Why winning a NSW Business Award means so much

Anne from Benojo accepting our award from Kerri-Anne Kennerly

Anne from Benojo accepting our award from Kerri-Anne Kennerly

Last night Benojo was humbled and honoured to receive a New South Wales Business Award in the Excellence in Social Enterprise category.

We're not usually ones to blow our own trumpet at Benojo, but this recognition means a lot to us and comes at a time where we've reached some momentous milestones, including:

  • Over $4m dollars given to charities
  • Almost 7,000 volunteer hours facilitated
  • The signing of our first large multi-national clients
  • Our new branding
  • Announcing Junerosity
  • Putting the final piece of the technology puzzle in place - Peer to peer fundraising - which means we are now a complete one-stop-shop for any charity or business

It's been a long, hard journey to get this far. Many businesses in Australia are only now starting to invest confidently in social impact programs, and I'm sure companies like us in this space would agree we have to not only provide incredible products and services, but also create the market for them to be valued in the first place.

That our hard work and dedication to the cause was recognised among such esteemed peers is wonderful for our business and those we work with, but perhaps more importantly, shows that Social Enterprise is at last becoming recognised as a valued sector itself.

They say a rising tide lifts all boats - for employees wanting to focus on more than just profit at work, for charities striving to get more support for less cost, for our competitors with the same mission, for government departments, educators, individuals,  or whoever wants to collaborate and care. This award is for you too (metaphorically that is, it will stay in our office but you're welcome to visit and have a look).

What's next?

2017 is going to be a landmark year for Benojo, our clients and the charities we work with. We can feel a change in the corporate landscape and we'll be harnessing this positive momentum to exponentially increase the good things people do for the planet and everything that lives here.

Lastly, a huge thanks to those of you who've been on the journey with us. You know who you are, and we wouldn't be writing this post without your belief, investment and support. Each of you are Good Humans.