Foundation - Cranbrook School

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The Cranbrook Foundation was founded in 1974 by Cranbrook School.  It is a company limited by guarantee, and is administered by a Board of Directors. Its day to day activities are supported by the Director of Development, a member of the Cranbrook School staff.  The purpose of the Foundation is to provide long term financial support for the advancement of the School. 

The Cranbrook community is caring, involved and generous.  We are deeply grateful for the many gifts provided by Old Cranbrookians, parents both current and past, grandparents, staff and friends.  This support has assisted in making Cranbrook exceptional in every way.

Like many independent schools, Cranbrook depends on the support of the entire community – school fees and government grants alone do not support new capital projects, major maintenance and restoration of existing buildings, visiting academics or the ongoing support and enhancement of the School’s scholarships and bursary programmes.

In 2017, the Foundation received funds of $5,337,623, excluding investment returns and interest. These were sourced from parents, alumni and friends of Cranbrook and come in the form of regular contributions, one off donations and School enrolment fees.

During 2017, $5,000,000 was transferred from the Foundation to the School in order to support Masterplan Stage 1, the Senior School Building renewal.

The Senior School Masterplan will importantly need the ongoing financial support of the Foundation in future years. A highlight for the Foundation in 2017 was the Realise Gala Dinner held in December, where almost 500 of the School’s most passionate supporters attended. The evening was a significant success and the generosity of the community on that night raised $3 million towards our Capital Campaign goal.

Whilst much has been achieved during the past decade, we are now looking to secure the future of our School, ensuring its relevance and optimisation into its second century. Our focus is now on the renewal of our Bellevue Hill campus, with work underway on planning and developing the transformation of our School infrastructure.

This, and our other projects, would not be in the realm of possibility without the generosity of the School community and we are deeply grateful to those who have pledged their support towards our ambitious $25-million donation target.

Tax Deduction in the USA

Cranbrook School is an affiliate of The Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation (AISUSA Foundation) which was incorporated in the USA in 2006.

The AISUSA Foundation complies with US Charity law and is registered as a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This means that, should you wish to support Cranbrook philanthropically and receive a USA tax deduction for your gift, you are able to do so through the AISUSA Foundation. Gifts to the AISUSA Foundation are tax deductible for US taxpayers and may be of benefit to anyone worldwide with a US tax liability. Twice a year the AISUSA Foundation Directors award grants to Australian Schools.

Please visit the or contact the Foundation Office for further information.

We thank you for your generous and continued support for the endeavours of the Cranbrook Foundation.