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.

Running for a cause: 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation

On Saturday May 9, four Sunshine Coast-based mothers, each who have a child with Cystic Fibrosis, came together for 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation.

The inaugural event – which they created with the support of the Coen Ashton Foundation – saw them taking turns to run a 65km non-stop relay on a treadmill at their local gym, Jetts in Peregian Springs, Queensland.

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Gina’s millions may go to charity as part of family settlement

Gina Rinehart and estranged son John Hancock are discussing a plan for the billionaire to give away half of her massive wealth to philanthropic causes as part of a proposed settlement of their long-running legal action over the family fortune.

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A millennial named Bush

This generation of millennials are raised on “service projects,” apply to Teach for America in torrents and donate to charity at a higher rate (87 percent) than their elders. Basically, they’ve stabbed us older generations in the back with their idealism and altruism, robbing us of the opportunity to feel superior.

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Barbara Bush Credit Aspen Institute

Five inspiring success stories from the Guardian Charity Awards

The Guardian Charity Awards have offered much-needed publicity, funding and support to small and medium-sized UK charities since 1993. The winners gain national recognition, which in many cases leads to significant growth and allowed the charities to increase the impact of their work. Five previous winners explain what winning the award did for them.

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Russell Brand's Trew Era Café is turning around the lives of recovering drug addicts

"Nutters and revolutionaries especially welcome,” proclaimed Russell Brand on the March morning when he opened the Trew Era Café, his coffee shop on the New Era estate in Hackney.

The 25-seat space was overflowing with journalists, Brand's fans, and supporters of the campaign he had led to save the estate from being sold to developers who wanted to evict over 100 families and double the rent.

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How some companies are trying to get more ROI from CSR

Attitudes among business leaders about the relationship between business and social change are shifting. On the one hand, executives understand that their businesses have an important role to play in solving social problems. On the other hand, the value of corporate social responsibility isn’t clear and many believe a new approach that delivers more return on investment is needed.

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City of Sydney set to approve Judith Neilson's $32 million answer to MONA

Sydney is one step closer towards building its own MONA, with the City of Sydney council set to approve a $32 million gallery and performance space in Chippendale.

A development application submitted by billionaire arts philanthropist Judith Neilson, who owns the nearby White Rabbit Gallery, involves the construction of an art gallery and performance space separated by a garden. Two apartments for visiting artists are also planned for the site at 37-49 O'Connor Street, Chippendale.

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