How to support us

Almost 60 years ago, Ampol founder Sir William Gaston Walkley laid the bedrock for the Walkley Foundation for Journalism by leaving a $30,000 bequest in his will to create the Walkley Awards to reward the best efforts in Australian business journalism.

The Walkleys is supported by media organisations, businesses, journalists and individuals who are passionate about a robust and independent media.  If you are an organisation interested in supporting us please visit Our Partners. For individuals please read on.

Sir Walkley died in 1976, but his legacy is a permanent association with excellence in journalism through the awards that still bear his name, administered by the not-for-profit Walkley Foundation.

In the United States, the generous support of philanthropists has allowed new models for investigative journalism to flourish beyond the demands of the news cycle while encouraging excellence in the field.

In Australia, the Walkley Foundation continues to lead the development of journalism-focused philanthropy. Your generous support will help our programs to grow, with several options for getting involved:

Make a bequest in your will and become a “Fellow” of The Walkley Foundation

The Walkley Foundation has an established reputation as Australia’s leading independent institution for journalism, with programs and awards that inspire journalists to always strive to produce their best work.

Your generous contribution to The Walkley Foundation will make a lasting difference to future generations of journalists and ensure that the core traditions of truth, rigour, integrity and fairness in journalism live on.

Your bequest to the Walkley Foundation will help us continue our valuable work and, in particular, will benefit new generations of journalists through training, awards and professional development.

The Walkley Foundation can also administer ongoing journalism awards, grants and fellowships established by a bequest.

You can be confident that your bequest will be administered and used wisely.

The Walkley Foundation is a non-profit company limited by guarantee and transparent financial records are published in an annual financial report.

How do I make a bequest?

A bequest is a gift to a named beneficiary.  Normally it is an instruction contained in a will and specifically details part of the estate to be set aside for a particular beneficiary.

Bequests can be made in a number of ways and include assets such as property, paintings, shares, bonds or financial sums of money which may be a fixed amount or a percentage of an estate

Types of bequests

An unrestricted bequest is left to the Walkley Foundation to use the gift at its discretion, where it is needed most.

A restricted bequest is used for a particular purpose – perhaps to support a specific award for journalism or a scholarship.  Bequests can be made in your own name or to honour colleagues, family or friends.

You can also appoint The Walkley Foundation as your literary executor to administer your intellectual property and receive royalties for the benefit of the Foundation. Copyright in a person’s works lasts for 70 years after the creator’s death.

Who should I inform about the bequest?

It is essential that your will makes clear the terms of your bequest to the Walkley Foundation, as otherwise your wishes can be overruled or overlooked.  We suggest you discuss the bequest you intend to make with your next of kin and a solicitor.  The Walkley Foundation can recommend an independent solicitor if required.

How will my bequest be recognised?

You can opt to be publicly or privately acknowledged for your contributions to The Walkley Foundation.  Privacy is always respected and any discussions remain strictly confidential. Please discuss your preferences in this regard with The Walkley Foundation staff.

The Walkley Fellow Bequest Program

Those who make a bequest are invited to become a member of the Walkley Bequest Fellow program.  Named after our inaugural benefactor Gaston Walkley who established the Walkley awards in 1956, Gaston Walkley signifies the history, the heart and the future of the Foundation.

The Walkley Foundation acknowledges the essential role that bequests play in securing our future through the Walkley Bequest Fellow program.  Our Walkley Fellows will be honoured and recognised at the Walkley Awards gala ceremony, in The Walkley Magazine and on our website.  Walkley Fellows receive invitations to the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism as well as exclusive Walkley networking events.

Who can I speak to for more information? 

Please contact The Walkley Foundation general manager Louisa Graham on T: (02) 9333 0945 M: 0410 582 653 or E: louisa.graham@walkleys.com

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Become a Friend of The Walkley Foundation

With the media facing profound changes, The Walkley Foundation helps to future-proof journalists so they can respond to the challenges shaping the media and society as a whole. 

Help us protect and support quality journalism by becoming a Friend of The Walkley Foundation.

In becoming a Friend, you will help us continue to present our public program of talks, screenings and photojournalism exhibitions through state libraries, festivals and the wider community.

These events are offered free to all in the community and we want to keep it that way

Our friends will have the opportunity to mingle with some of Australia’s most senior media figures with a package of invitations outlined below.

Friends of the Walkleys ($1,000 or more) supporters will receive:

  • Two tickets to Storyology
  • A subscription to The Walkley Magazine
  • Two invitations to an exclusive cocktail party for Friends of the Walkleys, hosted by a senior journalist
  • Two invitations to the annual finalists announcements for the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Acknowledgment as a Friend of the Foundation on the Walkley Foundation website
  • Acknowledgement as a Friend of the Foundation in The Walkley Magazine

Gold Friends of the Walkleys ($3000 or more) supporters will receive:

  • Two tickets to the annual Walkley Awards gala dinner, broadcast nationally on the ABC
  • One invitation to the annual Walkley program launch
  • Two tickets to Storyology
  • A subscription to The Walkley Magazine
  • Two invitations to an exclusive cocktail party for Friends of the Walkleys, hosted by a senior journalist
  • Two invitations to the annual finalists announcements for the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Acknowledgment as a Friend of the Foundation on the Walkley Foundation website
  • Acknowledgement as a Friend of the Foundation in The Walkley Magazine

Become a Friend of the Walkleys now!

Contact The Walkley Foundation communications & partnerships manager Bridie Moran via bridie.moran@walkleys.com or +61 2 9333 0963.

We thank you for your support!

The Walkley Foundation is a not-for-profit company limited guarantee.  We are working to achieve our deductible gift recipient status but at this stage we are unable to offer a tax deduction for your support.