Category Archives: Philanthropy

In memory of Ella

The NeuRA Memory Cycle Challenge appealed to me because I felt it ticked a number of boxes. I needed a new “project” as my son had finished school the previous year, I was looking for the motivation to increase my fitness and, as a very occasional cyclist, I thought this would be a great way to see a country. My […]

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Investing in medical research

This year’s grant application round is over – drawing sighs of relief from our researchers who are paid through competitive grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and other agencies. Writing a grant application is analogous to submitting a tender: researchers are competing to have the best ideas and most relevant projects supported. With only one in […]

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Three tax tips in time for June

Roewen Wishart, NeuRA Foundation Director, has three tips for you on how you can give for medical research while saving tax. How you help to fund medical breakthroughs Fortunately for medical research, our system of government provides ways you can support medical research. Firstly, when you pay tax you are contributing to Australia’s merit-based program to support research. NeuRA’s scientists […]

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Welcome to the new Margarete Ainsworth Building

After many months of construction, not to mention anticipation, we have officially opened the new Margarete Ainsworth Building at NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia). We were lucky enough to host Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Tanya Plibersek MP and NSW State Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner MP, as well as philanthropist Margarete […]

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Why have Australians given billions to establish private foundations?

Since 2001, the Australian government has enabled donors to create a simple form of private foundation now called the Private Ancillary Fund (previously, a private prescribed fund). These funds are “ancillary” because they exist only to support charities like NeuRA. Put simply, they are family-style trusts. They only distribute their income to deductible gift recipient charities, and they must distribute […]

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