Become a Barnardos
Big Heart

Make being a champion for children your legacy.

Your big heart can keep a generation of children safe and protected

In Australia today, there are sadly more than 46,200 children unable to live with their parents
due to abuse and neglect.

At Barnardos, we believe in a future where no child is neglected or abused, and every child feels safe.

That’s why we support children, young people, parents and families through over 100 programs and services.

Leaving a gift in your Will, no matter how big or small, will help give Australia’s vulnerable children the opportunity to grow up with the love and support that every child deserves.


You can help children reach their full potential

“For me, Barnardos is one of the reasons why I’m here. It’s because of their support that I’ve been able to strive for a better future”

Ben, University Medical Science Student

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See how Ben's life was transformed

Young people like Ben can look forward to a life where they can reach their full potential because of the assistance received through programs funded by gifts in Wills from people like you.

Lorna decided she wanted to help more Australian children

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Lorna's lasting legacy

There are many big hearted people like Lorna who have included a gift in their Will to Barnardos. Their heartfelt legacy will ensure Barnardos has secure and stable funding for vital programs and services to support children to recover and thrive, and to reach their brightest future.


Will you join them in being a Barnardos Big Heart?

We would love to talk to you to answer any questions you may have when considering a gift in your Will. If you have already included Barnardos in your Will, please let us know so we can thank you, invite you to special events and ensure you remain updated with how Barnardos is transforming the lives of children.


Leaving a gift in your Will


The remainder of your estate after specific gifts have been disbursed


You can leave a percentage of either your entire estate or the residue of your estate

Pecuniary gift

A specific dollar amount

An asset

A specific asset such as land, shares, art or other personal property

Legal advice

When making the decision to leave a gift in your Will, we recommend that you look after your loved ones first and discuss your decision with them. You can ensure your loved ones are adequately provided for by leaving 99% of your estate to them and 1% to Barnardos.

You may wish to seek the advice of a solicitor when writing or updating your Will, or you can visit the website, Gathered Here, to create your Will for free online. We suggest the following wording to be used in making a gift to Barnardos:

I give and bequeath to Barnardos Australia, ABN 18 068 557 906, for its general purposes, … 

“the rest and residue of my Estate” 

“a sum of money representing __% of the value of my residuary Estate

“the sum of $___”

“the following specific items_____”

free of all duties, and the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the Executor(s).

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