Leave a gift in your Will

A gift in your Will is a gift for generations to come.

A bequest to Garvan is a meaningful way to make a lasting impact on the health and lives of future generations. By supporting Garvan you will be helping your own, and everyone’s family and friends. Now and in the future. By including a gift in your Will to Garvan you are joining a family of honoured supporters that we call ‘Partners for the Future’.

Contribute to crucial medical research

Bolster the longevity of the Garvan Institute

Leave a legacy of lasting hope for future generations


Becoming a Partner for the Future

It's easy to make a bequest to the Garvan Institute and become a Partner for the Future. You can either include the bequest when you write your Will or simply add one as a codicil to your existing Will.

It's also important to talk to your loved ones about your intentions and let them know that leaving a gift to medical research is important to you. This can help to ensure that your final wishes are carried out. You should seek professional advice from a legal adviser to ensure your wishes are recorded in a legally binding way.  Download the brochure for more information.

There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Garvan:


  • A residual gift which is a share or whole of your estate after providing for family and friends.

  • A percentage of the overall value of your estate which allows for growth or depreciation in the value of your estate. 

  • A specified sum of cash. However, this does not allow for changes of circumstance or inflation.

  • A gift of real estate, stocks, bonds, shares, artwork, jewellery etc.


For solicitors and executors 

Get the correct wording, and other important legal information >

Joe and Betty Banhidi


Joe and Betty Banhidi's lives were ripped apart in September 2013, when Joe was diagnosed with aggressive mantle celllymphoma. During six months of heavy chemo the couple’s eyes were opened to the impact of illness – and how medical research can help.

The more the couple read about research the more their interest grew – this interest led them to the Garvan Institute. Following tours at both Garvan’s Darlinghurst and Moss Vale research facilities, Joe and Betty made the selfless decision of leaving a bequest to Garvan in their Will, and became Garvan Partners for the Future. Right now, Joe is in his second year of remission and continues to convey a sense of gratitude to medical research for saving his life.

“What I’ve got is incurable, but because of medical research it’s manageable."


Meet some of our other Partners for the Future >

Together we can help everyone enjoy a longer, healthier life

Bequests allow us to plan for the future. For every $1 we receive in Government research grants, we must find an additional 70 cents for our research to be achievable. So whether large, medium or small your gift in your Will to Garvan will strengthen the longevity and impact of our medical research – both now and for future generations.



Contact Donna Mason, Bequest Manager at Garvan if you would like information about leaving a gift in your Will to Garvan and becoming a Partner for the Future. Your enquiry and details will be treated in the strictest confidence and without any obligation.

Phone: (02) 9295 8559

For more information, please download our helpful bequest resources below:

Free bequest booklet
Find out more about leaving a bequest to Garvan in our free booklet
Garvan’s Confidential Bequest Enquiry Form
Leaving a bequest will serve to honour your memory and be a legacy of lasting hope for future generations.
Are you a Solicitor or Executor?
More information for solicitors and executors, including the correct wording for your Will.
Garvan Bequest Charter
The Bequest Charter is our promise to you when you decide to leave a gift to us in your Will.