The Ross Trust marks 50 years of giving in 2020-21, recognising some major milestones along the way and never forgetting that one person’s good fortune and generosity can lead to shared prosperity and thriving communities. When Roy Everard Ross left directions for how his Trust should be established it may have been hard to predict in just how many ways his philanthropy would be used wisely to help Victorians thrive. This timeline helps tell the story of how the Ross Trust has worked with the Victorian NFP sector and communities around the state, and influenced where we are today.
The Ross Trust’s is established to act as a custodian of the estate of Roy Everard Ross. The first grants – focusing on nature conservation, social welfare and education – lay the foundations for the next 50 years of granting.
While the Ross Trust continues its focus on nature conservation, including grants to purchase land for national parks, and refines its granting strategy to have less focus on education and more focus on social welfare.
Overview: As the Ross Trust marks its’ first decade of operation, it narrows its social welfare focus to specifically target young people – starting a relationship with support service Taskforce – while continuing to make substantial environmental grants.
The Ross Trust helps hospitals purchase vital equipment, continues to fund conservation and environment programs and establishes the Ross Trust Fellowship Program as part of its commitment to education.
In its third decade, the Ross Trust begins an emergency relief and crisis response granting program, while supporting various Arts programs and continuing to provide environment grants
The Ross Trust shifts its focus to support women and children, starting a long relationship with a theatre company working with vulnerable people, while continuing to support environmental programs.
In 2001, the Ross Trust begins a series of long-term granting partnerships with a focus on child health, Indigenous employment and training and asylum seekers. The Trust makes a significant grant to help purchase the state’s biggest private conservation property.
While maintaining its granting focus on human rights and the environment, the Trust begins its first series of place-based grants, supporting organisations in the region around Benalla.
The Ross Trust moves its place-based granting to Gippsland, while continuing to help vulnerable Victorians and the environment – including giving 47 hectares of bushland to become a conservation reserve.
The Ross Trust supports homelessness and family violence and launches a five-year focus on Educational Equity and Biodiversity Conservation. The Trust formalises place-based granting on the Mornington Peninsula
Women’s Property Initiatives $200,000 Impact investment loan to help at-risk women and their children to have access to more affordable and stable housing.
Save the Children Trust $90,000 children’s wellbeing initiative
Uniting Victoria and Tasmania $75,000 Keeping women and children safe by responding to male perpetrators of family violence
Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network $85,215 for the Dunns Creek Biolink
Mornington Peninsula No Limits Program $120,000 over three years for No Limits to Learning program to improve the oral language of pre-school children. Read full story
Odonata $200,000 to establish a safe haven for the reintroduction to Victoria of the Eastern Bettong and other priority endemic endangered species within the new Orana Farm Safe Haven
Rosebud West Early Literacy Project $60,000 for Ready to Learn program. Read full story
Colac Otway Conservation Ecology Centre $500,000 for Wildlife Wonders Impact investment. Read full story
MacKillop Family Services, Overcoming Educational Disadvantage through Therapeutic Life Story Work - $120,000
July 2019 – New five-year strategy released with a refined focus on Educational Equity and Biodiversity Conservation
Refugee Legal, Refugee Legal Core Strengthening Project - $300,000
SNAICC - National Voice for our Children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood education – a collaborative advocacy approach - $150,000
Stars Foundation $150,000 over three years to expand school-based mentoring and engagement program for First Nations young women in Victoria.
Victorian National Parks Association $223,000 over three years for ‘Protecting Victoria’s threatened habitats and species’ project
Colman Foundation $300,000 over three years for Our Place program addressing educational under-attainment in Frankston North area
Learning Guarantee Project $200,000 to help students in Western Port to transition from primary to secondary school.
Melbourne City Mission $500,000 impact investment for the Living Learning program, testing how an integrated mental health and flexible secondary school education model can stabilise mental health and support educational attainment for Victorian young people
Nature Conservancy Australia $287,223 Bringing Back Victoria's Lost Reefs- Port Phillip
The Ross Trust formalises a 10-year place-based commitment to the Mornington Peninsula, building on $4.28 million granted to various project from 1971 – 2020
Watertrust Australia Ltd– $1 million over five years made to establish of a National Independent water and catchment policy centre. Read full story
Westernport Secondary College $300,000 for MyTech program giving students access to technology
Good Beginnings Australia $268 182 Towards the early intervention programs in Gippsland
Human Rights Law Centre $100,000 building organisations capacity and recurrent funding for general operations
Place-based work in Gippsland. The strategy focused on the areas of South Gippsland, La Trobe Valley and East Gippsland. Funding was prioritised to support, First Nations people, early years, education, mental health, capacity building and community development. The strategy was refined in 2014.
Welshpool & District Advisory Group Inc $150,000 Towards providing employment pathways and training to strengthening community through social enterprise.
Whitelion $75,000 employment of a mentor coordinator for the Northern Youth Justice mentoring program
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria $75,000 youth mentoring accreditation initiative
Baptcare $20,000 transitional supported accommodation for asylum seekers
Community College Gippsland $50,000 Warragul Youth leadership and engagement program
Conservation Ecology Centre $100,000 purchase of 21 acres of land at Cape Otway to revegetate, restore and improve habitat
River Nile Learning Centre $70,000 capacity building to deliver educational service to young refugees
Gift of the Hillview Bushland Reserve to the Cardinia Shire Council. Read full story
Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association $160,000 Towards Building organisational capacity in Aboriginal health and well-being.
The Smith Family $150,000 Towards the Gippsland Education Partnership Hub
Clontarf Academy $90,000 over three years to support school retention for Indigenous students. Read full story
Museums Victoria towards Connecting community museums; a sustainable network for regional Victoria $150,000
Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Cooperative $11,530 seed collection and establishment of nursery populations of locally rare plant species
Koorie Heritage Trust $90,000 new technology for a new era website and database upgrade
Westjustice to provide youthlaw services at the Grange Hoppers Crossing $40,000
Willum Warrain $60,000 over two years to employ program co-ordinator to help keep culture strong in Mornington Peninsula’s Indigenous community. Read full story
Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre $118,848 towards addressing gaps in provision to Horn of Africa men
Child Wise $61,000 for family education strategy
Foundation for Young Australians $621,000 towards equity and quality in public education
Human Rights Law Centre $483,295 from 2007-29 primarily for organisational capacity.
State Library Victoria $450,000 towards the Victorian Map series creating online cataloguing records
Wettenhall Environmental Trust $740,000 from 2008-19 for small environmental grants to go towards flora and fauna conservation
Operation Newstart, project worker to support students returning to school - $90,000
SANE Australia, reporting on people affected by mental illness - $30,000
STREAT, employment of disadvantaged young people at the STREAT social enterprise café - $25,000
Tomorrow Today Foundation $1 million from 2009-18 for the Education Benalla program over a decade
Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders VACRO, Children of Offenders support Program - $600,000
Brotherhood of St Laurence $36,693 towards refugee youth development program
Hands on Learning $59,700 towards the HOL Diploma of Applied Learning and student wellbeing
Justice Connect $40,131 towards the Aboriginal debt clinic
Centre for Community Child Health $2.6 million in 14 grants from 2001-11 to carry out The Early Years project with Good Beginnings Australia.
Centre for Non-Violence Inc $1 million from 2001-13 for the ‘Solving the Jigsaw: Changing the Culture of Violence’, to work with the school community to change the culture of violence and build a culture of wellbeing.
Ganbina, Shepparton $1.9 million in 7 grants from 2001-18 to address Aboriginal economic employment and training issues. Read full story
Marie Stopes International Australia $369,454 from 2001-07 for ‘making deadly sex safe’ – supporting the condom social marketing for Australian indigenous communities
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal $1.6 million from 2002-19 for Small Grants for Rural Communities program
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council $150,000 towards the all-abilities playground
Trust for Nature $1 million in grants and interest repayments to help purchase Neds Corner, now the state's biggest privately held conservation property, and return it to its natural state after 153 years of pastoral enterprise. Read full story
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre $1.9 million across 14 grants from 2003-2020. Read full story
State Library of Victoria $900,000 between 2003 and 2011, for the R E Ross Trust Playwright Script Development Awards, with prizes of $30,000 each to Victorian-based playwrights for the development of scripts that have not been produced.
Philanthropy Australia $241,000 in ongoing support to assist with sector capacity and advocacy.
Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company towards organisational capacity / sustainability $300,000
SANE Australia production and distribution of a series of SANE Helpline research reports $75,000
State Library of Victoria $300,000 towards the Manuscript and Copyright collections project
The Centre for International Child Health (Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne) $1.933 million over 15 years for fellowship program for Pacific Island doctors and nurses working in child health, particularly in PNG, to help improve the quality and standards of child health.
Birds Australia (now Bird Life Australia) Volume 4 Handbook of Birds $50,000
Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company $45,000 for workshops at Fairlea Women’s prison
St John’s Homes for Boys and Girls $20,000 accommodation for homeless school children
Birds Australia (now Bird Life Australia) $47,500 for the Peregrine Falcon project
Boort District Hospital, towards the redevelopment of the nursing home - $10,000
Breakaway Camps, general support - $7,640
Jesuit Social Services, towards a mental health outreach worker - $10,000
Mt Evelyn Special Development School, towards hydrotherapy pool, $15,000
Southern Cross Homes, Springvale South Hostel - $10,000
West Gippsland Hospital, Hospital appeal - $11,959
Trust for Nature $25,000 for the Brolga Wetland and grasslands
Union Theatre Development $20,000 towards theatre redevelopment costs
Emergency relief $100,800 for four organisations for the gas crisis
Kildonan Uniting Care $40,000 for the families and schools program
Rosebud Secondary College $50,000 for construction of two basketball courts
Trust for Nature $150,000 for vulnerable grassy ecosystems
Life Saving Victoria $25,000 for education and training facility
St Vincent’s Hospital maternal and child health skin education materials translated into multiple languages $40,000
Trust for Nature $127,900 to purchase 150 hectares of volcanic plains red soil
Emergency relief Trust starts providing twice-yearly grants for emergency relief. Read full story
The Salvation Army food bank appeal $115,000
Wesley Central Mission towards the community contact centre in the outer eastern suburbs $50,000
Australian Red Cross the rural recession plan $50,000
The establishment of the Jean Hailes Menopause Foundation $50,000
Victorian Conservation Trust $100,000 for the Towerhill Road National Park development linking the public park at Arthur’s Seat.
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare $22,150 for adolescent services project
Mission for St James & St John $23,000 emergency accommodation for young children in crisis
Mornington Peninsula Hospital $23,000 to extend cardiology services
Frankston Arts Centre $250,000 over five years towards the Cultural Centre to be part of the new Frankston Arts Centre
Mornington Peninsula Hospital $25,000 for building appeal
Royal Botanic Gardens $100,000 towards purchase of land at Cranbourne
Royal Botanic Gardens $50,000 for inventory of fresh water algae
Southern Peninsula Community Care $25,000 towards the purchase of a building to centralise community operations
Caulfield Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit $120,000 to purchase a Holter Monitor to evaluate heart rate and rhythm for analysis and rehabilitation treatment
Monash University – Centre for Early Human Development $19,000 towards the purchase of an Ultracentrifuge
Prince Henry’s Hospital $27,000 towards the purchase of a Beckman Ultracentrifuge
Zoological Board of Victoria $99,000 towards the purchase of land to form part of Healesville Sanctuary
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council $100,000 towards the construction of an Interpretive Centre at The Briars historic farm Mount Martha
R.E. Ross Trust Fellowship Program established bringing trade teachers and trainers from Pacific Island countries and for four years from East Timor to Victoria
Ross House opened The Ross Trust helps purchase and refurbish Ross House, providing a ‘home’ for smaller charitable organisations to co-locate and share administrative support
Victorian Conservation Trust $80,000 towards the purchase of land to form part of the Otway National Park
Baker Medical Research Institute $100,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the heart risk reduction clinic
Caulfield Hospital $40,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the Cardiac rehabilitation unit
Mercy Hospice Care towards the extension of the hospice services $50,000
Child & Family Care Network towards the building of a Youth development centre at Glen Waverley $100,000
The Anglican Mission to the Streets & Lanes of Melbourne towards the cost of new premises $100,000
The Bionic Ear Institute $300,000 for the construction and development of laboratories at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital
Australian Red Cross general support $50,000
Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad $100,000
Victorian Conservation Trust $39,000 towards the purchase of Lot 8 Tereddan Drive South Kilsyth
Australian Conservation Foundation $300,000 towards the information and education centre at Wilsons Promontory National Park
Odyssey House general support $25,000
Victorian Conservation Trust $75,000 towards the purchase of Fisher’s Island adjacent to Churchill Island
Zoological Board of Victoria $100,000 to support the Sir Colin Mackenzie Fauna Park in Healesville
Southern Peninsula Hospital Rosebud $50,000 building appeal
Task Force $200,000 Youth Support for the purchase of a building to be used as a Centre for youth activities
Braille & Talking Book Library audio production unit $25,000
Victorian Conservation Trust $25,000 for the purchase of land adjoining the Clarkesdale Reserve to form part of the flora park now under development
Epworth Medication Foundation equipment for the Cardiovascular stress monitoring, $17,755
Kildonan Uniting Care $75,000 purchase of property in Fitzroy/Collingwood to be used as a family group home
Australian Red Cross Society $50,000 general support
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria $35,000 towards the farm project at Apollo Bay
The Royal Melbourne Hospital $100,000 purchase of an Analytical Fluorescent Flow Cytometer and Data Acquisition System
The Salvation Army $100,000 towards the construction of the Mary Anderson Emergency Lodge for women and children in crisis
Victorian Conservation Trust $150,000 for the purchase of land for preservation in the Long Forest Mallee area
Victorian Conservation Trust $9500 for the National Parks Service towards the purchase of Crown Allotment in the Parish of Anakie to form part of Brisbane Ranges National Park
Victorian Council of Social Service $10,000 towards establishing a volunteer resource centre
The Ross Trust and Mornington Peninsula – Mornington & District Intellectually Handicapped Persons Welfare Association $2,000 towards building costs (1 June 1976). Read full story
North Richmond Community Health, Towards employment of a Youth Worker - $12,000
Riddells Creek Kindergarten Centre, Building Fund - $5,000
Sunshine Christian Community Services, Emergency Relief - $5,000
Trust for Nature, Towards purchase Hammonds Land - $20,000
Victorian Council of Social Service $5000 towards general support
Institute of Cultural Affairs Victoria towards Community Forums $7,500
Victorian Council of Social Service $5000 general support
Buoyancy Foundation of Victoria, Towards general support drug counselling program - $5,000
CERES, General support - $5,000
Melbourne City Mission $30,000 towards Hospice Care Unit
Melbourne Citymission, Hospice care Unit - $30,000
The Uniting Church in Australia Victoria towards Harrison House boys’ hostel $60,000
The Victoria Conservation Trust $7000 to complete the purchase by the Warrnambool Nature Reserves “the Nirranda land”
Victorian Conservation Trust $18,000 towards the purchase of Donaldson’s land, Shire of Narracan
Collaboration between Children’s Protection Society and Melbourne University towards the study of the impact of state welfare administration on neglected children $15,000 each year for two years.
First grant Brotherhood of St Laurence $12,000 towards family centre in Fitzroy (plus a further $45,000 in 1972). Read full story
Monash University $40,000 (over three years, $20k, $10k, $10k) for partnership with Papua New Guinea Institute of Technology to develop mathematics teaching programs for students from Papua New Guinea.
University of Melbourne $50,000 towards a Chair of Social Studies
Broadmeadows & Districts Vocational Rehabilitation towards workshops for people with a disability $30,000
Victorian Conservation Trust $16,000 for the National Parks Service to purchase Bridgewater’s land.
Victorian Council of Social Service $5000 towards regional social planner
The Cairnmillar Institute (Psychological and trauma counselling) towards an International Centre $14,000
Trust for Nature $30,000 First Ross Trust grant for land acquisition was for land to be included in the Mallacoota Inlet National Park and land to be included in the Brisbane Ranges National Park. Read full story
Asthma Victoria $20,000 general support
Ecumenical Migration Centre $8,000 the Clearing House on Migration Issues (CHOMI). CHOMI provided broad range of research and educational resources on immigration, ethnicity, government and community policies, discrimination and race relations.