Philanthropy is about empowering people. It transforms private wealth, time and talent for the public good.
We are a philanthropic organisation funding courageous and creative solutions to tackle intergenerational disadvantage. We are focused on building a community where no-one is left behind.
Through listening, learning and local expertise, we are identifying ways to strengthen our community. Our focus is on the most urgent cases but also aims to target the root cause of some of our wicked social issues including poor education outcomes for our young people; very high rates of youth unemployment and underemployment; and cultural discrimination and barriers to social inclusion.
With a bold aspiration to have “no-one living with disadvantage in Greater Shepparton”, the establishment of the Greater Shepparton Foundation presents new opportunities and flexibility to attract ongoing and much needed support, financial and in-kind, to address the most significant issues to the Greater Shepparton region.
As an independent organisation with a place-based focus, we will draw on local knowledge and expertise from far and wide to achieve our goals. We will create partnerships and collaborations to connect the needs of the Greater Shepparton community with the resources and skills needed to tackle disadvantage.
We will drive change through innovative initiatives, and support community based organisations that align with our purpose.
We do this via a small grants program as well as offer larger grants for major projects or longer term initiatives in our main focus areas.
Greater Shepparton is located in north central Victoria, approximately 180 kilometres from Melbourne. It is the fourth largest provincial centre in Victoria, with a population of 65,565 (ABS 2016). A once thriving manufacturing and agricultural region, the largest industries are now Health Care and Social Assistance.
Greater Shepparton’s population includes a diverse multi-cultural community and a high percentage of residents identifying as Indigenous (3.6%), the largest outside of Melbourne. Greater Shepparton has a large migrant and new arrival community with almost 15% of residents born overseas and 15% speaking a language other than English at home.
For a more detailed snap shot of our region please use the links below.