The R E Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable Trust established in Victoria in 1970 by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross. Since its inception, the Ross Trust has distributed over $90 million dollars in grants for charitable purposes in Victoria. Governed by five Trustees who manage the Trust’s assets and distribute its income, the granting priorities of the Trust are set by Trustees who take into account the wishes of the Trust’s benefactor, Roy Everard Ross. These priorities are influenced by the changing needs of the community and are reviewed annually.
1. Address disadvantage and inequity
2. Encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, health and wellbeing
3. Protect and preserve Australian flora and fauna.
The Trust recognises that disadvantage and inequity is influenced by social and economic determinants such as; financial and material disadvantage, housing, employment, social support, addiction, food, peace, transport and the environment*. The Trust will direct resources towards projects and other activities that address these factors and that will encourage and promote community and individual health and wellbeing.
In working towards its mission the Trust recognises grant making should be balanced between meeting the immediate and basic needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community and long term investment in efforts to overcome and understand the causes and contributing factors to social and economic disadvantage.
* World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Ottawa Charter.