What are we not seeing on the Mornington Peninsula?

The Mornington Peninsula may appear affluent and bountiful, yet it hides some of Victoria’s more dramatic statistics for homelessness, poverty, social isolation and other key indicators of socio-economic disadvantage 

Mornington Peninsula Foundation’s (MPF) mission is to significantly reduce levels of socio-economic disadvantage by supporting education, community connections and economic independence.

MPF acts as an intermediary between donors and community organisations to raise awareness, foster innovation and inspire support.

We were formed in April 2017 following a community wide philanthropic summit in Rosebud.

As a PBI we receive tax deductible donations from any entity and distribute them in full as grants to community partners.

To date we have worked with 30 community partners and 60 donors. All running costs of MPF are funded by the George Hicks Foundation, so all donations are paid out in full to community partners as grants. No donations are used to cover MPF running costs.

How we work

Our response

  • Focus on early years development
  • Identify root causes to impact on systemic change
  • Support grass roots, local community development

Our Grants

Our grants can be divided into three categories:

  • education,
  • homelessness
  • community development

Modes of delivery

  • Community Support – these projects assist an immediate issue, build community connections and elicit valuable information that assists in finding the root causes that can be addressed in bigger projects
  • Systemic Change – these projects build on the insights and relationships of community support projects, as well as evidence based programs and research, to address root causes in a systemic way
Our Process

Our methodology

  • Identify root cause
  • hypothesise
  • test
  • evaluate
  • influence policy

Our Guiding Principles

  • Listen to those closely involved at the grass roots
  • Consider context
  • Understand incentives
  • Show compassion
  • Analyse data
  • Be open minded
  • Take calculated risks
  • Embrace failure and use it to go deeper to where solutions lie
Our donor partners
  • 6A Foundation
  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Bushwalking Victoria Inc
  • Doug Bartley
  • Jenny and Clive Bartrouney
  • Collier Charitable Trust
  • Debbie Dadon and family
  • Equity Trustees
  • Foundation 59
  • George Hicks Foundation
  • Grace and Emilio Foundation
  • Grey Family Charitable Trust
  • John and Jo Grigg
  • Grosvenor Foundation
  • Peter and Neroli Hansen
  • Igniting Change
  • Alan Kozica
  • Peter and Liz McKeand
  • McNamara Family Foundation
  • Mellet Family Foundation
  • Newsboys Foundation
  • Guy and Sally Nevett
  • Candace Ormerod
  • John and Jennifer Prescott
  • Queen Adelaide Club
  • Adrian Ries
  • Darcy and Jenny Smith
  • RE Ross Trust
  • Rye and Districts Community Financial Services Ltd
  • SALT Impact
  • Sentinel Foundation
  • Swann Family Foundation
  • Peter Vial
  • Zagora Foundation
  • Anita Zeimer and Geoff Slade
Our Pro Bono Partners
  • Hall and Wilcox 
  • Merricks General Wine Store
  • Right Lane Consulting
  • JTP Assurance

Our Board

Ian Hicks, AM

Ian Hicks, AM

Chair

Ian is Executive Chair of Applied International Pty Ltd (a private investment group based in Melbourne), Chair of the George Hicks Foundation and is a member of the Order Of Australia in recognition of his community and philanthropic work. Ian has a strong interest in the arts, is a major supporter of the Australian Ballet and an enthusiastic collector of Australian art and sculpture. He has a vineyard, avocado farm and sculpture park on the Mornington Peninsula in Shoreham.

Andrew Fairley, AM

Andrew Fairley, AM

Deputy Chair

Andrew is a commercial and equity lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.  He is Chair of Equipsuper, on the Board of The Australian Financial Complaints Authority and Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd. He has a deep involvement in the Philanthropic sector both as advisor and a trustee.  He Chairs the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and is Deputy Chair of the Greater Shepparton Foundation. 

Dr Janet Stanley

Dr Janet Stanley

Director

Janet is Principal Research Fellow of Urban Social Resilience, (Building and Planning) at the University of Melbourne and a Director of Stanley and Co. consultants in sustainable policy. Janet focuses on the interface between social, environmental and economic issues in climate change and sustainability, specialising on sustainability issues for people experiencing social disadvantage/exclusion.   Janet is a long term resident of Red Hill on the Peninsula.

Christina McGuffie

Christina McGuffie

Director

Christina brings to the MPF extensive knowledge of the communities on the Peninsula and experience in media and communications, local and federal politics. Originally a journalist and for many years Adviser to the Member for Flinders and Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, Christina is now speech writer at the Mornington Peninsula Shire and a Commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission.

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Director

Andrew is Chair of Sentinel Foundation, and has had a long and successful career in the financial services industry. As the creator of both Lonsdale Ltd and Lonsec Ltd, he provides research integrated client software, and share broking services to Accountants and Financial Planners. Andrew is active as a philanthropic donor and close supporter of a number of not for profit organisations. He is a resident of Mt Martha. 

David Dyer

David Dyer

Director

David has retired from his position of Director of Marketing and Sales (a family business) for Sealy Mattress Australia /Asia. Prior to joining MPF, David spent 5 years as a director of Foundation 59, also on the Mornington Peninsula. He has gained intimate knowledge of the risks and disadvantages our youth experience in the region. That insight supports the vital work being undertaken at MPF in achieving better outcomes for these young people. He is a resident of Flinders.

Past Director

Dr Genevieve Timmons

Dr Genevieve Timmons

Director

Dr Genevieve Timmons was a founding director of MPF and retired in October 2019.  One of Australia’s most respected philanthropy executives, Genevieve was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her leadership in the sector by Swinburne University, and is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne. Her directorships include Philanthropy Australia Council, Australian Community Philanthropy, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, Studio Schools Australia and TOM : Melbourne. 

Our Staff

Stephanie Exton

Stephanie Exton

Executive Director

Stephanie leads MPF through her practice of place based philanthropy. Prior to MPF, she was the Executive Officer of both the George Hicks Foundation and the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation (Shepparton). Her past work with the Reichstein Foundation and Igniting Change involved managing teams to inspire deeper understanding of social issues, catalyse financial support, foster innovation, co-design new initiatives and measure impact.

 

Gitz Naidu

Gitz Naidu

Chief Financial Officer

Gitz is Chief Financial Officer of MPF and has been working for the past 9 years within Ian Hicks Family Office – Applied International.  A passionate accountant and Chief Financial Officer with 20 years experience in Finance and Accounting. She started her carrier in public accounting and prior to this, she served as a Chief Financial Officer in Retail Industry and in IT Tech firm.  She has a strong background in Finance and Tax with her Masters degree in Taxation and is a fellow of CPA Australia and Tax Institute of Australia and a graduate member of AICD.

Contact Us

We are constantly active on the Peninsula and meet community agencies and donor partners in situ on a regular basis. Please contact us with any enquiries or if you would like to contribute in any way.

97 Spring St. Melbourne, 3000

Call Us: (03) 03 9656 5523