in your lifetime, and it’s a wonderful way to proclaim to those you love the values you hold important.

Of course, you should always discuss your plans with your loved ones, and consult a legal practitioner about your Will.

What your bequest can do

For the people you help...

A bore-hole in the harsh lands of South Sudan or Kenya ... a Field School in Cambodia or Burundi to show families the value of veggies in keeping children healthy, and how surplus from a Kitchen Garden can produce precious income … a school in a refugee camp so children who have lost everything can at least have the hope of education. These examples show the life-transforming help you can give with a bequest to help others through ALWS.

For your loved ones…

A bequest to help others through ALWS is a wonderful way to show the people you care about the values you hold most dear. Your example of kindness and generosity to others is a powerful witness about what you believe to be most important in life. Planning your Will carefully and clearly, with professional guidance, relieves your family of worry, and frees them to celebrate your life in the way you’d wish them to.

Choose the impact you make

There are two ways you can choose for your bequest to be used.

Direct your action now

You are welcome to simply designate your bequest to the ALWS Overseas Program. This has the advantage that ALWS can put your gift to work where we know it is needed most urgently. If you like, you can tell us the kind of projects that most interest you. However, as you understand, the areas in which you help people through ALWS can change quickly, so it’s important to discuss this option with ALWS before formalising your Will.

Keep helping ‘forever’!

A very practical way to keep on helping people through your Will is to allocate your bequest to the LLL-ALWS Support Fund. Money in the Support Fund is never spent, but generates a generous return each year. ALWS uses this to support vital ALWS action considered most urgent. Your gift becomes part of LLL Permanent Funds, administered by the LLL (Lutheran Laypeople’s League), so you can be confident it is in good hands. Because your bequest donation is never spent, you keep helping year after year!

Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.

Matthew 6:20-21

How do I word my Will?

ALWS Direct Action

“I hereby bequeath to the Lutheran World Service – Overseas Aid Fund of the Australian Lutheran World Service of Somerset Drive, Albury New South Wales (insert amount of bequest here) to be used by ALWS in support of its mission of mercy to the poor and oppressed in developing countries”.

ALWS Support Fund

“I hereby bequeath to the Lutheran Laypeople’s League – ALWS Support Fund of 175 Archer Street, North Adelaide, South Australia (ABN 25 044 678 441) (insert amount of bequest here) the annual return on which will be used by ALWS in support of its mission of mercy to the poor and oppressed in developing countries.”

Like to find out more?

A bequest is one of the most personal and precious gifts you can ever give. So we fully understand if you’d like to talk about it first! We will do everything we can to make this a meaningful and rewarding time for you, so please feel welcome to contact us confidentially on 1300 763 407 or alws@alws.org.au or use the form below. Thank you!

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