Melbourne Women’s Fund has a simple aim: to engage individuals in philanthropy that benefits our community.

This is done by people coming together in “A Giving Circle” to pool their financial, intellectual, professional and personal resources to support not-for-profit organisations in Melbourne that are bravely dealing with issues that undermine the quality of life and futures of women and their families.

Membership is open to everyone, of any age (18 and older), interest or background – we only ask that they add value by contributing their donation so we can grow the fund and make a real difference.

Melbourne Women’s Fund is a newly established (2014) Collective Giving Account, and is a sub-fund of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Please note: in these turbulent times, we have adjusted our approach to ensure we continue providing value to our members and supporting the organisations providing crucial services to the vulnerable women and families whose well-being is being further compromised because of COVID-19. Learn more here about how we are tackling the COVID-19 era.


Melbourne Women’s Fund was co- founded by Patricia Burke and Gillian Hund, friends and philanthropy colleagues who recognised a need in Melbourne for the establishment of a women’s giving circle.

Both women were inspired by visiting philanthropic leader and luminary Colleen Willoughby, who co-founded the Washington Women’s Foundation nearly twenty years ago. It has served as a guiding light for many similar giving circles across the USA and now in Australia. Colleen was brought to Australia on a speaking tour regarding “The Power of Collaborative Giving” by the Australian Women Donors Network in 2013. She has been instrumental in providing advice and encouragement since the launch of our giving circle.


Patricia Burke and Gillian Hund

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

LMCF_Logo_150x133Melbourne Women’s Fund is a sub-fund of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, which is a leading philanthropic organisation and the largest community foundation in Australia.

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