Useful links

The Ross Trust has compiled a list of useful links to help with greater understanding of philanthropy, our work and funding priorities, and to provide leads for other possible funding sources and philanthropic support.

Philanthropy leadership and support

Philanthropy Australia is the peak body for charitable trusts and foundations in Australia and the Ross Trust is a member of this organisation. Apart from supporting philanthropic members, Philanthropy Australia offers resources to assist community organisations seeking grants.

These include:

Australian Communities Foundation assists donors develop strategic giving plans and make effective grants that meet their own charitable goals and address needs in the community.

Not-for-profit Law is Justice Connect’s legal help for community organisations.

Pro Bono Australia is Australia's leading news, jobs, events, research and funding resources for the not-for-profit and charity sector.

Ourcommunity.com.au provides advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities. It also provides a range of practical resources for not or those working in the not-for-profit sector, including:

Centre for Social Impact – a collaboration between Australian universities to conduct research and education and to create tools, solutions and leaders that enable change.

Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission is the Australian government’s national regulator of charities.

Overseas resources

Our Work

The Ross Trust funding priorities in educational equity and biodiversity conservation are informed by the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Educational equity

The following sites provide background and intelligence as to the need to prioritise granting in educational equity:

Biodiversity conservation

The following sites provide background and intelligence as to the need to prioritise granting in biodiversity conservation. Organisations already leading work in biodiversity conservation are also listed:

Other Philanthropic organisations operating in Victoria

Aussie Farmers Foundation 
Australian Schools Plus
Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund
Bennelong Foundation 
Besen Family Foundation 
Bjarne K Dahl Trust 
Cass Foundation (The) 
Collier Charitable Fund
Colonial Foundation
Community Enterprise Foundation (Bendigo Bank) Equity Trustees
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Foundation for Young Australians
Gandel Philanthropy
Gardiner Foundation 
Harold Mitchell Foundation
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Ian Potter Foundation
Impact100
Jack Brockhoff Foundation
Kimberley Foundation (The)
Reichstein Foundation
Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation
Melbourne Women’s Fund
Myer Foundation/Sidney Myer Fund
Newsboys Foundation 
Wettenhall Environment Trust 
Our Community 
Origin Foundation
Perpetual
Robert Salzer Foundation 
Scanlon Foundation 
State Trustees
Telematics Trust 
Telstra Foundation
Victoria Women’s Trust
Women Donors Network
Westpac Foundation 
   

Community foundations operating in Victoria: