Collective giving for Geelong

2017 Program Update

On Friday 17 November, the inaugural Philanthropy 500 (P500) grant was decided 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.

2018 Philanthropy 500 Program is Now Open for donations

What is Philanthropy 500?

150 people @ $500 = $75,000 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 $75,000 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.

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 our goal is to engage 150 people to provide a $500 donation which will be pooled to make a $37,500 grant to a local charity of the group’s choosing and to add $37,500 to the P500 Sub Fund. Donations are tax-deductible. The P500 Sub Fund provides a lasting gift to our community with the interest from this fund to be added to the P500 grant each year.

Grant Theme

In 2017, the inaugural P500 grant had a focus of community wellbeing in the Geelong region. A survey of P500 donors in January confirmed that the grant theme for 2018 will be youth.  Donors will gather at a special event in November to hear finalist presentations and vote on which local charity, providing support to young people, will receive a transformative grant of $37,500.

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

At an event in July 2018, P500 donors will have the opportunity to gain insights into work being done by community leaders in the impact area of youth support.  Representatives will share their knowledge and experience and build awareness among donors of the issues and challenges and how they are working to make a difference and build strong communities.

Read more in the Philanthropy 500 brochure.

Join us

A donation of $500 or more secures your place in the 2018 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

DONATE NOW via GiveNow

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
Shelly Taylor, GHD – Vice-Chair
Shona De Forest, GMHBA – Secretary
Melinda Planken, Muirfield Financial Services
Charlie MacKinnon, Baillieu Holst
Matt Torney, Muirfield Financial Services
Hayden Baker, Bendigo Bank
Peter Johnston
Paul Statham
Amanda Jennings
Hayden Bateman, Wisewould Mahony
Catherine Muir
Cormac Hanrahan, Cormac Hanrahan Photography
John O’Shannassy
Lachie McColl, 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.