What's the latest in social impact? – 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. How to make Movember part of your business

The onset of November will see moustaches appearing on upper lips across the country (and many others around the world) as part of the year’s hairiest month: Movember.

Started in 2003 by two Melbourne friends, in the 13 years since its inception, some five million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (as those participating are dubbed) have raised AUD$685m for 832 men’s health projects. The month-long campaign’s aim being to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.  Here’s a few ways you can get your workplace and business involved in Movember.


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Could charity muggers become a thing of the past as the focus turns to win-win transactions?

It is one thing everyone hates — being stopped on the street by one of those super friendly charity muggers who make you feel guilty regardless of how generous you are.

But could their days finally be numbered?

charity muggerCould charity muggers finally be a thing of the past? Picture: Annette Dew

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No such thing as a free gift: the gates foundation and the price of philanthropy

With its mix of idealism and cold jargon, its emphasis on charity needing to achieve dramatic results, and its slight underlying sense that Gates wants to play God, this quote is one of many telling moments in Linsey McGoey’s fierce book. A former adviser to the World Health Organisation and a sociology lecturer at the University of Essex, long a base for radical academics, she casts an unsparing eye over “philanthrocapitalism” – as she and some of its practitioners call it. A small group of private donors, she writes, play “an outsized role in national and global policy-making”: they “want to revolutionise the last realm untouched by the hyper-competitive, profit-oriented world of financial capitalism: the world of charitable giving.”

gatesMelinda and Bill Gates visit the Meera Bagh slum, New Delhi, during their 2005 South Asia tour. Photograph courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar

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How to recognise your employees, 5 days a week

The president of Michael C. Fina company has a recognition ritual that is sure happens in a lot of smaller offices -- on Friday afternoons, she visits and chats with employees. It’s casual and brief, and usually gets everyone feeling good before the weekend. Solid recognition near closing time on a Friday can make the work week seem far behind you. Many of the company's internal departments also have a weekly ritual of some kind. Not always on Friday, but it's a regular recognition opportunity nonetheless.

employeesImage credit: Dafne Cholet | Flickr

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Social media driving social justice

The success of campaigns for causes like marriage equality are increasingly dependent on rallying support from digital communities.

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Millennials' expectations transform employee engagement: the new corporate philanthropy

As baby boomers exit the workforce en masse, the race to attract the best and brightest millennials has employers across the country scratching their heads, re-thinking the tried and true recruitment and retention strategies they have relied on for decades.

That's because millennials are a generation unlike any other.

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