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Philanthropic Partnerships with Bethany

If you’d like to explore how you may be able to make a transformational philanthropic donation, family or trust giving let’s start talking.

Making a difference together 

We would love to work together with you to help us build a community that thrives, that is strong and resilient. With your philanthropic support, you can leave a lasting legacy that impacts the community today, tomorrow and in the future. 

 At Bethany Community Support, our programs and services give those in our community a place to go for support. We ensure the voice of people accessing our services are at the centre of all we do. With them and our collaborators, we create and facilitate pathways to a better future, no matter of a person’s socio-economic status, beliefs, disability or accessibility, gender, race or background. We strive to reach the people who need us at the right time and the right place. 

Our strategic aims are to see a community:

where all children can learn and grow strong to be the next generation of problem solvers and adventurers.

where families are safe, loving, connected and free from the impacts of family violence.

that is as inclusive as it is diverse, where everyone can participate. Together we can work towards taking a step closer to reaching these aims.

Frequently asked questions about our philanthropic partnerships

How will my philanthropic donation/gift be used?

We seek independent income from individuals and philanthropic bodies who are confident in the work of Bethany and want to partner with us to achieve change within the community they live in. Such funding enables us to:  

  • pilot innovative approaches to service delivery 
  • undertake research and evaluation and 
  • implement our advocacy agenda

Through a significant gift to Bethany Community Support, you will make it possible for us to initiate evidence-based interventions and develop new models of care for Victorians in need. 

How do I set a philanthropic donation/gift?

Ask your professional adviser about formalising your philanthropic giving through a structure that is right for you. With the assistance of an adviser, a structure such as a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) is simple. It can offer a more strategic and tax-beneficial way to make a major difference whilst living your values. 


Can I specify where my donation is allocated within Bethany’s services of support?

Yes, we can work with you to best align your donation. We have a wide breadth of services that you may be passionate about supporting.

These include children and family services, therapeutic services, whole-of-family violence services, financial counselling and support, gambler’s help, housing services, emergency relief and early childhood learning (through Bethany Kindergarten Services). 

“Sometimes things need to be left to the experts in their field to enable others to be helped, however these experts also need support and assistance to help them do their job and the Bendigo Bank has proudly supported Bethany over many years to help support them behind the scenes in the work that they do. Bethany has been a long-time supporter in the Geelong and surrounding community, providing all types of programs and services that have a direct impact on improving people’s lives. Something that aligns perfectly with the bank’s values in helping the community.”

Chris Barker, Senior Branch Manager

“bay 93.9 values our long standing partnership with Bethany Support Services. The incredible work the team does in our community to support so many families and individuals is remarkable. Our annual bay 93.9 Bethany Giving Tree Appeal highlights the generosity of our community and we are so happy to be in a position to highlight Bethany’s work but also give back to those who need it most. To know that over 10,000 children will wake up with a gift on Christmas day thanks to the hard work of both bay 93.9 and Bethany is beyond incredible.”

Andy Mathers, General Manager

“The Banks teams have assisted in the inaugural Bethany Ball, and have enjoyed every aspect of hearing the success stories and being able to see the great support that Bethany provides to Geelong.  The Bendigo Bank values it’s long term relationship with Bethany and look forward to working in partnership with them for many years to come.”

Chris Barker, Senior Branch Manager

“Ramsey Property group are very proud of our association with the Bethany Group.

Given the particularly tough past couple of years the work of Bethany in supporting vulnerable families in need is more important than ever.   The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal is a wonderful way to give something back to those experiencing hardship. We are very fortunate as a community to have organisations such as Bethany looking out for those of us who need a helping hand.”

Samantha Ramsey, Director, Ramsey Property Group

“Over the last few years the Bendigo Bank has sponsored the Bethany Superhero Awards, an incredible event that recognises some amazing individuals within the Greater Geelong region. The nominations, which are completed by the children, tell some inspiring stories that the staff of the Bank believe need to be heard.  This long term relationship has provided the Bendigo Bank staff with a connection to the specialist programs that Bethany runs.”

Chris Barker, Senior Branch Manager

“Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness Social Club, CSIRO (ACDP) is proud to be a supporter of the Bethany Giving Tree appeal. While Christmas is a time of celebration and happiness for so many, for an increasing number of families in Geelong and surrounds experiencing hardship, the holiday season can be incredibly difficult. The Bethany Giving Tree gives ACDP staff the opportunity to fully embrace the spirit of giving and in turn share that joy and hope with others in our community.” 

Liz Maddern, ACDP Social Club