For FAQs regarding volunteering with Ardoch, visit here

For FAQs regarding Working with Children Check, visit here.

How can I update my contact details with Ardoch?

If you have moved house, changed your email address or phone number and would like to provide your updated details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your old and new details so we can update our records, or call us on 03 9537 2414. You can also submit your request to update your details through the enquiry form on our Contact page.

If you would like to update your banking details as a Friend of Ardoch for your monthly donations, please phone us on 03 9537 2414. 

How is my donation to Ardoch spent? And where does Ardoch’s funding come from?

Ardoch works hard to ensure that donor funds go directly to where they are needed most, to support children and young people in education. Our overheads and staffing costs are tightly controlled and managed, and Ardoch is recognised for our expertise in mobilising in kind support in the form of volunteer time and donated goods.

Ardoch’s annual operating revenue is derived from several streams of income: philanthropic trusts and foundations, the business sector, fundraising events and generous donations from individuals and organisations in the community. We receive only very small amounts of government funding, mostly from local governments in the communities in which we work.

When was Ardoch established?

Ardoch Youth Foundation began in 1988, when our Founder Kathy Hilton helped one young girl to complete her schooling. Visit the Our History page for more information.

How does Ardoch decide which schools or preschools to partner with?

Ardoch uses community data to identify areas with the highest need for educational support, such as Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) from ABS data. Our school partners have an Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) value of under 1,000 (the average), or are slightly higher but have more than 25% of students in the bottom quartile. More than 4,600 schools in Australia, across the government, independent and Catholic sectors have an ICSEA value of under 1,000.

We use the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data to identify target areas for our early years work where young children are particularly vulnerable when they start school, together with community data about socio-economic disadvantage. 

We predominantly work in a place-based manner in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Dandenong, Frankston and North Geelong, areas which have been identified as facing significant disadvantage in several research reports (AEDC, 2015; SEIFA Index of Disadvantage, 2011; Education in Australia, 2012).

This approach builds on Ardoch’s early work in local place-based settings that aimed to harness a wide spectrum of community support to help children in disadvantaged communities realise their potential through education by remaining at school, and leverages opportunities arising from our national programs that increase connections with corporate partners.

To enquire about becoming an Ardoch partner school please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 03 9537 2414. We would encourage you to view the list of our existing partner schools and early years services to get a more detailed overview of where we are currently working.

How do I change the amount of my monthly ‘Ardoch Stars’ donation?

Please call us on 03 9537 2414 to discuss your Ardoch stars monthly donations, and we will arrange for any changes to your monthly gift to be made.