Melbourne Women's Fund

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Melbourne Women’s Fund

Melbourne Women’s Fund

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Melbourne Women’s Fund (MWF) provides an opportunity for women from all walks of life to participate in philanthropy including grantmaking to benefit the wider community.

The MWF members work together to research and review community issues and then invite applications for their grants program.

Co-founders Gillian Hund and Patricia Burke also create a special events calendar to provide members with opportunities to learn more about philanthropy. Guest speakers have included Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, and Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University.

In 2015, MWF made its inaugural grants totalling over $80,000 to charities supporting Melbourne women and their families.

In their second year, MWF grew it’s membership and donations to $112,000 which has enabled them to increase their grantmaking capacity for the 2016/17 financial year.

To learn more about Melbourne Women’s Fund, please visit their website.


How to Join

Members pledge to be part of the Fund for a minimum three year period, so that during this time they have the opportunity to engage, learn and experience the benefits of being a member of a vibrant community of women.

To become a member of Melbourne Women's Fund, visit the Donation Page and make two transactions annually:

  • $1000 (tax-deductible) - Membership Donation
  • $110 (not tax-deductible) - Administration Fee 

Memberships can be started anytime throughout the year, and monthly payment options can also be arranged.

The three-year pledge can also be made up-front in two transactions: $3000 Membership Donation (tax-deductible) and $110 Administration Fee (not tax-deductible). 

One voting right, per grant round in the financial year is provided when both the membership donation of $1000 (or more) and the administration fee have been paid in full.

Life Membership
Women who seek to support the giving circle in a comprehensive and inspiring way can become a Life Member by making a donation of $25,000 or more.