Philanthropy plays a vital role in the School’s history and is a proud tradition that continues today, with the generous support of our community.

Through the benevolence of current and past parents, old scholars, staff, students and friends of the School, we continue to grow our endowment to ensure financial stability, opportunity and intergenerational equity for future generations.

The Misses Brown left a strong and exemplary legacy of giving. Remembered and revered for their good deeds and benefaction, the School’s culture of philanthropy embodies its founding spirit and the values of the Misses Brown.

The Wilderness School Foundation was established in 1985 and, since then, has assisted the School in transforming not only the landscape of Wilderness, but the lives of our students. In addition to raising funds for the Brown Sisters’ Memorial Entrance Scholarship, it has been instrumental in helping to fund many of our important capital works projects. With this support, the School has been able to create a learning environment that enables our girls to develop the skills they will need to succeed well into the 21st century.

As an independent school we are reliant upon the philanthropic generosity of the wider community. To contribute to the Foundation and help create a transformative educational experience for our girls, click here.

Alternatively, to learn more about the Wilderness School Foundation please contact our Head of Advancement.

Foundation Board

Led by an extremely talented and dedicated team, the Foundation Board comprises current and past parents as well as old scholars.

Dr Michael Petrucco (Chair)
Dr Shilpa Jesudason (Deputy Chair)
Mrs Leanne Ahrens (Hon. Treas.)
Mr Tim Binks (as Chair of Council of Governors)
Ms Jaimee Charlton (WOSA Representative)
Ms Jen Guest (Parents and Friends Representative)
Mrs Amy Mathews
Ms Isabel Michell
Mrs Belinda Arnfield (ex officio)
Ms Paula Jolly (ex officio)

The Board is supported by our Foundation Events Committee, who coordinate an annual fundraising event for the Wilderness community. Details regarding events can be found here.

We thank our Foundation Board for their time and dedication to the School and its mission – 'to enable every girl to be the best she can be'.

Foundation Membership

Foundation membership is conferred upon donors who accrue contributions of $2,500 or more over five years.

Members are recognised and acknowledged in donor honour lists and through special events and activities throughout the year.

CategoryTotal over 5 Years
Patron$100,000 and over
Benefactor$50,000 - $99,999
Governor$25,000 - $49,999
Trustee$10,000 - $24,999
Fellow$5,000 - $9,999
Member$2,500 - $4,999

can be made through a single gift or by committing to a five-year pledge.