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If you would like to learn more about including Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation in your Will or joining the Swanson Society, please contact us.


Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is proud to participate in the Include a Charity campaign, encouraging Australians to consider charitable giving as part of their estate planning. 

Leaving a gift in your Will to Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation creates a lasting legacy for future generations.

As the community foundation for Greater Melbourne, the Foundation has a long history of responding effectively to the changing needs of Melbourne’s community. For almost 100 years, we have been a trusted source of support for our community, much of which is made possible through the generosity of many people who have left a bequest.

A gift left in a Will to the Foundation leaves a legacy that creates positive ongoing social change in communities across Greater Melbourne. The Foundation is very grateful to our donors for their forward thinking and commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of Melbourne’s community now and into the future.

The Foundation welcomes bequests and gifts in Wills – from new friends and old. Gifts can be made to support the Foundation’s work , or to an existing Community or Charitable Fund Account.



Swanson Society

The Swanson Society honours valued donors who have included the Foundation in their bequest wishes.

The Society, which was launched in September 2015, provides opportunities to engage with the Foundation’s vision for positive social change and explores how leaving a legacy will support future generations.

The Society is named in honour of Melbourne's Lord Mayor Sir John Swanson who, in addition to being a successful businessman and philanthropist, was a visionary thinker who established the Lord Mayor's Fund for Metropolitan Hospitals and Charities in 1923 – our present-day Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Sir John, himself, left a bequest to the Foundation.

Simply by letting us know, confidentially, about your intentions to include the Foundation in your future arrangements, we can ensure that you become an honoured member of the Swanson Society.

We arrange a number of events each year for Swanson Society members to come together and learn more about the potential impact of their gifts.

It will be our way to thank you during your life for your future support.

If you would like to learn more about including the Foundation in your Will or joining the Swanson Society, please contact us.