Geelong Community Foundation News

Mental Health – Spotlight on the Empowerment Challenge

The Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on a wonderful local organisation providing critical support to young mothers. Like many good ideas, The Empowerment Challenge began over a cup of coffee when a group of women who were involved in existing programs for younger mothers were lamenting the fact that, although there were some...

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Helping students stay the course -an interview with Leigh Bartlett, BATForce

The Barwon Adolescent Taskforce (BATF) began in 1978 over an instant coffee, when a group of Youth Workers decided that they could work best if they worked together. “A lot has changed since then and BATF has changed with it,” says Executive Officer Leigh Bartlett. “As an organisation, we are governed by a Board and...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Bron Lawson

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria.   Meet Bron Lawson, founder and program manager...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Lana Purcell

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria.   Meet Lana Purcell, founder and CEO at...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Kaylene Reeves

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria. Meet Kaylene Reeves, co-managing director of Norlane Community...

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Gallery launch for this year’s P500 campaign

Our 2023 P500 Launch was held at the stunning Geelong Gallery in March where we experienced our largest ever attendance! From 90 donors in 2017 to more than 260 in 2022 and six worthy organisations funded, the power of the P500 Giving Circle is evident. Guests were able to hear from last year’s grant recipient...

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New Program Manager Appointed

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Amy Waters to our newly created Program Manager position. Amy has joined the Foundation at an opportune time, to be part of grant application review process, engaging  with representatives from community organisations.  This  will help us to understand, in greater detail, the work they do to support ...

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Adroit Annual Charity Golf Day a huge success

Geelong region businesses were out in full force for the recent 20th Adroit Insurance & Risk Charity Golf Day, joining MC Nicky Buckley in raising more than $97,000 for a worthy local cause. 150 players hit the stunning 13th Beach Golf Links course at Barwon Heads to battle it out for the prestigious Adroit Charity...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Rachael Parker

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria.   Meet Rachael Parker, founder and CEO at...

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We are hiring – Program Manager

The Geelong Community Foundation is seeking a Program Manager to fill a newly created position within the organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to build on the Geelong Community Foundation’s grant program that has provided $12m in grants to community organisations since inception in 2001. The ideal candidate for this role will have considerable experience...

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2022 P500 Grant Recipient Announcement

The $75,000 P500 grant for 2022 has been awarded, via donor vote, to Wombat’s Wish. A very emotional Pitch and Vote Night was held last night at Geelong West Town Hall in front of 190 P500 donors and their guests.  The three presentations were moving, inspirational, informative and made you proud to live in a...

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2022 P500 Pitch and Vote Night

  We are excited for this Thursday 24th November when the three shortlisted organisations will pitch for the 2022 P500 grant of $75,000. Below are the pitch videos from the three organisations.  

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