Giving the Past a Future

The National Trust of Victoria Foundation is a secure fund allowing the National Trust in Victoria to continue its mission and vision for preserving and conserving Victoria’s heritage well into the future.

The Foundation allows for invested capital to be preserved, in perpetuity, to support the long-term sustainability of our purpose.

To learn more download our National Trust of Victoria Foundation brochure.

Becoming a Foundation Champion

There is a misperception that the National Trust has excess funds to draw from, when the reality is far the opposite. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, most of the 39 properties and some 35,000 items in our care are without funding for their future preservation. Without the support of the Foundation and the wider Victorian community, our heritage remains at risk.

By becoming a Foundation Champion, either through annual donations or a bequest, you are joining our commitment to giving the past a future. The Foundation will be able to direct priority funding to urgent conservation projects, but as a Champion, you can also choose to tie your donation to the support of a specific property or purpose.

The bottom line is that Victoria will be a better place for all future generations if we can join together to protect our natural, cultural, Indigenous and historic places and communities.

Click here to learn more on how to become a Foundation Champion. 

Bequest Program

Creating a Legacy

Leaving a gift or bequest in your Will to either the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), or the National Trust of Victoria Foundation, or both, is a powerful way to create a lasting legacy by providing ongoing support for the protection of Victorian heritage and the places you care about.

To learn more download our Bequest Program. 

Or to discuss and make a future bequest please contact Mr Simon Ambrose, CEO via email or phone (03) 9656 9808.

“Our heritage environment provides links with the past from which we can draw sustenance. Memories, cultural associations, and our sense of personal, local identity
are strengthened. People that join in supporting the National Trust of Victoria Foundation will be making history through saving it”.

The late Weston Bate OAM Historian

Foundation Board, Patrons & Ambassadors

We thank Patrons and Ambassadors for their support of the Foundation and for their commitment to the preservation and protection of Victoria’s built, natural and cultural heritage. Our Patrons and Ambassadors encourage you to support the Foundation and actively ensure a bright future for the great heritage of Victoria.

Foundation Board

Ms Kristin Stegley OAM – President

Mr Lachlan Molesworth – Director

Mr Barry Janes – Director

Ms Patricia Burke OAM – Director

Mr Peter Lamell – Director


Foundation Patrons

Lady Potter AC

Mr Frank Costa AO

Mr Barry Humphries AO CBE


Foundation Ambassadors

Mr Barry Janes

Ms Patricia Burke OAM

Ms Wendy Brooks

Ms Sally Capp

Mr Lino Bisinella

Ms Sandra Costa-McMahon

Dr Rhonda Galbally AO

The Hon Dr Barry Jones AC

The Hon Robert Knowles AO

Mr Peter Lamell

Ms Kylie Minogue OBE

Mr Harold Mitchell AC

Mr Simon Molesworth AO QC

Mrs Rysia Rozen OAM

Mr Geoffrey Rush AC

Mrs Maria Ryan

Ms Kristin Stegley OAM