For over 90 years, the Foundation has a long history of responding effectively to the changing needs of the community, made possible through the generosity of people who have left a bequest.
Anyone can leave a bequest to the Foundation - you do not need to have a pre-existing association. If you have already established a Charitable Fund Account, however, you may also consider leaving a general bequest to the Foundation and/or to your Charitable Fund Account. This will ensure that causes that you are passionate about, will continue to receive your support.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your intentions and can provide suggested wording for your solicitor, if desired.
Please download the Leaving a Lasting Legacy brochure or contact us to learn more about leaving a gift in your Will to Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.
The Swanson Society honours valued donors who have included the Foundation in their bequest wishes.
The Society, which was launched by The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in September 2015, provides opportunities to engage with the Foundation’s vision for positive social change and explores how leaving a legacy will support future generations.
The Society is named in honour of Melbourne's Lord Mayor Sir John Swanson who, in addition to being a successful businessman and philanthropist, was a visionary thinker who established the Lord Mayor's Fund for Metropolitan Hospitals and Charities in 1923 – our present-day Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
Simply by letting us know, confidentially, about your intentions to include the Foundation in your future arrangements, we can ensure that you become an honoured member of the Swanson Society.
You will receive invitations to participate as a select group in conversations, presentations, lunches or dinners at the Foundation.
It will be our way to thank you during your life for your future support.
If you would like to learn more about including the Foundation in your Will or joining the Swanson Society, please contact us.