P500 2022 Campaign Launch

“By giving $500, and having it become part of a larger gift, I feel like a major donor. The impact we can make as a group is inspiring.” – Bridgette Kelly, former P500 Committee Chair.

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Matthew (GYE), Kelly (GYE), Cormac (P500 Chairperson), Olivia (P500 Committee Member) & Gail (GCF CEO)

On Thursday March 3rd, the Geelong Community Foundation celebrated its 2022 P500 Campaign Launch. Past P500 donors and guests came together at the KO Creative Studio in Newtown to learn about this year’s campaign and find out how last year’s P500 grant is being used.

At the launch, Gail Rodgers, CEO of the Foundation, introduced Cormac Hanrahan as the new P500 Committee Chair. A founding member of P500, Cormac is a photographer from the Surf Coast who supports the Foundation with photography and videography on a pro-bono basis. We also heard from Kelly at Geelong Youth Engagement (GYE), who provided an update on how GYE is using its 2021 P500 grant of $68,000 for the “Strive” program. Matthew, one of Strive’s participants, shed light on how the program is changing lives.

The theme for this year’s P500 grant is community wellbeing. Grant applications will open in August. The P500 Committee and the Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and in November, P500 donors will meet for a special event to hear the finalists’ presentations and vote on which local organisation will receive the transformative grant.

What you can do to help
The 2022 P500 campaign is now open for donations. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this year’s campaign. If you’d like to get on board, you can easily donate online here or contact Gail Rodgers for the direct deposit details. (Please note: if you wish to make a monthly donation online, you need to select the “Monthly” box.)

More information about the P500 program is available here. Please share this with your colleagues, friends and family and help us reach our 2022 target of 250 donors, which will deliver a $60,000+ grant to the community.

About P500
P500 is the Geelong Community Foundation’s starting point for philanthropy. It harnesses the power of collective giving to fund transformative grants through the combined contributions of individuals, families and businesses. It involves $500 contributions from a collective who are involved first-hand in the grant-making process to provide a high-impact gift to a community organisation in the Geelong Region.