Alumni Donate Planned gifts and bequests

Planned gifts and bequests

You can make your passion your legacy by leaving a bequest or planned gift in your will.  You can support a scholarship, prize or support research in your name or in honor of a loved one, or leave your gift anonymously. Whatever you choose, there are a variety of ways your gift can make a difference from supporting students with scholarships, changing the world with new knowledge and research, or creating an inspirational teaching, learning and research environment.

What can I support

We know that leaving a bequest is a carefully considered decision. You can choose from a variety of ways your donation can make a difference:

Encourage and reward talented young people to help them reach their full potential.

Contribute to ongoing research breakthroughs and improvements in lives of people living in the Tropics worldwide.

Enable us to continue to create vibrant campuses and improve the facilities we use to educate the leaders of the future and conduct our vital research.

You can also direct your planned gift to a specific College or to the University in general, and we will focus your contribution to the area with greatest need.


Types of gifts

Planned gifts can include:

  • A portion of your estate;
  • A sum of money;
  • Property;
  • Shares;
  • Works of art or valuable collections;
  • A life insurance policy, annuities or trust;
  • Your body through our Human Bequest Program.

How to leave a planned gift

Leaving a gift in your will is a relatively simple process; however, we recommend you seek legal advice before drafting a will or updating an existing one.

After considering the needs of your family and loved ones, you can make a bequest of your remaining assets to JCU. Alternatively, you can make a specific bequest, which could include a set amount of money, a portion of your estate, or specific items of value that you’d like to donate. You can also choose to leave a percentage of your estate to JCU.

Are you interested in supporting students, furthering a specific type of research or making a lasting impact on the physical spaces of the University? When you include JCU in your will you can specify how you would like your funds to be used or let the University allocate the funds on your behalf to areas with the greatest need at the time.

Whilst you can make an anonymous bequest to JCU, if you tell us in advance about your planned gift, you can be part of the joy and benefits your gift will make in the future. Planned gift donors:

  • Receive invitations to events throughout the year;
  • Can keep track of exciting developments at JCU through our annual newsletter;
  • Develop relationships with leading JCU alumni, staff and friends; and
  • Join others in creating a legacy of positive change.

Talk to our Advancement Team about making a planned gift in your will (61) 7 4781 5486 or

If your will already exists, you can add a codicil (a legal provision) to include a JCU bequest. If you are preparing a new will, simply ask your legal adviser to include a clause about your gift. We have a number of sample clauses you can use or we can draft something specific for you, talk to our Bequest Team to request a copy of our bequest codicil.