Benojo's weekly roundup of the top social impact stories

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the CSR, philanthropy and charity space. Here’s all the latest in the world of social impact.

Benojo chats: Rob Michalak, Ben & Jerry’s Global Director of Social Mission

Rob Michalak is Ben & Jerry’s global director of social mission. Social mission being one of three missions (the other two being product and economic) that the company uses to guide their decision-making.

Michalak was in Sydney last week to speak at the Corporate Affairs Summit. Benojo caught up with him after his insightful and inspiring address, and asked him to tell us more about some of the tweets shared during his talk.

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Australian of the Year finalist sacked over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct

An Australian of the Year finalist has been sacked from the charity he founded amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with the mother of a cancer victim he was helping.

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'Seeing is Believing' celebrates philanthropy's impact

May marked two years since the University launched the most ambitious philanthropic initiative in its 160-year history.

Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne set a goal to raise $500 million by the end of 2017 to advance the University’s teaching and learning, research and engagement ambitions. More than $425 million in philanthropic gifts has so far been raised, thanks to the generosity of Melbourne alumni, staff, students and friends.

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Philanthropy Envy: Even giving away $400 million gets you criticised these days.

Such is our age of envy and snark that people can’t even give money away without being criticised.

The latest donor to be abused for his generosity is John Paulson, the hedge-fund billionaire, who announced on Wednesday that he is donating $400 million to Harvard University.

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Tesco teams up with FareShare charity to reduce food waste

Tesco is starting a scheme which could hand tens of thousands of tonnes of surplus food from its stores to local charities as supermarkets come under rising pressure to reduce waste.

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What it really takes to find meaningful work

Even if you are not a philosopher, you have probably worked out that things don’t really have any meaning, unless we attribute it to them. Work is no exception.

But it's easy to persuade ourselves that our careers are inherently meaningful. So much so that the language we use has shifted from engagement to involvement, job vacancies to job crafting, and purpose to calling. All this suggests that work does have the capacity to fulfil our deepest existential needs, but does it? Should we feel guilty if our job is not rewarding? Do we need to change careers if our current job fails to provide us with a higher sense of purpose? To answer these questions, consider these five findings:

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And finally, Benojo welcomes international intern - Jake Pisarski

We’d like to introduce you to our intern Jake Pisarski. Hailing all the way from Texas, he recently graduated from university with a double major in Communication Studies and Psychology. Jake is now here and helping out in Benojo’s Sydney office.

Link to a Jake's welcome video here!

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