Philanthropy 500

Collective giving for Geelong

2019 Philanthropy 500 Program is now closed for donations.  Our best ever result has been achieved with 181 donors contributing $500.


What is Philanthropy 500?

$500 contributions from a collective of the Geelong community providing a high impact gift to our local community – a smart way of giving to the Geelong Community Foundation. 

Visit our P500 Grant page for more information about the grant application process.

“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, Chair, P500 Committee

Philanthropy 500 (P500) is the starting point of your philanthropic journey. It harnesses the power of collective giving to fund transformative grants through the combined contributions of individuals, families and businesses.

P500 provides an accessible entry point for like-minded donors across all generations to pool their donations, support their community and experience the grant-making process first-hand. Events are held for P500 donors throughout the year that provide education on their chosen impact area, offer networking opportunities, celebrating shortlisted grantees and selecting the final grant recipient.

Here is our 2019 P500 flyer.

How it works

P500 aims to highlight unmet needs in our community, to increase involvement in philanthropy across Geelong and support life-changing community programs. Our strategy is to make one primary grant each year and to grow an endowment fund collectively.

In 2018 we achieved our goal to engage 150 people to provide a $500 donation which was pooled to provide a grant to Good Cycles, chosen through a vote of the P500 Donors.  $37,500 was also added to the P500 Sub Fund.  The P500 Sub Fund provides a lasting gift to our community with the interest from this fund added to the P500 grant each year.  The Grant to Good Cycles was $37,500 plus the $2,500 interest from the P500 endowment fund.

Grant Theme

In 2017, the inaugural P500 grant had a focus of community wellbeing, in 2018 the theme was youth and in 2019 the Donors, via survey at the P500 vote night, agreed that the theme will be family support.  Donors will gather at a special event in November to hear finalist presentations and vote on which local community organisation, providing family support, will receive a transformative grant.  Our target for this grant will be $50,000.

Why Join P500

James Ramia explains why he is a P500 Donor


  • Start your philanthropic journey with like-minded people
  • Fund a transformative grant through a $500 donation
  • Be actively involved in the grant-making process
  • Broaden your understanding of challenges faced in the Geelong region
  • Be a part of a contemporary, inclusive and rewarding opportunity

Join us

A donation of $500 or more secures your place in the P500 program. Donate $500 today, $100 a month for five months or $42 per month ongoing to make a lasting positive impact on the Geelong community.

P500 Donation Options & Donor Form

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For further information about P500, please contact Foundation staff or any P500 Committee Member:

Gail Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 03 5244 7831
Mobile: 0431 059 905

Tony McManus, Development Manager
Tel: 03 5244 7830
Mobile: 0417 334 434

Philanthropy 500 Committee

Thank you to our P500 committee members:

Bridgette Kelly, Whyte Just & Moore – Chairperson
Matt Torney, Muirfield Financial Services – Vice-Chair
Shona De Forest, GMHBA – Secretary
Melinda Planken, Muirfield Financial Services
Charlie MacKinnon, Baillieu Holst
Hayden Baker, Bendigo Bank
Peter Johnston
Paul Statham
Simon Loader, Tract Consultants
Catherine Muir
Cormac Hanrahan, Cormac Hanrahan Photography
John O’Shannassy
Thane Joske
Olivia Mackie-Coop
Lachie McColl, Geelong Community Foundation Board
Carly Post, Geelong Community Foundation Board

P500 is a collective giving program that has established a Sub Fund within the Geelong Community Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible.

2017 Program Update

On Friday 17 November 2017, the inaugural Philanthropy 500 (P500) grant was awarded to Gateways Support Services based on the vote of 2017 P500 donors.  Three organisations were shortlisted and pitched their cause and the intended use of the $22,500 grant.  More information about each of the finalists is available here.

Read about the winner here.