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PITCH UP GEELONG is an annual live crowdfunding event brought to you by the Give Where You Live Foundation (think Shark Tank meets live Crowd Funding).

Based on the model developed by The Funding Network, the event supports three local organisations that have big ideas by connecting them with people who want to make a change! At the event the three participating organisations get an opportunity to tell their story, sharing their ideas that will make a difference for our community.

Trying to picture what Pitch Up is like? Watch this episode of ABC’s Compass program which features our first PITCH UP GEELONG event conducted in partnership with The Funding Network in 2018.



The pitches featured at the 2020 Pitch Up event included:

Engaging Vulnerable Families in their Child’s Learning
Bluebird Foundation is a community arts organisation creating and delivering quality arts programs that make a real difference in people’s lives. They work in marginalised communities including children and families living in the 3214 and 3219 postcode, refugees, older adults and individuals living with a disability. At the core of the Bluebird Foundation is the belief that the arts have the power to create meaningful social change and their brilliant work in the Geelong community has changed many lives for the better.

Supporting Women to Overcome Addiction
Foundation 61 is a holistic rehabilitation service focused on helping people break free from their addictions and address any and all underlying causes. Their mission is to “…empower people who are confronting addictions, whether it is to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or any other life controlling issue; to experience healing in their lives and contribute positively to mainstream society…” They currently provide a residential rehabilitation program for men and day programs for women.

Providing a Safe Start in Life for Babies and Children
Geelong Mums provides babies and children experiencing disadvantage with the essential nursery equipment, clothing and other items they need for a safe start in life. The families they help are experiencing a multitude of disadvantage including family violence, homelessness, unemployment, illness and disability. The items they provide not only keep children in these families safe, but
also give parents and carers dignity, choice and often times the means to connect with support services in their community.