A national perspective – 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. The Empowerment Plan

Through dialogue, research and pursuit of social good, Benojo encountered The Empowerment Plan. This inspirational not-for-profit in Detroit works to help the homeless in two key ways – by supporting those doing it tough on the streets and providing employment to those formerly homeless or living in shelters.

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Australia Day Google Doodle is a symbol of reconciliation, teen artist Ineka Voigt says

The 16-year-old artist who created today's Australia Day Google Doodle depicting Indigenous Australians from the Stolen Generation says she is excited by the conversation it has sparked.

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Mobile laundry founders Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett named Young Australians of the Year

For decades, mobile libraries have brought books into the lives of those who would otherwise go without. Meals on Wheels has helped feed those who cannot cook for themselves. What no one had thought of was creating a mobile laundry to wash the clothes of the homeless. That was until September 2014 when best mates Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, both 21, decided to give it a go.

"We wanted to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless, so we came up with this crazy idea of building a free mobile laundry," Marchesi said last year.

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South Australia embraces environmental upgrade agreements

Adelaide has taken another step toward its goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city, with the South Australian government passing new legislation which allows for an innovative new mechanism that will help fund upgrades to improve the carbon footprint of existing buildings within the city.

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Charity sector grows but competes for dwindling donations

More than 200 new charities were registered every month last year, despite widespread concern that there are already too many charities competing for dwindling donations, which have fallen to their lowest levels in 30 years in real-dollar terms.

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Social science research examines the generosity of the wealthy

A handful of people won a lot of money America's monster Powerball, and now they might be thinking of giving some of it to charity. David Greene spoke with NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam about the generosity of the wealthy.

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