About the Give Where You Live Foundation
Located in Geelong, the Give Where You Live Foundation is a unique, place-based philanthropic community foundation. The Foundation exists to create a fairer Geelong / G21 community.
We want to be recognised as one of the most progressive Foundations in the country. To do this we will use all our energy and resources, in partnership with the community, so that all people and places can thrive.
The Foundation is a local change maker, who seek to play a broader role of catalysing and effecting positive social change across the wider Geelong region. We do this by providing funding, programs, advocacy and imagination to reduce inequality and build a fairer community, improving education outcomes, helping people with employment and training opportunities and supporting them through crises in their life.
Why we exist
To build a fairer community across the G21 Region.
Who we want to be
The Give Where You Live Foundation wants to be recognised as one of the most progressive foundations in Australia.
What are we going to do
We will use all our energy and resources, in partnership with the community, so that all people and all places thrive.
What is important to us
|Trust||At the core of every relationship is trust. We choose to start from trusting in other’s motivations, knowledge, expertise, and experiences.|
|Together||We’re better together. The best outcomes come from partnerships, collective action, and the wisdom of crowds.|
|Driven||We value actions and getting things done and are driven by achieving outcomes that match our purpose.|
|Bold||We value the imaginative. Those that can imagine a better way and then pursue that with courage and care.|
|Fun||While change can be complex and challenging, we value the perspective that fun and good humour brings to this work.|
The organisation we now know as the Give Where You Live Foundation was initially formed in 1954 as the Geelong and District Community Chest, having three major objectives:
- To raise funds to be held and used in accordance with the directions and intentions of the donors
- To disburse these funds either directly or by contributions to organisations to provide relief to diseased, infirm, incurable, poor or destitute persons
- To “assist in harmonising and making more efficient the work of charitable, philanthropic, eleemosynary and benevolent organisations of Geelong and District.”
In 1979, United Way Australia was formed and between 1979 and 1983 The Geelong Community Chest and United Way Australia’s relationship grew. In 1983, the Geelong and District Community Chest officially changed its name to United Way Geelong Incorporated. This change signified a major milestone in the history of the organisation.
The affiliation with United Way Australia and United Way World Wide gave The Geelong Community Chest great access to fundraising expertise, new programs and international resources. United Way Geelong established itself quickly as a major part of the United Way Australia organisation and while continuing to operate autonomously for the Geelong region, it grew to eventually represent close to 40% of United Way Australia’s income. The partnership and affiliation was a great success and United Way Geelong grew over this period with the annual campaign surpassing $3million.
2010 saw the beginning of yet another major change. United Way World Wide decided that they would only deal with one country body. This meant that United Way Australia would change its model to a more federated operation rather than unique and discreet organisations working in cooperation. Under the new federated model, local autonomy and fundraising would be threatened.
As a result, United Way Geelong dis-affiliated from United Way in late 2010 to ensure that it would always remain Geelong focused and all the funds raised in our region would remain in our region. Give Where You Live Incorporated was launched in February 2011.
Give Where You Live is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, representative of a cross section of…
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Give Where You Live Branding
The Foundation’s branding is currently undergoing some changes, new guidelines will be available shortly
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Annual Impact Report
The Give Where You Live Foundation exists to build a fairer community across the wider Geelong /…
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Theory of Change
Since mid-2016, the Give Where You Live Foundation has been engaged in developing a theory of change….
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