A modern approach to philanthropy – Benojo weekly roundup

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the CSR, philanthropy and charity space. Here’s all the latest in the world of social impact. Three local food businesses helping refugees find employment

Businesses of all sizes, nationally and internationally, are helping refugees in a variety of positive ways.  A little while back we highlighted some companies helping in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, this week we thought we’d showcase some Australian businesses helping refugees and asylum seekers in their communities to find employment, through offering training and jobs.

featThe Bread & Butter Project is a social enterprise created by Sydney institution The Bourke Street Bakery

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Government considers policies to boost philanthropy for universities

The Turnbull government is set to consider new policies to boost philanthropy for universities, including calls for matching funds aimed particularly at promoting giving to universities outside the sandstones that lack the same tradition and capacity for philanthropy.

uniUniversity of Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis and Malcolm Turnbull. Picture: Stuart McEvoy

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Firefighter’s photo thanking the Willunga Bakery for its generosity goes viral

A picture capturing the generosity of the Willunga Bakery donating food to firefighters during the Kyeema bushfire has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

firefighterHermitage CFS Lieutenant Peter Inkster has been shocked by the reaction to this photo he posted on social media

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Syrian refugees become volunteers within a month of arriving in Australia

Less than a year after arriving in Australia, with their bullet-riddled Aleppo home a fading memory, Johnny and Carol Bilouna pulled on matching orange jumpsuits and prepared to help patch a stranger’s roof somewhere in the peaceful, if storm-damaged, Illawarra.

SESJohnny and Carol Bilouna. Photo: Adam McLean

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This is what 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners looks like

Stressed about cooking for your big family this Thanksgiving? Imagine cooking 10,000 meals.

That's exactly what The Salvation Army and Manhattan caterer Great Performances set out to do Tuesday.

In a partnership with The Salvation Army, the catering company will serve 1,000 out of a total of 10,000 meals to underprivileged New Yorkers at The Salvation Army's 14th street location. Various companies, volunteers and paid cooks at other Salvation Army locations will account for the remaining meals.

thanksA Great Performances cook prepares yams to be part of the Thanksgiving dinner for The Salvation Army. The dinner will be served at TSA’s headquarters

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Smarter, creative philanthropy for a complex world

Today's global challenges -- climate change, inequality, unemployment and diseases -- require philanthropy to take a 21st century approach to investing in solutions that work. Modern philanthropy has an opportunity to drive social impact through cutting edge channels by shifting to a new mindset, one that is focused on outcomes and long-term systemic solutions and implemented through an entrepreneurial approach. By setting clear targets for the results it wants to achieve without prescribing the approach or methodology to get there, philanthropy can catalyse innovation in the social sector to enable and accelerate systemic change.

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