A collection of video case-studies that examine generosity and many different forms of giving.

From social enterprise to volunteering to individual acts of kindness, the stories illustrate the way that giving looks today. Each clip comes with an accompanying worksheet available for classroom use.

Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap makes environmentally friendly toilet paper.

They use the profits generated from selling the toilet paper to provide hygiene education and sanitation to people in the developing world. They are an enterprise which uses commerce and business to create positive social impact, as well as creating an opportunity for everyday consumers to give, by doing something they would be doing anyway – buying toilet paper.

Who Gives a Crap encourage consumer consciousness about spending and operates under a model that decreases the competition amongst charities to secure donations.

FareShare

Fareshare is a not-for-profit organisation that brings different food ingredients together to cook for those in need.

In this video they collect donated free-range eggs from Kinross Farm and pastry from Boscastle pies before taking it back to their kitchen where volunteer staff prepare the meals.

The people involved in the project report many benefits to their giving. As well as assisting a number of charities across Victoria, the volunteers enjoy a sense of community and achievement as they work together to help others.

Kinfolk café

Kinfolk café has developed a way for people to create social change without having to donate directly to the causes they care about.

Customers who come to the café purchase their normal lunchtime or breakfast meals, then nominate which charity they would like Kinfolk to pass the café’s profits on to.

Additionally, the café’ provides opportunities for the marginalised and unemployed, helping them gain valuable workplace skills and experience. To establish the café’ many contributors gave their knowledge and expertise as well.

Donkey Wheel Charitable Trust

Donkey Wheel Charitable Trust is reinventing the way commercial investment can be used to generate positive impact.

Instead of using their money to provide grants, they purchased an inner-city building now called Donkey Wheel House. They rent spaces within the building to other socially-minded businesses, bringing together a community of ethical and creative change-makers.

Their model for business challenges the traditional notion of businesses giving back to society after they have made their profits and puts the focus on business giving back to society while making a profit.

Tom Does Kokoda

Tom Quick suffered a stroke at the age of 12 and doctors said he would be lucky to walk again.

Despite all odds Tom went on, not only to walk, but to attempt one of the world’s most difficult physical challenges – the Kokoda Track. Climbing through jungle and rough terrain for around 10 hours each day, Tom was given assistance by a team of helpers and guides.

He benefited from their patient generosity and in return was able to provide inspiration to all those involved and to those who have heard of his achievements since.

Big Green Chair

The Big Green Chair is a giving project created by a portrait artist, who uses her time and talent to connect with community.

She spends her day outdoors, in a city street, drawing sketches of different people who come to visit her. The works are given to the project participants or displayed in a makeshift gallery.

The artist listens to people’s stories as she draws them and in the gallery, visitors can consider who it is that makes up their community. The project has the result of building the self-esteem and self-worth of citizens.