Today our community grapples with some of the largest challenges our generation has ever faced – not only COVID-19 but also the issue of our times: climate change.

The AM plays a vital role in describing and conserving our natural history in Australia and the Pacific and in building public understanding of increased challenges through education outreach and exhibitions. During the recent bushfires, the AM provided expert advice to government departments and engaged with media on the impacts of the fires on biodiversity. Now our datasets are informing how ecosystems are recovering from the Australian bushfires.

COVID-19 emphasizes the importance of work undertaken by AM scientists. Research conducted by the Australian Museum Centre for Wildlife Genomics has pioneered scientific research on illegal importation and exportation of exotic wildlife. Now, more than ever, the expertise provided by AM scientists is an important contributor to Australia’s biosecurity.

As we move through this time of great uncertainty, the AM continues to respond and focus our work where it is needed most.

Please join us in building and communicating the scientific expertise and knowledge needed to face our challenges head-on by making a tax-deductible donation before the end of this financial year.

Ways to join the Foundation

There are various way to engage with the Australian Museum Foundation. Each level of giving offers unique opportunities to engage with the Museum and its collections.

Donor-funded projects

There are a number of ways that you can engage with and support the AM’s work. Donor support enables important work across four key pillars of engagement:

Lord Howe Island Expedition
Funded by Graeme Wood Foundation and AMF donors

A science, research and conservation expedition to benchmark native and introduced animal populations on Lord Howe Island.

South Western Pacific Marine Biodiversity Expedition
Funded by AMF donors

An expedition to enhance our understanding of the marine biodiversity of outer reefs in the south western Pacific, focusing on fish and invertebrates.

Digi Vol
Funded by AMF donors

A program to map a range of important AM specimens in high resolution 3D visualisations, imagery, text description, and genetic sequences. This gives researchers around the world access to the AM’s collection of rare and extinct species.

Australian Bio-Diversity Research
Funded by Mrs Mary Holt and the late Dr John Holt

An investigation into important potential biodiversity hotspots in South Eastern Australia, including a survey of the diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in Mt Kaputar and the New England Tablelands.

Restoration of the historic Westpac Long Gallery
Funded by AMF donors

An award-winning renovation of Australia’s first museum gallery, re-opened during the AM’s 190th anniversary with the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition.

Bilas – Adornment and Identity in PNG
Supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Acquisition of elaborate headdresses and body adornments from three cultural communities in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

mahn (fisherwomen)
Supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

The installation of a major cultural sculpture of nawi (canoes) for AM’s Gadi exhibition, informing us about the rich cultures of Aboriginal Sydney. This installation pays respect to Aboriginal women who for a long time were not included in the historical records.

Balun Gilamahla (River Journey Weaving)
Supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Bringing together Aboriginal weavers living across the Bundjalung and Quandamooka Nations to create woven canoes and sculptural interwoven objects, showcasing their weaving techniques and celebrating their culture.

Museum in a Box
Supported by Perpetual Nominees

A school loan case with real specimens, casts, artefacts, dioramas, images, digital resources, books and teachers’ notes for use inside schools in rural and remote areas of Australia. The project includes 30 topics covering a wealth of resources, enabling schools, community groups and retirement homes and hospitals to connect with the AM’s collection.

Over the last 50 years hundreds of schools across New South Wales, thousands of teachers and over a million students have used Museum in a Box as a learning and teaching resource. In 2017/18, 520 Museum in a Boxes were loaned, reaching 112,000 people across NSW and beyond.

T Rex Autopsy
Supported by Memocorp and Stockland

A life-size model of an anatomically correct T-Rex which is used as an education tool for visitors to major NSW shopping centres, bringing the wonder of dinosaur anatomy to a broader audience.

Toi Maori Artist Residency: Professor Derek Lardelli
Funded by AMF donors

This project commissioned Professor Derek Lardelli to create a traditional artwork in response to the Whales Tohora exhibition whilst in residency at the AM. Prof Lardelli is an accomplished Ta Moko artist, painter, carver, kapahaka (dance) performer, composer, graphic designer, researcher of whakapapa (genealogy and oral histories) and kaikorero (traditional speaking). The sculpture was ceremonially presented to the AM as part of the exhibition.

Young Aboriginal Artists’ Fellowship Program

Funded by AMF donors

This program provides a unique opportunity for three young Aboriginal artists to undertake a residency within the AM’s cultural collections. They will be mentored by senior AM First Nations staff, expanding their artistic practice to engage with the Museum’s collections, resources and history.

Pacific Youth Reconnection Program
Supported by The Lansdowne Foundation

Through this program, AM cultural collections staff connect with young people from Pacific Island communities in juvenile detention. Through sharing cultural connections and the Museum’s collections, this program connects these youths with their culture and heritage.

Our supporters

The Australian Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our donors in helping us realise our vision as a place of exploration and discovery.

These generous individuals and organisations help to continue the Australian Museum's importance work.

The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum. The Foundation has a distinguished Board of Trustees including:

Mr Diccon John Robertson Loxton, BA LLB - Chair

Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS - Deputy Chair

Ms Natalia Bradshaw

Mr Warwick Evans, BCom (Eco)

Ms Shauna Jarrett

Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD

Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod

Ms Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO, Australian Museum

Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA

Mr David G E Rickards

Mr Albert Y Wong AM

Ms Kristina Stefanova

Emeritus Governor

Brian Sherman AM


Ann Macintosh Trust
Chris & Gina Grubb
Mary Holt & the late Dr John Holt
Anna Josephson & Rickard Gardell
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
Helen Molesworth
The Paradice Family Foundation
Robert Rich
Brian Sherman AM & Dr Gene Sherman AM
The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust
Warwick Evans


Neilson Foundation
John T Reid Charitable Trust

President's Circle

Robert Albert AO RFD RD
Graeme Wood Foundation
Bill & Alison Hayward
The Horizon Foundation
Bruce Jenkins
Judy Lee
Alice Arnott Oppen OAM
Oranges and Sardines Foundation
Rendere Trust – Jim Phillipson
Vonwilller Foundation

Treasures Circle

Robert Albert AO RFD RD
David & Megan Armstrong
Dr Charles & Mrs Beverly Barnes
The Calvert-Jones Foundation
The Carrawa Foundation
Paul Connor
Jennifer Crivelli
Warwick Evans
Billie Rose & Warwick Evans
Sienna Belle & Warwick Evans
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Peter & Judy Gregg
Chris & Gina Grubb
The Hartzer /Trevor-Jones Family
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
Prof. Ian Hickie
The John & Frances Ingham Foundation
The John Spencer Dickinson Family
Warwick & Ann Johnson
Virginia Judge & daughters Cecily, Theresa, Rebecca & Dr Patrick Tooth
Keith & Maureen Kerridge
Chris & Belinda Knierim
Jim Lennon in Honour of Jean Lennon
Lindblad Expeditions
Catherine Livingstone AO & Michael Satterthwaite
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
The Macquarie Group Foundation
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
The Moore Family
Jacqui & John Mullen
Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
The Nelson Family
Ben Barham & Gretel Packer
Francesca Packer Barham & Gretel Packer
William Murray & Gretel Packer
The Paradice Family Foundation
The Patterson Pearce Foundation
The Purcell Family Endowment Fund in Honour of Mrs Lorna McClelland
Robert Purves AM
Professor Jan Scott & her friends Jack, Sissi, Coquohalla & Otis
Penelope Seidler AM
Albert Y Wong AM & Sophie Wong
Fengjun Zhu

Director's Circle

David & Megan Armstrong
Sir Ron Brierley
Maile & Charles Carnegie
Margot & Stephanie Chinneck
Dr Zeny Edwards & Mr Bruce Kimian
Gordon Darling Foundation
Steven Gregg
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
JIBB Family Foundation
The Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO
Kim McKay AO
Renee Pollack Foundation
Kristina Stefanova
Wendy Walker


Hugh Allen
Bill & Annette Blinco
Natalia Bradshaw
R & P Cassidy
Phillip Cornwell
Paul Connor
Mr Trevor Danos AM & Dr Veronica Lambert
Margaret & Peter Donovan
Amanda Farrar
Fivex Pty Ltd
Susan Foster
Dr Elie Hammam
Peter Homel
Prof Rebecca Johnson
Eugenia Langley
Leathan Family
Bill Manos
Helen McCombie
Suzanne G Meli
Alice Arnott Oppen OAM
John Pearson & Mark Clark
Drs Jane & Neville Rowden
Drs Jean & Evan Siegel
Fiona Sinclair
Maisy Stapleton
Christopher & Fiona Still
John Stitt
Christina Stitt-Ditfurth
Louise Taggart
Martin Terry
Vera Vargassoff
Wendy Walker
Dr Tony & Mrs Doffy White
Stephen Wilson & Rachel Hawkeswood
Ray Wilson OAM
Howard H W
Darren Yong & Connie Chaird


Antoinette Albert
James & Belinda Allen
Ken & Roddy Bell
Christine Bishop
John Buttle
Carrawa Foundation
Hugh Dixson
Edward Griffin
Dr Gary Holmes & Dr Anne Reeckman
John Leece AM
Howard Lewis
The Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO
John Pearson & Mark Clark
Tim Regan
David Robb
David & Daniela Shannon
Mrs Diana Southwell-Keely
Ross Steele AM
Tehmi Sukhla
Anne Sullivan
Robin Torrence
Sara Watts
Wavish Family Foundation
Stephen Wilson

Estate of the late Clarence E Chadwick
Estate of the late Eileen Silk
Estate of the late Gwendoline A West
Estate of the late Jacqueline Heather Field
Estate of the late Jean Marjorie Edgecombe
Estate of the late Jessie Campbell Wise
Estate of the late Merrill Pye
Estate of the late Patricia M Porritt
Estate of the late Phillip Jack
Estate of the late William S Tatlow

Steven & Janine Avery
Ursula Burgoyne
Sam & Louise Dawson
Rod & Robyn Dent in honour of Pat Dent & the Wanindilyaugwa tribe
Charles M Ellias
The late Paul L Fischer
John L Gordon
Robin Guthrie
Mark Hanlon
J Holliday
The late John Hume
Raymond Kirby AO & Mrs Deirdre Kirby
Roger Langmead
David Leece
Leighton Llewellyn
James McColl
Mineralogical Society of NSW Inc
Dr Max Moulds
George & Edna Oakes
Dorothy O’Reilly
John Rankin
Dr William Rieger
John Rohde
Paul Scully-Power AM
Michael Shea
Trevor Shearston
The late Muriel Snell
George Stacey
Prof Gunther Theischinger
The late Margaret Tuckson
David Twine
Janet Walker

Contact us

If you’d like to know more about the Foundation and our programs, we'd love to speak with you.

Please contact the Development team on (02) 9320 6216, or through the enquiry form below.

Contact the Foundation