Meet our Community Members: Culture Works

Alex Feher started Culture Works in 2007 to help leaders create organisations where people love to work. Culture Works specialises in steering leaders towards defining their organisation’s purpose and values while ensuring that employees are aligned. Tell us a bit about Culture Works and how your business helps to create positive impact. It’s well known that one of the key factors in long-term sustainability and success for organisations is employees being aligned with the values and purpose of an organisation. … Read More

Gavin TongMeet our Community Members: Culture Works

Meet our Community Members: Careseekers

Personal experience prompted Marissa and Lauren to start Careseekers – an online marketplace for in-home carers. Read about their journey to help address a real need in our society. Tell us a bit about Careseekers and how the idea came about. Careseekers is an online marketplace connecting people needing in-home care with care workers who are qualified and available to work. Our grandparents were adamant about staying at home, but finding the right care for them was challenging. Agency care was … Read More

Gavin TongMeet our Community Members: Careseekers

Young Australians: More than just skinny jeans and tight pockets? – Emerging Trends in Workplace Giving

New Australian research examines the giving habits of young Australians at work By Evelyn Liu, Henry Wells, Connor Taylor, Tiago Schmidt and Fiona Siu Workplace Giving, the all-encompassing definition for contributions of money, time, skills and in-kind support donated by employees of an organisation to a charity or social cause,[1] is a familiar concept to most Australians. Annually Australians donate more than $90 million through Workplace Giving Programs (WGPs). However, studies suggest staff participation and firm engagement with WGPs has … Read More

Hannah ZhangYoung Australians: More than just skinny jeans and tight pockets? – Emerging Trends in Workplace Giving

A real life Toy Story

By Aaryn Lally, Jeffrey Yuan, Jiefei Wang, Kevin Seim and Michelle Jan Did you ever have a favourite childhood toy? This toy probably helped you in more ways than you think! Playing to learn As children develop in their earliest years, they grow and learn at a very fast pace. From just a few weeks old to the age of three, children will develop new skills and abilities almost every day. Interestingly, a major part of this developmental process is … Read More

Jessica RothA real life Toy Story

The story of Promise or Pay: leveraging the power of the promise to raise funds and do good

We’re Annie, Catherine, Emily, and Veevek and we’re interns at the Social Impact Hub. This semester we’ve had the amazing opportunity to work on a project for a new social enterprise called Promise or Pay! Promise or Pay 101 Founded by social entrepreneur Jay Boolkin, Promise or Pay focuses on making promises and charitable giving. The concept is simple: you make a commitment on the Promise or Pay web platfrom (such as to stick to your gym schedule, or clean … Read More

Hannah ZhangThe story of Promise or Pay: leveraging the power of the promise to raise funds and do good

The Giving Generation

The Gen Y Generosity Myth Lazy. Unfocused. Spoilt. Privileged. Much has been said about Generation Y in the workplace. Despite these accusations, Gen Y (otherwise known as Millennials) is a generation of givers. 94% of Gen Yers have donated money to charity, and in 2013, more than two-thirds volunteered their time to non-profit organisations.[1] Why is attracting Millennials important to companies? Over 5 million Australian Gen Yers have recently entered or are now entering the labour force.[2] The large population … Read More

Hannah ZhangThe Giving Generation

Social Impact Hub publishes Field Guide to Impact Investing for Australian Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Carol Schwartz AM officially launched the Field Guide to Impact Investing for Charitable Trusts and Foundations on Tuesday 20 October 2015. The launch was generously hosted by Shemara Wikramanayake, Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation. A flipbook of the Guide appears below.

Jessica RothSocial Impact Hub publishes Field Guide to Impact Investing for Australian Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Waiting on the world to change: can impact investing in international development help solve the world’s aid problems?

In a climate of diminishing government aid and limited resources of non government organisations, there are significant challenges and opportunities for Australians interested in innovative international investment. Impact investing could be a way for Australian philanthropists seeking international development opportunities to create impact while achieving substantial returns. Substantial cuts to the Australian aid budget Australia is the second largest aid donor to East Asia/Pacific region and the largest donor in the Pacific Islands region.[1] The latest data from the OECD … Read More

Jessica RothWaiting on the world to change: can impact investing in international development help solve the world’s aid problems?

The rise of shared value businesses: do we need a new corporate form in Australia?

Since its adoption in the state of Maryland in April 2010, a new corporate form – the benefit corporation – has now been legislated in 26 US states and Washington DC. The establishment of this new hybrid entity has been positively received by the public, which is perhaps unsurprising given the growing demand for greater accountability and transparency from business in recent years. The creation of a legal duty to generate both public and shareholder benefit accords with the evolving … Read More

Jessica RothThe rise of shared value businesses: do we need a new corporate form in Australia?

Celebrating communities by increasing insight

Over the course of the last 4 months at the Social Impact Hub we were given the opportunity to work with Community Insight Australia. As a team of Master of Commerce students at UNSW Business School, we were attracted by the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills acquired on campus in a real life project and it did not disappoint! From Day 1, the project timelines were drawn and we dived in to what proved to be an incredible learning … Read More

Jessica RothCelebrating communities by increasing insight