Geelong Community Foundation News

Geelong Youth Engagement STRIVE training session

On Thursday 14th July, P500 Committee members joined a training session for Geelong Youth Engagement’s new STRIVE program. STRIVE is funded by the Geelong Community Foundation’s $68,000 P500 grant from 2021. The program supports disadvantaged young people who miss out on a place in Geelong Youth Engagement’s renowned Geelong Kokoda Youth Program. The 20-week program...

Read more

Students Strive for a bright future

Peter Raidme believes in young people. As the Head of Student Wellbeing at Surf Coast Secondary College, he sees students challenge themselves, grow and become role models to others every year. But Peter knows that support, connection, and a sense of achievement are essential for teens to thrive, which is why he is a proud...

Read more

Supporters of P500 since inception – Nick Carter & Tamara Carman

  Geelong husband and wife Nick Carter and Tamara Carman used to face a common dilemma when trying to decide how best to give back to their community—they were overwhelmed by choice. They wondered how to make the biggest difference with the money they had to donate. “There are so many amazing charitable organisations that...

Read more

Media release: Community Foundation announces record grants total

Local community organisations are set to benefit from a record $1.26 million in grants awarded on May 26th by the Geelong Community Foundation. The CEO, Gail Rodgers was pleased with this year’s results. “Our record total has been distributed to 61 organisations, who are doing some amazing work in our community. This brings the total...

Read more

The magic of Ditto

For many children in the Geelong region, Ditto – a loveable lion cub from Bravehearts Foundation – is the catalyst for their development of lifelong skills surrounding personal safety. Teaching young people how to increase their resilience and decrease their vulnerability is at the heart of Bravehearts’ Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure personal safety program. Bravehearts...

Read more

Media release: $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 will be provided with support through the Geelong Community Foundation’s partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). The FRRR Back to School Program has been delivered in the region by the Geelong Community Foundation for many...

Read more

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...

Read more

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....

Read more

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...

Read more

$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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more