Leave a gift in your will

A lasting way to support families who have lost everything

Rebuild communities and lives

Imagine a ShelterBox being loaded onto a truck, being driven hundreds of miles, crossing border after border, and being taken straight to the heart of the latest disaster.

Imagine a family who thought they’d been totally forgotten, receiving this green box containing the materials they need to rebuild their lives.

Imagine that your legacy is what put it there, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Securing families after disaster

Family comes first when it comes to writing a will. Remember ShelterBox in your will and you’ll be hastening the day that no family goes without shelter after natural disasters and conflict.

Your support enables us to build up supplies to prepare for catastrophes, whatever the scale, and position aid in strategic locations across the world to ensure that we are always ready to respond. It also helps us to recruit and train ShelterBox volunteers and staff members who go the extra mile to help our hand-packed aid reach the people who need it most.

However it’s used, your gift will help ShelterBox build toward a future where no one is left without shelter, following disaster.


Your support, no matter what size, will help people around the world to rebuild and recover after conflict or disaster.

To make giving easy, ShelterBox Australia has partnered with Gathered Will, one of Australia’s largest and most trusted end-of-life services site. Completing a will with Gathered Here takes less than 10 minutes, is absolutely free and easy to do.

A Story of old friends

Ritta and Dorica are old friends and neighbours. But when floods swept through their village in Chikwawa, Malawi, the surging waters devoured their homes, along with all their possessions.

‘When the flood came, everything we had was destroyed,’ said Ritta. ‘Our houses fell down. Everything we had was washed away.’

Yet they are both happy. They were two of the thousands of people who received ShelterBox aid after the floods. Ritta said: ‘Because of ShelterBox, we are living a good life. We are very happy.’

While they look for a way to rebuild their homes, their tents not only provide a roof over their heads, but a place to call home.

Watch the below video to learn more about Ritta and Dorica’s story.

Ritta and Dorica's Story

Leaving a legacy in your will

If this is the first time you’ve written your will, you should start by consulting your solicitor. They will help you to write your will and make sure your estate is taken care of according to your wishes.

You can make small changes to your existing will by adding footnotes (called codicils) in the presence of two witnesses. If you’re making a major change, your best course of action may be to rewrite your will.

There are several ways to leave a gift to ShelterBox.

A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money, such as $6,000.

A residuary gift is a share of your estate, such as 1/8. This is given once any pecuniary gifts, expenses or debts have been paid.

A specific gift is a particular item, which can be sold to support our work. It could be a property, or an item of value such as real estate, art or a piece of jewellery.

Have a question about leaving a legacy with ShelterBox? Contact our Fundraising team today.