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Help sick kids on Starlight Day


Starlight Foundation logoStarlight Day on 6 May 2016 is a national fundraising event run by the Starlight Foundation to support seriously ill children and their families.


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A new way of thinking about work injuries


Recovery at Work Strategic RoundtableGAP will be hosting a strategic roundtable on 5 May at NSW Parliament House in Sydney to discuss the health benefits of work, early intervention and how to improve the recovery rates for injured employees.

 


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The north, agriculture and the environment


GAP report: The north, agriculture and the environmentThe new GAP report discusses regional economic opportunities and environmental implications of agricultural development in northern Australia. It outlines a set of metrics to guide private sector investment decisions.

 


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Migrants an asset for Australia


posted by Alan Stevenson, May 05, 2016

More than 240 million people worldwide are international migrants. Alan Stevenson explains why the ones coming to Australia are exactly the type of people we need, particularly in our small country towns.

History tells us that humans have always migrated, initially from out of Africa. It gets more complex when one group attempts to move in on another. In the past, either more land was made available for the newcomers, or the original inhabitants were forced to leave, or there was war. Recently surveys have been conducted both in Europe and the United States which show that whenever migrants are accepted into the local communities, both parties benefit.

Migrants are usually either economic refugees or have been forced from their own countries by war or political problems. In both instances there is a great deal of psychological pressure on them to ‘make good’ in their new environment. In doing so, they increase the wealth of the host country, send money back home, and increase their own wealth and safety.


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Philanthropy


The dictionary definition of philanthropy is 'the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes'. Promoting the welfare of others is a fundamental strong suit most stable countries value. This is not unique to Australia.

But what exactly defines Australian philanthropy?

Impressively we have more than 3,000 philanthropic organisations. Even more impressive is that in 2014 Australian charities collectively raked in $103 billion (of which $6.8 billion were donations).

So we know Australia is making a strong effort for its philanthropies. But where do we look for leadership? What is profit with purpose and does it really work? And then, maybe most importantly, how can we build a national culture of philanthropy where giving is intrinsic to the fabric of our families and the wider community?

For the next two months, Open Forum will talk with local humanitarians, altruistic groups and organisations that are giving while building their business, in order to get a better grasp of Australia's philanthropic involvement.

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea to share your thoughts with the Open Forum community.


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