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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 primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial and other assistance to the School to assist in attaining the vision for the School as articulated by the School Council.

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 preserving or developing the facilities of the school and helping the school to maintain excellence in education.

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.

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.

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, School enrolment fees and voluntary building contributions. The Foundation was pleased to transfer $5,000,000 to the School in order to support Masterplan Stage 1, the Senior School Building renewal.

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 ambitious Capital Campaign goal of $25 million.

Ways of Giving

All gifts support Cranbrook’s future, and whether large or small, gifts are greatly appreciated and assist the School’s vision to deliver new and innovative educational and learning facilities. All gifts will be acknowledged on our Foundation website and in our Annual Report.

There are many ways to give to Cranbrook:

Online Gift

Your gift may be completed online through our Cranbrook online facility which makes it simple to choose where you would like to direct your support. Please select from the appeal list below and choose your donation amount. Cranbrook accepts online donations via Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

Recurring Donations

The School will need to fund its Masterplan projects over a number of years and we are pleased to provide an online facility for pledge commitments over time.

To donate in this way, please visit and choose from a selection of Honour Plaque Opportunities. Through the online facility you may choose an amount that you would like debited from your credit card at instalment intervals that are suitable for you. An Open Pledge option is also available if you do not wish to choose an Honour Plaque Opportunity.

All gifts to the Realise Capital Campaign of $5,000 and above will be recognised on our Donor Honour Boards in the Centenary Building.

By Phone

Contact the Development Office at Cranbrook School on +61 2 9327 9596 to donate by phone or to gain further information about making a gift online.

By Mail

Cranbrook School also accepts cheque donations.

Please mail your cheque to Cranbrook Foundation, 5 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW 2023.

Please make cheques payable as follows:

Cranbrook Building Fund for donations to the Realise Capital Campaign, Building Fund and Headmaster’s Discretion Appeal.

Cranbrook Scholarship Fund for donations to the Martin Pitt Scholarship, Matt Street Scholarship and Indigenous Scholarship.

Direct Transfer

If your preference is to make a direct transfer of funds to the Foundation Bank account, please contact the Development Office on +61 2 9327 9596.


Tax Deductability

Gifts to the 2018 Annual Giving Appeals and the Realise Capital Campaign are tax deductible in Australia.

Create a new Scholarship or Bursary

Scholarships and bursaries provide opportunities for students who may not otherwise be able to experience the  transformative educational programme at Cranbrook School.

By creating a scholarship or bursary, you can have a real and immediate impact on the life of a student.

There are a number of ways scholarships and bursaries can operate.  


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.

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