Geelong Community Foundation News

Building On Great Foundation

Building on a Great Foundation

  The Geelong Community Foundation has announced the achievement of a major milestone – breaking the $30 million mark after 21 years in Geelong. Foundation Chair Hayden Torney said the achievement meant more grants could be made to local charities in the region. “We are also pleased to announce that over $1 million in grants...

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Wombat’s Special Work Recognised

Wombat’s Wish is a specialist service which offers support to bereaved children who are dealing with the grief and challenges which follow from losing a parent. Being the only service of this kind available in Victoria, Wombat’s Wish organises weekend programs down at Burnside Camp in Anglesea, bringing together children and families sharing a similar...

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Geelong collective giving group provides $46,000 grant for food security

Geelong’s passionate collective giving group, Philanthropy 500, has returned in its fourth year to fund another transformative grant for a local community organisation in 2020. A $46,000 grant has been awarded to Feed Me Bellarine. Since March this year they have provided 104,000 meals to the community using food rescued from the region. The grant...

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Philanthropy 500 Grant Finalists

We are very excited to announce the 3 programs that have been shortlisted in this years P500 grant program. Our grant review panel had 22 amazing applications to assess, it most certainly wasn’t an easy choice, so a very big congratulations to BCYF Barwon Child, Youth & Family Hope Bereavement Care & Bluebird Foundation Inc...

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P500 Update

2020 Philanthropy 500 (P500) Campaign Update Hear from two P500 Donors, Jeremy Williams & Andie Hamblin Join P500 2020 Now Grant Application Review Opportunity P500 Ambassadors We have reached 155 donors for our 2020 campaign – a fabulous effort considering the impact of COVID-19 on our community.  Thank you to our previous supporters who have...

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Foundation Update

2020 Virtual Grants Night Philanthropy 500 (P500) Changes to our Board Staff Update by Tony McManus This newsletter provides news and updates on how the Foundation is working to achieve its core purpose, to make a lasting difference to people in the Geelong Region. Like many organisations, we have had to change the way we...

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Mental Health gets a boost on the Bellarine Peninsula

Mental health services are set to get a much-needed boost on the Bellarine Peninsula with an urgent $30,000 grant made by the Geelong Community Foundation today. The grant will help secure a Youth Psychologist position at the Bellarine Community Health Drysdale youth services site. Gail Rodgers, the Geelong Community Foundation’s CEO said today “We are...

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Homelessness centre set to reopen

(Left to right) Tony McManus (Geelong Community Foundation Development Manager), Lisa Carberry (Lazarus Centre), Gail Rodgers (Geelong Community Foundation CEO), Don Winterton (Lazarus Centre Community Operations Manager), Wendy (Volunteer), Michael Nolan (Founder/Board Member) A local homelessness centre that has been shut for the last 6 weeks, is set to reopen its doors with the help...

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Emergency food supplies guaranteed to keep coming to Geelong

Crucial supplies from around Geelong and Melbourne to local food banks will continue, thanks to an emergency grant for a new food delivery van organised by the Geelong Community Foundation. Marcus Godinho the CEO of FareShare said “Without this support, we’d struggle to collect the abundance of meat, vegetables and donations of other ingredients from...

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Geelong Mums on Track!

Geelong Mums will be able to continue their work following an urgent grant of $40,000 made by the Geelong Community Foundation. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the local charity that supports families in need, had experienced two of their busiest months ever, without their volunteers and their usual supply of donated goods from the community....

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Foundation steps in to help keep Bellarine charity open

An urgent grant of $40,000 has been made to a local charity that prepares and donates meals to those in need. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Feed Me Bellarine’s income has been dramatically reduced and circumstances were threatening its operation. They approached the Geelong Community Foundation for urgent help, to support rent for the premises...

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P500 virtual launch

Due to current circumstances, we were unable to hold our much anticipated P500 launch that was scheduled in March. But, never fear, we are holding a virtual launch this Thursday at 7pm with a FaceBook live event. Tune in to our first ever FaceBook live event and hear from our P500 Chair, Simon Loader. Simon...

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