Investigators could have saved Lankesh, says NCP MLA

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad on Sunday said investigating agencies could have prevented the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh if they had taken more pains to question Virendra Tawde, the Sanatan Sanstha member arrested for planning the murder of Narendra Dabholkar. Mr. Tawde was arrested by the CBI in the Dabholkar case on June 10, 2016, and Lankesh was killed on September 5, 2017. The CBI said in court on Sunday that the two murders were linked.Mr. Awhad said, “Going by the investigating agencies, Tawde plotted the murder of Dabholkar, and Amol Kale plotted the murder of Lankesh. If the same pistol was used in both murders, it was obvious that Tawde knew about the attack on Lankesh when he was arrested. The investigating agencies failed to bring out the truth. Had they done this, they could have saved Lakesh’s life.” Mr. Tawde was also questioned by a Special Investigation Team of the Maharashtra Police in the murder of communist leader Govind Pansare. Since the Karnataka Police have arrested Mr. Kale, the alleged plotter of the Lankesh murder, the Maharashtra ATS has arrested several people for planning attacks in the State and seized explosives and ammunition from them. The CBI has arrested Sachin Andure, an alleged shooter of Dabholkar. Mr. Awhad said, “The State police seem to be working under political pressure. A joint effort of the Karnataka and Maharashtra police is needed to get to the truth.”last_img read more

ICC appoints Judicial Commissioner to probe Jadeja-Anderson altercation, hearing on July 22

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Gordon Lewis as the judicial commissioner to hear the ICC Code of Conduct case against James Anderson of England, and will also hear the charge against India’s Ravindra Jadeja.Lewis is Australia’s representative on the ICC Code of Conduct Commission and his appointment was finalised after the England cricket team responded to the notice of charge.The ICC also confirmed that the Judicial Commissioner has convened a preliminary hearing after the Lord’s Test Tuesday morning. This will take place via telephone conference call in which the Judicial Commissioner will address any preliminary issues that need to be resolved prior to setting the hearing date and will also explain the procedure that will be followed at the hearing.Anderson has been charged under Level 3 while Jadeja has been levelled with a Level 2 charge of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by rival managers following an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge last week.last_img read more

Have a great fundraising idea? Prototype it.

first_imgJono Smith at Event360 asked me to share the following contest with you. Since I imagine the readership of this blog has thousands of big fundraising ideas, I’m inviting you to participate!By Jono SmithIt’s been said that “prototyping is the language of innovation.”A video of the human experience of your proposed new event concept is a prototype. Used correctly, an Excel spreadsheet is a prototyping tool. Google’s Gmail started out as a prototype. A temporary pop-up shop is a prototype. So how do you prototype fundraising ideas?Last week, The Jimmy Fund launched its “Big Ideas Contest,” a competition that encourages community involvement in the prototyping of new fundraising ideas on a large scale. Not only does this initiative “engage the public in creating the Jimmy Fund’s next great fundraising initiative to help conquer cancer,” it also inspired a judging panel filled with CEOs from such prominent companies and organizations as Legal Sea Foods, Stop & Shop, The Kraft Group, the Boston Red Sox, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and others. What a great idea to engage both the business community and the public in a collective effort to help conquer cancer.The contest is open to anyone with creative fundraising ideas and people are encouraged to think big. Nothing is off limits — events, apps, products, promotions — anything that is a feasible and viable fundraising idea will be considered. And, as if helping advance the Jimmy Fund’s mission isn’t enough incentive, there are prizes, including Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots tickets (a great tie-in for this iconic New England-based charity). For more on how to enter, visit the Big Ideas Contest site. The campaign’s tagline is “YOUR IDEA can change the course of cancer.” So what’s keeping you from making your next big fundraising idea real?Jono Smith is vice president of marketing at Event 360.last_img read more

Why did people donate $700,000 online to a bullied bus monitor?

first_imgThis is the question recently posed* by Slate’s Seth Stevenson in reference to the case of Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor in upstate New York. Students called her horrible names and brought her to tears. When video of her torment was posted online, a groundswell of appalled people donated more than $700,000 to a spontaneous campaign on IndieGoGo. (Klein accepted the money, retired and put $100,000 of the sum toward an anti-bullying cause she created.)As Stevenson notes, campaigns to help suffering individuals crop up online everyday – including for people in life and death situations – but they rarely spark the scale of reaction to Karen Klein. What was it about this particular situation that prompted a response from 32,000 donors?Stevenson asked Stephen Reicher, a psychology professor at Scotland’s University of St Andrews, and Reicher cited the following factors – which should be familiar to those of us who enjoy reading about behavioral economics!1. A tangible cause: As Reicher told Stevenson, “To say lots of people are suffering is an abstract concept. To see this one woman suffering, and be able to help her, is more concrete.” This is the identifiable victim or singularity effect I’ve often cited on this blog.2. Archetypal elements: Reicher talked about how the video causes us to flash back to our own childhoods on the school bus, which is powerful. It also inverts roles – the children are bullying the adult, which seemed to evoke strong emotions. This reminds me of the Story Wars idea — that basic universal themes unite audiences around causes.3. Online dynamics: The network effects of the Internet encourage piling on – and can guide our actions. We see this in fundraising all the time – collective action begets more collective action. We join the crowd.Bottom line? What we know works, worked in a big way because of Karen Klein’s story. Remember that, above all, is always the root of every movement. There is someone who stood for something – or meant something to us – and everything grows from that.*Hat tip to Clam Lorenz for sending me this article!last_img read more

5 Things to Do After Your Big Giving Day

first_imgAfter a monster giving day, you may want to just spend a week recovering from all the work and excitement of the event. That said, the real opportunity lies not just in the donations and new donors acquired on the day itself, but rather in the long-term potential of these supporters. Here are five things to do that will help you harness the momentum of your giving day: 1. Get out the thank you. If you haven’t yet, send that thank you ASAP. 2. Examine donor information and behavior. Do these donors look different than your normal annual fund supporters? Did your existing donors give in new ways? Analyzing these details will help you understand how giving days fit into your overall fundraising strategy.3. Determine which methods resulted in the most support. Look at your promotional efforts and rate how they performed. If you had supporters and volunteers helping to raise funds, pinpoint who had the most influence and be sure to cultivate them as champions of your work.4. Have a special orientation plan for donors you acquired during your giving day. It’s likely that these new donors aren’t as familiar with your organization as other prospects. Create a welcome series to introduce your work and let these new supporters know why your community is so special.5. View this webinar. While vital, perfecting the art of donor relationships isn’t easy. This on-demand webinar presentation features the Donor Relations Guru herself, Lynne Wester, who offers tips that will help you think through your communications and stewardship plans.last_img read more

Create a Style Guide That’s Useful and Used (Part Two)

first_imgRead Part OneUse this Start-to-Finish Checklist to Build a Useful GuideIdentify your Consistency Czar—the person on your team in charge of creating and managing the style guide. Your czar should be a content expert, good listener, and diplomatic powerhouse. She is the single person who will answer questions and make yes or no usage decisions. The czar will update the style guide to include responses to frequently asked questions and revise existing standards (or the coverage thereof) as needed.Enlist relevant colleagues as guide helpers and users right up front. Make sure you let colleagues who write, review and revise, or use content know what you’re up to. Position the guide as a tool that will save them time and effort (less revision) and increase campaign effectiveness. Ask for their input as needed in the development process and as users.Collect what you do now (editorial, graphic, and brand habits) and relevant examples from other organizations. Include pages printed in color from your website, e-news, blog, Facebook page and other social channels, and online fundraising campaigns, as well as print materials.Review your samples. Spread them out in front of you or pin them to a bulletin board. Scan or photograph hard-copy samples, and upload everything to a Pinterest board for easy sharing with colleagues and to build an archive of your process and options. Select the standards that work best in each editorial guideline category and each graphic guideline category. Start by removing items, colors, and styles that clearly don’t fit your organization’s brand or personality. Next, review the remaining elements to remove any that are inconsistent with the core approach you see developing.Get input on your draft from colleagues and external audiences, if possible. Solicit feedback from your colleagues who create and/or count on effective communications. Your outreach will double to build buy-in, which will increase the probability they’ll use the style guide. Once complete, run an abbreviated draft by your marketing advisory group, composed of supporters who are willing to give you five to 10 minutes monthly, since your prospects and supporters matter most!Finalize your standards and write them in clear, succinct language, illustrated with examples.9 Steps to Getting Buy-In for Your Style GuideYour style guide, no matter how clear and thorough, is worth absolutely nothing if it’s not used. Here’s how to make sure it’s used correctly, frequently, and as happily as possible.Make your style guide:Searchable. Whether you produce your guide as a Word doc, PDF, or simple website (see this example from the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK), make sure it’s easy for users to quickly search for and find what they need.Easy to use while writing. Many of your writers and designers will want to have the style guide open in front of them as they work, either in a separate window while they’re writing in Word or in hard copy (there are still some die-hard paper fans). Test the guide to make sure it’s usable this way.Available in hard copy or formatted to print in a flash. Some folks—especially those who create a lot of content for your organization—will want to browse the guide, which they might find easier in print.Integrated into your authoring platform. There’s nothing easier for writers than having standards built right into their authoring tool, whether it’s Word or your organization’s content management system. You can set your tool to highlight words, phrases, or grammar usage that aren’t in your standards or to automatically style font sizes and colors of headlines and subheads.Quick to edit and update. The more current and relevant your style guide, the more likely it’ll be used. On the other hand, if users see lots of outdated elements, errors, or gaps, they’ll stay away.A simple website format can be the easiest to update and distribute.Train and support your colleagues in using the style guide.You’ve already taken the first steps in updating relevant colleagues on the guide, soliciting input on your draft and asking them to use it ahead of release (stressing its value to them), and welcoming some of them into the guide development review process.Your guide launch is a perfect time to train your colleagues in its use. You can do this in person, via video (great for multiple sites), or over the phone. I recommend you train the key department representatives and make them “keepers of the guide,” rather than training everyone. Whatever training approach you take, also outline this info in the guide as an ongoing reference.Feature:The WIIFM—“What’s in it for me?” This is the value for your colleagues of using the guide).Who should use the style guide and how. Illustrate your vision with several concrete scenarios, ideally those that frequently occur and that most colleagues are familiar with.Contacts and the process for questions, revisions, and updates.A huge thanks!Useful Models: Nonprofit Style GuidesThese models range from the Audubon Institute’s one-pager, which might be enough for your organization, to the mammoth Rutgers University style guide. The more complex your organization, programs or services, and audiences, the more in-depth you’ll need to make your style guide.Consider contacting your communications colleagues at these organizations to learn more about the development and use of these guides: Read Part OneDoes your organization currently have a style guide, including editorial and/or visual standards? If so, please share the link and/or how the guide has helped (or not). Editorial Style GuideVisual Identity Manual Audubon InstituteCommunity Partnership for Arts and CultureCPAC Brand GuidelinesCPAC Style Guidelines Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Editorial Style GuideNational Association for Music Education Style GuideRutgers Universitylast_img read more

How to Optimize Your #GivingTuesday Experience

first_imgOf course, all fundraisers think their fundraising campaigns are special, but some campaigns are more special than others.A campaign for a giving day like #GivingTuesday is no exception.This is because your campaign and all of the outreach associated with it should have a specific focus, incentive, or goal that makes it different from your annual fund drive or an evergreen donation appeal. Just as your nonprofit’s message and branding should be unique to your organization, the same holds true for these types of special campaigns. When your fundraising campaign has a special focus, your donation page should follow suit.For best results, you should customize your nonprofit’s donation page for your #GivingTuesday campaign. You can opt to update your existing donation page or add an extra page dedicated to your special campaign. Another great reason for having multiple donation pages on hand? Better donor targeting and options for testing. Smarter fundraising for the win! (Need a smarter donation page that gives you the flexibility to customize for special campaigns? We can help.)When a donor lands on a page that has options and prompts that match your campaign criteria, they won’t wonder if they landed in the wrong spot.Optimize Your Donation Page for #GivingTuesdayAs you create or update your donation page for #GivingTuesday, keep in mind your goal is to achieve maximum message match. That is, your images, language, and giving options should be consistent with your appeals and campaign type. If your #GivingTuesday appeal focuses on supporting one particular program in your organization, don’t make donors hunt to find how to designate their gift.Copy:If your campaign is all about the #GivingTuesday Mega Match, when you send supporters to your donation page to join the #GivingTuesday Mega Match, your page better has a big headline that says something like “Double Your Gift with the #GivingTuesday Mega Match today to save.” Imagine the disappointment of a donor ready to give to the #GivingTuesday Mega Match and there’s no mention of the #GivingTuesday Mega Match to be found. In addition to your headline, it’s a good idea to include a few short (and I mean short) lines to describe and reiterate the goal of your #GivingTuesday campaign and what will happen as a result of the gift.Images:Does your #GivingTuesday campaign have a special logo or signature image? Then it needs to be on your donation page to let donors know that they’ve arrived at the correct destination. Remember: Your donation page should visually match not only your nonprofit’s brand but the campaign materials that likely brought them to the page in the first place.Donation Options:I think you can guess what I’m going to say here. If your #GivingTuesday appeal is all about recurring gifts or specific giving levels, don’t offer a bunch of unrelated options. The idea is that you shouldn’t have to do much explaining to allow your donor to successfully complete their donation. Create a clear and easy path and let them do their thing. Tip: To ensure maximum message match, use our Donation Page Checklist to keep you on track.Remember:  your goal here is to remove any friction that might slow donors down or make it difficult for them to make a donation on #GivingTuesday. When a donor has to stop and reconcile discrepancies or sift through unrelated options to give, they’re more likely to be eyeing the door instead of your donation page.To-do: Write down three things that make your #GivingTuesday campaign unique. Now, make sure these three items are prominently featured on your donation page.last_img read more

What You Need to Know about Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

first_imgPeer-to-peer fundraising’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years as mobile and social connectivity become part of our everyday lives. Even the least tech-savvy advocates can become champions for their favorite causes and raise money for events, projects, and programs. Still, many nonprofits have yet to tap into the full potential of this opportunity. Why? Peer-to-peer campaigns can feel like a strange new world—but they don’t have to be that way. Here are three things that can help you get over your “fear of the peer.”You can start small. You don’t have to be a peer fundraising expert or create a large campaign with hundreds of fundraisers to benefit from a peer-driven campaign. Consider starting with a few of your most passionate supporters, volunteers and board members to launch a test campaign. You’ll learn what works and understand how your donors and fundraisers respond, then you can decide where P2P fits into your overall fundraising plan. (Network for Good’s peer fundraising software makes it easy to get started with simple set up and step-by-step guidance. Learn more with a personalized demo.)You can use P2P to enhance existing campaigns and programs.Don’t treat peer-to-peer fundraising as a standalone effort—it should complement and connect to your other tactics. Don’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to distributing your fundraising outreach. Adapt your existing messages for peer fundraisers and launch P2P drives in tandem with things like giving days, events, and capital campaigns.Your peer fundraising strategy can strengthen the entire donor lifecycle. Often thought of as mostly an acquisition vehicle, peer-to-peer campaigns do more by increasing the lifetime value of donors-turned-fundraisers. The personal commitment makes these supporters more invested in your organization’s work, making it more likely they’ll be with you for years to come.Ready to test your knowledge of peer-to-peer fundraising basics?Download this on-demand presentation to learn how to turn your donors and passionate supporters into highly effective fundraisers. Download now!last_img read more

Countdown to 2015: New Report Documents Progress Towards MDG4 & 5 in 75 Countries

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 13, 2012June 16, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Guest post contributed by our colleagues at the Countdown to 2015 initiativeSince 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010.Some of the world’s poorest countries have achieved spectacular progress in reducing child deaths. Rates of child mortality in many African countries have been dropping twice as fast in recent years as during the 1990s. In Botswana, Egypt, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania, the rate of decline was on average 5 percent or more a year between 2000 and 2010.Similar progress has been seen in reducing maternal deaths, although in fewer developing countries: Equatorial Guinea, Nepal, and Vietnam have each cut maternal deaths by 75 percent.But all the news is not good. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and her newborn baby’s chances of survival are very poor. For every woman who dies, an additional 20-30 suffer significant and sometimes lifelong problems, as a result of their pregnancy.In these same two minutes nearly 30 young children die of disease and illness that could have been prevented or effectively treated.Many countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, are not making progress. Of the 75 countries with the highest burden of maternal and child mortality, 25 have made insufficient or no progress in reducing maternal deaths and 13 show no progress in reducing the number of young children who die.Progress on maternal, newborn and child health, in the 75 highest-burden countries, most in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where more than 95 percent of all maternal and child deaths occur, has been laid out in a new 220-page report, Building a Future for Women and Children, which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative.The report is authored by a global collaboration of academics and professionals from Johns Hopkins University, the Aga Khan University, the University of Pelotas in Brazil, Harvard University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, UNFPA, Family Care International, and Save the Children. The secretariat of the Countdown to 2015 initiative is based at The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.“The Countdown report shows the who, what, where — and most importantly the why — of maternal, newborn, and child survival,” says Zulfiqar Bhutta, M.D., PhD, of Aga Khan University, Pakistan, who is the co-chair of Countdown and an author of the report. “It offers a clear, consistent report card that countries, advocates, and donors can use to hold each other — and themselves — accountable for real, measurable progress.”The report assesses the progress that the 75 highest-burden countries are making towards achieving UN Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 (MDGs). These MDGs call for reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters and the deaths of children under 5 by two-thirds, both by 2015 compared to 1990 levels.Countdown to 2015 reports were first published in 2005 to track the progress in the highest-burden countries, to identify knowledge gaps, and to promote accountability at global and national levels for improving maternal and child survival.Since then, massive global attention and resources have been focused on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.In 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched a Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, an effort that has generated $40 billion in commitments to meet key goals supporting women’s and children’s health. These goals include more trained midwives, greater access to contraceptives and skilled delivery care, better nutrition, prevention of infectious diseases and stronger community education.Notably, 44 of the world’s poorest countries — among them Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burundi, and Nepal — have now joined the Every Woman, Every Child effort, which takes forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. This brings the total number of partners in this joint effort to 220, with low-income countries committing nearly $11 billion of their own limited resources.The Countdown reports help to hold governments and donors accountable for fulfilling their commitments to the Global Strategy, and it will be a key input to the first report to the Secretary General in September 2012 from the independent Expert Review Group, set up following the launch of the report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, ‘Keeping Promises, Measuring Results’.The release of the Countdown 2012 Report coincides with a two-day forum to chart a course toward the end of preventable child deaths, taking place June 14-15 in Washington, DC. The governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia, in collaboration with UNICEF, will convene this Child Survival Call to Action. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend.Following in July, the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will hold a summit to emphasize the need for greater attention to family planning.In September, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will issue an update on the impact of his Every Woman Every Child effort.Key findings of the new reportOn reducing maternal deaths: Annual maternal deaths are down by 47 percent over the past two decades. Nine Countdown countries are on track to meet their 2015 MDG 5 goal by reducing the maternal mortality rate by 75 percent. But more than a third of the 75 Countdown countries have made little, if any progress.On reducing deaths of children under age 5: Twenty-three Countdown countries are expected to achieve MDG 4. But 13 countries have made no progress in reducing child deaths.Forty percent of child deaths occur during the first month of life and most of these deaths are preventable through better nutrition and access to health services before, during and immediately after childbirth.Complications due to preterm birth are the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of death in children under 5.More than 10 percent of all babies are born too soon. Preterm births are rising, instead of declining.Inadequate nutrition is a crisis in most Countdown countries, contributing to more than one-third of child deaths under 5 and one-fifth of maternal deaths.In most of these countries, more than one-third of the children are stunted, a condition especially common among the poorest populations where children are small because of a lack of good nutrition.Short maternal stature, often a result of stunting in childhood, and micronutrient deficiencies place pregnant women at greater risk for complications and low birth weight babies.Forty Countdown countries allocate less than 10 percent of total government spending to health.Fifty-three of the 75 Countdown countries face a severe shortage of health workers. Countries including Ghana, Malawi, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Tanzania have implemented innovative policies to hire, retain and motivate skilled health workers.Learn more about the new report here.Share this:last_img read more

Global Health Corps Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Fellowships

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 6, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Health Corps is now accepting the first part of applications for its 2014-2015 fellowships, and will be accepted through January 24, 2014. The fellowships draw young people with diverse backgrounds and interests, and are open to anyone who is proficient in English, will have an undergraduate university degree by July 2014, and is under the age of 30. While job descriptions for next year’s fellowships will be posted in December, details on last year’s fellowships offer some great background on the sort of positions and organizations that host fellows.Share this:last_img read more

New Commitments Announced at ICFP 2013 Will Bolster Contraceptive Access and Choice in Countries With High Unmet Need

first_imgPosted on November 14, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, as donors, health program leaders, researchers, policy makers and advocates from around the world are meeting at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa to discuss evidence, programming and policy priorities for achieving the goal of “full access, full choice” for family planning.  Some of the biggest news from the conference has been in the area of commitments to the FP2020 agenda, which was launched at last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. FP2020 released the first progress report on the initiative, highlighting developments such as commitments, accountability, innovation, collaboration and the agenda for evaluating progress that have emerged since the initiative.  What is more, the report release coincided with new commitments from five countries with some of the world’s highest levels of unmet need for family planning . From FP2020: “Over a year ago in London, the global community declared women’s health and well-being an urgent priority. Today, we are seeing words translate into action,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Co-Chair of the FP2020 Reference Group. “What’s most encouraging is that the countries taking the greatest steps toward improving access to modern contraceptives, including through increased domestic resources for family planning, are the countries where family planning choices have been the most limited.” National Plans, Donor Resources, Civil Society Partnerships Underpin Progress The new national family planning pledges announced at ICFP 2013 focus on policy, financial and service delivery commitments that are critical to increasing access for more women and girls. These include: • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government will use domestic resources for the first time to purchase contraceptives. •In Guinea, funds will be used to recruit thousands of health workers who can deliver family planning in rural areas, as has proven successful in other countries like Ethiopia. •Myanmar will implement a monitoring system to strengthen quality of care and ensure women have a full range of contraceptive options. •Beginning in 2014, the government of Mauritania will commit to allocating health commodity security funds for family planning and, along with its partners, commit to mobilizing additional resources for the implementation of its national family planning action plan. •By 2015, Benin will ensure that modern methods of contraceptives are available without cost and that reproductive health training is provided for adolescents and youth. Countries currently make up one-third of the more than 70 commitment-makers to FP2020. Progress is being led by national governments, in collaboration with civil society organizations, service providers, advocates, industry leaders and experts. One-quarter of FP2020 commitment-making countries have launched detailed, costed national family planning plans. One-third of commitment-making countries have increased their national budget allocations for family planning services or supplies.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Importance of the Thank You: Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

first_imgFrom early childhood, we are taught the magic words: thank you.  I don’t have to tell you that these two simple words can make or break the relationship between an organization and its donors.Most nonprofits know how important it is to send acknowledgment letters after receiving gifts. We dutifully thank our donors for the recorded gift date and amount and tell the donor about the many great works we perform because of the gifts we receive. Some of us even add the executive director’s signature as a personal touch. We thank our donors and move on to the next task.But, to truly engage and retain donors, we need to do so much more!We need to foster an attitude of gratitude and create a culture of “thanks-4-giving!” Developing a donor-centric gift acknowledgment policy is key to ensuring our donors feel appreciated and our board members are excited about fundraising – which is a win-win for any organization!To create an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, consider the good ole’ fashion 5Ws and an H:Who is involved in each step of the thank you process?Invite board members into the thank you process. Thank them first and recognize their gifts and role as huge supporters of your organization.Print a weekly gift report that’s given to every staff and board member involved in thanking donors. Brainstorm ways to make sure EVERY donor knows their gift matters.Prepare thank you note cards at board meetings with notes about the donor. Also, ask board members to write, or at least sign, several notes OR better yet, make phone calls, thanking the donors before the meeting officially begins.What is your gift acknowledgment policy?Is it part of a larger, more encompassing thank you policy?What happens from the moment the gift arrives?Do you have this policy in writing so that it is an organizational process, not person dependent?Does the gift amount determine the speed of acknowledgment, who the ‘thanker’ is, or the method of thanking?When is each donor thanked?How often are acknowledgment letters sent? Is it a daily, weekly, or monthly task?Are larger donors thanked more quickly than smaller donors? Is a $10,000 gift acknowledged the same way as a $10 gift?Is a donor thanked at any time besides in the gift acknowledgment letter or the next ask?Where are donors thanked?EVERYWHERE! Every time we see them. Every chance we get.Expose staff members to donors’ names. Post a donor sign/wall in the office. Acknowledge them in a weekly employee briefing or at a staff meeting.Mention donors on the website, in newsletters, and on social media. Get the word out: you have FANTASTIC donors!Why do we always need to thank donors? Isn’t once enough?Because without them, nothing happens!Your organization is the facilitator of the relationship between the donor and the recipient. Try not to get in the way. Focus on how the donor makes a difference. How are donors thanked?Develop quirky, unexpected, and fun ways to surprise donors:Decide 3-4 extra “thanks-4-giving” times per year. From Valentine’s Day to your organization’s anniversary to the donor’s birthday, there’s lots of opportunities to show your gratitude.Produce a quick-and-easy thanks video that highlights program participants and send it out via email.Hold an annual “thanks-4-giving” breakfast, picnic, or other event.Post a daily/weekly/monthly (depending on the volume of donors) social media “shout-out” that highlights specific donors.John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” As nonprofits, we must follow this advice and live our gratitude for the donors who make our work possible. From social media posts to regular phone calls and appreciation events, taking a “thanks-4-giving” approach will help our organizations not just survive, but thrive, in the future.last_img read more

How To Write Memorable Donor Thank Yous

first_imgGratitude comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether your method of choice is an email, a letter, or a phone call; those two little words —thank you— go a long way to brightening someone’s day and making them feel appreciated.A heartfelt, sincere gift acknowledgment can be the difference between a first-time donor and a lifelong donor. The best acknowledgments engage donors, show them what their donation will do, and gives them confidence that their gift was well placed.4 Qualities of Memorable Donor Thank YousGo beyond “thank you” with these tried and true ways of expressing your donor gratitude. Send thank you messages that are:PersonalYour donors are friends of your organization. Being personal, warm, and authentic with them is essential to the longevity of your relationship. Send updates of your work and how their support makes it possible. Take the time to customize your thank you letters, using the segmentations you’ve created in your donor management system.TangibleDonors want to know that their dollars matter, so tell them what you did with their money. Share a story that highlights how a donor’s gift is making a difference. Invite your local donors to tour your facility or visit a program site. If possible, arrange for them to meet some of the people you serve. There’s nothing like having an unforgettable experience to make a cause tangible.CreativeSending photos or videos of your work is a great way to create a strong, emotional connection with your donors. Vary who the thank you comes from. Notes from volunteers, community members, or someone helped by the gift can be just as powerful as a message from your executive director.Donor-CentricYour donors make your work possible. Give them proper credit. List the accomplishments they’ve made possible and put them front and center in all of your outreach. As you write your thank you letters, make it about them and the difference you are making together.4 Things to Avoid in a Thank YouNow that you’ve mastered the “do’s” of saying thank you, here are some “don’ts” to keep in mind. Avoid thank yous that are:All About YouLetters that are all about your organization and the work you do risk sounding boastful, rather than emotionally connecting the donor to the cause. Focus on your appreciation of the donor and their gift, so your thank you message is just that: a message of thanks.LateA quick turnaround on your part shows the donor that their gift was valued. Use your donor management system to generate the email and direct mail thank you messages. Set aside time every week to produce and send your thank yous. If your donor intake process doesn’t allow for a thank you to be delivered quickly, it’s time to make a change.ComplicatedThanking donors should not be complex or time-consuming. Expedite your thank you process with templates for each version of your thank you emails and letters that you can tailor to specific donors. This will help you avoid having to start from scratch each time. Create one for major donors, first-time donors, events, etc. Discuss with your executive director about her or his involvement in the donor thank you process. Which letters do they want to personally sign or add hand-written notes to?Your Final ContactAfter the thank you, keep your donors involved and engaged. Add them to your newsletter list, invite them to special events, send them holiday greetings, and give them the opportunity to connect with you if they have any questions. This should be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.How will you say thank you? Download our guide, “How to Write Better Donor Thank Yous,” for more insights into donor acknowledgments, samples of unique ways to thank your donors, and a template to craft your own memorable thank you messages.last_img read more

How Marketing Engages Donors and Boosts Giving

first_imgWe’ve seen it time and again. The most reliable, successful way to boost your fundraising results is through donor engagement. An engaged donor is a happy—and giving—donor.So, what’s the secret to engagement? Is it magic? A spell, maybe?It’s simple, really. The most effective way to build and strengthen your relationships with both prospects and donors is through marketing.Asking too much, without the marketing that cultivates those relationships, is why donor retention is on a continued downward trend, according to the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Report.There’s even more: One of your greatest opportunities is activating non-donor supporters of your organization (volunteers, program participants and their families, and others) to donate. Reach out to these loyal friends, even if they don’t meet your traditional criteria for donor prospects.4 Ways Marketing Benefits NonprofitsSave On Donor Recruitment ExpensesIt costs far less to retain a donor than it does to recruit a new one. When you decrease donor attrition and boost retention, you save big on marketing and fundraising expenses.Increase Your Donor BaseEngage loyal fans (individuals involved with your organization in other ways) who haven’t donated, yet.Strengthen Supporter LoyaltyMotivate current donors to get involved with your organization in additional ways. Loyalty deepens the more involved an individual becomes.Boost DonationsAccording to a recent analysis of engagement approaches implemented by Network for Good customers, donor engagement leads to additional or increased gifts (total dollars donated, gift size, and frequency) from your donor pool. Starting, or strengthening, your donor engagement campaign differentiates you from the other organizations asking for money from the same people.You can make this magic happen. Add marketing to your fundraising strategy, and increase your donor base and donations. No spell required!Download our new White Paper, “How Marketing Drives Donor Engagement,” and follow the specific, step-by-step methodology to use marketing to achieve your fundraising goals.last_img read more

Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa at MDG End: Open Access Papers from the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics

first_imgPosted on December 9, 2016May 19, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last month, the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics published a special issue, “Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa at MDG End: Availability of and Access to Maternal Health Services, and Outcomes of Intervention Strategies.” The series of open access papers discusses the extent to which African countries have invested in maternal and neonatal health programs; facilitators of and barriers to health service utilization; and changes in maternal and neonatal health outcomes during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. The majority of African countries did not meet the targets for MDG4 (reduce child mortality) and MDG5 (improve maternal health) by the end of 2015. Evaluating successes and failures along the way is crucial for developing strategies to achieve the maternal and newborn health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.Availability of maternal and neonatal health servicesAvailability and utilization of obstetric and newborn care in Guinea: A national needs assessmentIndicators of availability, use, and quality of emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Togo in 2012Emergency obstetric and neonatal care needs assessment: Results of the 2010 and 2014 surveys in Burkina FasoMen’s behavior surrounding use of contraceptives in GuineaUse of services and strategies to improve access to maternal health servicesA cross-sectional mixed study of the opportunity to improve maternal postpartum care in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services in the Kaya health district of Burkina FasoLocal initiatives to access emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Burkina FasoTrends and changes in home deliveries in Kassena–Nankana districts in northern Ghana: Results from repeated cross-sectional surveysHome births in the context of free health care: The case of Kaya health district in Burkina FasoThe role of transportation to access maternal care services for women in rural Bangladesh and Burkina Faso: A mixed methods studyRate of and factors associated with indications for cesarean deliveries: Results of a national review in Burkina FasoDeterminants of non-medically indicated cesarean deliveries in Burkina FasoOutcomes of interventions/strategiesUsing routine health data and intermittent community surveys to assess the impact of maternal and neonatal health interventions in low-income countries: A systematic reviewPrenatal care and pregnancy outcomes: A cross-sectional study in Luanda, AngolaA case–control study of risk factors for maternal mortality in Burkina Faso in 2014Initial management of postpartum hemorrhage: A cohort study in Benin and MaliPredictors of mortality of low birth weight newborns during the neonatal period: A cohort study in two health districts of Burkina FasoFactors associated with very early neonatal mortality in Burkina Faso: A matched case–control studyFactors associated with fresh stillbirths: A hospital-based, matched, case–control study in Burkina FasoEvaluation of the implementation and effects of an obstetric kit used in the Adamawa region of CameroonA case–control study of risk factors for surgical site infection after cesarean delivery in eastern Burkina Faso—Read more about the transition from MDGs to SDGs and implications for maternal and newborn health in Africa.Search other recent publications on global maternal health.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Diabetes in Pregnancy: A Round-Up of Key Papers, Guidelines and Resources

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 1, 2017January 2, 2018By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The world is currently undergoing an “obstetric transition” whereby some countries are seeing a shift from mostly direct causes of maternal mortality (e.g.: hemorrhage, obstructed labor and sepsis) to more indirect causes, often related to noncommunicable diseases. Diabetes in pregnancy—or gestational diabetes—is one of these indirect causes and is characterized by high blood glucose levels among women without a history of diabetes prior to becoming pregnant. As the global burden of diabetes in pregnancy continues to rise, addressing challenges with measurement, prevention and treatment is imperative to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity. This round-up of key papers, featured guidelines and other resources highlights some of the most pressing issues on this topic.Key papersUpdated guidelines on screening for gestational diabetesInternational Journal of Women’s Health | May 2015Diabetes during pregnancy in low- and middle-income countriesAmerican Journal of Perinatology | May 2016Effect of treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus on pregnancy outcomesNew England Journal of Medicine | June 2005Type 2 diabetes mellitus after gestational diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysisThe Lancet | May 2009Physical activity interventions in pregnancy and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysisObstetrics & Gynecology | March 2015From screening to postpartum follow-up – the determinants and barriers for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) services, a systematic reviewBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | January 2014Incidence of adverse outcomes associated with gestational diabetes mellitus in low- and middle-income countriesInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics | April 2013Pre-pregnancy care for women with pre-gestational diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysisBMC Public Health | September 2012Primary prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus through nutritional factors: A systematic reviewBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | January 2017Featured guidelinesThe International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Initiative on gestational diabetes mellitus: A pragmatic guide for diagnosis, management, and careInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics | October 2015Diagnostic criteria and classification of hyperglycaemia first detected in pregnancyWorld Health Organization | 2013Diabetes in pregnancy: Management from preconception to the postnatal periodNICE Guideline | August 2015Practice bulletin no. 137: Gestational diabetes mellitusAmerican Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists | August 2013Other resourcesDiabetes in Pregnancy: An Epidemic Holding Back ProgressSeries of discussions hosted by Women Deliver | April-May 2017[Part 1] Examining the Evidence[Part 2] Strategies in Practice[Part 3] Fueling Action: Policy and Advocacy to Address the Rising Toll of Diabetes in PregnancyDiabetes in Pregnancy: A Neglected Cause of Maternal MortalityBlog by Katja Iversen | May 2017Gestational Diabetes Management: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in NicaraguaPresentation by Rebecca Firestone at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference | October 2015Diabetes and PregnancyInfographic by Women Deliver | March 2016—Stay tuned for the upcoming MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe,” which will feature research related to diabetes in pregnancy.Does your work address the global burden of diabetes in pregnancy? We want to hear from you!Share this:last_img read more

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray suspended from Ohio State football team

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray has been suspended from the team, according to coach Urban Meyer.Meyer said Sunday the reason for Murray’s suspension is “a training camp issue.”Initial reports were that Murray had been dismissed from the team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said Wednesday that there have been no updates on his status since Meyer said he was suspended at OSU Media Day.Murray played in six games in 2012, mostly on special teams, before he tore his ACL while in practice. He recorded three solo tackles before the injury.Murray did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Ralph Hasenhuttl provides injury update on Lemina

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has provided an update regarding the injury picked up by Mario Lemina prior last weekend.Lemina had featured in 15 of Southampton’s last 16 games in the Premier League but was absent as the Saints recorded a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.Southampton hosted high-flying Arsenal, who were on a 22 match unbeaten streak, at the St. Mary’s and stunned the visitors when Danny Ings opened the scoring with a well taken header.Henrikh Mkhitaryan leveled matters for the Gunners almost immediately, before Ings headed the home team in front once again.Mkhitaryan looked to have earned at least a point for Arsenal when he pulled the scores level at 2-2 before a late Charlie Austin header ensured Hasenhuttl picked up the three points in his first game in charge at the St. Mary’s.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.Speaking about Lemina’s absence after the win against Arsenal, Hasenhuttl said, according to 101GreatGoals:“Hopefully, not too serious. It’s about his stomach, it hurt him too much.”“If you can’t sprint 100 per cent, it’s better to say ‘no it doesn’t work’ and we have to put in someone else.”last_img read more