Allens Arthur Robinson and Ganbina, a peak Indigenous body for economic, employment and training issues, have received a pro-bono partnership award.
Allens and Ganbina of the Goulburn Valley region in Victoria, were awarded the 2011 Woor-Dungin Pro Bono Service Provider Partnership Award.
The award recognises the benefits of successful partnerships between Indigenous and philanthropic organisations in Victoria and offers a $3000 professional development bursary to the indigenous counterpart.
According to Allens' head of pro bono, Nicky Friedman, Allens first came into contact with Ganbina in 2006, when the organisation approached the firm for funding.
"We still provide financial support to Ganbina's Jobs4U2 program, as well as pro bono legal advice," said Friedman, adding that Ganbina has grown to accept more Indigenous youths into its programs.
Allens lawyer Katherine Chandler, who has provided pro bono legal advice to Ganbina, attended the 22 September awards ceremony, which was held during Philanthropy Australia's annual Melbourne conference.
Allens launched its Reconciliation Action Plan in 2009 with the ambition of helping to close the gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
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