2016 Mornington Peninsula Philanthropic Summit

Many great conversations were had at the 2016 Mornington Peninsula Philanthropic Summit. We were thrilled with the response and to have 85 passionate, committed and cooperative people from community, philanthropy, business and government in the room. Huge thanks to our pro bono facilitators who put in so much preparation and work on the day – Right Lane Consulting’s Marc Levy and Jo Bradley. Thanks also to our foundation partners – Sentinel Foundation, RE Ross Trust, Yulgilbar Foundation and Fairley Foundation.

The scene was set with the Regional Statistical Profile report from Peter Brain and Ian Manning of the National Institute for Economic and Industry Research. Real life stories from our community partners gave life to these statistics before attendees broke into world café tables to thrash out the issues and potential solutions.

There was a clear desire at the end of the day to work collaboratively both as community organisations and as funding organisations in response to the complex social problems on the Mornington Peninsula. Key issues centred around housing, transport, education and employment. It was acknowledged that these long term issues need long term collaborative commitments.

A major outcome has been the creation of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, a public benevolent institution DGR item 1 registered with the ACNC and ATO. The MPF begins operations in April 2017 and will extend and expand the work done by the GHF on the Mornington Peninsula over the last three years.