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.

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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.

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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.

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