FAQs

“Stand Up exists because Jewish values implore us to stand up and take responsibility for those in need. Whether it be raising funds for victims of natural disasters, running leadership training for Aboriginal youth, or helping a newly arrived refugee find a job, pursuing social justice is our ultimate goal.”
– Gary Samowitz CEO

WHY DOES STAND UP EXIST WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER NOT-FOR-PROFITS DOING SIMILAR WORK?

We are the only Jewish organisation in Australia whose focus is to empower vulnerable non-Jewish communities. We specialise in youth engagement with a focus on leadership training and capacity building.

 

HOW IS STAND UP FUNDED?

Our funding strategy is to engage with a range of funding sources. These include philanthropic foundations; major donors; donations from simchas (celebratory events); organised events; private donations; government grants and program fees.

For a comprehensive breakdown of our income for the last financial year please refer to our latest Annual Report.

 

WHERE DOES MY DONATION GO?

When making a donation to Stand Up you have a range of options, including general donations or the choice to direct your funds to a particular program. To discuss channelling your donation towards a specific program, please contact our CEO, Gary Samowitz: gary@standup.org.au

 

WHAT DOES STAND UP DO WITH MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?

Stand Up will only use your personal information for the purposes of corresponding with you or sending you information directly related to our organisation. We will never sell, distribute or disseminate any of your personal information and you can unsubscribe from any of our mail-outs at any time. See our privacy statement here.

 

WHY DOES STAND UP WORK WITH REFUGEE COMMUNITIES AND THE SUDANESE COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR?

The issues faced by recently-settled refugee communities in Australia are similar to those faced by Jewish refugees when they first arrived after the Holocaust and World War II. Helping these newcomers settle aligns with the Jewish value of ‘welcoming the stranger.’

In 2004 the American Jewish World Service launched the global Save Darfur campaign in a bid to raise awareness about the genocide and humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Stand Up leaders attended protests in the city in Melbourne and began building a relationship with the Darfuri leaders.

Stand Up is a relatively small organisation. As such, we work with two similarly small communities who have arrived from Sudan. Working with small communities in Australia enables us to develop meaningful relationships with them, based on continual consultation and improvement, and focus on creating quality and meaningful programs that lead to long-lasting impact.

 

WHY DOES STAND UP WORK WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES?

Stand Up partners with a number of Indigenous communities to run recreational and skills development programs. Our programs have a strong youth focus and include holiday programs  and youth leadership programs. We also assist our partner communities with special projects when requested, and provide study and work experience opportunities.

We believe that creating long term, meaningful partnerships is the most effective way of facilitating change. We aim to empower our partner communities with the skills and networks needed to take action on their own behalf.

 

WHAT IS STAND UP’S STANCE ON THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT?

Stand Up only engages in political discourse regarding campaigns with which we’re actively involved and for the purpose of promoting those projects. We are not currently involved in any campaign that relates to Israel and Palestine.

Our aim is to work with vulnerable communities at home and in our region. We currently do not work with any communities in Israel or the Middle East.

As a Jewish organisation, we recognise Israel as the sovereign expression of the Jewish people’s right of self-determination.  We support the long held two-state solution to achieve a long lasting peace.

We will not fund or work with any organisation whose policy or actions give sufficient cause to believe that they do not recognise Israel’s right to exist as the sovereign state of the Jewish people. We will not partner with any organisation that demonstrates an antagonistic position towards Israel and the peace efforts in the Middle East. We do careful due diligence before partnering with any organisation to ensure that our values align.

We applaud the excellent work of Jewish organisations in Australia that raise funds for and awareness about social justice and poverty in Israel.

 

HOW DOES STAND UP MONITOR AND EVALUATE PROGRAMS?

We use a range of methodologies to assess the impact of our programs and ensure that our overall mission of empowering communities is actually achieved. We utilise a participatory approach when it comes to developing, planning, implementing and evaluating our programs. Methodologies include:

 

HOW OLD MUST YOU BE TO VOLUNTEER WITH STAND UP?

We accept volunteers of any age. However, most of the opportunities for volunteering are suited to those 18 years or over.

 

DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN?

From time to time we have opportunities for children to get involved. We believe it’s vital that children are introduced to values of giving and social justice from an early age. For more information please contact: volunteer@standup.org.au

 

DOES STAND UP PROVIDE KOSHER MEALS?

Yes. There will always be kosher food available to volunteers who have requested kosher food, and all our major events are strictly kosher.