The latest from the charity space – 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. Etsy community comes together to Make for Good

This year, Australian Etsy sellers are coming together for the #makeforgood campaign. Running until December 24, participating sellers will donate at least 20% of every sale to Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl initiative (and Etsy will donate their commission on those sales) with the hope of providing grants to 150 Cambodian women to start their own micro businesses and lift themselves – and their communities – out of poverty. Many of the goods being sold have been inspired by the initiative’s theme of creating a ‘silver lining’ for the girls. We spoke to Helen Souness, Etsy managing director for Australia and Asia, to learn more about this wonderful collaboration.

#makeforgood - Etsy for Because I Am A Girl - campaign image

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New Yorkers: You have a great new way to help shelter pets find homes

Most of the 8.4 million people living in New York City are much too busy -- and have way, way too small apartments -- to open their own animal shelters and rescue groups.

But now many more animal-loving New Yorkers can be personally responsible for placing shelter dogs into great homes, through the city's new Adoption Ambassadors program.


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Push to restructure the charity industry: ‘merge or close’

The peak body for not-for-profits, the Community Council for Australia announced a massive push to restructure the charity industry in a bid to see a large number of charities merge or close as they face the reality of tougher times.

charitesCommunity Council for Australia chief executive David Crosbie. Photo: Colleen Petch

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£1m tax bill puts future of homelessness charity at risk

A homelessness charity in one of the most deprived areas of the UK has been hit with an unexpected £1m VAT bill, putting its future at risk.

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How the U.S. ranks on philanthropy

U.S. philanthropic giving fell in 2014, according to a report. Philanthropic giving may down in the U.S., but not enough to knock the country off its second-place perch on a ranking of global charity, according to a new analysis of charitable efforts around the world.

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The No. 1 business rule of a Buddhist billionaire: Make workers happy

If this 83-year-old billionaire is right, one of the most important lessons of business school is pretty much wrong.

All that stuff about focusing on shareholders? Forget it, says Kazuo Inamori, entrepreneur, management guru and Buddhist priest. Spend your time making staff happy instead.

billionaireKazuo Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corp Photo: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

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