Our Granting Philosophy

In providing grants to charitable community organisations, Gandel Philanthropy will give preference to programs and activities aligned with our broad granting philosophy.

 

Key elements of the Gandel Philanthropy granting philosophy are:

  • Community need & impact: We will seek to fund programs that meet a genuine, identified need and that have the potential for significant or direct community impact and benefit, as well as broader implementation.
  • Prevention: We will aim to support programs that focus on addressing the root causes of social or economic inequity, not just remediation.
  • Innovation & sustainability: We will seek to support programs that offer innovative and creative solutions to issues and programs that have the potential to be sustainable over the longer term.
  • Effectiveness & operational strength: We will aim to support organisations that have a strong track record in meeting the community’s needs; that appropriately address the accountability, monitoring and evaluation in their programs; and that promote diversity, inclusion and volunteering.
  • Linkages: We will support and embrace organisations that work in cooperation and partnership within their program work and that actively encourage collaboration with key stakeholders in a given field.

 

Gandel Philanthropy developed a new giving strategy in 2012, which specified three distinct levels of granting for both Jewish and Australian causes, with the associated Areas of Interest. The organisational strategy has since been reviewed regularly and adapted from time to time. Below is the outline of the current granting structure for Gandel Philanthropy.

 

Community Grants (previously named communityassist)

Community Grants are envisaged as one-off grants that will support a defined program or part of a program. These grants are awarded up to a maximum amount of $40,000, and they are allocated towards the following Areas of Interest:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Education;
  • Health & Medical Research;
  • Community Development;
  • Social Cohesion & Inclusion; and
  • Poverty & Disadvantage.

 

Major Grants (previously named communitybuild)

Gandel Philanthropy’s Major Grants reflect the organisation’s wish to provide more substantial and meaningful support that can help achieve stronger and longer-term positive social impact within the specified areas of interest.

Major Grants are awarded from $40,000 up to $250,000 and they can be in the form of one-off support or multi-year funding, covering the following Areas of Interest:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Education;
  • Health & Medical Research;
  • Youth at Risk;
  • Jewish Identity & Leadership; and
  • Indigenous Programs.

 

Flagship Grants (previously named Strengthening)

The third level of giving, the Flagship Grants, was developed with the aim of providing significant, leadership-type grant for flagship programs and activities that have the potential to build more resilient, vibrant and inclusive communities. Funding for these grants ranges from $250,000 to $2 million, awarded as one-off or multi-year support, covering the same Areas of Interest as the Major Grants level:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Education;
  • Health & Medical Research;
  • Youth at Risk;
  • Jewish Identity & Leadership; and
  • Indigenous Programs.

In addition to the Areas of Interest stated above, Gandel Philanthropy will retain its flexibility to respond to other emerging or relevant community needs outside of this sphere, but only in exceptional circumstance and as identified and approved by the Board.

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