Breaking the cycle of disadvantage on the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula Foundation’s mission is to significantly reduce levels of socio-economic disadvantage by using strategic grant making to support education, community connections and economic independence.

The Mornington Peninsula may appear affluent and bountiful, yet it hides some of Victoria’s more challenging statistics in relation to socio-economic disadvantage.

MPF acts as an intermediary between community, donors and government using strategic grant making to drive systems change.

As a PBI DGR Item 1 donations from any entity are tax deductible.

As all running costs are covered by the George Hicks Foundation, all donations are paid in full to community partners. Since formation in 2017, MPF has raised $3.2M which has been paid or is committed as grants to over 120 projects.


Our Community Partners

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

Our Strategic Partners

Our People

Chairman Ian Hicks AM

“The Foundation was formed in response to high, but mostly hidden, levels of socio-economic disadvantage in an otherwise very affluent region of Victoria.”

National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR)

“At the 2011 Census, 8.6 per cent of households in Mornington Peninsula had incomes below [the] austere poverty line.”

Regional Statistical Profile – Mornington Peninsula, 2016

“The Mornington Peninsula hides a significant level of intergenerational disadvantage. This disadvantage surfaces through suffering, diminished human potential and the weakening of social or community bonding.”

National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR)

“The argument for investing in young children from disadvantaged households is incontestable”

Our Projects

Our projects are curently active in Capel Sound, Tootgarook, Rosebud, Mornington Park, Dromana, Hastings, Crib Point, Wallaroo and Tyabb. The individual institutions we support surround education, homelessness and building community.

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 Street, Melbourne

03 9656 5523

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The Mornington Peninsula Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurung / Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of these lands and waters.

Photography courtesy of @Tanya Fry Photography

NEIR Report

Board Charter


Annual Report 2019/20

Annual Report 2018/19

Annual Report 2017/18