The Ashton-Nixon Bequest supported the Bob Brown Foundation in 2017. Steve and Ro met Bob in the Tarkine in 2013 and subsequently met in Hobart in 2015.
The Ashton-Nixon Bequest supported the Magnetic island Nature Care Association in 2018. One of the aims of this grant was to support a feasibility study to provide a new walking track alongside a section of the Arcadia-Horseshoe Bay Road, to increase the safety of walkers and cyclists. Steve and Ro have had a long association with Magnetic Island.