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October 14, 2013

Wyatt Trust in Australia’s Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts

14 October 2013

The bequest of William Wyatt, founder of The Wyatt Trust, was today named among Australia’s Top 50 philanthropic gifts.

Co-ordinated by The Myer Family Company, The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Pro Bono Australia, Philanthropy Australia and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology, the Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts project was established to showcase Australia’s most significant philanthropic achievements.

Peter Winneke, Head of Philanthropic Services for The Myer Family Company, said:

“By sharing and celebrating these unique gifts and achievements, we hope to inspire all Australians to give. The Top 50 list highlights the fact that philanthropy is not about the dollar amount of the gift, but the long-lasting impact the gift can have. Philanthropy can be a powerful change agent.”

Founded in 1886 through the Will of William Wyatt, The Wyatt Trust has been in continuous operations for 127 years, providing assistance to tens of thousands of South Australians in financial need. In the past five years alone, the Trust has provided $13.8 million in grants with particular focus on school retention, pathways to employment, financial wellbeing and housing for people on low incomes.

Visit the Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts website for more information about the project, and click here for more about the history of the Trust.