The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Limited is a non-profit, non-political organisation created in 1979 to promote excellence in health research, scholarship and postgraduate study by Australians.
In 1978, the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust was formed and its public appeal raised $6.2 million. The funds were invested and the Trust created its principal memorial - the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation.
Since 1979, the Menzies Foundation has expended more than $20 million from investment income on a program of initiatives which have included:
- the establishment of the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
- the establishment of the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Hobart
- the establishment of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney and Canberra
- the funding of post-graduate scholarships in the fields of Medicine, Law, Engineering and Earth Sciences for study in the United Kingdom
- the creation and funding of a research scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences at postgraduate level in Australia
- support for the Menzies Memorial Scholars Association
- support for Museum Victoria's Outreach Program and various web site programs such as Australia's Federation and Caught & Coloured
- the sponsorship of a series of workshops, seminars and lectures on public health related themes
- financial support for the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, London
- the restoration and maintenance of "Clarendon Terrace" in East Melbourne, owned by the National Trust
- the creation of the Menzies Virtual Museum web site.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of honorary directors, in accordance with the objectives in its Memorandum of Association. The day to day business of the Foundation is managed by a small secretariat and a part-time salaried Executive Director.