This week in social impact, CSR and philanthropy

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. Want to be an unfucker?


Be an Unfucker is a website that offers the well intended among us a gentle push towards being more environmentally conscious. It promotes – in a refreshingly straight-talking tone – the idea that making small changes in our everyday lives can make a big collective impact on climate change. Benojo spoke to Vanessa Morrish, co-founder of the site, to learn more.

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The Conscious Business – From profit to purpose


The future of business is to create conscious communities.  With conscious communities within organisations we can move towards a world where organisations resonate on four levels. The four P’s as my good friend Jeff Gilling states – People Profit Planet and Purpose.  Environmentally conscious organisations have been shown to outperform those that aren’t focused on sustainability. I would suggest that we can also move toward purpose without sacrificing the profit. But how do we move towards this new awakened state of operation?

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Geoff Wilson launches second charity LIC

Broker turned fund manager Geoff Wilson was yesterday able to launch his second charitable listed investment vehicle, ­Future Generations Global ­Investment company, close to the issue price despite the sharp drop in the market. Mr Wilson, the founder, had aimed for a maximum of $500m but was clearly pleased at passing $300m at a time when the ­Australian dollar’s buying power offshore has sunk significantly. The first fund raised $200m and gave $1.6m to children’s charities in August.

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Social responsibility as a startup launchpad: A look into CSR and entrepreneurship

one for one

What images come to mind when you think of Tom's? Perhaps it's an image of the fashionable espadrille, but for me at least, it's an image from one of their marketing campaigns: a group of Tom's employees walking towards the camera in an impoverished community with gifts in hand--the gift of shoes.

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Accounting staff know perks of giving back to the community

perksPerks employees are running the New York City Marathon to raise money for Operation Flinders. Belinda Butler, CK Lim, and Jenny Dunn are pictured training in the South Parklands. Picture: Dylan Coker.

A GROUP of 30 staff from South Australian accounting firm Perks is hoping to raise $90,000 for the state’s disadvantaged youth by running the New York City Marathon.

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Encourage philanthropy for the common good

An opinion piece from the Financial Times on how charitable giving has not grown in real terms for 30 years despite a colossal increase in personal wealth and the halving of the top rate of tax since the 1970s.

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