Geelong Community Foundation News

Media release: New partnership between South Western Golf Association and Geelong Community Foundation

Not only does golf bring people together, it’s also a catalyst for giving back. This philosophy is at the core of the new partnership between the South Western Golf Association (SWGA) and Geelong Community Foundation (the Foundation). A chance meeting at the Barwon Heads Golf Club between Hayden Torney, the Foundation’s former Chairperson and Graeme...

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19th Adroit Insurance & Risk Charity Golf Day raises $104,000

The Adroit Insurance & Risk Charity Golf Day, of which the Foundation is a community partner, is one of the largest events in the Geelong fundraising calendar. Since its inception, the annual event has raised more than $1 million for local causes, and will have far-reaching benefits in our community for many years to come....

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Schools in Philanthropy Program returns in 2022

We are delighted to see our Schools in Philanthropy Program return in 2022. Established by the Foundation in 2011, the program allows VCAL students predominantly in Year 12 to work with community organisations that have applied for grants while learning about philanthropy, social awareness and community leadership. The program aims to inspire young people to...

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$102,000 for children and families needing a hand

Students and families across the region who need help with the material costs of attending school have been provided with support through the Geelong Community Foundation’s partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). The FRRR Back to School Program — in partnership with a range of Trusts and Foundations, including the Glover...

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P500 2022 Campaign Launch

“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, former P500 Committee Chair. On Thursday March 3rd, the Geelong Community Foundation celebrated its 2022 P500 Campaign Launch. Past P500 donors and guests came...

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Changing lives through surfing

Walking along the beach at Ocean Grove or Anglesea on any given weekend, you might see a group of adults and teens with brightly coloured rash vests and soft-top boards, laughing and playing in the waves. You would assume you’re watching a surfing lesson, and you’d be right. But, just like the ocean itself, there...

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Once-in-a-lifetime mentor opportunity with Geelong Youth Engagement

Would someone in your workplace, community or even yourself like to make a difference to someone’s life? Adroit Insurance & Risk has had a long-term relationship with the Geelong Community Foundation, including as community partner of the Adroit Insurance & Risk Charity Golf Day. In this role, the Foundation has supported Adroit Insurance & Risk...

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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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