State Trustees Australia Foundation 25th Anniversary
Celebrating 25 years of giving
State Trustees celebrated the 25th Anniversary of State Trustees Australia Foundation (the Foundation) on 6 December 2019 at the CONNECTED Art Exhibition Celebration Event. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation to be involved with the CONNECTED Art Exhibition, which State Trustees has hosted for 17 years. CONNECTED showcases the talent of artists with lived experience of mental ill-health or disability, and supports their creative expression. The Foundation and CONNECTED Art Exhibition are aligned in supporting people with disability to have full and effective participation and inclusion in cultural life.
The Foundation was established in 1994 and offers everyday Victorians the chance to make a real difference in our community. The Foundation is made up of donations from either a gift in a will or a gift made in someone’s lifetime. Due to the generosity of these community members, the Foundation has grown from an initial endowment of $25,000 to approximately $89 million in funds under management. The Foundation has distributed $26 million to charities over the 25 years of giving. This includes support to 419 community projects!
When gifts are made to the Foundation for the use of general charitable purposes, funds are allocated as grants to support ageing well, emotional wellbeing, and community inclusion for people with disability in Victoria. We created a short video to highlight some of the donors, bequestors and grantees who have been integral to the journey of the Foundation. We were fortunate to have Naomi Ngo, Annette Byrne-Phillips, and Therese Desmond (pictured below) participate to represent the John Byrne Memorial sub-fund, and OC Connections which was a grant recipient in 2018. Thank you to their support, and to our other film stars Graeme Wilcox (Les Meagher Bequest), Annie Hayward (Chair, Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel), Dr Bianca Brijnath (Director Social Gerontology, National Ageing Research Institute) and Dr Addie Wootten (CEO, Smiling Mind).
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