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How is Stand Up funded?


Our funding strategy is to engage with a range of funding sources. Stand Up is funded by philanthropic foundations, major donors and government grants. We also receive donations from simchas (celebratory events), organised events and program fees. For a comprehensive breakdown of our income for the last financial year please refer to our latest Annual Report.


As of 2022, Stand Up became a supported member of the JCA Family of Communal Organisations in NSW/ACT.

Why does Stand Up work with Refugee communities?


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 Melbourne and began building a relationship with the Darfuri leaders.

Stand Up’s refugee empowerment programs focus on creating quality and meaningful programs that lead to long-lasting impact. We are a relatively small organisation, so working with small communities in Australia enables us to develop meaningful relationships based on continual consultation and improvement. We are a well established community, paying it forward.


Originally named Keshet, Stand Up was established in 1994 in response to the tragic Rwandan genocide.

In the late 90’s the Keshet founders established FareShare as well, a food rescue organisation that today prepares and delivers over a million meals a year to Melbourne’s hungry and homeless.

For many years Stand Up was fuelled by volunteers around dinner tables, discussing and responding to the social injustices around them.

In 2000 Jewish Aid Australia (JAA), Stand Up’s precursor, shifted focus towards investment in long-term partnerships. Strong ties were forged with the Sudanese refugee communities in Melbourne and Sydney through the organisation’s Refugee Programs, and several Indigenous communities through our Indigenous Partnerships Programs. JAA also built a vibrant social justice education department that delivers innovative programs for youth and young adults on a range of contemporary global issues.


When establishing Stand Up, our aim was to create within the Australian Jewish community a recognisable organisation that could provide a collective response to important humanitarian issues in the non-Jewish world.

Dr Arnold Shmerling, Co-Founder of Stand Up


In the last two decades, Stand Up has enabled Jewish Australians of all backgrounds to respond to humanitarian disasters, provide food security to the hungry, engage with indigenous communities, and assist Sudanese refugees integrate into Australian society.

Stand Up has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to create a meaningful difference in disadvantaged communities. Its volunteers reflect the diversity of the Jewish community; in age, skills, and religious affiliation.

A central value of the organisation has always been increasing awareness within the Australian Jewish community of important social justice issues and promoting understanding between the Jewish community and other communities.




Stand Up is built by the power of the community working together, and our strength is the strength of the people who make up our organisation. Meet the fantastic team of staff, board members and volunteers who power our work.

Our Supporters

Stand Up is incredibly grateful to our loyal sponsors, donors and supporters. These committed individuals, families, organisations and businesses make it possible for us to deliver our educational and capacity-building programs.

Major Donors

  • Gandel Foundation
  • Nicky and Brandon Carp
  • Dr Larry & Catherine Kalish
  • Justin Family Foundation
  • Sunraysia Foundation
  • Brian & Arlene Schwartz
  • Orloff Family Charitable Trust
  • Jagen
  • Sherman Family Foundation
  • Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation
  • Spotlight Charitable Foundation
  • Chestnut Foundation
  • Trawalla Foundation
  • Anonymous 
  • Leo & Mina Fink Fund
  • Besen Family Foundation

Stand Up is a supported member of the JCA Family of Communal Organisations



Pro-Bono and In-Kind Support



We are proud to be an OLAM partner!





Our board is formed by a diverse and experienced group of people who oversee governance at Stand Up.


Meet the core members of the Stand Up team who focus on leadership, business development and management.

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.

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.

As Stand Up is now a supported member of the JCA Family of Communal Organisations, you can also make a Program Direct donation to Stand Up via

To discuss channeling your donation towards a specific program, please contact our CEO at [email protected].