Giving at Lauriston

Making a difference

Lauriston has always enjoyed the passionate support of alumnae, parents of current and past families, officeholders, staff, as well as students at the School. In giving to Lauriston, you play an integral role in supporting the future of our young women and supporting our future as one of Australia’s leading schools.

If you would like to discuss more about Giving at Lauriston and how you can make a difference, please contact a member of the Advancement team on +61 3 9864 7680 or email

If you are interested in naming opportunities for current or future projects at Lauriston Girls’ School please click here.

Penny Richards Fowler
Director of Advancement

Opportunities to support the new sports & learning facilities

The Lauriston Foundation


Established in 1984, The Lauriston Foundation was Melbourne’s first instituted in a girls’ independent school, with the immediate aim of raising $800,000 for a swimming pool complex. The inaugural Board comprised 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. 

In the years since, the Foundation has helped build Lauriston’s reputation as a leading girls’ school within Australia and internationally, galvanised community engagement and created 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. 

Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees, composed of the President, and members elected by membership category. It meets every 12 weeks and holds an AGM in May. 

The board’s charter is to oversee appropriate and accountable management of funds held by the Lauriston Foundation and ensure all matters of governance are adhered to. 

Elise Gillespie – President, The Lauriston Foundation Inc. 

Jenny Ullmer  - Vice Chair 

Tom O'Brien - Treasurer 

Dr Mark Roberts - FOL Ex Committee 

Claudette Leeming - Chair & Old Lauristonians' Association Representative 

Jane Freemantle OAM 

Caroline Sladen 

Runying (Cherry) Zhao 

Susan Just - Principal 

Catherine Tan - Business Manager 

Penny Richards Fowler - Director of Advancement 

Foundation Membership

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 be in cash or any other item of value as determined by the Foundation (for example, shares or property) and can be pledged over a period of up to five years. 
The Lauriston Foundation organises a number of different Foundation member-only events throughout the course of the year and offers six tiers of Membership: 

$5,000 – $9,999 (Fellow) 

$10,000 – $24,999 (Trustee) 

$25,000 – $49,999 (Governor) 

$50,000 – $99,999 (Founder) 

$100,000 – $249,999 (Patron) 

$250,000 or greater (Huntingtower Circle) 

Annual Impact & Foundation Reports

The latest Foundation Annual Report can be found on the Publications page.

Read the latest Foundation Annual Report 


Why your gift matters

Donor Stories

Chan Family
Fostering a well-rounded education  Hue and Vincent Chan’s daughter Carina graduated from Lauriston in 2015. Carina is now undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science…
Old Lauristonians’ Association, NSW
Thank you OLA NSW   Message from a current student at Lauriston, after purchase of library resources through a gift made by the Old Lauristonians’…
Dr Mark Roberts and Lisa Anne Ayres
Mark and Lisa Anne have been part of the Lauriston community since daughter Beatrice started at Sutherland House in 2018.  The family have thrown…