Bequests

Your Lasting Wish for Orangutans

Leaving a Gift in your Will to The Orangutan Project is one of the most powerful (and practical!) ways you can help us secure the survival of Critically Endangered orangutans.  

Your Gift will be carefully used to protect Critically Endangered orangutans and to secure, restore and patrol their rainforest habitat so they can live safe, wild and free, in secure populations. What a legacy!  

Of course, leaving a Gift in your will is a very personal decision and you should look after your loved ones first.

Once this provision has been made, it is possible to include a Bequest to The Orangutan Project in a number of different ways:

  • Residuary the remainder of your estate once all other legacies and expenses have been deducted.
  • Percentage of your estate.
  • Specific sum: You may nominate a specific sum of money in your Will.
  • Property: A Gift of real estate.
  • Stocks & shares: A percentage of stocks and shares in your portfolio.
  • Superannuation and/or Life Insurance policies: Nominate The Orangutan Project as a beneficiary.

“I've left a Gift in my Will to The Orangutan Project. I believe it behoves us not to allow any animal to lose its natural habitat or go extinct because of our actions. Orangutans have every right to live safe, wild and free in their rainforest habitat. I feel at peace knowing my legacy will help The Orangutan Project make that happen, for the generations to come.”

Cynthia, Queensland, Australia

Below we’ve included the wording you can use to include The Orangutan Project in your Will.  You can nominate The Orangutan Project, or either of our two sister projects - International Tiger Project and International Elephant Project. 

You can also choose to leave your Gift to our parent organisation, Wildlife Conservation International so that your legacy supports the survival of Critically Endangered orangutans, elephants and Sumatran tigers! 


Your bequest will make sure ex-captive orangutans like Violet, pictured here with her baby, will live wild and free in protected habitat, helping to secure the survival of her species


All three Projects are registered Australian charities and our  ABN is 92 607 879 345.

The Wording you can use 

Because wills are technical documents it's best to seek legal assistance to ensure they are correctly worded. Suggested clauses to discuss with your estate planner are below.

For a General Bequest:

"(A) I give to The Orangutan Project (TOP), or any corporation to which TOP'S registration is voluntarily transferred under the Corporations Act 2001(Corporations Act), the sum of $........... [or………%] of my estate, free of State and Federal duties, for general use.

(B) If the gift in (A) cannot take effect completely or at all, to the extent that it cannot take effect, I give it to the charitable organisation or organisations in Australia which my executors consider most nearly fulfils or fulfil the objects I intend to benefit.

(C) The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the beneficiary organisation is an absolute discharge to my executor(s)."

For a Bequest for a Specified Purpose:

"(A) I give to The Orangutan Project (TOP), or any corporation to which TOP's registration is voluntarily transferred under the Corporations Act 2001(Corporations Act), the sum of $..….…. [or ………%] of my estate, free of State and Federal duties, to be used for the purpose of …………….….. (name specific purpose either e.g. 'habitat protection', 'rescue and rehabilitation projects').

(B) If the gift in (A) cannot take effect completely or at all, to the extent that it cannot take effect, I give it to the charitable organisation or organisations in Australia which my executors consider most nearly fulfils or fulfil the objects I intend to benefit.

(C) The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the beneficiary organisation is an absolute discharge to my executor(s)."

For a Residuary Bequest:

(A residuary estate is any portion of one's estate that is not specifically devised to someone in the will)

"(A) I give to The Orangutan Project (TOP), or any corporation to which TOP's registration is voluntarily transferred under the Corporations Act 2001(Corporations Act), the whole [or stated fraction] of the residue of my estate, free of State and Federal duties, for general use.

(B) If the gift in (A) cannot take effect completely or at all, to the extent that it cannot take effect, I give it to the charitable organisation or organisations in Australia which my executors consider most nearly fulfils or fulfil the objects I intend to benefit.

(C) The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the beneficiary organisation is an absolute discharge to my executor(s)."

 

The Orangutan Project is a registered Australian Charity. ABN 92 607 879 345.

If you have a question about leaving a Bequest or you’d like to tell us about your intention please email our Bequest Manager, Marnie Frost at bequests@orangutan.org.au or marnie.frost@orangutan.org.au

We understand that leaving a Bequest is a personal decision and of course you don’t have to tell us, but if you do it will help us plan for orangutans well into the future, and Leif will be able to get in touch to thank you personally!   

Our registered address is:

The Orangutan Project
PO Box 1414
SOUTH PERTH
WA 6951 Australia

Our Australian Bank Account is:

The Orangutan Project*
Westpac Banking Corporation
Midland, WA 6056
BSB: 036 087 | Account No: 707766
SWIFTCODE: WPACAU2S

 * Or any of: International Tiger Project, International Elephant Project, Wildlife Conservation International LTD  (Please contact us for our International Currency Accounts) 

You can download our Bequest wording by clicking here