The Foundation Trusts


The Melbourne High School Foundation is the fundraising arm of Melbourne High School.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Government funds do not cover the cost of providing the exceptional education for which Melbourne High School is known. The mission of the Foundation is to provide assistance to MHS; in particular to past, present and future students and staff. The Foundation also focuses on building and fostering our relationships with donors and members of the community. 

The Foundation acts as Trustee of four trusts and also manages the Annual Giving Appeal on behalf of Melbourne High School. This is the major fundraiser for the year and members of the community are invited to donate to the following:

  • The MHS Scholarship Trust
  • The MHS Arts & Cultural Trust
  • The MHS Foundation Health Promotion Trust
  • The MHS General Trust
  • The MHS Building Fund
  • The MHS Library Fund
  • The Australian Sports Foundation MHS Rowing Shed
  • The Australian Sports Foundation MHS Sports Equipment. 
Collectively, the trusts and funds assist MHS to deliver a well-rounded education encompassing excellent academic programs, a broad range of extra-curricular activities and a commitment to individual wellbeing and happiness.

With the exception of donations to the MHS General Trust, all donations are tax-deductible. 

Our core beliefs

  • All students should be able to access and enjoy a broad and richly diverse education irrespective of their cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • To achieve this goal, the whole school community must embrace a culture of mutual support, collaboration and continuing positive effort
  • As individuals, we all have a responsibility to give back to our community at least as much as we take out of it.

Our core values

Accountability and transparency: We endeavour to use our resources efficiently and believe that complete accountability and transparency underpin our credibility as Trustees of the many trusts we manage for the School.

Ambition: We set high goals, are demanding of ourselves and our colleagues and are committed to having a positive and long-lasting impact on Melbourne High School and its students.

Collaboration: We respect and value our relationships with alumni, parents, friends and members of the community, who provide vital support to our mission to help the School.

Creativity: We are open to new ideas and recognise that an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising is important if we are to succeed in our mission.

Integrity: We are committed to the highest standards of professional integrity and will always act in the best interests of Melbourne High School and its students.



If you wish to support the Campaign directly by making a financial contribution, you can