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

The Benojo weekly roundup

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.

Many Australians ignorant of anxiety disorders, says beyondblue.

An alarming number of people think anxiety is a personality trait rather than a treatable mental health illness that is more common in Australia than depression.

Mental health charity beyondblue has relaunched its national anxiety campaign after its own analysis showed 40 per cent of people think anxiety is "just stress".

A survey of 700 people aged between 25 and 45 found that only half of those knew anxiety was not part of someone's personality, and about the same number thought it affects only a small proportion of people.

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Penn State football players help raise $13 million for charity

This past weekend students at Penn State completed the annual dance marathon for THON. The fund-raising project, which is completely student-run, raised over $13 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, which focuses on pediatric cancer.

The 46-hour dance marathon includes non-stop music and performances, including appearances by members of the various clubs, fraternities and sports teams from around the campus. That includes the Penn State football players, who showed off some of their dance moves at one point over the weekend.

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Announcing the first speakers for +SocialGood UK

From hashtag activism to digital education, technology and new media are interacting like never before as catalysts for social good.

This intersection of media and digital is what inspired the creation of +SocialGood, which was developed to build global communities around social good, as well as connect those communities with the resources needed to generate change. That's why, at the first-ever +SocialGood UK conference on March 27, we're happy to bring together speakers from a wide range of fields and industries — not only to foster conversation, but also discuss real solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects

Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that will fight climate change and protect the environment.

Citigroup expects the effort to lead to deals supporting renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation opportunities, Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat said in a speech in New York Wednesday.

The effort builds on an earlier goal to arrange $50 billion in deals that the bank set for itself in 2007 and achieved in 2013, three years ahead of schedule. Citigroup’s new target puts it well ahead of other financial companies, including Bank of America Corp., which said in 2012 it would support $50 billion in deals for low-carbon initiatives, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which announced a $40 billion program the same year.

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solar panels

Solar panels stand at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near Primm, Nevada, U.S. "We need the largest financial players in the world to engage in the climate debate as an economic imperative". Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg.


Now might be the time to move into human resources

Australia’s changing economy will drive demand for change and organisational development human resource specialists this year, according to the 2015 Global Salary Survey from recruiters Robert Walters.

The survey found that return-to-work and worker compensation specialists will also be in high demand due to changing legislation. Contract engagements will grow while permanent hiring will be steady.

Across Australia, permanent salaries for human resources professionals are expected to grow only by by 0.4%. Pay in NSW will be steady, will decline slightly in Brisbane and rise a bit in Melbourne and Perth.

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Atlassian's 1% rule has raised $40 million for charity, and now they want another 500 companies to join in

About 10 years ago Atlassian founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes pledged 1% of their company to invest in philanthropic ventures. That 1% is now worth about $40 million.

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Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar.

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