At the recent 2020 Awards for Multicultural Excellence of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Gandel Philanthropy received a Highly Commended Award in the Refugee Advocacy category.

The Refugee Advocacy Award recognises people and organisations that support or advocate for the rights and needs of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers, improves access to settlement services and/or employment pathways, and creates opportunities for participation, contribution and belonging.

In announcing the award, the VMC Chair, Vivienne Nguyen said:

“Gandel Philanthropy has a long-standing commitment to supporting refugee and asylum seeker communities in Australia.

They have supported projects to create opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers, particularly women and youth, with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Centre for Multicultural Youth.

They have also worked on projects to improve access to settlement services and pathways to employment with Youth Activating Youth and the Social Studio.

Furthermore, Gandel Philanthropy have advocated for the rights and needs of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers by funding research to determine factors of a successful transition to life in Australia.  They have also worked with Multicultural Arts Victoria to profile multicultural artists and advocate for more inclusion in mainstream arts activities and organisations.”

Gandel Philanthropy is also proud that a number of our past and current grant partners have been recognised in the 2020 VMC Multicultural Awards for Excellence.

These partner organisations do amazing work with multicultural communities in a broad range of areas and programs and include Courage to Care, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Project Respect, Banksia Gardens and many others. Congratulations to all of them!