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

Bertalli Family Foundation; Equity Trustees; George Hicks Foundation; Hugh Williamson Foundation; Igniting Change; Sarah Myer and Baillieu Myer AC; RE Ross Trust; Sentinel Foundation; Collier Charitable Fund; Lady Potter AC; Rye and District Community Financial Services Ltd; Yugilbar Foundation; Zagora Foundation; Foundation 59; Grace and Emilio Family Foundation; Mellett Family Foundation; 6A Foundation; Alan and Kate Gibson Foundation; Barr Family Foundation; Bowness Foundation; Debbie Daddon and Family; Naphtali Family Foundation; SALT Catalyst; Southern Peninsula Community Fund; The Orloff Family Charitable Trust; Alandal Consulting; Caroline and Tractor Marshall; David Dyer; Erdi Foundation; Grosman Family Foundation; Grosvenor Foundation; Janet and John Calvert-Jones; John and Jo Grigg AO; Johnstone Family Foundation; McNamara Family Foundation; Newsboys Foundation; Sandy Murdoch; Sorrento Golf Club; Swann Family Foundation; Roger Colman; Janet Limb; Anita Ziemer and Geoff Slade; Clive and Jenny Batrouney; Fouress Foundation; John and Gaye Gaylard; Jack and Meg Bowen; Janet Launder; Melissa Razuki; Nicholas Rogers; Nicholas and Lisa Barnett; Candace Ormerod; Peter and Neroli Hansen; Peter Kent; Peter Kopke; Peter and Liz McKeand; Peter and Mandy Vial; Rye Lions Club; Sally and Guy Nevett; The Social Garden; Tartakover Insurance; Adrian Reis; Alan Kozica; Andrew Robbin; Ben Hocking; Bronwyn Stewart; Carol Richardson; Charles Tegner; Christopher Wright; Colin and Angie Carter; Darcy Smith; Doug Bartley; Geoffrey Nicholson; Geoffrey Webb; Gordon Clarke; Adam and Yoko Ryan; John Prescott; Judy Matear; Julie Gunnerson; Martin Fry; Michael and Susie Hamson; Michelle Shergold; Mt Eliza Soccer Club; Neil and Angela Gunn; Noelle Howell; Richard Does; Rob Ware; Sue Darvall; Susan Hamilton; Melbourne Midday Milers

Our Pro Bono Partners

Our Strategic Partners

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.

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