Stella Forever Fund

The Stella Prize, secured forever

The Stella Forever Fund is an initiative to secure the future of the Stella Prize. The fund seeks to raise $3 million to endow the prize money for the Stella Prize in perpetuity.

Stella launched the Fund in 2016 with the support of visionary patrons, Paula McLean and Ellen Koshland. In 2021, Stella was honoured with an extraordinary further gift of $1 million from Paula McLean, in one of the largest donations to Australian literature to date.

Thanks to the collective generosity of our wide community of donors, Stella successfully reached its $3 million endowment target in April 2022 to coincide with the milestone of the tenth annual Stella Prize.

The Board and staff of Stella thank everyone who gave to the Stella Forever Fund. Your gift – no matter how big or small – has ensured the Stella Prize is secured for generations of writers and readers to come.

It’s been a special joy for me to champion the Stella Forever Fund. Leaving a legacy that amplifies and celebrates the stories of women in all its diversity – stories that offer a more complete national narrative – will be an enduring gift to Australian women writers and new generations of readers.


Paula McLean

Thanking Supporters to the Stella Forever Fund

Stella is incredibly grateful to the invaluable supporters who have contributed to the Stella Forever Fund:

Nicole Abadee
Anita Apsitis & Graham Anderson
Ilana Atlas
Marie-Louise Ayres
Joanna Baevski
Duncan Baillie
Diane Balnaves
Mim & Michael Bartlett
Kaye Baudinette
Caroline Beecham & John Lydon
Donica Bettanin
Beverly Shelton Estate
Susy Bogle
Wendy Bonnici
Jaclyn Booton on behalf of her mother, Lois Booton
John Boulton
Ros Bradley
Cathy Brigden
Jillian Broadbent AC
Marjorie Brown
Fran Bryson
Abbey & Daniel Burns
Paula Cameron
Krystyna Campbell–Pretty AM & family
Caroline Chernov
Christine Christian AO
Andrea Cosentino
Dianne Cuka
Sophie Cunningham
Susanne Dahn
Sue Dalzell
Darin Cooper Foundation
Merran Dawson
Julie Day
Sue Dilley
Tina Dunemann
Antony Ede
Anne Edwards
Anne Elvey
Jeanie Faure
Kathryn Favelle
Giancarlo Ferraro
Nancy Fox AM
Nicole Freeman
Deborah Fullwood
Enza Gandolfo
Milena Gates
Justice Michelle Gordon AC
Sharon Green
Andy & Jill Griffiths
Alexandra Grimwade
Wendy Handley
Louise Harding
Verity Hawkins
Morgan Harrington
Michaela Healey
Elizabeth Hegerty
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Janice Hirshorn
Sally Holdsworth
Debra Huntley
Christine Ingleton
Julie Ireland
Lynne Jensen in memory of her mother, Neryl Jensen
Pamela Johnstone
Louise Jones
Sandra Kanck
Key Foundation
Lillian Kline
Aliza Knox
Ellen Koshland
Lambert Bridge Foundation
Berry Liberman
Sandy Libling
Tanya Licina
Catherine Livingstone AO
Juliet Lockhart
Carey Lonsdale
Georgia Lynas
Sherry MacKay
Bobbi Mahlab
The Mahlab Family
Gillian May
Sandra McCullagh
Meg McKinlay
Paula McLean
Rob McLean AM
Fiona McLeay
Catherine Milne
Nicola Milne
Georgina Moodie
Heather Motteram
Keren Murray & David Dyer
Sue Murray
Cynthia Nadai
Robyn Nagel
Maddi Newling
Katia Nizic
Patricia O’Donnell
Oranges & Sardines Foundation
Cosette Paneque
Katy Phillips
Francesca Rendle-Short
Seri Renkin OAM & Danny Bessell
Friends and family of Seri Renkin OAM
Catherine Richardson
Lenore Robertson
Justine & Damian Roche
Mary Rose
Rosebrook Foundation
Mark Rubbo
Caroline Ryan
Ron Savage
Serp Hills Foundation
Angela Scarra
Margie Seale
Margie Seale in memory and honour of her mother, Lucille de Lepervanche
Elizabeth Shaw & Shane Murphy
Julianne Schultz
David & Helen Slater
Marion Slawson
Melissa Smith on behalf of her daughters
Penny Smith on behalf of her mother, Elizabeth Osborne
Ava Stephens
Janice Stuckey
Amanda Thornton
Helen Tobias
Trawalla Foundation
Rosie Williams & John Grill AO
Wilson Foundation
Penelope Ward-Ambler
Claire Wivell Plater & James Kirby
Janet Whiting AM
Sophy Williams
Lorre Zuckerman

Help change the story

As a not-for-profit organisation with ambitious goals, Stella relies on the generous support of donors to help fund our work.

Every donation is important to us and allows Stella to continue its role as the leading voice for gender equality and cultural change in Australian literature.

Stella is a not-for-profit organisation with DGR status. All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.