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The Foundation

WELCOME TO THE CAMPION FOUNDATION

The Campion Foundation is a private non-profit organisation which supports Campion College with a program of fund-raising and administration of gifts. The Foundation works closely with the College in building up a solid financial base for Campion and directing gifts to the College’s most important needs.

Campion College does not rely on government funds. Seeking to safeguard its identity as an authentically Catholic institution of higher learning, it relies instead on the generosity of those who believe that a spirit of sacrifice will make possible a truly distinctive college in Australia in the first century of a new millennium.

Gifts to Campion enable the College to meet a range of vital needs - including the provision of scholarships to needy students, covering not only tuition fees but also residential costs for country or out-of-state students; the continuing improvement of key facilities on campus, such as lecture halls and seminar rooms; and the acquisition of new resources for teaching and research, such as library books and access to scholarly computing networks.

The Foundation produces a quarterly newsletter, Campion’s Brag, which provides up-to-date information on the development of the College. It has a distribution list of over 10,000. Since 2002, Campion’s Brag has generated significant financial support for the College, both for its development prior to opening in 2006 and for its ongoing operation, amounting to more than $4 million.

Gifts to the Foundation are fully tax-deductible.

The Foundation is one of two bodies, separate though complementary, involved in the development of the College:

  • The Campion Foundation carried out the initial planning of the College, and provides financial support on a continuing basis; and
  • The Campion Institute is responsible for the governance of the College, especially in matters of institutional policy, direction and standards.

Foundation Directors

Joseph Bruyn
JOSEPH DE BRUYN
Chairman

National Secretary-Treasurer, Shop Distributive & Allied Employees’Association, Australia’s largest trade union headquartered in Melbourne.

 
Ryan Messmore
DR RYAN MESSMORE

President, Campion College Australia

Edmond O'DdonovanEDMOND O'DONOVAN

Edmond is a Brisbane-based consulting mechanical engineer and father of six.

Jim CosgraveJIM COSGRAVE

Jim Cosgrave's experience includes 20 years of senior marketing management with an international company followed by 30 years of managing his own business consultancy.

LaraKirk
LARA KIRK

Lara Kirk is a qualified workplace trainer and teacher of Senior English. She has also worked in the public service and recently as a political staffer to two Australian Senators. Lara has been a member of the Catholic lay community, the Disciples of Jesus, for 25 years and has extensive experience in pastoral care, youth outreach and marriage and relationship education. Lara has 5 children and is currently studying towards a Master of Theology.

 

James PowerJAMES G POWER

Managing Director of the Power Group of Companies with a background in business management.

Karl SchudeKARL G SCHMUDE

Well-known author and formerly University Librarian at the University of New England NSW. Since 2000, he has served as Executive Director of the Campion Foundation which established Campion College Australia.

Sophie YorkSOPHIE YORK

Sophie York is a barrister, law lecturer, author, Officer of the Royal Australian Navy Reserves, and mother of four sons.

Alumni