Gifts in Wills

Planned Giving

How do you want to be remembered? Can you make a difference to the lives of others? 

A bequest or planned gift simply means you will include Lauriston as a beneficiary in your Will. Leaving a Gift in your Will not only enhances our students’ education and allows Lauriston to excel but gives you a chance to contribute to the future of Lauriston and create your legacy. It’s never too early to start thinking about a charitable gift. We value every gift, no matter what shape or amount.

To learn more about how your gift can make a positive impact here at Lauriston we recommend you watch our bequest impact video.

Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle

The Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle was established in 2011 to honour benefactors who have chosen to support the School directly through a gift in their Will, and commemorates the legacy of Miss Kirkhope who strongly advocated for the continued growth and progression of girls’ education. 

Once you advise the School of your intention to leave a bequest, we have an opportunity to thank you and invite you to join the Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle and to keep you updated on the most current developments at the School. Several special events are held annually for EKC members, their spouses, and guests. 

The current Chair of the Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle is Alix Bradfield, a past Lauriston parent who has been an active member of the school community for over 30 years. Alix has served on the school’s Council for twelve years, six as Chair, and has seen a period of great change for Lauriston, including the opening of the Howqua campus in 1993. Her daughter, Sabina, graduated in 1988 and her two granddaughters are also past Lauriston students. 

If you would like to learn more about leaving a bequest or planned gift to Lauriston Girls’ School, please download our gifts in wills brochure.

How to leave a bequest

Leaving a gift is a very personal decision. After considering the needs of your family and loved ones, you can consider a bequest for the remaining assets to Lauriston. Alternatively, you can make a specific bequest, which could include a set amount of money, a portion of your estate or valuable collections you’d like to donate. 

Please advise us that you have included Lauriston in your Will by completing and returning the Bequest Form. Early advice regarding your bequest helps the School in its planning for future developments for the buildings and facilities, scholarships and programs that are vital for sustaining the thriving learning environment for the current and future students. 

Completing a bequest form

Your gift may be unrestricted or designated. 

An unrestricted bequest enables the School to choose how the gift will be applied. 

A designated bequest enables you to choose how your gift will be applied. You can elect to support a specific philanthropic pillar of the school such as: 

  • Scholarships 
  • Buildings and grounds 
  • Staff professional development

Whether endowed (with only the interest used to support the school) or unrestricted, all monetary bequests are carefully managed by the sound governance of the Lauriston Foundation. 

Since the school is not in a position to provide legal advice on how to make your Will, you can seek this advice from your lawyer or: 

  • The Law Institute of Victoria 
  • CPA Australia 
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants.