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. Are you joining the Australian Food Fight?

This August, some of Australia’s biggest household food brands – including Kellogg’s, SPC, Primo Smallgoods, Rinoldi, Goodman Fielder, Ardmona, and D.E. Master Blenders 1753 – have partnered with non-profit organisation Foodbank to help fight hunger in Australia and promote awareness of their cause through their Food Fight campaign. Read our Benojo blog for the details.

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Queensland charities reveal the strangest and most disgusting donations they’ve received

Adult toys, prosthetic limbs and dead animals are not typically passed on second hand to neighbours or friends.

Yet each of those items, plus plenty others more weird and obscure than the last, has been dumped in Queensland charity bins.

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The changing face of philanthropy

When it comes to philanthropy Geoff Wilson, of Wilson Asset Management, has a new twist on an old idea. He has persuaded some of the most well-recognised names in global funds management to forego all their fees for a new investment company to be listed on the ASX. Nor is the ASX charging any listing fees. Legal, accounting and other professional services are also being provided pro bono.

That allows the Future Generation Global Investment Company to meet its aim of donating 1 per cent of its net assets to youth mental health.

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4 ways to measure the social impact of your investments

Many investors -- especially millennials -- are interested not just in their financial gains, but also in the wider impact their investments will have on society.

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School gardens for kids help connect paddock to the plate

Does yoghurt grow on trees? A quarter of Australian kids think so but a range of programs teaching gardening, food preparation and provenance is helping connect the paddock to the plate. Famed Australian cook Stephanie Alexander noticed the disconnect and her foundation is now teaching students in 840 schools across Australia skills from seed planting, harvesting and cooking, right through to setting a table.

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Discover the millennial impact and their desire to do good

The Millennial Impact Project is the most comprehensive and trusted study of the Millennial generation (born 1980-2000) and their involvement with causes. Since beginning the study in 2009, Achieve continues to lead the national research team in partnership with the Case Foundation. With more than 25,000 participants in our studies, The Millennial Impact Project has helped organizations, corporations and individuals everywhere understand the best approaches to cultivate interest and involvement with this generation.

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The business of giving

Philosopher Peter Singer says the money used to make leukemia survivor Miles Scott Batkid for the day could have been better used to save lives elsewhere.

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