Benojo weekly roundup – what’s happening in the giving space?

The Benojo Weekly Roundup corporate giving

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.

5 Ways to Help Employees Help Themselves

With 90 percent of companies believing that their employees make the decision to stay at or leave a company within the first year, making a great first impression to new hires is crucial. Here's how to help employees help themselves:

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The geeks arrive in HR: people analytics is here

Transparency should be a charity's priority, not a reluctant requirement.

Frankly, if your accountants can’t track where your money came from, and exactly how it’s being spent too, you should probably get rid of them. (Or in the elegant formulation of a former PA of mine, “help them to a better future”.)

Investors in the private sector can move their money if they buy your shares and don’t like what you’re doing. Taxpayers funding the public sector have no choice but to cough up although every few years they have a – sort of – chance to vote on the outcome.

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The top philanthropic gifts of 2014

2014 has been declared as the year of the “mega gifts”, with some of the biggest philanthropic donations ever seen in Australia’s history being made.

It was the year when healthcare and media entrepreneur Paul Ramsay left his $3 billion fortune - the largest single charitable donation ever in Australia - to his personal foundation, and Westpac gave $100 million - the largest corporate gift ever in Australia - to set up a private education scholarship, the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

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Keys believes in giving back

If Glenn Keys gets his way more intellectually disabled people will get to live the Australian dream of owning their own home.

HIS trail-blazing program to help them do that is just one reason the former Australian Defence Force test flight engineer who is now managing director of global healthcare provider, Aspen Medical, is ACT Australian of the Year.

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The cost of caring – why I had to leave the charity sector

I began my career in the voluntary sector as a support worker over 10 years ago. Newly graduated and with a job offer from a women’s hostel which was paying just above minimum wage, I could not have been more excited.

Fast-forward a decade and a number of similar roles later – in recent years working with women who had experienced trauma – and I was leaving my final role in the sector, completely exhausted, burnt-out and questioning why I had ever gone into it. How did my outlook change so much?

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Ian Thorpe charity in liquidation

The children's charity of retired swimmer Ian Thorpe has gone into liquidation and the remainder of its money will be granted to Aboriginal projects.

Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth was a small, non-religious charity established in 2000 to prevent and control illness in children, particularly Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and focused on literacy.

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McDonald's auctioning super secret Big Mac sauce for charity

McDonald's is selling bottles of its super secret Big Mac special sauce - on eBay.

Only 200 of the limited edition bottles are being sold and all proceeds are going to charity. The first bottle went up on for auction on Tuesday and before lunch it reached almost $18,000 with one week to go!

But according to the ad, it's worth it. Not only will you be making a significant donation to help others, everything will taste better.

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Multi-Millionaire Kevin O'Leary says 3.5 billion in poverty is fantastic

A quick video clip which captures an infuriating moment with a news caster and one of the world’s wealthiest 1%. Click the link to learn why he celebrates capitalism.

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