John Gandel AO and his wife Pauline usually prefer to let their giving speak for itself. In this exclusive story, the usually media-shy couple open up to talk about a topic that is very close to their heart—their family’s philanthropy.

The expansive work of Gandel Philanthropy, the private family foundation of John and Pauline Gandel, has attracted many accolades in recent years, including the Great Australian Philanthropy Award for health and medical research in 2015 and, most recently, the 2016 Premier’s Award for Community Harmony in Victoria for support in building social cohesion and inclusion.

With characteristic humility, the Gandels are quick to reposition the spotlight on the scientists, researchers and community organisations who are doing the work on the ground.

“To us, the most critical aspect of this award is, in fact, the recognition for the efforts and the work of the numerous organisations that we support,” John Gandel says of the Community Harmony Award.

“It is their programs that help foster a strong and cohesive society…

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