Geelong Community Foundation News

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Struggling Families

Even before the pandemic hit, we have a problem with struggling families in our Region. However COVID19 has definitely made things worse. There has been a 20% increase in family violence in Greater Geelong. This was during the 12 month period to September 2020. In addition there has been a 33% increase in breaches of...

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The wonder of compound interest

Albert Einstein is reputed to have said, ‘Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.’ It’s an adage Mike Deam lives by when giving. Mike, his wife Glenys and their two adult children make up the Deam Family Fund, a Geelong Community Foundation sub fund. “I started my investment journey in the 1970’s and...

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Giving made easy for business

Wightons Lawyers has a simple ethos: ‘We’re here to help’. It’s a philosophy that extends to the entire Geelong community. “We’re here to help our clients through the good and bad and to plan for the future,” says Managing Director Justine Finlay, “and we feel the same way about our broader community. We really believe...

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Knowledge leads to compassion

Sometimes there’s only one barrier stopping young people making a difference in our community: a lack of knowledge. This was the powerful lesson learned by Surf Coast Secondary College recently through this year’s Schools in Philanthropy program. The program, established by the Geelong Community Foundation in 2011, allows VCAL students to work with community organisations...

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Foundation News

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 with over $1 million in grants to 54 community organisations in the 2020-21...

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More than the money

Here’s a question every philanthropist should ask themselves: How can we ensure the money we give is worth more than its dollar value? Nicholas Adamou, Principal of North Geelong Secondary College, has an answer. It’s worth more when it means a student can turn up to school with the right supplies. It’s worth more when...

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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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