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GIVE Wangaratta

About GIVE Wangaratta

GIVE Wangaratta was born from the generous spirit of the Wangaratta Junior Magpies Football Club. Our mission is simple yet profound – to enhance the well-being of our community by supporting local organisations and projects, with a special emphasis on vulnerable children, youth, families, and mental health initiatives.

We provide a platform for local residents to champion the causes closest to their hearts. Contributions made to GIVE Wangaratta go towards establishing a local community fund, which in turn provides grants to support local projects, individuals, and initiatives that serve the greater good and charitable causes.

We are proud to operate under the umbrella of the Into Our Hands Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation with a decade-long legacy of collaborating with communities across North East Victoria since 2012.

Our $100,000 Challenge

In 2023, we held our flagship campaign, the $100,000 Challenge. Building on the success of our Pitch Up events in 2019 and 2022, the campaign ran from 12 weeks from September 8 to Giving Tuesday (November 28).

The event raised more than $70,000, an amazing feat.

You can still donate to GIVE Wangaratta at any time.

To do this, please reach out to our dedicated team members:

  • Ruth Kneebone, phone 0402 104 188
  • Sarah Thompson, phone 0490 174 878

Alternatively, you can use the link below.

Together, we are transforming our community for the better. 

GIVE Wangaratta's 2023 funding round

Six Wangaratta and district organisations received $30,000 in funding in June 2023 as part of the GIVE Wangaratta grants ceremony.

 Three community groups – The Open Door Neighbourhood House Community Pantry, A Better Life for Foster Kids and Boys to the Bush – each received a $5000 grant.

The Whitfield Community Childcare Centre received $10,000, while the Goulburn and North-East Arts Alliance (GANEAA) received $3000 and Wangaratta Artists Society $2000.

As a sub-fund of the Into Our Hands Community Foundation, GIVE Wangaratta has provided community-strengthening grants worth more $166,000 since its inception in 2019.

The Whitfield Community Childcare Centre will put its grant towards its current renovation, enabling waterproofing and thermal efficiency works, ensuring the comfort of children and staff year-round.

 A total of 64 foster children in emergency care will be given a Crisis Case from A Better Life for Foster Kids, containing essential clothing, personal hygiene products and specialised colouring in books.

Boy to the Bush plan to use their grant funding to support two group school programs providing transport, food, activities and clothing to 20 enrolled boys who are disengaged from traditional schooling.

The Open Door Neighbourhood House Community Pantry, which helps more than 150 local people each week put food on their tables, will buy supplies of toilet paper, long life milk, tea, coffee and other staples to include in food hampers.

GANEAA will direct its funding into supporting four young Wangaratta artists build their creative talents, while Wangaratta Artists Society plans to provide free art classes and supplies to elderly residents to help alleviate loneliness.

Grants presentation 2023 photo gallery

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