About Us

Mornington Peninsula Foundation (MPF) supports local communities to break the cycle of disadvantage through education, inclusion and economic independence.

MPF was established as a Public Benevolent Institution in 2017 in response to high, but largely hidden rates of socio economic disadvantage. Since formation, we have raised over $4.5 million from more than 100 donors, funding over 120 projects. As we grow our networks, this work is leading to community wide initiatives that bring sectors together to create cohesive pathways of support.

As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) DGR Item 1, MPF provides tax deductibility for all donations, and as the George Hicks Foundation covers our running costs, all donations are paid in full as grants to community partners.

Place Based

Mornington Peninsula Foundation is spearheaded by Chairman, Ian Hicks AO, and Deputy Chairman, Andrew Fairley AM, who have each chaired place-based philanthropic foundations for many years. They have led a small but constant staff which has developed expertise in the practical implementation of place-based philanthropy.

Executive Director Stephanie Exton has more than 15 years experience in leading place-based organisations and brings to MPF a deep passion and a genuine drive for working with people to bring about sustainable change. Working this way leads to deep knowledge of issues and trust with people, which provides nuanced understanding of a place.

Our wide range of initiatives provides opportunities for people at all points on the philanthropic journey.


The Mornington Peninsula Foundation is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) providing tax deductibility to all donations. As all administration costs are covered by the George Hicks Foundation, 100 per cent of donated funds are paid in grants to community partners. MPF’s board comprises the full range of high level expertise required to govern this entity.


All projects are structured to provide data to inform outcomes. Naturally we aim for positive outcomes, but essentially we want information. Failure is ok too and sometimes when we learn the most. Small projects have led to medium and large initiatives that are now community wide and addressing barriers to participation at the systemic level.

Long-term commitment

We have a long-term strategy and commitment to the Mornington Peninsula; we have a growing network of stakeholders working together towards community-wide change.

Our People


Our Approach


Our Projects