Leave a gift in your will


No matter how big or small, your gift will help create a world where people uprooted by conflict or disaster have a safe place to belong.

Act for Peace was founded in 1948, by the then Australian Council for the World Council of Churches. They set out to provide urgently needed aid to refugees and others suffering in Europe from the horrors of the Second World War. 

Leading this work was Rev. Frank Byatt. As a Christian, Rev. Byatt believed he had a responsibility to share what he had with our brothers and sisters in urgent need around the world. That’s why on Christmas Day just one year later, he put a Bowl of Remembrance on the dinner table and asked his family to place a generous gift in it to ‘share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands.’  

Frank’s legacy continues to this day through the Christmas Bowl which has since raised over $100 million for people uprooted by conflict or disaster. Through a gift in your Will, you’ll also leave a legacy long into the future, helping to create a world where everyone has a safe place to belong.

Christmas Bowl founder Rev. Frank Byatt and his family in the early years of the Christmas Bowl.
“Leaving a gift just seemed like a natural extension of our faith – to go one step further.” – Rev. Dr. Clive Ayre and Gail Ayre have supported the Christmas Bowl for over forty years.

The difference you can make

After taking care of your loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will enables you to continue supporting a cause you care about, and we are honoured that you would consider us in this important decision. 

Together, we can continue to transform the lives of people experiencing displacement around the world. By choosing to leave a gift in your Will, you’re enabling Act for Peace to continue to work in partnership with communities around the world and create even more long-term, sustainable impact in the lives of people experiencing displacement around the world.  

Your gift will support programs which aim to ensure displaced people: 

•  Access critical physical and emotional support. 

•  Have control over their lives, leading activities that ensure their safety, dignity and rights. 

•  Advocate for change and help fix systems that cause violence, exclusion or abuse.


The programs and advocacy initiatives we support aim to ensure: 

•  Uprooted people lead initiatives that help build a safe, permanent future. 

•  Countries fairly share responsibility for supporting survivors of displacement. 

•  Communities lead initiatives to reduce the impact of disasters and other displacement drivers. 

•  Governments and the public take strong action to reduce conflict and climate-driven displacement. 

“Supporting Act for Peace’s work had been a part of mum and dad’s life and they wanted to continue that sense of giving. It was a proud moment to acknowledge and share their spirit of generosity.”

Rev. Ken Devereux explains the meaning behing his parents’ decision to leave a gift in their Will to Act for Peace.

how to leave a gift in your will

It only takes a moment to make a lifetime of difference.

For many people, leaving a gift in their Will has become an impactful way to make a big difference to a cause they care about. To help make this process easy for you, Act for Peace has partnered with Gathered Here, Australia’s most-trusted end-of-life services site, to offer all supporters a free online Will.  With just a few clicks you can easily and quickly create your free Will in the comfort of your own home, in just 10 minutes. Gathered Here also offers free and unlimited Will updates for life.

Whether you’re writing a new Will or amending your existing Will, you have the following options available to consider:

A residual gift: This gift is the remainder of your estate, after your loved ones have been provided for and your expenses have been deducted. 

A percentage gift: This gift is expressed as a percentage of your residuary estate. 

A specific gift: You can choose to leave a specified item, such as shares or property, or a fixed dollar amount. 

To learn more about the impact of leaving a gift in Will, you can download our Gift in Wills Information Pack. Alternatively, you can visit a solicitor to have your Will written or updated with a codicil. For suggested wording to give to your solicitor click here.

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We'd love to hear from you

If you have already left Act for Peace a gift in your Will, please consider letting us know. We would love the opportunity to thank you personally. 
If you would like an information pack in the mail or would like a confidential chat about leaving a gift in your Will, please contact our Relationship Managers. We would be honoured to speak with you: 

Stephanie Lenert

Stephanie joined Act for Peace in 2023 as Development Manager and plays an active role in the Marketing and Communications Department. She comes from a community services background with extensive experience in client-facing roles. Her professional experience and passion for helping others drives her to advocate for global communities. She uses her relationship experience to develop meaningful connections with supporters to identify projects of interest for major gifts. As a point of contact for Act for Peace’s Gift in Wills program, Stephanie provides care and direction to those wanting to leave a legacy long into the future.

M +61 400 114 990


Andy Corkill

Andy joined Act for Peace in 2017, after returning home to Sydney from years of living in Perth, Melbourne and New York. He brings experience working closely with Churches, community groups, and refugee families, as well as extensive knowledge in relationship fundraising and estate planning. Most recently, Andy was the Executive Secretary – Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, which includes UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, another Act Alliance Partner.

M +61 418 692 114