The trail blazing Foundation 59 will join forces with the more recently formed Mornington Peninsula Foundation, ramping up efforts to resolve disadvantage in this pristine part of Victoria.

Under the visionary leadership of founder Sarah Darling and founding Chair Sandy Murdoch, Foundation 59 has clocked up almost ten years of support for vulnerable children and young people on the Mornington Peninsula. It has raised over $2.5M from local residents and distributed these funds to organisations supporting local families experiencing disadvantage.

The picturesque Peninsula so many people enjoy represents in microcosm growing inequity in Australia. Areas of great wealth are juxtaposed with areas of extreme poverty. One in four families lives on less than $26,000 per year and over 100 individuals come each week to collect fresh food from Second Bite at the Rosebud Memorial Hall.

MPF is inordinately proud that Foundation 59 approached with an offer to unite. Having fundamentally similar aims, together we have the capacity to facilitate many times the current funds being raised and distributed separately by each organisation. Like Foundation 59, all donations to MPF are distributed in full to community partners, with all running costs covered by the George Hicks Foundation (a family foundation chaired by Ian Hicks AM that founded the MPF in 2017).

The merge will supercharge our efforts to resolve rather than relieve disadvantage in the region. We look forward to working with everyone associated with Foundation 59 in support of a Mornington Peninsula that is thriving, self-sustaining and providing opportunities for everyone. We welcome Foundation 59 chair David Dyer to the MPF board as we move into the future together.