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SAM Foundation Board Members

Mr John Head - Chairman
CEO, Shepparton Foot Clinic

Mr Sandy Clark – Co-Deputy Chairman
Chairman, The William Buckland Foundation

Mr Carrillo Gantner AO – Co-Deputy Chairman
Chairman, Sidney Myer Fund

Mr Andrew Fairley AM
Chair, The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation

Mrs Jo-Anne Foster
Senior Account Executive, Griffiths Goodall Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Mr Adam Furphy
Managing Director, J Furphy & Sons

Mrs Meryl Hill

Ms Clare Pullar
Senior Consultant, Marts & Lundy

Ms Polly Symons
Solicitor, Morrison & Sawers Lawyers

The SAM Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and its purpose is to undertake a significant capital drive for a new expanded Art Museum and to grow funds to benefit the SAM collection and program.

The SAM Foundation has deductible gift recipient status which provides opportunity for SAM in generating greater philanthropic giving and thereby increasing its capacity to exhibit greater quality works. It is a repository for gifts and bequests made for the long-term benefit of SAM and the broader community.

If you would like to express interest in the SAM Foundation you can be in touch with SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates on phone (03) 5832 9517 or via email, or SAM Foundation Director of Development Sheila Colwell via email

Tree of Giving for a new SAM

A New SAM lapel pins are available for $20 in the SAM Shop

An initiative of the SAM Foundation, the goal of the Tree of Giving is to raise $500,000 over the development of a new Shepparton Art Museum. This will incorporate significant art acquisitions, Indigenous and multicultural programming and initatives.

The Tree of Giving is on display in the entrance of SAM. The Tree will grow with your donation. You can pledge your support for a New SAM by buying a Gold, Silver or Bronze leaf with your name inscribed to be added to the Tree of Giving from the SAM Shop.

Gold Leaf $300
Silver Leaf $200
Bronze Leaf $100

Alternatively you can buy a New SAM lapel pin and talk to your friends and family about why an expanded Art Museum would be good for Shepparton.

The Foundation recognises the importance of a vibrant cultural offering in order to attract visitors and investment in the region, providing economic stimulus for the community. The new SAM will significantly expand upon the economic and social benefits flowing from its programs. The new SAM will enable the presentation of international and flagship exhibitions and showcase the cultural diversity of our region. Every great city needs a great Art Museum. Now is your chance to pledge your support for this vision.

All proceeds will go toward the capital fundraising drive for a new SAM. Donations to the SAM Foundation are tax deductable.

The Tree of Giving is proudly donated by the Copulos family.