Steve Ashton and his wife Ro Nixon have established a philanthropic bequest to support architecture, medical research and the environment. Steve always thought that the business skills developed in his Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at Swinburne contributed greatly to the success of his firm, ARM Architecture. In particular, the bequest will support scholarships for young architects to gain business training at universities of their choice.

The bequest is part of a public ancillary fund (the Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation ABN 38 981 887 768), which means anyone can contribute to the bequest and their contribution is completely tax deductible.