As the term describes, this is philanthropy within a geographical area. GHF took this deep and narrow approach from July 2014 and restricted our focus to the Mornington Peninsula and support for people to break that cycle of disadvantage.
Focusing on a geographical area has a number of benefits, both to the Foundation and, hopefully, to the communities. We are able to develop deep, ongoing relationships with community members such that we have a better chance of understanding the issues facing the community and the reasons behind their formation; we gradually understand the relationships between organisations, the ways they work together and how we might contribute; we can work with people long term so that an arbitrary timeframe is not enforced and acknowledgement is made of the need for long term solutions to issues that have grown over the long term; we can get to know people and organisations and work at a more intense level such that initial engagements that might elicit relatively superficial outcomes can build towards bigger investments that are focused on change at a systemic level.
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. This work has also involved running two major events and a number of smaller ones. These were View 2016 and the 2016 Mornington Peninsula Philanthropic Summit. As a result we have recently formed the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, 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.
See here for more information on the MPF.
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