Every significant investment in the future of the School has been made possible because of the generous financial support of the Ascham community. The Ascham that girls, parents, staff and Old Girls enjoy today owes its thanks to those who have given from their hearts in the past. Since its establishment in 1977, Ascham Foundation Ltd has played a critical role in encouraging community-wide support.

It is through the foresight, dedication and commitment of many generous benefactors since the School first opened its doors in 1886 that Ascham has been able to teach, support and encourage thousands of girls at such an important stage in their lives.
Giving is at the true heart of Ascham

Continued generosity has made it possible for generations of proud Ascham girls to learn and grow, and participate in the world in a meaningful way. Passion for the School is well demonstrated by countless Old Girls, parents, families and wider networks for whom Ascham means so much.

All the School’s major buildings were developed or acquired through the generosity of donors—Packer Theatre, Fiona, Hillingdon, Holmwood, The Dower House, Duntrim House and the Centre for the Sciences—and this generosity continues to ensure girls today and in the future will enjoy high-quality facilities.

Aim of the Foundation

The aim of Ascham Foundation is to assist Ascham School Council of Governors in preserving, developing and maintaining the standards and facilities of Ascham School. It does that by nurturing an enduring connection between Foundation members and the School, by engaging with the whole community to attract, retain and grow funds for the benefit of the girls and staff and by acting as the trustee for all funds raised.

Additionally, Ascham Foundation proudly supports School life through its sponsorship of various events, such as the Senior Drama production, Music Camp Concert, the HSC Art Show and the award of the annual Foundation Award for Excellence in Practical Art.

Foundation Membership

Members of the Ascham community are invited to apply for membership of Ascham Foundation Ltd, a public company limited by guarantee, upon donation of a minimum gift of $10,000 and above. This may be by way of a gift or pledge or a series of smaller gifts over time to Ascham Foundation or one of its tax-deductible funds. Members of Ascham community who notify the Foundation of their intention to leave a Gift in their Will are also warmly invited to apply for membership.

The members of Ascham Foundation elect its Directors. In addition, the Council of Governors may nominate up to three Council members to serve as Directors of Ascham Foundation.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

In a perfect world, every child would have the head-start I was given. I am grateful to the donor who gave me the chance to experience opportunities that so many others go without.
Jessica Lee (2005)

All Ascham Scholarships and Boarding Bursaries will be means-tested and are for girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Ascham. They are awarded by the School to girls who it believes will thrive academically and personally through the Dalton Plan, and who will in turn make a significant contribution to the life of the School.

These scholarships and bursaries are made possible through the generosity of donors from across the Ascham community. Their ongoing support has helped change the lives of hundreds of girls who otherwise would not have been able to benefit from the opportunities available at Ascham.

Increasing our capacity to provide scholarships at Ascham through a sustainable Scholarship Fund is the best way to secure long-term support for deserving students.

In addition, Ascham is committed to being a diverse and inclusive learning community. An outstanding education should include learning with other students, as well as from teachers, whose backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles, and perspectives reflect that diversity.

In seeking support for scholarships, we encourage members of our community to give at a level that is generous for them personally. Please note that donations to the Scholarship Fund are fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to donate you have a number of options:

  • To give securely through the Ascham website, please go to ‘Making a Donation’ below.
  • For current parents, the Scholarship Fund Voluntary Contribution is on your regular Fees Statement.
  • If you would like to talk more about a Legacy Gift for your family, such as a named scholarship, please contact Jackie Dalton, Head of Foundation and Development on 02 8356 7281 or

Gifts in Wills

Past students, parents, staff or indeed anyone with strong affection for Ascham can help maintain our tradition of excellence through a gift in a will.

Gifts in Wills can be tailored to reflect the particular interests and objectives of the donor and are the mainstay of a successful program of long-term endowment.

Ascham has fostered a strong tradition of giving since its inception. The generosity and foresight of the Ascham community across generations has been critical to the School’s growth.

Today, many Old Girls, and current and past parents support Ascham’s future prosperity by donating funds, dedicating their personal time at school events or in the community and donating goods to the archives. Making a gift in your will to Ascham can help secure Ascham’s long-term security.

What is a gift in a will?

A gift in a Will provides a way for you to make a lasting contribution, while still enjoying your assets during your lifetime.

Why leave a gift in your will?

Revenue from school fees and government grants is largely taken up with the day to day costs of running such a complex organisation – this includes salaries, educations resources, maintenance and so on. To fund large projects from fee revenue, annual fees would need to rise considerably. Maintaining fees at or near current levels and simultaneously maintaining and improving the school’s facilities has become a challenge, particularly with the current climate of governmental review of independent school funding. Ascham depends on contributions in order to continue to remain at the forefront of education in Australia.

How does my gift help?

Gifts in Wills have a long tradition at Ascham. In 1948 a bequest of £10,000 from the Littlejohn family enabled the purchase of The Dower House and Fiona—a true legacy. Recent gifts in Wills and donations to the Building Fund have spearheaded the purchase and development of our new Centre for the Sciences. Our girls will be equipped to take part in a rapidly changing technological world.

The Library Fund provides up-to-date resources for all subjects so that we can meet future challenges. The Endowment Fund provides enhanced educational programs, including prizes and bursaries, as well as teacher development.

Ascham appreciates gifts of all sizes. Every gift, large and small, from a wide base of donors can help to build a sizeable sum.

Who can make a gift in a will to Ascham?

Anyone—the whole community, past and present, can participate and ensure that the education of our girls is maintained at the highest levels.

When is a good time to include Ascham in my will?

It is never too early to include Ascham in your Will. We hope that you will consider your influence on future generations throughout your life.

How can I participate?

You may specify a gift to the Foundation by way of the following: a fixed sum, income from your estate, a percentage of your whole estate, the residue of your estate (monies remaining after providing for other beneficiaries), a specific asset, such as real estate, shares, bonds, life insurance policy or other items of value.

Do I have to choose a Fund?

Depending on your passion, we recommend that you choose between the Scholarship, Building or Library Funds. Alternatively, you may wish to consider a gift to Ascham Foundation Ltd (the Endowment Fund) and the Directors will allocate monies to the School for use where it is most needed at the time. All the Funds have tax-deductible status except the Endowment Fund.

What other details do I need to include Ascham in my will?

You will need to include the Foundation as an entity, the address and ABN:
Ascham Foundation Limited, 188 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, NSW 2027
ABN 79 001 477 970

Is there anything else I should take into account?

Before leaving a gift in your Will to Ascham, we recommend that you involve your family in your decision and that you seek the advice of your solicitor. Making a gift this way does not always entail rewriting your Will. A simple codicil (an addition or supplement to your Will) provides an easy option for this special gift.

Where can I get further information?

Please contact the Foundation Manager, who would be delighted to provide you or your legal adviser with more information.

Making a Donation

Ascham Foundation’s Funds

There are three Foundation funds which attract tax-deductibility for donors:

  • Building Fund: gifts to this are applied to building projects
  • Library Fund: gifts are applied to any aspect of our libraries and archival collection including books, equipment, technology, archival material and fixtures and fittings
  • Scholarship Fund: gifts to this Fund support Ascham’s Scholarship Program.

In addition, the Endowment Fund provides funding for educational programs, prizes, bursaries and teacher development. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are not tax-deductible.

Donation Options

There are three ways in which you can donate:

  • online with a credit card
  • completing the form below
  • contacting the Foundation Manager on +61 2 8356 7285

More information

You may choose to be publicly acknowledged or remain anonymous. Donation amounts are never disclosed.

Donors may be invited to become a member of the Foundation after a donation or pledge of $10,000 and above, or after notification to the Foundation of their intention to leave a Gift in their Will.

Online payment is made with a credit card via the School’s secure Westpac payment gateway. Once you complete your chosen donation option, click submit and you will be asked for your credit card details by Westpac. A payment receipt will be issued by Westpac and you will receive a tax receipt from the relevant Ascham Foundation Fund by mail, where the fund qualifies for tax-deductibility.

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The Foundation Board of Directors

Through the Dalton Plan and with the encouragement of teachers, her learning will be enriched, new passions discovered, she will be challenged and if she falls short, she will be supported.
Andrew Powell, Head of School


Mr RA Caldwell

Qualifications: BEc/LLB, F.Fin
A Director of the Foundation since 2012. Richard Caldwell has been non‑executive Chairman of Ascham Foundation Limited since 2013. He is also a Director of Dyesol Limited, Dyesol Industries Pty Ltd, Dyesol Aust. Pty Ltd, Dyesol Inc., Dyesol Italia, Greatcell Solar SA, Dyesol Korea Co. Ltd and Dyesol U.K. Ltd. He has over 30 years’ experience in the risk management, securities trading and investment banking industries in Sydney and London. He is the father of an Old Girl and a current student.


Mr AH Best

Qualifications: LLB, BSc
A Director of the Foundation since 2013. Andrew Best is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan. He is the father of two Old Girls and his youngest daughter attends the School.

Mr AM Frangopoulos

Qualifications: BA (Comms), HC (Doctor of Arts), GAIDC, FAIM
A Director of the Foundation since 2016. Angelos Frangopoulos is the CEO and Managing Editor at Australian News Channel Pty Ltd (ANC). Angelos is Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Pro-Chancellor (Sydney) for Charles Sturt University, Chair of the Walkley Advisory Board, Trustee of The Walkley Foundation, a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His two daughters attend the School.

Ms KL Grant

Qualifications: BEc, FAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2018. Kiera Grant is an experienced full-time non-executive director for both public and private companies, Kiera is a non-executive director of Future Generation Global Investment (FGG), a Wilson Asset Management LIC, Samuel Smith & Sons (incorporating Yalumba Wine Co and Negociants Wine Distribution) and Sydney Dance Company. She is also a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation. Kiera has over 15 years Investment Banking experience having worked for UBS as an Executive Director for 12 years. Kiera holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kiera is an Old Girl and has two girls attending Ascham.

Mr JP Keith

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MAppFin, EMBA
A Director of the Foundation since 2013. John Keith has worked in banking since 1988 in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. He is a Non‑Executive director at Room to Read Australia and non‑executive Chairman of Atomo Diagnostics. His daughter is an Old Girl.

Ms R McGinley Knox

A Director of the Foundation since 2016. Ro McGinley Knox holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She was a former management consultant in strategy specialising in financial services. Previously, Ro completed research work for the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Bank – focused on sustainability and women’s (girls’) education. Currently, Ro is a Partner in a New York based investment firm, which specialises in bringing entrepreneurial ideas to market. Ro and her husband have two girls at Ascham.

Mr AC Michael

Qualifications: BBus, FAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2014. Andrew Michael is an Executive Director of Apparel Group and Non‑Executive Director of APG&Co and has worked in the Australian fashion industry for over 35 years as an owner, director and executive. He is also a minority owner and Non-Executive director of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, a franchise in the National Rugby League. Andrew is the father of one Old Girl and his youngest daughter who attends the school will in 2017 sit her HSC.

Ms KL Phin

Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons) Grad Dip App Fin, GAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2015 and a Director of Ascham School Limited since 2014. Karen Phin is a Non-Executive Director with Magellan Financial Group Limited and has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, advising top Australian companies on their capital management strategies. Karen was previously a Managing Director and Head of Capital Management Advisory at Citigroup and a Managing Director at UBS Australia, establishing and leading its Capital Management Group. Prior to joining Citigroup, Karen spent 12 months at ASIC as a Senior Specialist in the Corporations group. Karen is an Ascham School Limited nominee to Ascham Foundation Limited. Karen has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has one daughter attending the School.

Mrs NJ Swift

A Director of the Company since 2016. Nicola Swift, a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin had an international career in the funds management and securities industry before returning to Australia in 2007. She currently serves as a non- executive director of Cryosite Ltd, is a former non-executive director of Dyesol Ltd and a former Governor of The Meadowbrook School of Weston in the USA . Nicola has been a Council appointed Director to Ascham Foundation Limited since 2016, having previously been an elected Director of Ascham Foundation Limited (2013–2016). Nicola served as Chair of the Ascham Duntrim Capital Campaign (2013 to 2016) and as Ascham Parents’ Association President (2009–2011). She is the mother of an Old Girl and a current student.

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Mrs CA Heapes


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