Community philanthropy at its best!

Congratulations to the community leadership demonstrated by 3 of our Named Sub Funds which distributed grants at the Big Give in May 2019.  Contributions from Adroit Insurance & Risk, the John & Hal Hennessy Memorial and Katharine Sleeman Named Sub Funds will all have a significant impact on the lives of locals.  Read more on this page.

Introducing our new generation of philanthropists!

We’ve been lucky enough to be the recipients of Scots School fundraising for a number of years now and have particularly loved their peer to peer support of the Back to School Program.

In 2018, the student leadership took the next step by establishing a Named Sub Fund to create a lasting legacy for future year groups to contribute to.

We’ll be by their side as they grow their sub fund to $20,000 at which time we’ll sit down to work out their particular area of interest to support.

In the meantime though, they’ve already held their first fundraiser for the year – a cake auction.  And don’t they look amazing!




What a fantastic achievement by Bruce Taylor & the Henty Museum Committee for driving this memorial sculpture project, unveiled 12.9.18 in Henty.  The community turned out in their hundreds for the unveiling & to celebrate the enduring achievement of Headlie Taylor and his contribution to agriculture.

The artist Paul Smitts has done an incredible job with the family resemblance obvious to descendants who were there at the unveiling.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.  We are pleased we’ve been able to play our small part in this big team effort and thank FRRR for being behind the scenes with us.


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                                                                                  Headlie Taylor beside his 1914 Header.

Donations are invited to the Greater Hume Community Fund of  Border Trust to recognise the historical contribution to agriculture by Headlie Taylor, Australia’s greatest inventor in the field of agricultural machinery through two initiatives:

  1. A bronze sculpture of Headlie Taylor, working at his anvil; produced by a recognised artist.  The sculpture will draw attention to the Headlie Taylor Header Museum where, through the story of the invention of the header, the tourism experience is enriched. The sculpture will be a focal point on the Olympic Highway, and will become synonymous with Henty.  Fundraising Target $100,000. Completed
  2. A memorial engineering scholarship to perpetuate the endeavours of Headlie Taylor and his development of the header harvester.  The scholarship will give annual renewal to the header story and the importance of the part a Henty farmer’s son played in our agricultural history.  Fundraising Target $50,000.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

For further information about this initiative or to receive a donation form, please contact:
Bruce Taylor or Colin Wood.

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Border Trust is partnering with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to enable effective community fundraising for charitable projects initiated by the community sub-funds of Border Trust.


The Albury branch of Adroit Insurance & Risk established a Named Sub-Fund with Border Trust in 2007 to assist them to become more active in their support of the local community.  By donating a percentage of their annual profit, the named fund has grown & now contributes to an annual community grant with a youth focus.

In presenting their 2016 contribution of $6,000 to Border Trust’s EO, Glenys Atkins, Michael Salter  shared some of the reasons why they choose to give where they live.

“Adroit Insurance & Risk has the view, along with many other businesses, that supporting the community you work with is essential to the wellbeing and growth of that community.

Our connection with Border Trust means that by contributing a percentage of annual profit we have built a fund within the Trust, which we can then distribute a portion of each year to a worthy grant recipient.

We know the funds stay local, and we can directly see the benefit of our contributions.

Border Trust makes our support of the community we live in simple, personal, and very effective.”

Adroit Insurance & Risk’s Named Sub Fund has generously supported these community initiatives:

May 2014 $1,200 YES Unlimited Leadership Presentation

May 2015 $$1,500 to Belvoir Special School’s “Café Bel 54”

May 2017 $2500 to Youth Albury Wodonga’s NE Wilderness Program for Girls.

May 2018 $1,000 1st Mount Beauty Scout Group for their Leadership Program & $3,000 to the PCYC for their new Boxing Room Floor.

May 2019 $3,000 PCYC “Fit Together” Program

Adroit Annual Charity Golf Day Supports Border Trust

In June we visited the PCYC & the participants of their Fit Together program.   Thanks for having us and for the amazing work you do in our community.  Photographed is stage 1 of the yarning circle established by the young indigenous participants plus Adroit’s Michael Myers making the most of the boxing room floor established from the 2018 grant.








Belvoir Special School’s Café – Bel54 students with Michael Salter and Border Trust Staff



In late 2015, the Adroit Named Sub Fund contributed to a $3,000 grant to Belvoir Special School’s Café Bel 54 to fit the industrial kitchen out with café style furniture to bring a true café feel to the space.
The 15-18 year old VCAL students at the school use this environment to learn hospitality skills, develop confidence in a realistic work environment and create bonds with member of the community.

Border Trust & Adroit representatives shared morning tea at Café Bel54 recently and were impressed by the teamwork and skills of the students who not only made all of the beautiful sweet treats, but also prepared the menu, took our orders, made the hot drinks and then cleaned up!

The students will soon move on to the marketing and promotion phase of the project by designing logos, uniforms and advertising materialWe were so impressed by the teamwork and skills of the students who not only made all of the beautiful sweet treats, but also prepared the menu, took our orders, made the hot drinks and then cleaned up!


Border Trust worked with family representatives to establish this named sub-fund in memory of their descendants, John and Hal Hennessy.

Photo John and Hal Hennessy


“We decided to establish this JOHN & HAL HENNESSY NAMED SUBFUND to acknowledge the lives of our fathers. Brothers who lived good lives, loved their families, served their country and gave to their community.”

John Leitch Hennessy
Barbara Ann Ross (nee Hennessy)
John Russell Hennessy.

June 2016

May 2019: Border Trust thanks the John and Hal Hennessy Named Sub Fund for their $1,000 contribution to sustainability



YWCA_Albury wOD lOGO 2015The establishment of a named sub-fund enabled YWCA Albury Wodonga  to create the “Young Women Leading Change” Community Grants Program in 2009.

See YWCA Albury Wodonga Grant Program


2011 Recipient Kate Millward

2011 Recipient Kate Millward

Bobby Garrett Memorial Fund