National Trust External Appeals are administered on behalf of third parties to raise funds for restoration and conservation works.
The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is a community-based organisation dedicated to the conservation of our significant built and natural heritage.
All donations to the National Trust are tax-deductible. The Australian Tax Office permits the Trust to extend this tax-deductibility to heritage-related appeals operated by other organisations. These appeals are known as ‘External Appeals’.
Generally, the heritage place should be owned or managed by a community based not-for-profit organisation. The subject of the appeal must be heritage-listed and have a degree of public accessibility. The heritage activity is usually the restoration of the place or object, but can be another activity directly related to the conservation of the place.
Major External Appeals were launched in the 1970s for landmarks such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s Toorak, and Scots Church. However, many non-religious places and objects have also benefited from Trust External Appeals, such as the Skipping Girl Vinegar Sign in Abbotsford, the Robbie Burns Statue in Camperdown, and the 1858 Portland Lifeboat.