Friends with Dignity has been awarded Australian Charity of the Year at this year’s Australian Charity Awards. Currently in their sixth year, The Australian Charity Awards have been established to identify and reward organisations for the exceptional work undertaken through their charitable activities.

“It is truly such an honour for Friends With Dignity to be recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year for 2018. This amazing achievement not only highlights the dedication and drive volunteers have to make a difference to the lives of people affected by domestic and family violence, but how this epidemic affects society as a whole,” said Friends With Dignity Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Manuela Whitford.

Friends with Dignity is a national not-for-profit organisation with a big vision focused on providing a platform for anyone to volunteer, and in turn change the perception and statistics of domestic and family violence throughout Australia. The organisation also relies on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community to create sanctuaries for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life.

The Australia Charity Awards are open to all charitable organisations including charitable funds and charitable institutions operating in Australia. Entrants who partake in this program are required to deliver creative, well-organised and high-performing charitable initiatives. In order to ensure quality standards are met, The World Business Awards Framework was utilised as a structured model of assessment that allows participating organisations to be an exemplar against world class performance standards.

Banner Image: Friends with Dignity’s CFO Julia McKenna, CEO and Founder Manuela Whitford  & COO Zoe Scharenguivel

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