Geelong Community Foundation News

Chairperson Michael Betts Update

It is my pleasure as Chairperson to update our donors and stakeholders on the work of the Geelong Community Foundation. The Foundation has raised a record amount of money in the 2022 financial year of over $1.7 million. We continue to see a growth in bequests, both in number and value, and we have welcomed...

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Connecting with legal and finance professionals in the region

On Thursday September 8 at the Geelong Library, the Foundation co-hosted a professional development event with Foley’s List for legal and finance professionals in the region. The purpose of this event was to support lawyers and financial planners in the community by extending their knowledge on gifts in wills. “ The event provides the opportunity...

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Media release: New Financial Literacy Program offers early-intervention support

People in the Geelong region experiencing financial difficulty are now able to receive financial-management support to avoid reaching a crisis point, thanks to Volunteering Geelong’s pilot Financial Literacy Program. The program has grown from a joint initiative between the Geelong Community Foundation and Give Where You Live, with the aim of fostering a collective response...

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Adroit Golf Day Capital Grant 2023 expressions of interest now open

Adroit Insurance & Risk will host its 20th Annual Charity Golf Day at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads on 2 March, 2023. 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...

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261 donors to P500 2022!

We did it – 261 donors! Sincere thanks to the 261 donors who have signed up for P500 2022. This is a record result, smashing our target of 250! The P500 Committee is so excited to have achieved this outcome. Thank you again for sharing the journey of collective giving with us through P500, which...

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Creative community conversations

“What makes your cells sing?” It’s a question that Jules Haddock, Art of the Minds President and & genU Training Mental Health Educator, often asks people. “What makes you really happy, like every cell is dancing in your body? Those things are really important to our mental health,” she says. Arts of the Minds is...

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Maryanne’s mentoring experience with Geelong Youth Engagement

Adroit Insurance & Risk, one of our community partners, has a long culture of supporting and engaging with the local community. Maryanne Cleasby, Head of Business Improvement and IT at Adroit Insurance & Risk, is a volunteer mentor on Geelong Youth Engagement’s (the recipient of last year’s P500 grant) Kokoda Youth Program. Maryanne has experienced...

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Volunteering Geelong’s new pilot program offers financial education

People living in the Geelong region experiencing financial difficulty are now able to receive assistance on how to manage their money and avoid reaching a crisis point, thanks to Volunteering Geelong’s pilot Financial Literacy Program. Volunteering Geelong is an independent not-for-profit organisation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life within the community sector...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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