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 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, LLB (Melb)  Hon Doc (Deakin)  FAICD

Andrew Fairley, AM, LLB (Melb) Hon Doc (Deakin) FAICD

Deputy Chair

Andrew is a Commercial and Equity Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox in Melbourne. He is Chair of Togethr Trustees Pty Ltd, which company is trustee of Catholic Super and Equipsuper.  It has combined funds under management of $27B.  He is an Industry Director of the Australia Financial Complaints Authority and a Director of Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd. He has a deep involvement in the philanthropic sector, as Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and Chair of the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education.  He is a former Chair of Parks Victoria, and former Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia.

Assoc/Prof Janet Stanley PhD, MSW, B.Com, Dip SW

Assoc/Prof Janet Stanley PhD, MSW, B.Com, Dip SW

Director

Janet is Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne School of Design, 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, specialising in transport, social exclusion, evaluation, climate change and wildfire. Janet has 150 publications, including 5 books. Janet is a long term resident on the Mornington 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.

Elina Wilson M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration

Elina Wilson M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration

Director

Elina is a Co-Founder and Director of SALT Catalyst – a private company established in 2018 to manage the investments and philanthropic activities of her family. SALT Catalyst operates with the ethos of using intellectual, social and financial capital to catalyse a more just, kind and compassionate world.
Prior to establishing SALT Catalyst, Elina had a long career in brand and corporate marketing spanning across her native Finland, several European countries and Australia.
Elina is passionate about education, especially early childhood and language development. Other areas of interest for Elina are socio-economic, gender and indigenous equality, mental health, empathy and environmental sustainability.
Elina currently serves on the Zoos Victoria Foundation Advisory Board, Wolf Foundation board and several advisory boards of privately held companies.

Honorary Strategic Advisor

Dr Genevieve Timmons

Dr Genevieve Timmons

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 is founding Executive Director of MPF, having headed the placed based philanthropic work of the George Hicks Foundation from 2014 – 2017 which led to its formation. Stephanie brings a vast array of experience to her role as intermediary and facilitator in this innovative field of philanthropy.

Previously as Executive Director of the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation Stephanie led their place based work in Shepparton. Prior to this she was Program Manager with the human rights focused, Melbourne based Reichstein Foundation and Manager of Igniting Change, a small charity providing a nexus for the flow of information and resources across diverse sectors of the community.

Through these roles Stephanie has worked directly with grass roots organisations in regional and metropolitan Australia and managed teams to inspire deeper understanding of social issues and service systems to better understand the levers and strategies for change. She has catalysed significant levels of financial support, worked with numerous donors, social impact investors and entrepreneurs and honed skills in facilitation of community, business and government collaborations. She has developed multiple co-designed initiatives, built bespoke data systems and used the latest in data analytics to forge new pathways in response to challenging issues that hold not just individuals, but us all, as a community and a nation, back.

In her earlier career in music and arts administration Stephanie managed the concert and artist in residence programs at the University of Western Australia and the three day York Winter Festival. She rapidly rose in the field of orchestral management holding positions in four of the six Australian symphony orchestras including in the Sydney office for central artistic planning. She was founding manager of the Australian Piano Quartet managing national touring and annual new commissions. As a cellist she played for a number of years in the West Australian Arts Orchestra, the WA and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Still active as a player, Steph’s cello is never long in its case and she is regularly exploring the repertoire with her string quartet, piano trio or variations thereof. In this auspicious year  working through the chamber works of Beethoven, is an endeavour of endless intrigue and reward.

 

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