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.

Practical compassion: The Shoe That Grows

The Shoe That Grows is a working example of ‘practical compassion’, the philosophy at the heart of Because International, the non-profit organisation that created it. Read all about it on the Benojo blog!

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Aussie Law Firm Reaches Pro Bono Milestone

Congrats to Australian Law firm Clayton Utz (Clayton Utz Careers) who have reached a milestone of 500,000 hours of pro bono legal, becoming the first firm outside of the USA to do so!

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'Ugly' handbag changing hands for charity

An "ugly" handbag has been put to good use "travelling" thousands of miles being auctioned for charity. The yellow accessory was donated to a church in Worcestershire, but thought too "hideous" to be a raffle prize. Instead fundraiser Gill Edmonds put it on eBay with the tag "no redeeming features", and it sold for £26.

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WDIA 2015’s best corporate social responsibility initiative

As the number of forward-thinking companies that embed corporate social responsibility into their business operations rises every year, the best CSR report or initiative category continues to welcome exciting new models that create shared values for businesses and societies.

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41 science-based actions for a meaningful life

Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness: these aren't just central qualities of a well-lived life, but "skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice," according to UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC).

Now GGSC has made learning these skills easier with Greater Good in Action, a guide that catalogues dozens of "research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life." Each practice includes detailed instructions, explanations of the science involved, links to relevant research studies, plus quizzes, pointers and more.

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The decline of the volunteer: Are Australians giving less time?

Troubling new figures indicate fewer Australians are putting up their hands to volunteer.

But for Jason Howard, vice-president of the Glebe Greyhounds AFL club, and thousands of people who freely give their time to deliver meals, umpire matches, patrol beaches and support asylum seekers, the benefits are too great to be measured.

He says he has been "sucked right in" by volunteering. It started when his two children signed up for the junior football program Auskick and, four years later, he still enjoys the rewards of giving back.

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Laying the foundations for social impact investing

At London's Guildhall on Friday, over 200 people from 17 countries attended a meeting of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce. The group was established by the UK government under its presidency of the G8 in 2013. A representative of Prime Minister David Cameron told the meeting last week expectations had been exceeded, given the prospect of growth in domestic and global social investment markets.

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