Donating BIG to charity – 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. Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2015

This Saturday December 5 is International Volunteer Day. Marked each year around the world since its inception in 1985, it was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to celebrate volunteerism in all its facets.

In 2015, International Volunteer Day pays special tribute to volunteers working to implement the new global goals, which aim to achieve three things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty; fight in inequality and injustice and fix climate change.

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How generous are Australians really?

After migrating to Australia in 1952, John Karlik found a job as a food scientist at the Streets ice-cream laboratory where he developed the chocolate Paddle Pop.

During his working life, he was always busy. But in retirement, he found more time to give.

For the past 16 years, he has helped deliver food to people's homes around Sydney as part of the Meals on Wheels service.

paddle popThe inventor of the Paddle Pop, John Karlik, 85, volunteers for Meals on Wheels in Sydney. Photo: Janie Barrett

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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife pledge 99% of their Facebook shares to charity

In a promotional video filmed shortly before the birth of their first daughter - Max - the Facebook chief and his wife, Priscilla Chan, discuss their decision to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charity over the course of their lifetimes. The couple will invest the worth of their shares – valued at about $45bn – into their joint charitable venture, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Speaking about the project, Zuckerberg says they feel they have a “basic moral responsibility” to “tilt their investments” towards making the world better for their daughter.

web-zuckerberg-babyMark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan and their baby daughter Max.

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President Obama and Bill Gates double down on clean energy innovation

President Obama wanted the United States to send a powerful message in Paris, and he’s getting a helping hand from some of the world’s biggest entrepreneurs. On Monday, Obama and Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced two aligned efforts to more than double the global investment in clean energy research. Obama, Gates and French President Francois Hollande together launched a 20-nation coalition called Mission Innovation, an initiative to “dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation.”

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 8.29.27 amBill Gates and President Obama align on renewable energy plan

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4 ways to balance company rules with values

In a recent interview Wade Eyerly, CEO of the new all-you-can-fly airline, Beacon, made an interesting observation about culture: “We often look at the work of others like a menu offering with no prices. We think other people’s work is just a buffet we’ve already paid for.”

He was referring to cultures where employees operate on autopilot, going through the motions and taking others for granted. Respect, gratitude, openness and creativity permeate the best cultures. This becomes harder as a company grows. Startups inevitably move from a values-based culture -- where everyone works to support the founder’s vision -- to a rules-based culture governed by processes and procedures for everything.

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How corporate social responsibility affects company value

Should a company’s value be penalised because it has chosen to give back and, in theory, enhance our communities? While there may not be a perfect formula to directly convert ongoing investment in CSR to a realised financial return, the research suggests that socially responsible companies generally can expect to see an increase in sales, profitability and value.

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