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

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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

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Social Entrepreneurship Practicum for BCom students at the Social Impact Hub

Bachelor of Commerce students (including Combined Degree students) can now apply to do the Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM3030) at the Social Impact Hub. COMM3030 may count towards accounting, information systems, finance, marketing and management majors. The course enables students to put their business skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience in the field. Click here to view the announcement on the Business School website. For more information, please visit this page for B Com students. Applications for semester 1 2014 are open … Read More

Jessica RothSocial Entrepreneurship Practicum for BCom students at the Social Impact Hub

Meet the power couple of impact investing: how an Austrian computer scientist and a Hawaiian architect are paving the way for good investments

Recently we had the amazing opportunity to meet Charly and Lisa Kleissner, advocates and game changers in the field of impact investing and founders of the KL Felicitas Foundation.  The Kleissners are very down-to-earth, passionate people, the entrepreneurial types. Charly is a tech executive with a PhD in Computer Science and Lisa an architect who cleverly traded her design work for stock in tech companies. They came into their wealth during the tech boom in Silicon Valley and went on … Read More

Jessica RothMeet the power couple of impact investing: how an Austrian computer scientist and a Hawaiian architect are paving the way for good investments