The Geelong Community Foundation has announced the achievement of a major milestone – breaking the $30 million mark after 21 years in Geelong. Foundation Chair Hayden Torney said the achievement meant more grants could be made to local charities in the region with over $1 million in grants to 54 community organisations in the 2020-21 financial year
Foundation Chief Executive Officer Gail Rodgers said the grants focus on priority issues that exist within our community, providing organisations with extra resources to address many needs.
“Examples of grants making a difference include $37,000 to Norlane Community Initiatives, which will increase the organisation’s capacity to build a healthy, sustainable neighbourhood through the work they are doing at the Aviary Café.
“Skyline Education Foundation will also continue to rollout their ‘alumni as tutors’ program with a grant of $25,000, supporting gifted students in vulnerable situations.
“Other grants include $40,000 to the Barwon Disability Council; $30,000 – Community Veracity; $25,000 – Sirovilla; $30,000 – Volunteering Geelong; $30,000 – Bluebird Foundation; $28,000 – Geelong Mums; $22,000 – The Sanctuary Counselling Centre; and $30,000 – Shine for Kids.
“The Foundation’s grant program has been achieved by donations, gifts in wills and our investment performance.
“The Foundation makes grants effectively from the income of its corpus. The more the Foundation grows, the more grants can be distributed each year.
“The sustainable asset we are building for our community will be there forever, helping to meet the growing needs of the broader Geelong area.
“I urge anyone who can – companies, individuals or families – to start their own named fund and join with us in making a real difference in our region,” Gail said.
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contact: Gail Rodgers, 0431 059 905