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. The Benojo weekly roundup

How generosity can benefit you in 2015 Is generosity in your best interest? Giving away your time and money makes you happier, more financially responsible, and can even help you get a job. All you need to do is get started.

Christmas is the season of giving, and a New Year is when people promise to become better in the year to come. If you really want to improve yourself, consider making a habit of giving away your time and money regularly. It’s not intuitive, but it will probably pay off; here’s how. Link here

Salvation Army drops 17 places on charity reputation survey One of Australia's best-known welfare organisations, the Salvation Army, has dropped 17 places from last year in the 2014 AMR Charity Reputation Index, a yearly survey which measures the overall reputation of the country's 40 largest charities . The Salvation Army dropped from No.10 in 2013 to No.27 this year.

The results follows allegations of child sex abuse by Salvation Army staff that were the subject of a royal commission inquiry. More than 100 children came forward with reports of physical, sexual and indecent abuse. Link here

Note to millennials: Charity now begins on Twitter Dry cleaning, car service and pet food delivery is just a tap away thanks to the Internet and smartphones. But when it comes to charity, the world of technology start-ups hasn't given enough.

Charles Huang learned this the hard way when he tried donating to Wikipedia during his senior year at MIT. Like many millennials, Huang was accustomed to using his smartphone. But when he looked up the Wikipedia donation site, he noticed it wasn't optimised for mobile access. Link here

Giving to charity - three questions to ask before you write the check We all want to help our fellow man, especially those who are in need. But in the case of someone asking for money on the street, it can be hard to know whether our dollars will really end up helping.

I am not alone in my skepticism and concern for where my giving dollars are going. In a survey from US Trust, donors reported that their biggest concern about charitable giving was whether their money was actually going to be used for charitable purposes.

Before writing a check to your favorite charity this year, here are some questions to ask your organisation: Link here

Why social responsibility needs to be more than just a fad We are in the midst of an infatuation with corporate social responsibility (CSR). Firms are naming chief sustainability officers, business schools are launching social impact centers, and the media is filled with articles—you’re reading one now—on the social role of business.

Popular books like Cause for Success are even touting social responsibility as a path to business success with slogans like "how solving the world’s problems improves corporate health, growth, and competitive edge." All this enthusiasm is great—who doesn’t want business to help make the world a better place? But it is also dangerous. Link here

CSR: Year in Review As a new year approaches, questions arise about what the coming year will bring as notions of responsible business, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility gain traction. Recent years have seen the emergence of new concepts such as Shared Value, along with steady growth in sustainability reporting and new and innovative approaches by Governments and regulatory bodies.

One expert forecasting for 2015 is Dr Leeora Black, the founder and managing director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) and a globally recognised CSR and sustainability expert with more than 30 years experience in helping organisations adapt to their changing environments. Link here

Australians are less anxious but still worried about costs and Government policy

Consumer anxiety has fallen to its lowest level since mid 2013 but Australians are still worried about costs and what the government might do next. The NAB Consumer Anxiety Index dropped for the second straight quarter to 60.1 points in the fourth quarter from 62.3, with lower levels of concern reported across all categories (as shown in the chart on the right). Link here