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You can donate directly to us via this button. Thanks.

Or if you prefer to pay by EFT or bank deposit at any Bendigo Bank branch into our Gift Account, you can do so at:

Matrix Guild Of Victoria Inc Gift Account
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
ACCOUNT NO: 144 565 637

If you'd like your donation to be spent on affordable housing for older lesbians, please EFT or make a deposit at any Bendigo Bank branch into our Housing Gift Account as follows:

Matrix Guild Of Victoria Inc Gift Housing
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
ACCOUNT NO: 144 565 694

Membership/Donation Form

Matrix Guild Membership form can be downloaded here.

The Bequest

HeatherHeather Chapple, a lesbian feminist who loved animals, to dance, to bird watch and to coax vegetable seedlings from the soil, was also an accomplished poet and carpenter. When she died, Heather left $300,000 to Matrix for the purpose of providing affordable rental housing for older, financially disadvantaged lesbians. The Matrix Real Estate Task Group (RETG) formed and began looking for a unit or flat to buy with Heather’s bequest towards the end of 2008. This grew into a partnership with the Victorian Women's Housing Association and resulted in the purchase of three comfortable, accessible apartments. These are now rented to some of our members who are no longer in housing stress.

Read about the Housing Project here.

Consider Matrix in Your Will

Just as Heather has done, you too could make a difference to some of your lesbian sisters who are elderly, perhaps living with a disability and are in a poor financial position. Lesbians who aren’t homeowners, find it almost impossible to afford market rent on the aged or disability pension.

Please remember Matrix and her work in providing affordable, secure housing when you make your will. You can stipulate exactly how you’d like the money spent. For bequests, please identify Matrix as: Matrix Guild of Victoria Incorporated; ABN: 13 869 266 126; ACN: A00 260 57B.

If lesbians don’t bequest and donate money to Matrix’s housing projects, who will?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if the Matrix committee changes? Can I be confident that new committee members will carry out my wishes?

A: The terms of your bequest will bind Matrix in accordance with your intentions.  So a change in the composition of the committee cannot affect the obligation of Matrix to carry out your specific wishes as expressed in your Will.

Q: How secure would my bequest be?

A: All Matrix bequests are placed in a Term Deposit account until they are used for the purpose stipulated. Matrix bank accounts require two signatories for all transactions.  Currently, the signatories are Sara Elkas, Anneke Deutsch and Anna Cook.  As an incorporated association, Matrix’s finances are audited by independent auditors when required by law. We are endorsed as a Charitable Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient status by the Australian Taxation Office.

Q: What if Matrix is dissolved after I’ve made my Will?

A: There is a wind-up clause in the Matrix constitution which provides for any remaining assets to be transferred to a lesbian organisation with similar aims. You also have the option of nominating an alternative beneficiary/charitable organisation in your Will which would receive your bequest should the gift to Matrix fail because Matrix no longer exists.

If you have any specific questions about a bequest, Jennifer Feeney (Solicitor), is familiar with our affairs since she has done a lot of pro bono work for Matrix. She can be reached on either her mobile number 0416 167 555 or landline 03 9029 2285.

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