Big money in philanthropy – Benojo weekly roundup

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.

In conversation with Orange Sky LaundryImage 5 - Orange Sky Laundry

It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks for Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett of Orange Sky Laundry since they were named 2016’s Young Australians of the Year in January. We caught up with Patchett to learn more about the journey of the world’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless to date.

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San Francisco tech worker: 'I don't want to see homeless riff-raff' 


In only the latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population, one tech worker has declared the homeless are “riff raff” whose “pain, struggle and despair” shouldn’t have to be endured by “wealthy” people commuting to work.

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Wall Street Philanthropy: The 6 do's & don'ts from the trading floor

Wall Street is having an ever-growing influence on philanthropy. A 2015 research paper titled “The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards” found that the percentage of nonprofit board members who come from finance has doubled since 1989. And nearly half of Giving Pledge signatories living in the U.S. are from the world of finance.

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Which Australians are donating millions for good?rosyln

Australia’s biggest philanthropists include some big names of business but also several private types who shun the limelight.

They are collectively donating hundreds of millions of dollars each year to causes such as hospitals, medical research, education and the arts — so who are they?

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Generous farmer leaves millions to charity in Western Australia's Great Southern

Millions of dollars have been donated to charity following the sale of a well-known farm in Kojonup in Western Australia's Great Southern.

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Are there too many charities in Australia?

Charities have become very good at attracting our attention, because they need to be. The 2014 Australian Charities Report, published by the ACNC in December 2015, found that donations and bequests account for a huge $6.8 billion of annual charity income.

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