About Gandel Philanthropy
Gandel Philanthropy is one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds. It has been the vehicle for charitable giving by the extended Gandel family since its formation as the Gandel Charitable Trust in 1978.
John Gandel AO and Pauline Gandel are universally recognised for their generosity and commitment to both Jewish and general causes. Over the years they have given tens of millions of dollars to address the underlying causes of inequity and empower people to improve their wellbeing.
Gandel Philanthropy supports initiatives that promote community values and cultural dialogue, foster community cohesion and build community spirit. A particular focus is to support the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our society.
Support for SANE
Thanks to a major grant from Gandel Philanthropy, SANE has been able to deliver two major initiatives which help to improve the lives of Australians affected by mental illness, their families, carers and friends.
In 2015, we built a new website service following extensive consultation with people living with a mental illness, their families and friends. The website integrates the SANE Forums seamlessly along with our chat facility. This means that people who visit the SANE website looking for information on a specific illness can now easily find out the latest conversations taking place on the topic around Australia.
Gandel Philanthropy also supported the development of an innovative online application to help people living with bipolar, and those who care for them, to be alerted to the early onset of a potentially elevated period. SANE is working with the University of NSW Department of Psychiatry and Isobar to develop this important initiative.
Gandel Philanthropy’s generous support has had a profound impact on the support SANE can provide to people directly affected by mental illness.
In 2020, Gandel Philanthropy renewed its support for SANE in response to the COVID-19 crisis, providing generous capacity support for the acceleration of CRM and cloud telephony to improve remote working capability for our support service.