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Foundation donations support the Museum's vital work.

The Australian Museum Foundation (AMF) is an independent legal entity led by a team of Trustees. The AMF raises funds that enable the Australian Museum to excel in scientific research, to help build cultural connections, to offer exceptional exhibitions and educational programs and to acquire significant objects for the collections.

With your help, the AMF will continue to support the exceptional work of our inspiring scientists, explorers and educators as they help to protect Australia and the Pacific’s vital natural and cultural heritage for generations to come.


Ways to support us


Become a Guardian

Designed for those who wish to be more engaged and to discover more about our research and collections, as a Guardian you can participate in a series of bespoke ‘behind the scenes’ events as well as other Museum special events.

Join us

How to Donate

  • Phone us on (02) 9320 6216
  • Download and email or post the donation form below
  • Make an online donation

Donations should be made payable to the Australian Museum Foundation (ABN 64 497 967 210). The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to ensure a secure financial base for the Australian Museum and the Museum is its sole legal beneficiary. The Foundation is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and an Item 2 public ancillary fund under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations may also be made to the Australian Museum Trust (ABN 85 407 224 698) which is also a deductible gift recipient under Items 1 and 4 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997





Recent projects funded

The Australian Museum Foundation is a charity organisation that raises a significant percentage of income from non-government sources - therefore your donation is vital in supporting our research, education, and collections.

Engage with us and discover more about important research and unique collections supported by AMF - your support is greatly valued!


Science and Expeditions

Scientists on Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island expedition Image: Ian Hutton
Ian Hutton

Lord Howe Island Expedition – funded by Graeme Wood Foundation and AMF donors

A science, research and conservation expedition to benchmark native and introduced animal populations on Lord Howe Island

South Western Pacific Marine Biodiversity Expedition – funded by AMF donors

An expedition to enhance our understanding of the marine biodiversity of outer reefs in the south western Pacific focusing on fishes and invertebrates.

Digi Vol - funded by AMF donors

A program to capture high resolution 3 D visualisations, imagery, text description, and genetic sequence,s for a range of important AM specimens (including types and extinct species) which are then made accessible for researchers and students, world-wide.

Australian Bio-Diversity Research - funded by Mrs Mary Holt and the late Dr John Holt

Identifying refugia for mesic biodiversity in SE Australia under climate change.



Australian Museum collections

Westpac Long Gallery
Westpac Long Gallery restoration Image: Daniel Boud
Australian Museum

Restoration of the historic Westpac Long Gallery - funded by AMF donors

The award winning gallery re-opened during the AM’s 190th anniversary with the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

Bilas – Adornment and Identity in PNG – supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Acquisition of elaborate headdresses and body adornments from three cultural communities in Papua New Guinea

mahn (fisherwomen) – supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Major cultural sculptural installation of nawi (canoes) for AM’s Gadi exhibition, about the rich culture of Aboriginal Sydney.
This installation pays respect to Aboriginal women who for a long time were written out of the historical record.

Balun Gilamahla – River Journey Weaving - supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Bringing together Aboriginal weavers living across Bundjalung Nation to create woven canoes and sculptural interwoven objects, showcasing their weaving techniques and a celebration of culture.



Education

Museum in a Box
Museum in a Box program Image: James Horan
James Horan Photography

Museum in a Box - supported by Perpetual Nominees

A school loan case with real specimens and teaching resources for use inside schools in rural and remote areas of Australia.

This resource also connects community members in retirement homes and hospitals.

T Rex Autopsy – supported by Memocorp and Stockland

A life size model of an anatomically correct T-Rex which is used as an education tool for visitors to major NSW shopping centres, teaching a broader audience about the anatomy of a dinosaur.



Cultural Outreach

Australian Museum Young Aboriginal Artists’ Fellowship Program
Bilas Image: Eliyah Cohen
Stella Stories

Young Aboriginal Artists’ Fellowship Program - funded by AMF donors

This program provides a unique opportunity for three young Aboriginal artists to undertake a residency in within the AM’s cultural collections. They will be mentored by senior AM Aboriginal /First Nations staff, to inform their artistic practice.

Indigenous Youth Reconnection Program – supported by The Landsdowne Foundation

Through this program, AM cultural collections staff help rebuild links between people in juvenile detention and their Indigenous cultures



Our supporters

The Australian Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our donors in helping us realise our vision as a place of exploration and discovery.

These generous individuals and organisations helped to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum, from scientific research and collections to cultural and education programs.


Foundation Trustees

The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum. The Foundation has a distinguished Board of Trustees including:

Mr Diccon John Robertson Loxton, BA LLB - Chair

Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS - Deputy Chair

Ms Natalia Bradshaw

Mr Warwick Evans, BCom (Eco)

Ms Shauna Jarrett

Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD

Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod

Ms Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO, Australian Museum

Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA

Mr David G E Rickards

Mr Albert Y Wong AM


Emeritus Governor

Brian Sherman AM


Lifetime Patron

Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE


Patrons

Ann Macintosh Trust
Chris & Gina Grubb
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
Helen Molesworth
The Paradice Family Foundation
Brian Sherman AM & Dr Gene Sherman AM


Benefactors

Jennifer Crivelli
Graeme Wood Foundation
Mary Holt & the late Dr John Holt
Neilson Foundation


Treasures Circle

Robert Albert AO
David & Megan Armstrong
Ben Barham & Gretel Packer
Dr Charles & Mrs Beverly Barnes
The Calvert-Jones Foundation
The Carrawa Foundation
Paul Connor
Jennifer Crivelli
Warwick Evans
Lily & Tina Gao & the New Business China Association
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
Peter & Judy Gregg
Chris & Gina Grubb
The Hartzer /Trevor-Jones Family
Prof Ian Hickie
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
The John & Frances Ingham Foundation
Warwick & Ann Johnson
The John Spencer Dickinson Family
Virginia Judge & daughters Cecily, Theresa, Rebecca & Dr Patrick Tooth
Keith & Maureen Kerridge
Jim Lennon in Honour of Jean Lennon
Lindblad Expeditions
Catherine Livingstone AO & Michael Satterthwaite
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
The Macquarie Group Foundation
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
The Moore Family
Jacqui & John Mullen
William Murray & Gretel Packer
The Nelson Family
Francesca Packer Barham & Gretel Packer
The Paradice Family Foundation
The Patterson Pearce Foundation
The Purcell Family Endowment Fund in Honour of Mrs Lorna McClelland
Robert Purves AM
Billie Rose & Warwick Evans
Professor Jan Scott & her friends Jack, Sissi, Coquohalla & Otis
Albert Y Wong AM & Sophie Wong
Fengjun Zhu


President's Circle

Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Bill & Alison Hayward
The Horizon Foundation
Judy Lee
Robert Rich


Director's Club

Pauline & Alan Campbell
Maile & Charles Carnegie
Margot & Stephanie Chinneck
Bruce Jenkins
JIBB Family Foundation
Kim McKay AO
Alice Arnott Oppen OAM
Sherman Foundation
Vonwiller Foundation
Anonymous


Guardians

Hugh Allen
Bill & Annette Blinco
Natalia Bradshaw
R & P Cassidy
Phillip Cornwell
Mr Trevor Danos AM & Dr Veronica Lambert
Fivex Pty Ltd
Susan Foster
Dr Elie Hammam
Peter Homel & Louise Taggart
Howard H W
Prof Rebecca Johnson
Eugenia Langley
Leathan Family
Helen McCombie
Bill Manos
Suzanne G Meli
Eveline Milne
Shanthini Naidoo
Drs Jean & Evan Siegel
Fiona Sinclair
Maisy Stapleton
Christopher & Fiona Still
John Stitt
Christina Stitt-Ditfurth
Martin Terry
Vera Vargassoff
Wendy Walker
Dr Tony & Mrs Doffy White
Ray Wilson OAM


Custodians

Antoinette Albert
James & Belinda Allen
Ken & Roddy Bell
Christine Bishop
Sir Ron Brierley
John Buttle
Rosemary Campbell
Hugh Dixson
The Graham & Charlene Bradley Endowment
Edward Griffin
Dr Gary Holmes & Dr Anne Reeckman
John Leece AM
Howard Lewis
Lily W Mung Endowment
The Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO
Nick & Caroline Minogue
John Pearson & Mark Clark
David Robb
Dr Jane & Neville Rowden
David & Daniela Shannon
Mrs Diana Southwell-Keely
Ross Steele AM
Tehmi Sukhla
Anne Sullivan
Robin Torrence
Sara Watts
Wavish Family Foundation
Stephen Wilson


Supporters

Allens
Lauren Atmore
Dinah Beeston
Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM
Ken and Roddy Bell
John Benaud
Jane Bridge
Elizabeth Cameron
John Cameron
Chikako Carter
Michael and Chrissie Crowley
Margaret & Peter Donovan
Roma Gillam
Ronnie Harding
Nicholas Hill
Anne Jaumees
Warwick Klabe
Elaine Macdonald
Ross McNair & Robin Richardson
Ros Madden
Michael & Mary Whelan Trust
Bradd Morelli
David Norman
John Richardson
Frank & Judith Robertson
Dr Susan Ryerson
Jacinta Spurrett
Tom Story
Francis Walsh
Darren Yong & Connie Chaird
Michel Zwecker
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Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation
Lansdowne Foundation
The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust


Bequests

Estate of the late Clarence E Chadwick
Estate of the late Eileen Silk
Estate of the late Gwendoline A West
Estate of the late Jacqueline Heather Field
Estate of the late Jean Marjorie Edgecombe
Estate of the late Jessie Campbell Wise
Estate of the late Merrill Pye
Estate of the late Patricia M Porritt
Estate of the late Phillip Jack
Estate of the late William S Tatlow


Gifts to AM Collections

Steven & Janine Avery
Ursula Burgoyne
Sam & Louise Dawson
Rod & Robyn Dent in honour of Pat Dent & the Wanindilyaugwa tribe
Charles M Ellias
The late Paul L Fischer
John L Gordon
Robin Guthrie
Mark Hanlon
J Holliday
The late John Hume
Raymond Kirby AO & Mrs Deirdre Kirby
Roger Langmead
David Leece
Leighton Llewellyn
James McColl
Mineralogical Society of NSW Inc
Dr Max Moulds
George & Edna Oakes
Dorothy O’Reilly
John Rankin
Dr William Rieger
John Rohde
Paul Scully-Power AM
Michael Shea
Trevor Shearston
The late Muriel Snell
George Stacey
Prof Gunther Theischinger
The late Margaret Tuckson
David Twine
Janet Walker
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Contact us

If you’d like to know more about the Foundation and our programs, we'd love to speak with you.

Please contact the Development team on (02) 9320 6216, development@austmus.gov.au or through the enquiry form below.


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