Melbourne Women’s Fund (MWF) provides an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to participate in philanthropy by joining a giving circle, with pooled donations granted to organisations that work to benefit women and families in the wider community.

The MWF members work together to research and review community issues and then invite applications for their annual grants program. Funds for their Signature and Nurturing Grants come from donations made by members within each financial year.

Co-founders Gillian Hund and Patricia Burke and their four sub committees (Events, Grants, Membership and MarComms) also create a special events calendar to provide members with opportunities to learn more about philanthropy. Inspiring guest speakers over the past few years have included Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University, Professor Gillian Triggs, Janet Michelmore AO and Susan Alberti AC.

In 2015, MWF made inaugural grants of more than $80,000 to charities supporting Melbourne women and their families. Since then MWF has continued to grow its membership and donations, which has increased their grantmaking capacity to a total reaching $581,000 in 2019.

Learn more at the Melbourne Women’s Fund website.


An individual can become a member for a minimum of one year, however, we encourage members to be part of the Fund (giving circle) for a minimum three-year period, so that they have the full opportunity to engage, learn and experience the benefits of being a member of a vibrant community of individuals committed to positive social change.

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


Membership TypeDonation
Administration Fee 
(not tax-deductible) 

This provides membership, supports annual Melbourne Women’s Fund activities and provides the necessary resources to operate efficiently and effectively.
One-year Next Gen (People 18 - 30 years)$500$65

New Next Gen Membership Category
People aged 18 to 30 years can join and receive full voting rights, with a tax-deductible donation of $500 per annum and an administration fee of $65.

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

These funds are held in an endowment account, called Melbourne Women’s Fund 2 (Charitable Fund Account), by Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation. Endowment fund revenue helps support MWF's granting pool. When the corpus has reached at least $200,000, MWF anticipates it will begin funding educational scholarships for women who have not been able to reach their educational potential.

To become a new member or to renew your membership of Melbourne Women's Fund, please use the form below.

Voting rights for annual, three-year and Next Gen members includes voting for the Signature and Nurturing Grants every financial year, provided their annual donation and the administration fee have been paid in full by 30 June. Life members are always able to vote for both grants and are not required to pay administration fees.

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Looking for other opportunities to support Melbourne Women's Fund?

The founders of Melbourne Women’s Fund have also established a separate endowment fund with Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation named Melbourne Women’s Fund 2 (Charitable Fund Account), to complement the Collective Giving Account. Donations to the Endowment Fund are open to all, not just members.

The aim of the endowment fund is to build a corpus over time, so that interest earned (income) can be distributed as grants to support the mission of the Melbourne Women’s Fund.

By making donations to the endowment fund, donors can contribute to the vision of the Melbourne Women’s Fund in perpetuity.