Breaking the cycle of disadvantage on the Mornington Peninsula


The Mornington Peninsula hides high rates of socio economic disadvantage from the majority of Victorians. The Mornington Peninsula Foundation’s (MPF) mission is to significantly reduce levels of socio-economic disadvantage by supporting education, community connections and economic independence.

We raise awareness

Foster innovation

And inspire support.

The Unheard Statistics

 AEDC data shows vulnerability for children starting school in some areas is nearly three times the state level. At one school data shows 70% of students starting year 7 are below required academic levels. Testing of 300 children aged between four and five showed 92% required oral language intervention.

Rates of homelessness are estimated to be well above the national rate and services are located far from areas of need where transport options are extremely limited.

Despite these challenges, we know the community on the Peninsula is resilient, strong and filled with wonderful individuals ready for change. With help from our donors, community partners and our practice of place based philanthropy, we believe change is possible.


of households live on less than $26,000 per year


of children live below the poverty line

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 2018/19

Annual Report 2017/18