In 2015-16, nearly 15 million Australians gave to charity. Together, we injected $12.5 billion into the not-for-profit sector. Every decade that amount grows, and it’s something we should all be proud of. Here's a quick summary of why giving to the Foundation can leave a legacy for your family that changes our nation.

In 2015-16, nearly 15 million Australians gave to charity. Together, we injected $12.5 billion into the not-for-profit sector. Every decade that amount grows, and it’s something we should all be proud of. There are several cases for why you should give to charities. There is the pragmatic case for reducing your taxable income and there is a social case for making a contribution to the development of causes you care deeply about. Most crucial to the question of giving is how you make certain that your contribution can make a direct impact relevant to your family’s priorities.

Australia is facing a crisis of youth, and there needs to be immediate action taken to address that. 

Each year, the number of young people impacted by anxiety increases — it now stands at a quarter of a million-young people. We know that those who develop anxieties or mental illnesses when they are young are more likely to carry that through for the rest of their lives; impacting their social and economic prospects. That's the challenge.

Each year, the number of young people impacted by anxiety increases — it now stands at a quarter of a million-young people.

Most people, when presented with those stark statistics, agree that action is required. Many will defer to the government for leadership, and ownership, of the solution. The answer from government has so far been to deliver year on year and sector wide funding increases. Unfortunately, that hasn't changed the facts that outcomes are falling and young people are facing greater social challenges than ever before. Generally, throwing money at a problem has never been a real solution. Government funding cannot be totally effective because it is shaped not by individual need but by hyper-macro objectives. We need to put educators back in the driver’s seat so that they are empowered to turn the tide on the crisis of youth we are presently experiencing.   

Our solution is to not seek an incremental shift, but to reinvent education for a new generation of challenges. In doing so, we will create new models that are fit for purpose and educate for the character of young people through the expert provision of care. By shifting the educational paradigm away from standardised testing outcomes and an approach driven by outdated standards, we will provide a national exemplar for what a modern school can look like. 

To do that, we need your support. 

Giving to Scots is not like investing in typical school appeals.  Scots is a research driven institution. We didn’t wake up one day and decide that we were going to do something, this bold new agenda is the result of a decade of planning and research. 

We have deep partnerships across research and business communities, but most importantly we have dedicated men and women teaching our boys every day. That means two things:

  1. We have the capacity to follow through and make good on our bold agenda, your support will be lasting and enduring
  2. Our educators inform our practice — that means your contribution is directly improving a previously identified problem, it’s not going into a generic slush fund

They know what young people need — and they know how to turn the tide on the crisis we face. They know education is no longer fit for purpose. Your contribution will be immediately directed to ensuring that our educators are equipped with the tools they need to change lives. That can be through provisions for our character and care programs, or for building a new home at the College for these world-leading initiatives.  

Legacies have been left by the few who stand up and are counted for what they believe. Whether you contribute $100 or $100,000; your investment in education is a statement of your support for our children. 

Joining the Foundation on our mission to get educators back in the driver’s seat, will impact Australia and leave a legacy for generations for your family.