Geelong Community Foundation News

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Community and connection changes lives

  When Kaylene Reeves from Norlane Community Initiatives is asked about how her organisation can change lives, she has a powerful story to tell. “Ten years ago, we started working with a family made up of a single mum with six children,” she says. “One of the children was struggling with ADHD and the medication...

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Trekking towards a bright future

In 2018, 17-year-old Amy Leach conquered the gruelling 96km Kokoda trail, one of the hardest hikes in the world, calling it a moment she will ‘never forget’. But it was a different moment one year earlier – the moment that began the journey towards this enormous achievement – that truly changed her life forever. “I...

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Connection with community

In Geelong, business, family and community are interconnected. Some companies founded in the region decades ago have seen the city grow alongside their venture and, often, their own children. Backwell IXL is one of these businesses. The fifth-generation family-owned manufacturing company, which started as a small blacksmith shop in Aberdeen Street more than 160 years...

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Foundation News

It has been a tremendous year for the Geelong Community Foundation in 2020-21, in terms of generous donations from new and existing Sub Funds, strong market return on our investment portfolio and grants paid to community organisations in excess of $1 million. Financial highlights include: $30.96 million funds under management (up from $25.92 million last...

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2021 P500 $68,000 Grant Recipient

  The 2021 P500 $68,000 grant was awarded to Geelong Youth Engagement for implementation of their new “Strive” program. “Strive” is designed to support vulnerable young people who have challenges such as truancy, drug & or alcohol abuse, family violence & mental health among others. A link to the recording of Vote Night, held on...

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P500 Vote Night

  We are excited for this Thursday 18th November when the three shortlisted organisations will pitch for the 2021 P500 grant of $68,000. The pitch event will be held online for donors from 7pm which will include a live Q & A with the organisations. Here’s the pitch videos from the three organisations.    ...

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Adroit Annual Charity Golf Day

  Adroit Insurance and Risk, along with our community partner the Geelong Community Foundation, will host its 19th Annual Charity Golf Day at 13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads on 17th March 2022. We are proud to say the event has grown to one of the largest in the Geelong fundraising calendar, with teams of...

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Geelong responds in kindness

Geelong donors have responded with open hearts and open wallets to the difficulties that have occurred in our community over the last two years. The Geelong Community Foundation today announced it has received over $1.1m in donations last year, almost double the previous two years combined. The Vice Chairperson, Michael Betts thanked all donors for...

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A break for Mums on the brink

Julia Roache from Geelong Mums knows more than anyone that a child’s car seat is so much more than a piece of equipment. “Having a car seat means parents have a way to get to doctor’s appointments, to see family and friends and to connect with their community,” Julia says. “We’re not changing systematic poverty...

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2021 P500 Grant Round Now Open

The 2021 P500 grant of $68,000, being offered in the impact area of community wellbeing across the Geelong region, is now open for applications.  Applications close at midnight on 14th September. In 2021, the grant of $68,000 is the largest ever offered in the short five-year history of P500.  We are grateful for the record number of donors – 236...

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Community and connection changes lives

When Kaylene Reeves from Norlane Community Initiatives is asked about how her organisation can change lives, she has a powerful story to tell. “Ten years ago, we started working with a family made up of a single mum with six children,” she says. “One of the children was struggling with ADHD and the medication he...

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Students pay it forward

Katrina Reynen from Skyline Education Foundation has spent enough time around students to realise one vital thing. “The students themselves are their own best role models,” she says. “They know that if they can see it, they can be it.” The community organisation provides intensive financial, educational, emotional, and practical support to gifted and academically...

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