We have been connected with the Queen’s Fund for over 80 years and we are very proud of their amazing efforts!
The Queens Fund started in 1887 on the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign and was established by the then wife of the Governor of Victoria, Lady Loch to help destitute women.
Our connection started in the 1920’s principally as honorary auditor or a token of say 10 guineas as it was known in those times.
The Fund up until 2017 had three individual trustees which in this day and age was making it harder for the Fund to operate in a commercial world.
The trustees applied to the Attorney-General and approval was sought to appoint a corporate trustee for the Fund.
The Fund still continues to this day, encouraging women to increase their self-worth, skills and knowledge.
It meets monthly at the Melbourne Town Hall and has done every month since 1887.
Approximately 20 years ago, the treasurer approached us to help them with monthly accounting reporting. They needed a computerised accounting ledger to help with the many distributions they were making each month. They are now making allocations to destitute clients of 100 per month. This enables the committee that meets each month to discuss applications for funding.
We provide monthly accounting reports, bank reconciliations and more, which greatly minimised the time of the honorary treasurer.
Accru Melbourne (formerly Accru Danby Bland Provan) have always supported the Queens Fund. It celebrated its 125 years of existence with recognition and a formal occasion at Government House in 2015 at which Barrie Provan and myself attended.
The Queens Fund has never employed anyone to carry out support and secretarial services – it has always operated on a shoe string budget, continues to do so and the ladies of the committee provide all their honorary time to make a ‘difference’.
The Queens Fund is my first choice of making a donation – all funds are directed to the needy and there are minimal costs.