Nearly one year since the Mornington Peninsula Philanthropic Summit, a key outcome has been the creation of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation (MPF) which is dedicated to assisting people to break the cycle of poverty in the region.
As a public benevolent institution, DGR item 1, the MPF will provide greater flexibility to grow the work George Hicks Foundation (GHF) started in the region in 2014. GHF small grants have been invaluable in the outcomes they have achieved for the people they are designed with and around and in building relationships that can support growth to bigger initiatives. Since July 2014 GHF has made 109 grants to 36 community organisations with 14 other funders contributing 55% of the total funding of $647,750.
MPF aims to continue the small grants and build up a bigger grants program with the support of more donors. As GHF will be covering MPF running costs, 100% of funds donated will be distributed to community organisations. Donors will be engaged with research, project design, monitoring and reporting.
We are excited to be taking the work of the GHF this new level, to dig deeper into the reasons behind the high levels of disadvantage, to find out more about the organisations working in these spaces, the systemic structures they work within and how philanthropy can work with people and play a role in achieving shared aspirations.
The focus will remain on the key issues identified by the community at the Summit. In addition to grant making, MPF will increase activity in convening specialists groups, resourcing collaborative work, networking across sectors, inspiring volunteer and pro bono involvement and supporting high level project evaluations. Ultimately we seek to work respectfully and cooperatively with people to add value to existing networks.
MPF website with many more details will be launched shortly. With sincere thanks to the community organisations who have partnered with us, donors who have supported this work, Hall and Wilcox for pro bono management of the MPF establishment, Applied International for financial management and the Board members of the George Hicks Foundation, Ian Hicks AM (Chair), Andrew Fairley AM (Deputy Chair), Genevieve Timmons, Kirsten Hicks, Dr Janet Stanley, Paul Ashworth and Paul-Thomas Hicks.
If you would like to find out more or get involved, please contact Stephanie Exton, 03 9656 5523 or firstname.lastname@example.org