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.

Introducing Ask IzzyAskIzzy_Photo credit - Infoxchange

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

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Uber And Red Cross just made it acceptable to regift your Christmas presents and you barely have to lift a fingern-UBER-AND-RED-CROSS-large570

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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