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We are very appreciative of the significant support provided by many individuals, trusts, organisations and volunteers from across Victoria. Thank you to the many people who share our vision that Victorian rural and regional communities will be thriving with strong input from skilled, resilient and motivated young people.

We actively seek donations to increase the number of scholarships we offer and to develop and operate our programs.



The Rural Foundation Ltd (t/a Youthrive Victoria) formerly Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation, was created in 2008 with a generous Establishment Grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.


  • Private donors
  • The Andrews Foundation
  • Bennelong Foundation
  • Book Group #1 Scholarship
  • Chris and Marli Tilley Family
  • Collier Charitable Fund
  • Crowe Horwath, Stawell
  • Community Bank – Creswick & District
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing – Engage! Grant
  • Deloitte Foundation
  • Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas Trust
  • The Edith M and William M Wilson Charity Trust
  • Findex Community Fund
  • Freemasons Foundation Victoria
  • H&L Hecht Trust
  • Joyca Trust
  • Kyamba Foundation
  • Pierce Armstrong Foundation
  • RE Ross Trust
  • RMCG
  • Student Engagement, The University of Melbourne
  • The Anderson Partnership
  • The Glenys McIvor Charitable Trust
  • William Angliss Charitable Fund
  • VicHealth – Big Connect Grant


  • Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE)
  • Cresfest Music Festival, Creswick
  • Community Bank – Creswick & District
  • Dorothy Irene Ellis Thomas Trust
  • Mirboo North and District Community Foundation
  • North Central Local Learning and Employment (NC LLEN)
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Village Well

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