Changing the giving space with technology – 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. Can homelessness in Australia be halved by 2025?

Around 105,000 Australians are without a safe place to sleep at night, according to the last Australian Census. Recently, Mission Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that provides assistance to over 300,000 Australians who are homeless or at threat of homelessness, called on the governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals to come together and commit to helping them tackle the issue of homelessness in Australia.

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How technology can overcome Australia's (and the world's) educational problems

A recent UN Education Agency commissioned report estimated that at least 250 million of the world's primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics at all. The same number of children are also struggling to improve to a functional level, and this is not a problem linked solely to developing countries. In Australia, as in many other developed countries, we are facing the very real possibility that, in the near future, the generation approaching retirement will be more literate and numerate than the youngest adults.

schoolMother Teresa Catholic Primary school in Harrison celebrates being the first school in the ACT to answer 1 million questions using Skoolbo. Photo: Melissa Adams

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iPhone app changes charitable giving

A video game company and an Elm City nonprofit paired up to develop a game that topped the charts on iTunes this month.

Los Angeles-based video game company Naked Sky Entertainment announced last Tuesday that 14.6 percent of the proceeds of its newly launched game, Scrap Force, will go to Love146  — a New Haven-based international nonprofit that fights child trafficking around the globe through prevention and survivor care programs. Naked Sky Entertainment developed the game for two years before its CEO Tian Mu approached Love146 to propose the collaboration that serves the dual purpose of entertaining consumers and funding an important cause.

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Woman fined for $6.75 tampon box theft donates crowdfunded money to charity

An Australian woman who made headlines around the globe after she was fined $500 for stealing a $6.75 pack of tampons will donate to charity a quarter of the money raised in her name in a bid to ensure it doesn't happen to other women.

tamponTweet from the Coolgardie police, WA, after a woman was issued with a $500 fine for stealing a $6.75 packet of tampons. Photo: Supplied

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LGBT charity given lottery funding boost

A charity helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities across the county has been given a lottery boost of almost £500,000.

Lancashire LGBT has been awarded £476,859 of funding over the next three years for a new project, which is set to include a support helpline, work to reduce social isolation and a befriending network for transgender people.

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Howard Buffett's views on charity versus philanthropy

Howard Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation chief executive officer, discusses the difference between charity and philanthropy with Bloomberg's Betty Liu on "Bloomberg Markets."

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