Making Donations

Become a donor

The Geelong Community Foundation encourages individuals, families and businesses to donate to the Foundation so that the accumulated capital (the corpus) is retained in the Geelong region and the income generated is used to meet the need of the local community.

The Foundation is different from most other charitable organisations. When you donate to the Foundation your gift is added to the corpus from which income is derived for annual distribution as Grants. The funds are invested with an emphasis on security and under the guidance of professional advisers.

The Foundation invites the public to contribute each year but it does not conduct a major fund raising appeal. If  donors have a particular interest in a charitable area they can request the establishment of a ‘Field of Interest Fund’ as part of the Foundation.


When a donor makes a tax deductible gift to the Foundation it is credited to the Gift Fund. All gifts are pooled for investment purposes and are subject to the terms of the Foundation Trust Deed. Non tax-deductible gifts such as bequests are credited to the Open Fund and pooled with other bequests. These gifts are subject to the terms of the Open Fund Trust Deed.

Donors invariably decide to create Named Funds, often bearing the name of the family or of a significant person or business.  Read about the Geelong Community Foundation’s Named Funds here ,  including testimonials from many of the named donors.

Some donors choose to simply contribute to the Foundation without necessarily creating a named fund.

There is no entry fee or establishment cost. Whichever of these forms of giving you may choose will be welcomed.

How to make a donation

If you would like to contribute to the Geelong Community Foundation now and help it with its work for the community, please download a copy of the credit card donation form, complete the details and mail it to PO Box 1, Geelong 3220.  A receipt will be issued to you within the following week, along with a copy of the latest Foundation newsletter.

Alternatively you can personally deliver the Credit Card Donation Form to either of our Geelong CBD locations.

Crowe Horwath
Level 1
200 Malop Street
Tel 03 5224 7700

Adroit Insurance Group
Cnr Myers and Moorabool Streets
Tel 03 5244 7811


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