2019-20 Annual Report: responding with compassion, clarity and action
Today we are releasing our annual report for 2019-20.
For the Ross Trust, we started our story of the last financial year as the first with a new five-year strategy in place and a strong financial position, which placed us very well to respond to this unique year with compassion, clarity and action.
It has been a time which has shown up the stark reality of those who don’t have access to basic needs, but also highlighted the incredible role philanthropy can play in responding to crises and calling out these inequities to advocate for change.
Philanthropic organisations, including the Ross Trust, have a unique opportunity to play a part in improving Australia’s response – in the short and long term.
Given the context, we are incredibly proud that this has been a year where we have been able to bed down our new strategic direction, whilst being nimble enough to respond to crises. In the financial year 2019-20 the Trustees approved 59 new grants. In total, the Ross Trust paid new and existing multi-year approved grants to the value of $4.4 million.
We could not be more proud of our people and our grantees who have done their level best to help Victorians thrive under extreme pressure.
Please take some time to read our report to see the clear focus areas of our strategy along with some stories which demonstrate the fantastic work of our grantees.
CEO, the Ross Trust
Learning Guarantee - every child, every day
Making sure every child, every day is given the support they need to succeed is the key driver of the Learning Guarantee Project, established for students in Western Port as they transition from primary to secondary school. A $200,000 grant from the Ross Trust is already helping the project bear fruit.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform will work with an additional 50 people who have experienced the serious harm cause by gambling, and harness their storytelling skills as part of a strategy to reform the industry and prevent others experiencing similar trauma. With support from the Ross Trust, the Champions for Change program is expanding in Victoria.
To stay on top of our grant announcements and updates about the many projects we are supporting across Victoria, you can subscribe to the mailing list for the Ross Trust Update. Please sign up on the home page of our website: rosstrust.org.au