Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation

The Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation established in May 2001 by Founding Patron Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE. It works to secure the future of the Royal Botanic Gardens.


Providing long-term financial security and funding to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.


The purpose of the Foundation is to build a secure, long-term financial base from which to support the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Foundation income is derived from the managed investment of generous donations from the Gardens' supporters, including Director's Circle, Wills and Bequests and In Memoriam gifts.

Project funding

Each year, the Foundation distributes a percentage of the income earned on invested funds to support priority activities and projects within the Gardens. Past examples include:

  • Funding a hydrographical survey of the Ornamental Lake to determine its holding capacity and silt depth, providing vital information for future water-use planning, and particularly the capture and storage of stormwater.
  • Support for Hidden in Plain View – the Forgotten Flora, the Royal Botanic Gardens' first touring exhibition.
  • Funding the purchase of a high-resolution digital camera to enable National Herbarium of Victoria staff to digitise plant specimens from the Herbarium collection.


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees within a company limited by guarantee. The Foundation has been granted income tax exempt fund (ITEF) status by the Australian Taxation Office and has been endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) (item 2) as an ancillary fund.

Foundation Board

  • Gillian Hund (Chair)
  • Elaine Canty AM
  • Prof Adrienne Clarke AC FAA 
  • Ken Harrison AM
  • Misha Prusa
  • Prof Tim Entwisle (Public Officer)


Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation
Private Bag 2000, 
Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
T 03 9252 2303