The Lauriston Foundation

About our Foundation

Lauriston Foundation

Established in 1984, The Lauriston Foundation was the first foundation instituted in a girls’ independent school in Melbourne, with an immediate aim of raising $800,000 for the new swimming pool complex. The inaugural Board of the Foundation comprised of Grahme Dixon (Chairman), Claude Ullin AM (Deputy Chair), Ruth Tideman AM (School Principal), John Calvert-Jones AM, Evelyn Danos, Ian Goodwin, and two representatives from each of the different Foundation membership levels.

The Foundation has played an integral role in supporting Lauriston’s future as a leading girls’ school both within Australia and internationally. It fast became an important vehicle for galvanising community engagement and creating lasting connections for current and past parents, staff and alumnae. The operation of the Foundation within the Advancement Office at Lauriston is funded by the School.

2022 Foundation AGM 

The 38th Annual General Meeting of the Lauriston Foundation Inc. is to be held on Thursday 12 May 2022 at 7.00pm (6.30pm arrival) at Leonda, 2 Wallen Road Hawthorn.

A letter from Lauriston Foundation Chair, Alice Robinson, the Notice of Meeting, Proxy Form and associated documents can be found here.

Please register your acceptance or apology for this event by Friday 6th May by emailing

Directly following the Annual General Meeting, there will be a cocktail function where a panel will be exploring the link between facilities and future opportunities for students. There will also be musical performance by the students. At the conclusion of the meeting, we welcome you to stay on and re-connect with friends from the Lauriston community.


The Foundation’s core responsibilities continue to be:

  • overseeing the funds contributed by donors and members

  • ensuring the funds are managed and distributed in accordance with the various deeds of Trust for each Fund and donor’s wishes

  • acknowledging and recognising donors.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of the Chair and members elected by membership category. The Board meets every 12 weeks and holds its annual general meeting in May. The Board’s charter ensures appropriate and accountable management of funds held by the Lauriston Foundation:

  • Building Fund 

  • Library Fund

  • Scholarship Fund 

  • Education Fund (includes Gifts in Wills)

Membership of the Foundation is achieved by making a Gift of $5,000 or more (or a number of Gifts) to an Approved Fund. A Gift can comprise cash or any other item of value as determined by the Foundation (ie shares or property) and can be pledged over a period of up to five years.


The Foundation has six classifications of Membership:

  • Fellow ($5,000 – $9,999)
  • Trustee ($10,000 – $24,999)
  • Governor ($25,000 – $49,999)
  • Founder ($50,000 – $99,999) 
  • Patron ($100,000 – $249,999) 
  • Huntingtower Circle ($250,000 or greater)

Foundation Member Events

The Lauriston Foundation organises a number of different Foundation member-only events throughout the course of the year.

For any information relating to the Lauriston Foundation, please contact Penny Richards Fowler, Director of Advancement, on + 61 3 9864 7582 or at