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

Upload a Photo on Social Media, and Toyota Will Donate 10 Car Seats for Kids

Toyota is turning mobile photo uploads on Twitter and Instagram into a philanthropic opportunity. For every photo that people post with the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife through Dec. 31, the brand will donate 10 car seats to Buckle Up for Life, a program that works with children's hospitals to educate parents on car-seat safety.

The social campaign is part of the brand's partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and runs during Toyotathon, a sales period at the end of the year when nearby dealers combine their marketing and inventory to push cars off the lots. Toyota will promote the campaign with signs inside dealerships and social media posts.

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2014 Theme: Human Rights 365

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

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Want To Be Happier? Change Your Commute Or Change Your Attitude

It’s a decision that almost everyone finds themselves faced with at some point – accept a job that pays more money even though it requires a longer commute or stay in your current job. It’s easy be tempted by a lucrative opportunity that appears to be the key to success and happiness, but research shows the detriment of a longer commute may outweigh the benefits of earning more money.

A new study conducted by Canada’s University of Waterloo discovered a direct link between commute time and well-being. The findings, which were published in World Leisure Journal, conclude that people with the longest commutes have the lowest overall satisfaction with life.

The authors report that commute lengths are linked to a sense of time pressure. People who spend the most time on the road experience higher levels of stress because they constantly feel hurried. Many of them spend much of their time on the road worrying about all the activities they’re missing.

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Volunteering? What’s in it for me?

In many ways the issue of volunteering is central to modern Australia. There is even a question on volunteering in the census. The Americans, so noted for their corporate philanthropy, do not ask this question at their census, and yet we do.

Not quite 20 per cent of the adult population volunteers, according to the census, although this question is self-enumerated: it is possible that respondents lie about volunteering, but what would be the point?

Everyday Australians are a generous lot. With the possible exception of the remarkable Paul Ramsay, founder of the Ramsay Health Group who died in May and left a bequest of $3.3 billion to charities, we seem to be a nation less known for individual philanthropy and more for everyday volunteering.

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Virtual volunteering grows in Australia

Most people picture volunteering as soup kitchens, surf lifesaving or doing aid work on the other side of the world.

But one charity founder wants you to give back from the comfort of your own couch. DoSomething Founder Jon Dee says busy Australians are increasingly contributing their time online or over the phone.

And he says this 'virtual volunteering' can be done at any time, day or night.

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Employee study finds many Australian workplaces lack effective leadership

Sandra Helou's commitment to her job was helped by her employer's decision to take an interest in her health. Ms Helou, who works for a private health insurance company in Sydney, said her boss had arranged for employees to get free advice over the phone from a dietitian or nutritionist.

"Knowing my employer cares about my well-being ... makes me more inclined to stay with an employer because they are aligned to my personal values," she said.

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