Each year we interview dozens of Australian entrepreneurs who have some of Australia’s best innovative ideas. We love supporting Aussie entrepreneurs, but we also love hearing how they are involved in something bigger than just their own idea.
One of our key questions in our interviews, is what role business can play in affecting social change and if there are any particular charities or social enterprises our interviewees support.
At Ideas Hoist we believe in positive social change, so we personally have chosen to support Kiva. We donate a portion of our profits to Kiva, which then goes to support entrepreneurs globally, offering micro-enterprise loans where they otherwise could not access one.
With World Humanitarian Day coming up on the 19th of August, we thought we would share with you some of the charities and initiatives that our interviewees support too!
Ranging from children’s charities, animal welfare groups and poverty reduction internationally, entrepreneurs interviewed by Ideas Hoist have also aimed to purchase their shopping from social enterprises or ethical companies, while others offer ‘pay what you can’ plans or discounted pricing for registered Not-For-Profits. The list is endless.
If your’re not already involved with a great cause, why not check out some of these organisations other Australian entrepreneurs support, and be inspired:
School for Life educate children in rural Uganda, where 7 out of 10 children usually don’t complete primary school, they aim to make a difference.
Plan International Australia support girls to access a quality education, make important life decisions, to feel safe from gender-based violence and to lift themselves, and their families out of poverty.
Donate Your Day is a site that encourages Australians to raise funds for various charities on their birthday, instead of receiving gifts for themselves.
Beyond Blue is an Australian charity that support Australians with mental health challenges.
Words With Heart is an eco-friendly stationery social enterprise which funds womens’ and girls’ education days through sales.
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance supports Australians living with the impacts of physical and neurological disabilities.
AbilityMate is a collaborative project, creating life-changing, 3D printed posture & mobility equipment for children with disabilities.
Remarkable helps to connect startups focusing on the disability sector with the tools, skills and network they need to succeed.
ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.
Thorn works to develop new technologies and tools to put a stop to human trafficking.
World Vision is a world-wide community development organisation working in various forms of poverty reduction, including child sponsorship.
Kiva is a place where you can lend money directly to people in developing countries which they can then use to start a business.
Who Gives A Crap is toilet paper for social good. With 2.4 billion people across the world without have access to a toilet (that’s roughly 40% of the global population) you can purchase your toilet paper online and know you are helping others.
Hummingbird House, is Queensland’s only children’s hospice offering short-break stays, family well-being services, creative therapies, and care for children with and their families.
First Step! is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit medical clinic in Melbourne that exists to help people to overcome dependence on drugs or alcohol.
OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it direct to more than 900 charities who support people in need.
For other ideas, check out our Social Good Gift List here:
We couldn’t list all the charities and worthwhile causes our entrepreneurs support here, so head to our website for more inspiration.
Finally, we want to send out a big thank-you to the many people working tirelessly in these charitable organizations and the many others not listed here, who live to make others lives better.