Learned something new at the "Dinosaurs of Patagonia" exhibition
Had a positive overall experience at "Dinosaurs of Patagonia"
Thought the exhibition was well produced and presented.
Agree the WA Museum site they visited gave them a sense of joy, beauty and wonder
Agree the WA Museum provides enjoyable and vibrant spaces for visitors
Would attend another WA Museum exhibition in future based on their experience.
The Discovery Endowment Fund
All donations to the Foundation are directed through the Discovery Endowment Fund and are invested to provide long-term funding to the WA Museum.
The Discovery Endowment Fund is a self-sustaining source of funding for WA Museum. With the Fund's principal growing through philanthropic support and invested in perpetuity, a portion of the investment earnings is used each year to support the WA Museum. The annual support to the Museum is provided through the Foundation's Annual Grant Program, which is aligned to the Foundation's five pillars of support for the Museum.
Each year, based on the Museums priorities and the Discovery Endowment Fund's investment earnings, funds are made available to the WA Museum through the Foundation's Annual Grants Program. Within the framework of the Foundation's five support pillars, WA Museum independently directs how the annual grant funding is allocated to programs, projects, initiatives or acquisitions.
The Foundation's aim is to continue to grow the Discovery Endowment Fund in order to continue to provide regular annual grants to the Museum, and to grow the grant amount over time. The Foundation is actively seeking to grow corporate and private support for the Discovery Endowment Fund.
With ongoing philanthropic and corporate support and a low-risk, long-term focused investment strategy, the Discovery Endowment Fund will be able to provide growing annual returns to the WA Museum in perpetuity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an endowment fund?
An endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding. In an endowment fund, the principal is invested in perpetuity and only a portion of the investment’s earnings is used each year to support the fund’s purpose. Any earnings in excess of this distribution are used to continue to grow the fund’s market value.
Why was the Discovery Endowment Fund established?
The Discovery Endowment Fund was established to provide the Western Australian Museum with a source of grant funding independent of government funding and help secure its long-term future.
How is the Discovery Endowment Fund managed?
How can you support the Discovery Endowment Fund?
All donations to the Foundation are directed through the Discovery Endowment Fund. A portion of the Fund's investment earnings is used each year to support the WA Museum. The annual support to the Museum is provided through the Foundation's Annual Grant Program, which is aligned to the Foundation's five pillars of support for the Museum.
What are the Foundation's five pillars of support for the WA Museum?
You can find more information about the five WA Museum pillars we support on our page about the Foundation's impact.
The Foundation for the WA Museum's Annual Grant Program
Thanks to the support of the Foundation’s Founding Partners, other corporate partners and private philanthropic support, the Discovery Endowment Fund has grown to a size where a carefully calculated and measured return can start flowing to the Museum.