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. How Melbourne has tapped into the power of community

On Friday mornings, come rain or shine, The Community Grocer team (many of who are volunteers) come together at the base of the three high-rise buildings that make up 510 Lygon Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton to set up their weekly food market.

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Do today’s philanthropists hurt more than they help?

As philanthropy enters a second golden age, real social change is getting lost in the hype of market-based giving.

Throwing bucket of moneyImage via Getty Images

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Pope's visit to U.S. marked by modesty, generosity of donors

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis turned heads with his mode of transportation: a black Fiat 500L. The 2015 Fiat 500L, roomier than the more popular Fiat 500 mini, sells for between just $20,000 and $24,695. The Pope also opted for a relatively modest version of the famous Popemobile, a retrofitted Jeep Wrangler also provided by Fiat Chrysler.

No bling, no sparkle, no luxury cars for Pope Francis, who dumped the Vatican’s Mercedes limos, telling his priests, in 2013, to buy “humble” cars.

popePope Francis waves from inside his Fiat 500L as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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5 Big ideas for building philanthropy into your company's DNA

Since it's founding nine months ago on #GivingTuesday in partnership with Atlassian, Rally and Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, more than 425 companies have pledged 1% of their equity, profit, product and/or time to support the causes and nonprofits of their choosing. 61 of these pledges happened at Dreamforce 2015 alone.

big ideaImage via The Huffington Post Australia

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All charities must have a public voice, regardless of their size

We need a united voice that enables all charities to speak about these issues and the accusations levelled against them. When practices of well-resourced organisations are revealed, who is there to defend us against the assumptions that all charities are complicit?

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Workers need penalty rates, despite push by business

This story is about another team. Team 'Working Australians'. There are a lot of them during grand final weekends.

Penalty rates are corporate social responsibility, enacted. They matter because our lives are not just about our jobs and the payment of a benefit for those of us who have to work unsociable or long hours makes up for that, in some small way.

workers ratesACTU's Ged Kearney. Photo: Arsineh Houspian

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