Benojo weekly roundup – what’s happening in the giving space?
Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the corporate giving and charity space. Here’s what’s causing waves globally, the things stirring up people like you and all the latest in the world of social good.
1) This is the youngest Davos participant, and he's helping save lives with an app
Age is just a number -- just ask Alain Nteff. At 22, Nteff (the youngest participant at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland) is fighting for moms and their babies in Central Africa.
He's the founder of Gifted Mom - a mobile health platform that provides a variety of programs to moms and pregnant women, including maternal education, access to family planning and contraception services and information on when and how to vaccinate children safely. His innovation spurred the economic forum to name him a Global Shaper for 2015.
2) Follow all the World Economic Forum updates on twitter! #WEF15
3) We can build better futures through philanthropy
We have chosen to make a difference by building a unique new knowledge bank within one of Australia's most innovative universities to help transform architecture and design into a powerful force for change.
By developing low-cost, sustainable dwellings for the tens of millions of displaced people looking for a place to shelter tonight, and every single night, we can help restore the safety, dignity and hope of some of the world's most vulnerable people. And in doing so, we can also learn how to utilise durable, sustainable design to improve the lives of every community, from the world's substandard shanty towns to the urban fringes of modern cities.
4) New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%
Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.
Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
The charity’s research, published on Monday, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5
5) Corporate social responsibility and charity are not the same thing
Charity is an incredible thing. It’s a way for us to show we care for one another, and it provides resources and aid to those in need both domestically and internationally. It has changed the lives of thousands every year, from building homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005 to providing medical care to Ebola virus patients in West Africa in 2014.
Corporations can be large sources of funding for charities. According to Forbes magazine, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gave more than $300 million in charitable donations in 2012.
What I find troubling about this isn’t the notion of giving to charity. I think that’s great.
6) Australian charity flooded with koala mittens after bushfire appeal
Last week, an Australian charity put out a call for what they thought would be a local campaign helping wildlife affected by a bushfire in Adelaide. The International Fund for Animal Welfare asked people to sew cotton mittens, which would then be used to protect the koalas' burnt paws.
The charity was then inundated with thousands of cotton mittens for the injured koalas after the campaign went viral and say they were not expecting the success of the campaign:
"What started off as a local campaign, just asking the Australian public has just absolutely gone global and viral," Josey Sharrad from the IFAW told Australia's ABC News..
7) Ten Apps to keep you accountable for those New Year's Resolutions
(RNS) Still trying to keep up with those New Year’s resolutions? Fear not: As your vows to lose weight or give more to charity get harder to keep, there are nearly a dozen apps that can help you stick to your plan — and do some good.
In general, American consumers spend an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on their mobile devices, according to a Flurry report, and apps dominate people’s time and attention. Charities have been quick to jump on this trend with their own apps, and now some apps can marry your New Year’s resolutions with donations to charity.
Habitat for Humanity has worked closely with the app Charity Miles. Ruth Davila, director of cause marketing and workplace giving at Habitat for Humanity International, said the house-building charity has found these apps to be beneficial.
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