People of Kids Under Cover – Elaine

Elaine Forde AM is a long-term supporter of Kids Under Cover. She was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the commercial retail sector, and to the community. Elaine shares her experience of supporting Kids Under Cover and leaving a gift in her Will to continue her legacy.

Elaine Forde AM
Elaine Forde AM is leaving a lasting gift to Kids Under Cover in her Will.

How did you first hear about Kids Under Cover?
I met Jo Swift (Kids Under Cover’s CEO) at a business women’s luncheon and she shared details about Kids Under Cover and the work they were doing. I was aware of youth homelessness in Australia, but I wasn’t aware that Kids Under Cover were out there and doing something about it.

What drew you to support Kids Under Cover?
The work really resonated with me because it was so different. I was really impressed with the model of the programs – keeping kids and young people at home and connected with their families. It really appealed to me to do something to help. I love knowing that I am helping to keep families together and giving young people the space they need to grow.

What is your approach to giving?
It’s important to me to take the time to get to know the organisation I am supporting. I learnt so much the day I visited a Kids Under Cover studio. It gave me great insight and brought home the importance of the work that Kids Under Cover are doing in preventing youth homelessness. Also the difference it makes, and how important it is for the young person to have their own space whilst still being able to stay directly connected to their family. It was a magic day.

Why did you decide to leave a gift in your Will to Kids Under Cover?
While I don’t have children or a family of my own, it is really important to me that Kids Under Cover’s work in keeping families together continues. It is my hope that the contribution from my Will helps Kids Under Cover reach their goal of preventing youth homelessness in the future.

What would you say to others considering a lasting gift?
If you are able to leave a gift in your Will to a charity, just do it. Everyone is in a different situation, but if you are able to support people in life, why wouldn’t you continue to support them through a gift in your Will. You may not have the satisfaction of seeing the impact of your gift today, but it’s wonderful to know that the people who need your help will continue to get it through your legacy.

If you’re considering leaving a gift to Kids Under Cover we would love to talk to you to about the best way we can honour your wishes. You can get in touch with us at bequests@kuc.org.au or call our team on 1800 801 633