Frequently Asked Questions
The Questions immediately below pertain to how the Give Where You Live Foundation is handling the Covid-19 pandemic and its affects on our region.
Is the Give Where You Live Office currently open?
Our office at 18 Myers Street, Geelong is closed for now however you can still contact us via Phone: (03) 5229 4364 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you still be providing grants to community partners?
Yes, we will. We understand the substantial pressure that our community partners are under. During the Covid-19 crisis, the Foundation has issued 8 Emergency Grants in April and 37 grants under our Community Grants in June 2020.
Are financial donations helpful to the Give Where You Live Foundation at the moment?
They are vital. If you have the capacity please donate here – your generosity will continue to support your community and its most vulnerable people during their time of need.
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How long has the Give Where You Live Foundation been operating?
The Give Where You Live Foundation was established in 1954 as the Geelong and District Community Chest. It then become United Way in 1983 and in 2011 disaffiliated with United Way and became the independent body of Give Where You Live Inc.
Who does Give Where You Live Foundation help?
The Give Where You Live Foundation helps those in need in our community who are living with the daily effects of disadvantage. The Foundation delivers our own programs such as GROW, Feed Geelong and Direct Assistance Vouchers as well as granting to community partners who are delivering programs in line with our mission.
What is the grants process?
The Give Where You Live Foundation raises funds from within the Geelong community and allocates them on an annual basis via best practice, open, and transparent grant allocation processes. The funds are directed to programs targeting those most in need in the Geelong region.
The Give Where You Live Foundation is a local, autonomous not-for-profit organisation, with our own volunteer board of directors who are locals and have an understanding of the issues facing our region.
Why donate to the Give Where You Live Foundation?
Your donation stays in our community and supports projects exclusively across the wider Geelong / G21 region.
Your donation multiplies your giving power: with a single donation.
How does the Give Where You Live Foundation allocate donations?
The Give Where You Live Foundation allocates donations by delivering our own programs as outlined above and provides grants via a best practice and transparent grants allocation process.
To be eligible for funding, the organisation must provide services in the Greater Geelong region making a difference via a health, education or income support program. The Give Where You Live Foundation does not fund organisations, rather it supports programs, provides equipment and organisational capacity.
How do I know that my donation will help those who need it most?
The money raised and distributed by the Give Where You Live Foundation is carefully invested in local programs run by the Foundation itself and via local community partners. Each partner organisation has to establish proof of need and capacity to make real change.
Can I donate goods, such as furniture?
The Give Where You Live Foundation cannot accept donations of goods such as furniture. We suggest you contact Encompass Home Start on (03) 5248 0498.
Can I volunteer for Give Where You Live?
The Give Where You Live Foundation can act as a conduit between corporate and individuals and volunteering opportunities within the community. Please let us know the details of your group and volunteering desires and we will attempt to partner you with a community organisation in need.
Why the change from United Way?
The Give Where You Live Foundation disaffiliated from United Way in 2011 to ensure that all funds raised by the Geelong community remained in the Geelong region helping Geelong’s most vulnerable people.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.