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LEAVING A LASTING LEGACY: HOW A BEQUEST CAN EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN AT SANTA MARIA COLLEGE

As someone who admires the values and legacy of Catherine McAuley, you may be looking for a way to continue her work of providing education and empowering young people. Including a gift to Santa Maria College in your Will is a beautiful way to create a lasting legacy that honours her spirit while still prioritising your family.

Just as Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy to provide education and care for those in need, your gift can support the education and personal development of future Santa Maria students. Whether you choose to support scholarships, programs, or building projects, your gift will make a significant impact in the lives of numerous women.

your gift will make a lasting impact in
the lives of many young women

Types of Gifts

You can make many different types of gifts to Santa Maria College in your Will, including:
  • A residuary gift – whatever is left of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid
  • A pecuniary gift – a gift of a precise amount
  • A percentage gift – a specified proportion of your estate
  • A gift of assets – gifts of assets like shares, properties or real estate

Unspecified / Specified Gifts

Donating an unspecified gift to Santa Maria is a great way to ensure that your generosity can be adapted and used in the most effective manner possible, now and in the future. All gifts will go towards supporting our Endowment Fund which helps us invest for long-term success. Your wishes for how your donation should be utilised are of utmost importance, and we will do everything within our power to honour them. However, if anything changes over time where this is not viable anymore, rest assured that with input from you or those closest to you, we will make sure it is put towards something similarly important!

Consult with a Legal Advisor

We encourage you to consult with a legal advisor and prioritise your family when creating your Will. Furthermore, please discuss the contents of your Will with them for their comfort and understanding. By including a gift to Santa Maria, you will continue Catherine McAuley’s legacy and create a meaningful impact for generations to come.

Example General Wording

The following general wording can be used as the basis for a gift to the College in your Will.

“I give and bequeath to Santa Maria College

  • The sum of $…
  • My property situated at …
  • The following chattels …
  • A … per centum share of my estate

to Santa Maria College and I direct that the receipt of the Principal of Santa Maria College and the Santa Maria College Foundation will be sufficient discharge to my Executor/Trustee.”

Leaving a Gift in your WilL

If you are considering including Santa Maria College in your Will, please complete the below form. This ensures that we fully understand your generosity and can properly express our gratitude for the impact it will have on young women here at the College. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us; all information exchanged between us will be kept confidential unless otherwise specified by you. We also would love to keep you updated on how donor support enhances lives at Santa Maria College through various initiatives and programs! 

Join The McAuley Society

Anyone who makes a gift in their Will to Santa Maria College is eligible to be a member of The McAuley Society and gain exclusive access to unique and special events and privileges. This is a means for us to thank you during your lifetime for your generous  investment in the future of Santa Maria College. 

We also respect the privacy of those that wish to remain anonymous. 

There is no minimum gift to become a member of the McAuley Society, simply inform us that you have named Santa Maria College Foundation as the beneficiary of a bequest in your Will. 

For all enquiries:

We would be pleased to discuss how your gift can make a difference. All details of your bequest will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please contact the Community Relations team on: 

T 08 6330 0279

E [email protected]

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