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Gifts in Wills

An enduring way of acknowledging your values and accomplishments, while generously supporting the University and becoming part of Curtin’s future achievements.

A gift left in your Will is an expression of your vision for the future. It represents who you are and what you care passionately about.

If you wish to discuss leaving a legacy gift to Curtin University, please contact our Gifts in Wills coordinator Anna Eisenhauer.

The Look Ever Forward Society

“The great University should find its heroes in the present; its hope in the future; it should look ever forward; for the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”

John Curtin, ‘The Views of Labour,’ West Australian. 16 April 1932.

The Look Ever Forward Society was established in 2021 to recognise the generosity and vision of the growing number of alumni and friends who have pledged to support Curtin University through a gift in their Will.

If you pledge a gift in your Will, you will automatically become a member of the Society, which will keep you in close touch with the progress being made at this special university. This includes opportunities to hear first hand from Curtin students, researchers and program coordinators.

Members of the Look Ever Forward Society:

  • have the opportunity to meet Curtin staff and students in the areas to which they are pledging their support
  • are kept informed of key Curtin developments and activities
  • are invited to bespoke events, such as tours of Curtin’s state of the art facilities, live performances in Curtin’s Hayman Theatre, private viewings within the John Curtin Gallery, and more
  • are acknowledged on our website and in publications (if desired).

How will your gift make a difference to Curtin?

These drawings by Curtin graduate Andrew Nicholls were especially commissioned for the Gifts in Wills Program. The black cockatoo is an Australian native bird and a familiar sight at Curtin’s Perth campus.

How to include Curtin in your Will

If you are thinking of leaving a gift to Curtin, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your wishes before you draft or update your Will, especially if you are leaving a gift for a specific purpose or giving an asset, such as an artwork. This will ensure that your wishes can be fulfilled by the University.

To ensure the wording reflects your exact wishes, we recommend you seek legal advice when drafting your Will or amending an existing Will with a codicil. Curtin is unable to provide specific legal advice, but we may be able to refer you to a solicitor or trustee service specialising in this area.

We also encourage you to share your wishes with your loved ones and explain to them why your decision to include Curtin in your Will is important to you. We welcome family members at Look Ever Forward Society events.

Types of bequests

There are four types of Gifts in Wills that you may wish to consider:

Suggested wording for your Will

As mentioned, it is important that you seek appropriate legal advice when making or amending your Will. However, we have provided some suggested wording which you may wish to share with your solicitor.

Bequest stories

Jeffery Elliott

Image: Jeffery’s mother, Jean Thompson

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Ailsa West

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Nelly Hodges

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Paul Andrew Digby Robinson

In 2001 Paul Andrew Digby Robinson left a generous bequest in his Will to support research into Indigenous education at Curtin. With the help of his friends Walter and Sylvia Hyams, the innovative Noongar Language and Culture course was born.

Developed with Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, the course creates an awareness and understanding of significant aspects of Noongar culture, with its strong connections to family, community and country. This wonderful educational gift has continued to give and develop over time – in mid-2018, the program was adapted into a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that many thousands of people around the world have now accessed via the edX platform.

Curtin is truly grateful for the commitment of Paul, Walter and Sylvia to furthering understanding of Noongar culture and contributing so significantly to reconciliation.

How can we help?

Writing or amending your Will and deciding to leave a philanthropic donation is a major decision. It takes time and careful consideration. We hope the information provided here will assist you in the process, however we encourage you to contact us for a confidential conversation about your wishes. When you are ready, our Gifts in Wills Coordinator is here to help.