Like the wider Victorian community, it is with much relief and having learnt a lot about what’s important in life, that we say goodbye to 2020.
Reflecting on all aspects of our granting and our operations this year, we have identified areas for improvement and come out stronger for the challenges we have been set.
Since its inception, the Ross Trust has sought to stay true to its purpose, as set by the late Roy Everard Ross.
In its 50th year, the Trust has set its decision-making and operational processes in a formal ethical framework - an Ethics Charter. This Charter will guide the Trust as it continues its work over the coming decades, to create positive social and environmental change.
The Charter applies an ‘ethical lens’ to our work, and I encourage you to have a read and let me know what you think. In conjunction with our strategy and our approach to measurement, evaluation, and learning, we now have an even more solid platform for our work.
The team at the Trust – staff and Trustees – thank you all for your input, feedback, and cooperation throughout this most challenging of years. The grantees we work with are wonderful, committed, and focused, and remind us all the time why it is we work in philanthropy.
This is one of the reasons we are looking forward to next year, as the Trust celebrates 50 years of values-driven grant making. We look forward to sharing stories and highlights of the achievements of our grantees.
I wish you a peaceful, safe holiday season and trust you will all have the opportunity for a break to recharge the batteries and return optimistic for all that 2021 offers.
Our office will be closed from Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
CEO, the Ross Trust
Charter guides ethical approach to philanthropy
The Ross Trust is formalising its ethical approach to philanthropy, decision-making and operations with the adoption of an Ethics Charter.
The Charter will guide our work to create positive social and environmental change over the decades to come.
A grant of $300,000 over three years has been awarded to Western Port Secondary College in Hastings, Victoria for its My Tech project, to ensure students entering high school have the access to technology they need as they make one of the most important educational transitions of their school life.
Building opportunities to support the conservation of East Gippsland forests
As we reach one year since last summer’s devastating bushfires, the Ross Trust has provided an advocacy grant of $198,000 to The Wilderness Society, for East Gippsland’s Emerald Link, part of a strategy to protect the region’s high conservation value forests.
This year marks 50 years since the death of our benefactor, Roy Everard Ross. In our 50th year of values-driven grant making, as we prepare to mark this significant milestone, we have taken the opportunity to look back through our history at a wonderful array of projects and reflect on the achievements of many of our grantees.
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