Weekly roundup

Local goodwill– 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.


Eat Me Chutneys founders

Eat Me Chutneys is a social enterprise created by mother and son team Jaya and Ankit Chopra. The pair describe themselves as a ‘self-professed chutney queen’ and ‘an annoying Michelin-trained chef’ who make socially good jars of very tasty chutneys and pickles. Ankit took some time to share their story with us.

Read more here.


Paul Kelly honoured for charity work and a lifetime of songs

Paul Kelly wasn't quite declared the most outstanding human to ever grace the earth, this year at least, but the man often described as Australia's finest songwriter was afforded almost as great an honour at a music industry lunch on Wednesday.

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Sports stars, media come together to raise thousands for ‘brave’ Cronulla riots copsports

More than $8,000 has been raised for former police officer Craig Campbell after media organisations joined with Muslim community leaders for a charity soccer tournament on Sunday.

Campbell, 56, was the subject of an iconic photo during the Cronulla riots when the burly policeman saved a Middle Eastern couple on a train by furiously swinging his police baton to force a mob of youths to back away.

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Red Nose Day: When Social Responsibility Helps Corporate Bottom Lines

Is it a bit of unconscionable hyperbole when talking about children and poverty in the US to declare on the Red Nose Day website: “The donations you give will do amazing things. Just $1 can change a life?”

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Struggle Street ‘poverty porn’ site a problem for SBS

The struggle is real when it comes to SBS finding places to film the second instalment of a series described as “poverty porn”. The broadcaster has been told it’s not welcome to film Struggle Street in the southwest Brisbane suburb of Inala, while its request to document Sunshine in Melbourne’s west has also received a frosty reception.

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Youths forced to live on streets as Gold Coast charity workers devise plan to raise funds for shelters QLD

The homeless crisis on the Gold Coast is so dire helpless charity workers at the coalface are planning to take matters into their own hands.

Fed up with a lack of funding and action from government agencies, Rosies co-ordinator Wendy Coe said she was in talks with others in the industry for them to take on the fight themselves.

Read more here.


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Realigning community programs – 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.


Launching with Smartgroup Corporation Plait for Smart

How do you launch a new community program? Having a clear focus, clear purpose and strong commitment from senior management are key to ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of the program, but adding a touch of fun and flair goes a long way as well.

We recently welcomed Smartgroup Corporation to Benojo's platform with an abundance of fairy floss and some staff led giving initiatives.

Read more here.


Fort McMurray fire relief gets 'unprecedented' donations from Atlantic Canadians

More Canadian Red Cross workers from the Atlantic region are heading to Alberta in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfire, while an "unprecedented" amount of donations continues to pour in from the eastern provinces.

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Charities need to stop giving 'charity' a bad name

Most people totally accept a charity's right to ask for donations. But there is a widely held opinion that charities have to accept our right to say no.

Shaming people who aren't in a position to donate not only won't get quotas and commissions; it's actually hurting all other charities because it's giving 'charity' a bad name.

Read more here.


A third of young Australian women don't feel safe in public spaces at night pedestrian

A new report compiled by research company Ipsos has discovered that almost a third of young Australian women do not feel safe in public spaces at night.

The 'A Right to the Night' report, commissioned by child rights agency Plan International Australia and anti-violence against women not-for-profit Our Watch, surveyed some 600 Australian women between the ages of 15 and 19, and the results returned are bleak.

Read more here.


Chinese company boss treats 2,500 employees to holiday in Spain Spain

Two and half thousand Chinese workers have been enjoying the sights of Madrid after their boss stumped up €7m ($10m AUD) to take them on a Spanish holiday.

Li Jinyuan, the billionaire owner of direct-sales firm Tiens Group, chartered 20 planes and booked 1,650 hotel rooms for the party. After their Madrid visit, the workers will board four specially reserved high-speed trains to Barcelona.

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Whose corporate social responsibility is it anyway?

Until recent times, many businesses have focused on direct routes to gaining value from corporate social responsibility (CSR). Pursuing easy-win strategies or PR-able activities with the view to direct commercial benefits like award or client wins, or ticking the box on ‘community service airtime’.

However, businesses are now recognising the complete value of CSR, especially from a company culture perspective.

Read more here.


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Giving gets techy – 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.


Tips for building and improving your CSR program

Australia has witnessed a dramatic rise in Corporate Social Responsibility reporting with approximately 83 per cent of the top 100 companies in Australia (by revenue) now reporting on CSR.

So how can you build and improve on what you already have?

Read more here.


Employees left with tears of joy after being given 10 per cent of their yoghurt company 

Around 2000 staff of yoghurt company Chobani were overwhelmed this week when their boss Hamdi Ulukaya announced he would give 10 per cent of the company’s value back to his employees.

Read more here.


Some users hit 'delete' after pledging charitable donations online, study shows

Do charitable campaigns conducted on social media platforms actually “click” with the public? A new study suggests that such campaigns can draw the attention of social media users but not always their commitment to donate money.

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Sean Parker: Hacker philanthropist  

Hacker philanthropy is meant to be the antidote to what Parker calls the conservative, incremental work of most charitable foundations; a timidity he says is borne of institutional self-preservation and a need to assuage philanthropists’ “deep-seated anxiety that their capital may not be accomplishing anything”.

Read more here.


Brother's mission to help his 'silent angel' sister

A devoted brother is on a mission to improve the quality of life for his younger sister, and is hoping public generosity will help him reach his goal.

John Hauff, 21, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his 18-year-old sister Taylor who lives with Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that severely impacts motor skills and speech.

Read more here.


Environment groups risk charity status

Coalition MPs want to force environment groups to dedicate a quarter of their income to planting trees, controlling pests or wildlife rehabilitation.

A government-led parliamentary committee also wants to suspend for five years the charitable status of environment groups that "encourage, support, promote or endorse" illegal activity.

Read more here.


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Your employees want to give – 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.


Why social responsibility is no longer just for the bigger guyssmall biz

This week Benojo released a product that will change the CSR game in Australia. We understand the desire in the small business community to do good and give, so we’re now offering twelve months full access to our platform to companies with up to 100 employees, for a limited time at a cost of just $99.

Read more here.


Australia's charitable giving jumps 6.5 per cent: National Australia Bank

Australians appeared to dig deeper for others in the past year, with solid jobs growth and a resilient economy contributing to a significant jump in charitable donations.

However, the data, from National Australia Bank, shows some suburbs were more generous than others.

Read more here.


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Researchers were intrigued by findings over the years (and decades) which demonstrated happy employees were more likely to help others, to proactively learn new skills and to set ambitious goals, all of which would presumably lead to productivity gains.

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Five ways to ensure ROI from CSR programs

Most employers’ corporate social responsibility programs achieve some positive results, but few are reaching their full potential, according to CSR expert Jonathan Champ. According to Champ, employers can take five steps to ensure their CSR program is effective on every level.

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50 best workplaces for giving back

More and more, the instant gratification of volunteering and its “do good, feel good” mentality is inspiring workers who seek a higher purpose in their day-to-day jobs. The culture experts at Great Place to Work were to determine which companies offer flexible scheduling and paid time off for volunteering as part of their workplace benefits. They surveyed thousands of employees to discover how they’re making a difference, and they also asked about employee donations and corporate matching. Here are 50 great employers whose dedicated workers are making the world a better place, one volunteer project at a time.

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Prince, the secret philanthropist: 'His cause was humanity'prnce

It began with an anonymous check about 10 years ago. Environmental and human rights activist Van Jones was working on George W. Bush's Green Jobs Act when he received a $50,000 donation and no name attached to it. "I promptly returned it," he recalls. "I'm not taking anonymous checks for $50,000. It could be from anybody." But then someone sent it back, and he returned it again.

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A charitable approach – Benojo weekly roundup

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Crêpes for Change is Australia’s first non-profit crêpe food truck. The Melbourne-based social enterprise is the work of brothers Dan and Liam Poole and exists to help eliminate youth homelessness in Australia. We spoke to its founder Dan to learn more.

Read more here.


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British charity workers are hoping to reach families left stricken in remote areas following Ecuador's strongest earthquake in nearly four decades.

A team from the Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox has been sent to South America to help the international aid effort as the country reels from the 7.8-magnitude quake.

Read more here.


Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s'

Workers aged over 40 perform at their best if they work three days a week, according to economic researchers.

Their research analysed the work habits and brain test results of about 3,000 men and 3,500 women aged over 40 in Australia.

Read more here.


Australia, we need to talk about why you hate big ideas

It is a much-honoured national pastime to shoot down different ideas (big or small) and resist even the slightest hint of change.

We might be surrounded by sea, but we are also girt by the status quo.

Read more here.


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These firefighters better be ready to put out some fires after people lay eyes on their newest calendar.

The Firefighters Calendar has become a yearly tradition in Australia and we thank the hot guy gods for it every single time a new photo emerges.

Read more here.


Australian Government to launch $30 million program to teach kids to respect women from a young age

The campaign is directed at role models in kids' lives, in an effort to get them to set higher standards for what is acceptable behaviour between boys and girls.

This includes stopping parents and teachers from using excuses like "boys will be boys" or "he's just doing it because he likes you" for when boys pick on girls, as is their wont to do.

Read more here.


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Small scale giving, BIG impact – 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.


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The not-for-profit sector (NFP) is a fundamental part of Australian society that has recently undergone rapid growth and expansion. Working across all facets of the NFP sector, from causes to corporates and individuals, Benojo have noticed growing trends that have been backed by findings from the Cause Report by JBWere.

Read more here.


Sleepbus – the bus providing shelter for the homeless (and their pooches)config

Australian entrepreneur Simon Rowe has designed the “Sleepbus” which promises to give more than 8 000 homeless people a place to sleep for the night each year.

Read more here.


Prose fills wall in Newton café's 'free coffee for poems' promopoem

The wall of a local coffee shop is slowly filling with poetry.

As part of a month-long promotion, Newton's Espesso Café is offering a free coffee (or tea or pop) to anyone who writes and submits an original poem.

As of Friday afternoon (April 8), 17 poems were posted a wall at the coffee shop.

Read more here.


Charity, Donald Trump-style

It's not just that there was a lack of large cash gifts from Trump himself—there weren’t any. “Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money,” David Fahrenthold and Rosalind Helderman wrote. “Many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.”

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Corporate social responsibility has an image problem, but don't kill it

You know corporate social responsibility has a major image problem when one of its earliest chief executive supporters is calling for its "final demise".

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PROSH newspaper hits Perth streets for University of WA charity driveprosh

Thousands of costume-clad University of WA students have hit the streets to flog the satirical newspaper PROSH, to raise money for WA charities.

Read more here.


 

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All round goodness – 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.


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From designers who create recycling based puns to taxi drivers who deliver food to the needy, we’ve rounded up the ‘all-stars’ of social impact in Australia.

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A restaurateur in the Indian city of Kochi has devised a startlingly simple way to fight food waste and feed hungry people at the same time.

Read more here.


The 20 happiest cities to work in right now

To determine the happiest and unhappiest places to work, fulfillment-focused career site CareerBliss took a look at eight key factors that can influence an employee’s contentment, including work-life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, general work environment, compensation, opportunities for advancement, company culture, and resources.

Read more here.


Public library provides mental health services to help the homeless

The San Francisco Public Library is more than just a book lover's sanctuary—it’s a place of refuge and redemption for the city’s homeless community. But the homeless haven’t always been quite so welcome amid the building’s hushed holdings.

Read more here.


Companies can nurture an ethical culture and still be competitive

The current buzzword in the financial services sector is "culture".

From bank executives proclaiming employee (mis)conduct that is inconsistent with their company's culture, to regulators seeking to operationalise culture into a legislative standard and, most recently, David Murray, who led the Financial System Inquiry, invoking moral panic that enforcement of culture could thrust Australia into a neo-Nazi era.

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Project aims to airlift 80 rhinos from South Africa to Australia

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Since 2010, over 5,000 rhinoceros have been poached in South Africa and every six hours, one rhino is killed.

This drove Ray Dearlove to start The Australian Rhino Project, with a mission to bring 80 rhinos from South Africa to Australia in the next four years.

Read more here.


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A diverse approach to giving – 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.


What do corporate partners want from their causes?

With an estimated 600,000 not-for-profits operating in Australia finding the right corporate partner to support your cause can be hard work. We look at four key factors to consider in seeking corporate support for your charity.

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A guide to managing a volunteer workforce

When a volunteer force is mobilised correctly, the power of their collective action is huge. Here are six lessons that should be useful to anyone who is interested in engaging volunteers, as pertinent in the corporate boardroom as on the campaign trail.

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How diversity makes us smarterdverse

Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working

Decades of research by organisational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.

Read more here.


Tap payment technology moves into outdoor aiding veteran’s charity Walking Wounded

Shoppers will be able to make donations to charities with a simple tap of their credit cards on outdoor signs around the country after Ooh Media rolled out the technology in aid of veteran’s charity Walking Wounded.

Read more here.


Waleed Aly asks why begging is illegal in most of Australia?

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Citing statistics from the 2014 budget which slashed $70 million dollars from community service programs while 120 000 people had to be turned away from homeless shelters last year, Waleed Aly poses the question: why is begging illegal in most of Australia?

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Why it’s OK to be a leftie and give to charity

Like the £2.5m donated to the Guardian’s Christmas appeal, the record-breaking £55m raised by Sport Relief on the BBC last weekend is cheering evidence of people’s generosity. But while conservatives have traditionally been supportive of the voluntary sector – because it fits with their idea that taxes should be low and the role of the state limited – for those on the left, the celebration of charitable success can feel more awkward.

Read more here.


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Leadership and social impact – Benojo weekly roundup

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GroupM staff generate over $130k for charity with the aid of Benojo

Over 400 of 700 GroupM staff from across Australia took part in the annual Power of One day on February 26th. This year the global media investment management group took a renewed approach to giving using Benojo to offer staff a choice on how to participate. The end result saw GroupM generate over $130,000 of value in one day for UnLtd charities, a not-for-profit foundation representing media, marketing and advertising.

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Belgians and tourists gathered in the plaza outside the Bourse –- the Belgian stock exchange –- to pay tribute to at least 31 killed and dozens more injured at the Brussels airport and metro station.

Read more here.


Starbucks will donate all of its unsold food to America's needy

Starbucks has a new plan to minimize food waste at its U.S. locations.

The company says it’s teaming up with the Food Donation Connection and Feeding America in a program known as FoodShare that will allow the company to donate all of its leftover prepared meals to food banks. With this program the FDC will pick up the food each day at 7,600 Starbucks-operated U.S. locations, and Feeding America will redistribute it.

Read more here.


Big Issue seller marries woman he met when she asked him for change

A romance began when a homeless man gave a passerby 50p for her electricity meter – now the couple have pledged to spend the rest of their lives together.

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The conservative myth of a social safety net built on charitysocial safetty

The right yearns for an era when churches and local organisations took care of society's weakest—an era that never existed and can't exist today.

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5 strategies leaders can use to keep their teams happy

Creating a happy workplace brings wins on multiple fronts. Not only will there be more smiles around the office, research shows a happy and healthy workplace can help the bottom line of a business. Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows a $2.30 average return for every $1 spent on supporting mental health.

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How do you measure happiness? – 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.


4 innovative charity campaigns that cut through the noiserefugees_vid

From Cancer Research UK’s #nomakeupselfie campaign to the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge, it takes a unique campaign (and stellar timing) to cut through the noise and grab the attention of the hectic online world. Here are four recent innovative charity campaigns we think are noteworthy examples.

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How to succeed professionally by helping others

Research shows that even if the rewards aren't immediately apparent, contributing to the success of others pays off in the long run.

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Top hotels step in to help unemployed youth develop skills, find jobs

Social Ventures Australia, Jesuit Social Services and MAX Employment have helped develop the new program called The Industry Employment Initiative.

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Melbourne's Etiko makes sports shoes ethical, vegan, socially responsibleshoes

Melbourne-based Etiko makes a sneaker that looks like a Converse Chuck Taylor, but ticks all the social responsibility boxes.

"We're helping people shop their values," says Etiko founder Nick Savaidis. "You can tell people to buy products that come from ethical labour, but where would they buy their sneakers?"

Read more here.


New global rankings reveal the happiest and most miserable countries on the planet

Denmark, closely followed by Switzerland, is the happiest country in the world while crisis-torn Syria and Burundi are the most miserable, according to a global ranking released Wednesday.

The 2016 World Happiness Report seeks to quantify happiness as a means of making societies healthier and more efficient.

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The billionaires shaping Australian business

Frank Lowy and Mike Cannon-Brookes are both billionaires, but the two are cut from a different cloth.

Both men, who appeared at The Australian Financial Review's Business Summit, on Wednesday, offer two contrasting pictures of Australian entrepreneurship.

Read more here.


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Celebrating women – 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.


The Shared Value Forum returns in 2016

The Shared Value Forum (SVF) returns to Melbourne on April 13. Presented by the Shared Value Project, the one-day event will explore the theme ‘Business: Partnering for change’. We preview what’s in store for 2016.

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China aims to increase giving with first charity law

China is set to pass its first charity law as it seeks to increase public confidence in charitable organisations battered by years of scandal, while at the same time tightening its control of the sector.

Read more here.


#OneDayIWill: On International Women’s Day, share your aspiration with the world

Celebrating International Women's Day, Google travelled to 13 countries and spoke to 337 women and girls, asking them to complete the sentence "One day I will..."

This information then helped to create the Google Doodle for the day!

Read more here.


60 stunning photos of women protesting around the world

When it comes to grassroots political movements, women are there, making sure they are seen and heard. From American women gathering in Washington, DC to protest police brutality to Pakistani women flooding the streets to speak out against oppressive security crackdowns, these women are a force to be reckoned with.

Read more here.


Here's why LinkedIn's employees just got a $14 million bonus

Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, has forfeited his annual $14 million stock bonus and agreed to distribute those shares to employees suffering from financial whiplash after the stock tanked last month, the company confirmed this week.

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Todd Sampson and Jackie Frank offer mentorships for money in aid of kids’ auction

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Different ways to donate– Benojo weekly roundup

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The CEO CookOff is food rescue organisation OzHarvest’s annual flagship event and is a perfect example of businesses – from both the corporate and hospitality sectors – coming together to support a worthy cause.

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Why social responsibility fuels startup success

Whether it’s money or time, people want to give back. That’s a fact. If you don’t believe that, just look at the $15 million dollars Facebook’s donate button generated to aid the community in Nepal.

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Managers were trained to be supportive of their employees’ personal issues and were formally encouraged to open up about their own priorities outside work — an ill parent, or a child wanting her mom to watch her soccer games. Managers were given iPods that buzzed twice a day to remind them to think about the various ways they could support their employees as they managed their jobs and home lives.

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Powerful supermarkets push the cost of food waste on to suppliers, charities

At a time when one billion people globally experience hunger, as much as 50 per cent of all food produced - up to two billion metric tonnes - is thrown away every year. In Australia alone, as much as 44 million tonnes of food is wasted annually. In response, some of Australia's major supermarkets are aligning themselves with food surplus charities.

Read more here.


Corporates must do more to help community welfare: Brad Hazzard

NSW Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard has called on the corporate sector to invest more funds and expertise in social safety nets, saying the government and non-profit groups cannot be expected to address growing welfare needs on their own.

Read more here.


A Langwarrin auction raises $600,000 for children’s charitytradies

A Melbourne house built entirely by volunteers fetched more than $100,000 over its reserve price on the weekend, with every cent of the proceeds going to a children’s charity in Frankston.

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A place to collaborate, donate and volunteer, Benojo is a social impact platform that connects the giving space.

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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.


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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' 

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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.

Read more here.


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.

Read more here.


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Finding new ways to do good – 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.


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Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous Australia-wide mobile website that connects those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to essential support services based on their location. It is the collaborative effort of not-for-profit Infoxchange and corporate partners Google, News Corp Australia and Realestate.com.au.

Read more here.


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Uber and the Australian Red Cross have come to the rescue - in arguably the most brilliant collaboration for a good cause - and will pick up the gifts you no longer want along with clothes you don't wear anymore, dropping them at local Red Cross shops around the country.

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The gender gap in charitable giving

Many nonprofits have never tailored fundraising efforts to reach women. Here are a some indisputable reasons why they should.

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Some Syrian refugees can now pay for food just by scanning their eyesJordan_iris_scan

The United Nations World Food Programme, which addresses the food needs of refugee populations, launched a new system at Jordan's King Abdullah Park refugee camp on Tuesday that uses iris scans to confirm the identities of refugees, quickly processing payment for those who receive food assistance. The World Food Programme called it a "milestone" in the evolution of its food assistance program.

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A startup accelerator for social good

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social good and it’s the world’s largest student competition.

Working to win one of six places to pitch in the finals to secure US$1 million startup funding, entrants focus on social entrepreneurship and business ventures that aim to solve the world's biggest social issues.

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Philanthropist Peter Thum turning weapons into works of art

Many companies look for opportunities to make a difference in the world, be it by using recycled materials, hiring the homeless, or offering a "Pay it Forward" purchase. Thum is making a difference halfway around the globe, one gun at a time.

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Thinking big – 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.


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Launched in 2011, Local Matters is Grill’d’s community donation program. To date, the program has raised $1.93million for 11,557 local community projects. We spoke to Amy Smith, marketing and brand director at Grill’d, to learn more.

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A site where women can review their employer's female-friendliness

Corporate websites can do a good job indicating the way companies want themselves to be seen, but it can be tough to get trustworthy first-hand information about their workplace culture. Glassdoor has patched up a good portion of this information gap, but there’s still a shortfall of intel for women who are curious about how female-friendly a prospective employer is.

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Colgate’s water saving Super Bowl ad dollars could provide 4.2 million gallons of H2O

Colgate's Super Bowl 50 ad encouraged viewers to turn off the faucet when they brush their teeth because "every drop counts." The spot highlighted the struggles of people around the world who don't have ready access to running water, and concluded that every person who turns off the tap could save close to 3,000 gallons of water per year.

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Giving by top 50 philanthropists drops 30%

Total giving by the top 50 philanthropists in America dropped 30 percent last year, totaling $7 billion, and marking the lowest amount since 2010, according to a new report.

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Three George Washington University students, operating out of their dorm room, have concocted a plan to give away money.

The trio of roommates crafted an online sweepstakes — now with more than 98,000 entrants — with the goal of raising at least $5,000 in advertising revenue. They plan to split the proceeds between themselves, one or two lucky winners and one charitable organization.

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64% of CEOs are increasing investment in corporate social responsibility in 2016 - here's why

According to the newly released 2016 PwC Global CEO survey, 64% of CEOs say that "corporate social responsibility (CSR) is core to their business rather than being a stand-alone program."

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5 considerations for finding the right corporate partner

Finding the right corporate partner can be hard work. It’s a process that can take much time, patience, planning, research and relationship building. Here are five considerations charities and not-for-profits should factor into their search for the right corporate partner

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The Internet raised $50,000 to help a retired police officer keep his K9 partnerk9_auction

The Internet can often be a cold, dark place. But there are instances when a story strikes such a chord with online audiences that a community can coalesce around a subject for the greater good.

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Green spaces make kids smarter

Spending time in nature is correlated with better mental health, attention, and mood in both children and adults. A new study out Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that green spaces can actually boost cognitive outcomes in children—in part by protecting their brains from air pollutants.

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Artists like Joe Webb are determined to at the very least get conversations of inequality started by juxtaposing the extreme wealth and luxury many of us enjoy in the West with the poverty and hardship of those in developing nations.

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Kind-hearted Brits give more to charity than most of Europe

The UK had the fourth highest rate of charitable donations in a study of 24 nations and topped all other EU countries that were looked at.

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Organisers of the Adelaide Fires 2015 Facebook page have been busy delivering more than 230 backpacks to students affected by November's Pinery bushfire.

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A national perspective – 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. The Empowerment Plan

Through dialogue, research and pursuit of social good, Benojo encountered The Empowerment Plan. This inspirational not-for-profit in Detroit works to help the homeless in two key ways – by supporting those doing it tough on the streets and providing employment to those formerly homeless or living in shelters.

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Australia Day Google Doodle is a symbol of reconciliation, teen artist Ineka Voigt says

The 16-year-old artist who created today's Australia Day Google Doodle depicting Indigenous Australians from the Stolen Generation says she is excited by the conversation it has sparked.

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Mobile laundry founders Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett named Young Australians of the Year

For decades, mobile libraries have brought books into the lives of those who would otherwise go without. Meals on Wheels has helped feed those who cannot cook for themselves. What no one had thought of was creating a mobile laundry to wash the clothes of the homeless. That was until September 2014 when best mates Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, both 21, decided to give it a go.

"We wanted to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless, so we came up with this crazy idea of building a free mobile laundry," Marchesi said last year.

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South Australia embraces environmental upgrade agreements

Adelaide has taken another step toward its goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city, with the South Australian government passing new legislation which allows for an innovative new mechanism that will help fund upgrades to improve the carbon footprint of existing buildings within the city.

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Charity sector grows but competes for dwindling donations

More than 200 new charities were registered every month last year, despite widespread concern that there are already too many charities competing for dwindling donations, which have fallen to their lowest levels in 30 years in real-dollar terms.

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Social science research examines the generosity of the wealthy

A handful of people won a lot of money America's monster Powerball, and now they might be thinking of giving some of it to charity. David Greene spoke with NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam about the generosity of the wealthy.

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Backing charity initiatives – Benojo weekly roundup

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CSR considerations for businesses in 2016

The start of a New Year is often a time of personal reflection. However it’s also an ideal opportunity to look past oneself and consider how, as business owners, managers and CEOs, we can drive positive change in the businesses we own and work within. Taking and leading the initiative to commit to philanthropic goals is one significant way of achieving this. Here are five CSR considerations for businesses in 2016.

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Help for former Dick Smith-backed charity

A charity supporting people with epilepsy left in financial limbo by the collapse of electronics retailer Dick Smith has been handed a funding lifeline.

Retail Food Group, the owner of Brumby's bakeries, Pizza Capers and Donut King, has stepped in to provide Epilepsy Action Australia with a $50,000 donation, matching a gratuity Dick Smith promised in 2015.

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Facebook promises to fight hate speech against refugees

Facebook has launched a new initiative to crack down on hate speech and online extremism amid the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the company announced Monday.

The Online Civil Courage Initiative aims to empower users to effectively fight extremist views.

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Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing services to charity

Microsoft announced today a new plan to donate $1 billion worth of cloud computing services to nonprofits, charities, and universities over the next three years, alongside a new plan to bring broadband to underserved areas.

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“Sexiest Doctor Alive’" raffles off date for charity

The man who has been dubbed the “Sexiest Doctor Alive” is raffling off a date for charity.

Mikhail Varshavski, 26, who was featured in People magazine’s 2015 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, is offering one lucky woman a romantic night out in New York City. But prospective dates first have to donate to a nonprofit he started, the Limitless Tomorrow Foundation, which offers financial assistance to students. They also have to beat out a pool of other donors.

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4 reasons why your company isn't attracting top talent

Companies with positions left unfulfilled are suffering a loss in productivity and increased staff burdens as the workload falls onto the rest of the team.

In order to piece the hiring puzzle together more efficiently and stop wondering why your company is not securing the best job candidates, recruiting teams need to focus on the following four points that have a significant impact on hiring and applicant quality.

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