Inaugural Businesses Driving a Difference – An Innovative Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

Giving back to the community is often mentioned as a priority for decision-makers, however, it’s not as common to find businesses with an effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy in place. It often ends up being an afterthought or a box that needs to be ticked, so the solution is we will just donate money to a cause and carry on.

With this event, Advivo with special guest speaker Philip Di Bella and 4 charities we work with Advivo presented innovative ways that businesses can incorporate CSR into their daily activities in meaningful ways that not only benefit the community but contribute to business goals and ethos. Presented on the night were for charities displaying different opportunities to contribute other than simply putting your hand in your pocket.

Win-win is the key term here.

The night was a huge success, which is a testament to the great work people are doing in this space. If you didn’t get a chance to attend and speak to all of the charities below is a reminder and an insight to what they do and how you could help them contribute to the community.


At EPIC we help people with disability find and maintain employment.  We work with them and employers to place them into long-term sustainable employment and then we stay on the journey until we are no longer needed. As part of this journey, we provide support and training to both the person with disability and the employer. We place people into a range of roles across a broad range of industries and sectors. We also provide Disability Awareness Training to employers to help them start their journey of employing people with disability.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Bill Gamack, CEO at or on 0419 333 010.

Many Rivers

Many Rivers is a not-for-profit organisation that provides microenterprise development services to marginalised and disadvantaged Australians.  It has a special focus on Indigenous Australians, in regional and remote communities. We support these individuals to establish and sustain small businesses employing themselves and others.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Neil King, National Head of Microenterprise Development at or on 0436 695 390.

INC Invest

INC Invest was established in 2004 and operates as a charitable investment fund which provides financial products for the church, charity and education sector in Australia. We also work with qualified investors who are interested in using their resources for charitable objectives. Our clients are located around Australia and include several charities such as Care Outreach, Red Frogs and Global Care, who were featured at the Business Driving a Difference event.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Peter Geizer, General Manager of INC Invest at or on mobile 0423 638 681 or office 07 3387 7755.

Aspirations4Kids in Sport

Aspirations4Kids in Sport assists Queensland School children who face unique challenges of hardship, disabilities, chronic illness, and remote living issues. We provide funding and support services to improve lives through the positive influence of sport. We see that sport can be the vehicle for enhancing lives and creating new life-changing opportunities. We have a great business networking club that we would love to introduce you to.

For more information, please visit our website or call Grant O’Hara on 0416 188 391.

If you would like to find out more or get involved next year, please call Linda Cornacchia on 3226 1800 or contact us by email at