Geelong Community Foundation News

$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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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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