What do Atlassian and JB Hi-Fi have in common? Excellent workplace giving

What do Atlassian and JB Hi-Fi have in common? Excellent workplace giving 657 404 C-Suite Network
What do Atlassian and JB Hi-Fi have in common? Excellent workplace giving

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Less than 5% of people working in Australia participate in a workplace-giving program, according to recent Australian Tax Office figures. It’s a statistic the Australian Charities Fund (ACF) is hoping to change. The not-for-profit organisation has bold plans to see one million Australians donating a small portion of their pay packet to charitable organisations by 2020, as part of its One Million Donors campaign.

While it might sound like an ambitious plan, CEO Jenny Geddes trusts that it’s possible, especially with big corporates such as Atlassian, JB Hi-Fi, BHP, Starbucks and Seek already on side. “ACF advocates for workplace giving as the most effective way for working Australians to support charity,” Jenny explains.

“Achieving the aim of One Million Donors would create an additional $250 million each year for those in need. This cost-effective approach to donating has the potential to transform the giving landscape in Australia.”

To make the initiative even more attractive to businesses across the nation, ACF runs an annual Workplace Giving Excellence Awards ceremony. “Many leading employers put workplace giving at the heart of their internal engagement programs, which has proven to have a great impact on their people and culture, and ultimately their business,” Jenny says.

“It’s a highly effective way to unify a workforce around a common goal, and it’s a powerful tool for bringing organisational values to life. Through the awards, we’re able to celebrate workplace giving success stories, and hopefully inspire more employers and their staff to get involved.”

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