Foundation


TIGS Foundation

The Illawarra Grammar School Foundation Limited is a body corporate that was established in 1986 with the goal of providing fiscal support for ongoing growth and enhancement of our educational, sporting and artistic facilities. The role of Foundation is to supplement the resources raised by tuition and government grants as these funds are primarily utilised by the School’s operating costs.

The excellent facilities at TIGS have been made available through the valued contribution of the school community for more than 50 years. There is a long tradition of our School Community generously donating to TIGS Foundation and facilities/buildings such as the IGC, Goodhew Research Centre, Design and Technology Centre and the original buildings of the Junior School.  These facilities would not be available today but for the generosity of past benefactors.

 

On Board Foundation 2018

On Wednesday 21 March, TIGS Foundation Annual General Meeting was held in the Goodhew Research Centre.  Congratulations to the new members who have joined the Board as well as all those who have been re-elected.  Each of these high achieving and publicly spirited Board Members will be exemplary supporters of our School community and beyond.  The School is privileged to have these willing volunteers to donate their resources to the Foundation in 2018.

TIGS Foundation supports the School in its endeavours to educate students so they will achieve their goals, becoming wise and thoughtful architects of the future. Your contribution will help make a strong foundation ensuring our School’s financial independence and its ability to seize opportunities for enrichment and future development.

The Foundation is managed by The Executive of the School Foundation, comprised of 10 volunteer members. Currently this group includes former students, current and past parents, grandparents and community members. The Executive determines how the Foundation funds are procured, managed and expended.


 

The Board

 

Sandra Newhouse

Chair 

Sandra is Chair of TIGS Foundation for 2018 and a dedicated member of TIGS community. Sandra joined TIGS Foundation in 2011 and has executed other Board roles such as Treasurer, Vice Chairperson and event coordinator. She has a personal history with the school having married a TIGS Alumni and with two sons at the School in Year 5 and Year 7. Sandra continues to have a long business history in the Illawarra as well as being part of several charity institutions, believing that it is imperative to give more than you receive. Being focused on contributing positively to TIGS by working alongside others, her vision as the new Chair is to strive for best practices for the Foundation, transparency, engaged community support and awareness of the benevolent work conducted by Foundation members past and present. Sandra brings a passion for understanding and delivering customer service.

 

Scott Bywater

Vice Chair 

Scott is Vice Chair of TIGS Foundation Board and is an energetic and innovative communicator with 25 years’ experience in Marketing, consulting across dozens of different industries. He is also an experienced public speaker, thought leader, and a current parent with a son in Year 6 at TIGS. Scott's ongoing commitment to his Professional Development is at the forefront and cutting edge and he brings new thinking and problem solving into the Foundation. His Vision is to shift fundraising in a way where it becomes more magnetic and specifically project driven.
 

Helen Bywater

Secretary

Helen is Secretary of TIGS Foundation and has extensive experience in project management, running events, global recruitment and building client relationships, including over 15 years at one of Australia's most prestigious management consulting firms. Her son started at TIGS in Prep and is now the Junior School Captain. Her passion is to support the Scholarship Programme as well as to bring the community together through social events.
 

Joanne Danckwardt

Treasurer

Joanne is the Treasurer of TIGS Foundation and has been on the Board for the last 6 years. She is also Chair of TIGS Parents and Friends (P&F). She is a current parent with a son in Year 10 at TIGS. As well as the connections Joanne has built up in TIGS community over the years, she has extensive contacts in the local region through 20 years in Real Estate.  Her strong connections in TIGS community have been an asset to the Board. Her vision for the Foundation is that it continues to flourish.
 

 

Members:

Kevin Donald

Kevin is a long-standing and highly regarded member of TIGS community and has an extensive history with TIGS Foundation, School Council and as a parent and grandparent. His illustrious career included over 50 years working for Woolworths Group with responsibilities including acquisitions and facilities management. Kevin brings his broad and diverse knowledge, his extensive history, as well as his dedication in supporting every aspect about TIGS.

Craig Osbourne

Craig is a long-standing member of TIGS Foundation Board and an active part of the local community, serving on many not-for-profit boards and committees across the Illawarra. He is a former school parent and Managing Partner of a large regional law firm. Craig has a strong passion for creating connections and relationships within TIGS community. His vision is in bringing the community closer through events.

Usha Fernandez

Usha is a highly-valued member of TIGS community and the local medical fraternity. Her two daughters both attended TIGS and she is passionate about giving back to the community as a TIGS Foundation Board Member, organiser of the biennial Taj Mahal fundraiser and coordinator of the highly successful Indian stall at TIGS Great Fete. Usha considers TIGS to be an extended family and looks forward to watching generations continue to grow through a TIGS education.

Barry Hashemi

Barry has recently joined TIGS Foundation Board and has two sons at TIGS in Year 2 and Kindergarten. He is a trusted and well-known member of the local community through his local pharmacies. He is a well-respected lecturer in the Medicine and Chemistry faculties at the University of Wollongong. 

Catherine Geenty

Catherine has had 10 years’ experience in private practice as a legal professional and recently joined TIGS Foundation Board. She attended TIGS from Kindergarten to Year 12 and now has a daughter in TIGS Prep. She is a great asset to the Board for her professional skills as well as being both an alumni and current and connected parent. Catherine is and always has been an avid supporter of TIGS and is driven to support TIGS and be an excellent role model.

James Cooper

James graduated from TIGS in 2017 with a number of Academic and creative awards and he has already returned to join the Foundation Board with a keen vision to contribute to projects that will further the education of future students. He is a passionate and entrepreneurial young businessman and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. James’ vision is to improve communication between the Foundation and the school community. 


Foundation Coordinator - Lisa Wilson


 

Goals

 

TIGS Foundation Goals

Building Their Future – From Strength To Strength

There has always been a need for independent schools to be supported by their communities so that they continue to grow and provide each generation of students with the environment and facilities to excel. The TIGS Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the development of this school since its beginnings.

This year the Foundation has set clear and achievable goals that will benefit the current students of TIGS and future generations to come. The goals include:

  • Developing further as an inclusive, active and leading association in the School and broader community
  • Fundraising for the Rev Richard Bosanquet Scholarship which currently provides an opportunity for a Senior School student, who would not normally be able to experience a TIGS education, to flourish in and contribute to the Schools rich and diverse learning environment.
  • This year will see the continuation of the TIGS Foundation Annual Appeal.  The Foundation is asking that you make a fully tax deductible donation, which will go towards scholarships, buildings, land, and other worthy capital projects.   You can set up regular giving to the TIGS Foundation Annual Appeal by nominating the amount you would like to contribute.   Through the Foundation Annual Appeal you can make a difference for your children and for future children who will attend TIGS.

Thankyou

Thank you to all the supporters of Foundation who, during the last year, assisted in the achievement of many milestones and contributed to the School by providing significant funds towards the purchase of land adjacent to the School, the funding of the Rev Richard Bosanquet scholarship, art and academic prizes and a bespoke trophy cabinet to house the many awards and records of the School’s successes.
 

Community

Like many other organisations in the School, the Foundation has a dedication to the broader community extending beyond the Schools boundaries. The Foundation has taken the initiative to offer a scholarship that specifically aims to include and benefit a wider range of community members. At the same time Foundation will endeavour to build links with external organisations to enrich and strengthen the Schools place and value in the community.

 

 

 


Support

Many Ways To Contribute

There are many ways for a person, family, group or corporation the support to Foundation. Every contribution is valued and recognised in advancing Foundation towards the achievement of its goals. Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join or learn more about Foundation and how you can contribute.
 

Pledge

We ask for your support for TIGS Foundation Annual Appeal. All financial contributions to Foundation are fully tax deductible and will be used to provide financial assistance for the acquisition, construction and maintenance of the nominated projects or the Scholarship Fund. Through the Foundation you can make a difference for your children and for children and grandchildren who will attend TIGS in the future.

If every family gave a regular gift of $25 or more per quarter, this would considerably advance the School’s development program and enable us to maintain and further enhance the excellent learning facilities that we equate with TIGS.

Appeal Forms can be downloaded below.
icon TIGS Foundation - Annual Appeal Form

Once completed it can be email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to TIGS Foundation Office, PO Box 225 Figtree NSW 2525.
 
Donations may also be made by cheque written out to TIGS Foundation Ltd.
 

Bequest

A Bequest is a significant and lasting way of contributing to the future of the School. It is a gift of some value and can take many forms such as property, shares, works of art or a specific sum of money. It is not difficult to make a Bequest. If you would like more information on any of the above topics please contact the Foundation Office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wills & Estate Offer

Wills and Estate Planning offer




The Illawarra Grammar School Foundation ("TIGS Foundation") is pleased to offer TIGS students' parents, grandparents and extended family members Wills and other Estate Planning documents free of charge and/or at heavily discounted rates.  The TIGS Foundation has partnered with Heard McEwan Lawyers and RMB Lawyers in order to make this offer possible.
 

Aim

The aim is for TIGS students' family members to gain further value from being part of the TIGS community.
Further, it is hoped that TIGS family members that take advantage of this generous offer consider making a voluntary donation to the TIGS Foundation where all funds are utilised to purchase and build further significant and advanced facilities for TIGS students.
 

The Goals of TIGS Foundation

TIGS Foundation has set clear and achievable goals that will benefit the current students of TIGS and future generations to come.  The goals include:

Developing further as an inclusive, active, and leading association in the School and broader community.

Fundraising for the Reverend Richard Bosanquet Scholarship which currently provides an opportunity for a Senior School Student, who would not normally be able to experience a TIGS education, to flourish in and contribute to the Schools rich and diverse learning environment.

TIGS Foundation Annual Appeal.  The Foundation asks that you make a fully tax deductible donation, which will go towards scholarships or towards buildings, land and other worthy capital projects.

Through the Foundation, you can make a difference for your children/grandchildren and for future children who will attend TIGS.
 

Offer

The offer is summarised as follows:           

1. Simple Will for husband and wife or single parent.  Free of charge.
If you choose to make a voluntary donation to the TIGS Foundation the recommended donation is $300 per pair of wills or $200 for a single will.

2. Simple Will for husband and wife with Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian for each person.  The discounted market value is $600.  In this case $300 plus GST will be paid to the relevant law firm. If you choose to make a voluntary donation to the TIGS Foundation the recommended donation is $300.

3. Testamentary Trust Will alone.  The market value is in excess of $2,000.  In this case $1,000 plus GST will be paid to the relevant law firm.  If you choose to make a voluntary donation to the TIGS Foundation of the recommended donation is $1,000.

4. If you would like to consider leaving a bequest to the TIGS Foundation in your Will, our partner lawyers Heard McEwan and RMB Lawyers are prepared to see you to discuss free of charge to explain what such a bequest would mean and how it would be drafted into your Will.  If you wish to make a bequest into a simple Will the work by Heard McEwan and RMB Lawyers will be performed free of charge and you will not be asked to make a direct donation to the Foundation.

5. Other products and services by discussion and arrangement. 

The above documents can be prepared at your request by arrangement with significant financial benefit to you.

All voluntary donations to the TIGS Foundation are 100% tax deductible.

By making a donation you will become a valued member of the TIGS Foundation.
 

The Process

The process is for TIGS family members to contact Heard McEwan Lawyers or RMB Lawyers on the contact details below and book an obligation free consultation with either firm. 

At the consultation the lawyer will confirm pricing.  The work will either be free of charge with a donation to the TIGS Foundation or a component for payment to the law firm plus GST and a donation slip for the payment to TIGS Foundation.

The law firm will perform the work and upon completion issue the account for the law firm plus donation payment slip or just the donation payment slip depending on the work performed as agreed.
 

Details of the Law Firms

David Burrows
Heard McEwan Lawyers
91 Crown Street
Wollongong
Tel:  4254 5222
Offices also at Corrimal, Dapto and Shellharbour City
 
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Craig Osborne
RMB Lawyers
Level 3, 110-114 Crown Street
Wollongong
Tel:  4228 8288
Offices also at Dapto, Kiama, Barrack Heights,
Nowra, Bowral and Sydney
 
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Contact point at TIGS Foundation
Lisa Wilson
TIGS Foundation Coordinator
Tel: 4220 0264
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Contact Details

Contact Foundation:

Phone:
+61 2 4220 0264

Fax:
+61 2 4220 0201

Mail:
PO Box 225
Figtree 2525
Australia

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