Your Gift Working Forever

Become a donor

The Geelong Community Foundation encourages individuals, families and businesses to donate to the Foundation so that the accumulated capital (the corpus) is retained in the Geelong region and the income generated is used to meet the need of the local community.

The Foundation is different from most other charitable organisations. When you donate to the Foundation your gift is added to the corpus from which income is derived for annual distribution as Grants. The funds are invested with an emphasis on security and under the guidance of professional advisers.

The Foundation invites the public to contribute each year but it does not conduct a major fund raising appeal. If  donors have a particular interest in a charitable area they can request the establishment of a ‘Field of Interest Fund’ as part of the Foundation.

The Choice is Yours

When a donor makes a tax deductible gift to the Foundation it is credited to the Gift Fund. All gifts are pooled for investment purposes and are subject to the terms of the Foundation Trust Deed. Non tax-deductible gifts such as bequests are credited to the Open Fund and pooled with other bequests. These gifts are subject to the terms of the Open Fund Trust Deed.  There is no entry fee or establishment cost. Whichever of these forms of giving you may choose will be welcomed.

We as a community can make a difference, by helping each other. People in the Geelong region, with a philanthropic desire to support their community, can put their money where their heart is and donate to the Foundation. They see the Foundation as a way of assisting with support and helping to find solutions to the many challenges facing the people of our region.

There are many social issues facing our region and the task is huge, but so is the resolve of many people, including the Foundation.

Key Benefits

Giving through the Geelong Community Foundation is an efficient and easy alternative to setting up a permanent, private foundation. There are no establishment fees, compliance issues or ongoing costs such as accounting, audit and legal...


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How to donate

A number of options exist for your donation to the Geelong Community Foundation tax deductible Gift Fund.  You can print our donation form here. Donation options are; Credit Card – see the donation form – mail to...


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Named funds

Named Funds are a growing way philanthropists can give to the Geelong Community Foundation.  The gift in these cases can carry the name of the donor or the donor’s family. The name may honour someone...


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Bequest

  When making your Will it is important to consider your family and other loved ones. There is also the opportunity to have a positive impact on the future of the Geelong region by leaving...


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Scholarships

The Geelong Community Foundation Scholarship Fund is a public fund developed for the charitable purpose of providing scholarships, bursaries and prizes to promote education in pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary courses. The Allison Murphy Memorial...


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Philanthropy 500

100 people @ $500 = $50,000 high impact gift to our local community A new way of giving to the Geelong Community Foundation “By giving $500, and having it become part of a $50,000 gift,...


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