Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

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About Us

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is an independent philanthropic trust established by Helen Macpherson Schutt (née Smith) in 1951. On her passing in 1951, Helen left £275,000, the majority of her wealth, to establish a perpetual philanthropic trust to benefit Victorian charitable institutions. Launched as the Helen M. Schutt Trust, the name was changed to the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2001 to acknowledge the Macpherson and Smith families as the primary source of her legacy.

Since the Trust was established, over $137 million has been approved in grants to a wide range of Victorian charitable institutions and a diverse range of projects benefiting Victorians.

Our vision
A strong, just and sustainable Victoria
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Our values
Respect & integrity; stewardship; collaboration; learning

Our values reflect our intention to acknowledge partners as the experts in the fields in which they work, taking a long-term view to foster relationships and prioritise learning together.

Our strategy
Under the Will of Helen Macpherson Smith, the Trust grants funds to charitable organisations supporting Victoria and Victorians. The Trust prioritises Victorian communities experiencing disadvantage. To address disadvantage, we focus our support on programs in two areas, being:

  • Community – building connection, capacity and capability in communities; and
  • Education – addressing educational disadvantage through community-based partnerships