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

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the corporate 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.

Benojo weekly roundup

1) Darwin businessman raises $50,000 for Movember, top fundraiser in Australia

Territory mos are the most lucrative in Australia with one Darwin moustache raking in more than $50,000 in donations for Movember. The platinum mo belongs to Darwin businessman Nick Halkitis, who is finishing off Movember with the top spot on the Australian individual fundraiser leaderboard.

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2) Style vs. Substance in Corporate Social Responsibility

“The idea is that companies can — and should — do well by doing good. With few exceptions, not many would argue with that proposition. But the problem can be a fundamental one: a disconnect between reality and appearance — between style and substance.”

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3) Tips for secure, meaningful giving this holiday season

You want to make sure that the bulk of [a charity's] spending is going into their programs and services that they exist to provide," says Sandra Miniutti, vice president and chief financial officer of Charity Navigator, a group that evaluates charities. To earn Charity Navigator's top rating, charities must be financially sound, accountable and transparent -- and get results.

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4) Parents petition Target to stop selling Grand Theft Auto

"Target, you pride yourself on being a family company, caring for local communities, and have a strong ethical sourcing policy. How can you do this while contributing to hostile and callous attitudes toward victims of violence and, more broadly, to all women?

"We urge you to follow the example set by New Zealand's largest retailer, NZ Warehouse Group, in upholding Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical corporate leadership by removing these games."

SCOPE Domestic and Family Violence Service manager Brigitte McLennan has joined in the call for the game to be removed from shelves.

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5) Challenges facing the global community are too big for governments to fix

Governments are simply not going to solve the big challenges facing the world such as poverty, inequity and the environmental and social sustainability of our major cities.

To put it bluntly, governments can’t afford to fix these problems. And those with the biggest challenges are often the governments that have the least money. Solutions are going to have to be borne out of market forces in which corporations can find profitable ways to enable those at the margins of society to access market solutions.

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6) Byron Bay residents push for Australia's first community-owned clean energy generator

Australia's first community-owned clean energy generator and retailer is taking shape in the counter-culture capital of Australia.

Known for its alternative lifestyles, the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is hoping to establish a not-for-profit energy company - Northern Rivers Energy - to rival the big retailers. The electricity industry however remains highly sceptical a renewable energy generator and retailer would be able to compete on price.

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7) Research shows scale of corporate giving in Ireland

Eighty percent of companies in Ireland are engaged in some sort of philanthropy, according to new research published by Philanthropy Ireland.

Multinational companies having the highest rate of engagement at 94%, followed by large domestic companies at 88% and SMEs at 70%.

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8) Has Your Company's Charitable Giving Become an Empty Ritual?

Employees are often asked to support a charity adopted by the company’s executive.

In many cases, employees do contribute but without any meaningful connection created between them and the charity. While the donations may be put to good use, the act of giving thus becomes more of an empty ritual. As a CEO, I strongly believe that every company has a role, big or small, in the greater community. And it's important for leaders to consider new ways to foster a community connection for their company and employees as well.

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