first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to give the green light to a large gaming arcade in the town.The arcade will host lots of different gaming machines.The council is to rubberstamp the plan to locate a 4,300 sq ft arcade in the Ballyraine area.The applicant, Darren McGarry, had originally lodged plans to turn the old Gleneany House Hotel on the Port Road into an amusement arcade hosting up to 100 gaming machines. However, this was shot down by councillors following objections by a local planning consultant.Now it appears that Mr McGarry is to be given the go-ahead at his second time of asking.It is understood that Richard Quirke, one of the country’s biggest gaming arcade entrepreneurs, is connected to the proposed project.  COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR LARGE AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: September 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:amusement arcadeBallyrainecouncilGleneany House Hotellast_img read more

Rondina asserts authority in UST’s closeout of UE

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I told my teammates to play the right way, we should never relax because if UE comes to life it will be difficult for us to win,” said Rondina in Filipino.Rondina, though, took it upon herself to end UE’s comeback and drilled one straight to the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense ending the match at 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.The win marked UST’s first after losing in five sets to defending champion De La Salle in the opening day of the tournament.“I took it upon myself to finish the game, I advised the that we should never relax if we want to finish the game as early as we can,” said Rondina who finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Up until the third set, the Golden Tigresses firmly had their claws on the jugular of the Lady Warriors in their UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament matchup at Filoil Flying V Centre.UST was a point away from seal the quick win at 24-19 but UE still manage to scored two straight to cut the deficit to pull within three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA couple more UE points could’ve extended the match, but Rondina was determined to send a message and end the affair in three sets.READ: UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cherry Rondina made sure University of the East never scored one set against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wright delivers as Phoenix clips TNT Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

10 ways to thank your donors

first_imgImage credit: flickr member nateOneAfter the busy nonprofit year-end giving season comes the often overlooked nonprofit thank you season. Remember to give thanks for donations early and often. Showing constant, authentic appreciation for your donors (new and old) is crucial for retaining supporters.Need to breathe some new life into your donor gratitude plan? Here are ten thank you ideas to inspire you in the new year.1. Always send a thank you (and tax deductible information) within 48 hours of receiving a donation. Many online giving tools such as DonateNow automatically generate a donor receipt, but be sure to tailor or add a thank you message to the receipt. Then, follow up with a more personalized2. Send a birthday card to donors and remind them that they are important to the work your organization accomplishes.3. Have your board members personally call donors to say thanks. I recently did this as a board member for my alma mater’s alumni association. Out of the 25 people I called, only one person had received a thank you phone call from an organization before.4. Ask those who directly benefit from donations to write a handwritten note of thanks. Animal organizations could try letting their clients express their thanks to donors with a special piece of artwork.5. Create a YouTube video to thank donors when you reach a campaign goal. A great example of this are charity: water’s 5th birthday thank you videos.6. Have some exciting news to share? Send a special announcement to donors with images and a big bold note to thank them for making the accomplishment possible.7. Invite donors to a thank you reception. You’ll not only show your appreciation, but you’ll get face time with your donors and have the opportunity to learn more about why they support your organization.8. Many organizations send thank you cards and year-end appeals during the November/December holiday season. Don’t overlook other holidays as occasions to express your love and thanks.9. Dedicate social media shout outs to thank and recognize donors.10. Send donors a top ten list of accomplishments for the year to demonstrate how donations make an impact (and then make it clear that without their support, you wouldn’t have a top ten list).Donors are your organization’s superheroes. Saying thanks and reminding them of their VIP status should be at the top of your to do list in 2014. What are your favorite ways to thank donors? Share your ideas in the comments.last_img read more

New Study: Are You Leaving Money in the Middle?

first_imgMind the gap.That’s the advice in a new report on mid-level donor programs. The folks at Sea Change Strategies caution that nonprofits are missing out on a ton of money simply because they’re overlooking a committed and productive audience: middle donors —the donors who give more than low-dollar direct marketing donations, but less than major gift targets. THE MISSING MIDDLE: Neglecting Middle Donors Is Costing You Millions, by Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner, does double duty as a wake-up call and roadmap for creating effective mid-level donor programs. The study is based on interviews and data from 27 organizations and experts, including heavy hitters like Roger Craver and nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy and the Human Rights Campaign. The free whitepaper includes:8 habits of highly-effective mid-level donor programsA sample framework for a 30-day action planIn-depth profiles of two highly effective mid-level programsFresh from the AFP conference in San Antonio, Alia McKee shares some more insight about The Missing Middle:How do you distinguish mid-level giving from a major donor program? Is it simply the dollar amount or are there other things going on here?Alia: It’s really about the dollar amount. Of course the definition of middle donor varies from organization to organization, but it tends to hover anywhere between $250-$9,000 cumulative in a year.In the report, you touch on possible challenges on getting executive buy-in. Can you give us some ideas on how to make the case for investing in a mid-level donor program?Alia:1. Among the groups participating in the Wired Wealthy Study, donors at the $1,000 to $10,000 levels (annual giving via all channels) represented roughly one percent of the donor population, but were giving more than a third of the dollars. That’s a HUGE amount of revenue.2. Middle donors are actually an organization’s most committed donors. They will be retained and upgraded far more than smaller donors and far more than major donors. They represent a very significant block of money, commitment and loyalty.3. A functional and philosophical gap exists between direct marketing programs and major gifts programs. Hence, middle donors often receive lackluster treatment that is driven by attribution wars and resentment across the organizational divide. But their capacity to give is huge—so minor tweaks to their treatment can yield big results in revenue. What was the biggest surprise for you in this research?Alia: Despite the fact that every fundraiser and expert we talked to universally agreed that mid-level donors are exceptionally valuable, they also agreed that most organizations haven’t made the kinds of investments necessary to make the most of this immense opportunity.Can small shops pursue a mid-level donor program?Alia: Absolutely. Small changes in stewardship of middle donors can yield results regardless of an organization’s size. Of course, capacity is an issue. But many nonprofits we spoke to approached this creatively including:Staff pizza parties to stuff personalized mailers to middle donorsVolunteer phone calls to middle donors thanking them for their supportMore substantive content to middle donors culled from other organizational communicationsCan your online efforts help your mid-level strategy?Alia: Digital outreach is not the silver bullet when it comes to middle donors. You must communicate with those donors across channels (e.g. be channel agnostic) and give them substantive communications in person, via phone, by notecard or by email. Ideally, you’d reach them through their self-selected preferred channels. Just for fun: Monie in the Middle or Malcolm in the Middle?Alia: Malcolm in the Middle, but only because of Bryan Cranston!Get in touch with your Missing Middle. Join our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner on Tuesday, May 6 at 1pm EDT. Register now for your chance to hear from these two fundraising gurus and get your mid-level donor questions answered. (Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway to get a copy of the recording sent directly to you via email.)last_img read more

How to Use Crowdfunding Websites for Nonprofits

first_imgCrowdfunding websites have proven to be extremely effective at fundraising for nonprofits as well as for private startups. The Internet and social media have made connecting with others much easier since email addresses are all handy, a message can instantly be sent to everyone you know, and there’s no cost involved.It can be awkward to ask a friend in-person to give money to your favorite charity, but social media makes it as normal and easy as asking people to come out to dinner. Face-to-face requests put someone on the spot, but social media is personal enough to make a connection but anonymous enough that there’s no embarrassment for anyone who does not wish to contribute.Multiple Projects Can Be Funded from One Crowdfunding WebsiteWhen you set up a page for crowdfunding, you are simply asking a lot of people to make a donation. One way universities are using crowdfunding for education is by setting up a page with a separate link for donating to each project they want to raise money for, such as sports teams, scholarships, and research equipment.Donors like to know that their money will be well-spent on things important to them, so a sports fan may be more likely to give money to help their team go to a national competition than to give to a general fund. Likewise, many people don’t care for sports, so they might not want to give money if they are concerned that it would just be used to hire a more expensive football coach, whereas they would be delighted to support adding a new collection to the library.Be sure to set up your crowdfunding site so that it provides information on each project you would like to fund.Why Fundraising Websites Work So WellYour online community is likely to be familiar with making Web-based donations. It’s hard to spend much time online and not buy something, and once that first purchase has been made, it continues to get easier for people to comfortably pay for things electronically. Some people exclusively pay or donate electronically because they like the immediate receipt and not having to keep up with paperwork, in addition to never having to haul around a checkbook or worry about cash.Make it clear on your crowdfunding page that you are asking everyone to make a charitable contribution by having a large “donate now” button on the page.Crowdfunding is based on donors sending their friends to a website to make their donations, too. Your reach is greatly increased by having friends tell friends, etc., so be sure to include icons that make it easy for your supporters to post your information directly into their own social accounts.Crowdfunding can be done successfully at little cost to you and makes it easy to reach a large audience. Utilizing these tips should make your efforts pay off more than ever before.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_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

Major Gifts Fundraising 101: It’s Not About Us. It’s About Them!

first_imgFundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. —Henry RossoBack in the early 2000s, my husband and I lived in London for a few years. During one memorable job interview, a very clueless (okay, uninformed) interviewer asked me rather abruptly, “What’s the difference between you and someone on the street shaking a tin cup?” It’s okay to cringe. I did. Rather, I think I did either before or after I picked up my chin from the table in shock. It took me about a second to compose myself before I embarked on a long reply about the strategy and relationship-building skills that I would bring. Fundraising to him was perceived as unpleasant (I am reading between the lines of his question!) and begging (how else do you describe shaking a cup for money?). It was random, unpleasant, and certainly involved little to no contact between fundraiser and donor.What this interviewer didn’t understand is that as fundraisers, we aren’t just asking people for money. That’s certainly a major job responsibility, but there’s a lot more to what we do. We are relationship architects between our organizations and the donors who currently or, we hope, will eventually support us. This is true across all kinds of fundraising—annual funds, online/mobile giving, individual and institutional major gifts, events, planned gifts. Our goal is to create two-way conversations that are not transactional and circular exchanges of asking and receiving money. We know this isn’t sustainable in the long term. How do we shift our approach to our donors? Let’s start by looking what giving does for the donor—an important starting point to becoming “donor-centric.”Research has found that giving has a positive psychological effect on donors. Three different studies I’ve come across all concluded that there’s a correlation between a person’s charitable giving behaviors and their level of happiness. Arthur Brooks found patterns in his research of charitable giving that seemed to suggest that donors become wealthier after making their philanthropic gifts. All three research studies consistently showed that people who gave money charitably said they were “very happy” versus nongivers who reported lower percentages of happiness. Similar statistics are related to volunteering as well. Wow! Giving and volunteering make donors feel healthier and wealthier and give them a greater sense of empowerment and purpose.This means that fundraising—both asking and receiving—can actually be a pleasant and happy experience. So, why does fundraising sometimes seem so hard? Donors want to give their money away, right? The answer may lie in how we’re talking to them.Step 1 is “the why”: understanding the philosophy that drives your donor.Several months ago, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article that caught me eye called “What Donors Want to Hear Before a Fundraiser Seeks a Big Gift.” Interestingly, it wasn’t about sharing strategies and metrics of an organization’s work—getting to that “impact” and “effectiveness” we know is important. The article reported that time and again, donors felt like fundraisers didn’t stop to learn about them—their philanthropic dreams and intentions, factors that influence their giving patterns (income, family responsibilities, other charitable commitments, etc.). Equally as important, major donors didn’t feel like organizations didn’t view them as partners—as co-investors in their success. That’s key. How many times have we as organizations felt hesitant to “involve” our major prospects by “sharing too much” with donors about our dreams, challenges, and solution ideas because we don’t feel they have programmatic expertise and will only start to “meddle”? So, before we launch our pitch or make our ask, think about how well do we know what drives our donors to invest in us?Step 2 is what I call “the what”: positioning your mission, vision, and work in a way that demonstrates results and change.Donors of all kinds, whether high net worth individuals, annual fund donors, foundations, or corporations, are driven by a sense of wanting to make a difference. They are giving through an organization to solve a societal issue that is important to them. That’s why impact and effectiveness are key data points that donors are watching. Donors simply want to be sure their gift of whatever size is helping to move the needle toward solving a problem—greater access to education, an end to homelessness, a reduction in hunger, stronger community resilience, and so on. It’s like choosing a stock to buy: You want the one that’s performing the best. But in this case, social change is the “profit” that all philanthropists are measuring, and the organization that demonstrates the biggest results and potential for results are the high-performing stock.Next time, I’ll address Step 3, “the how” of crafting meaningful major gift conversations that engage and inspire your donors.last_img read more

Education, WASH and Girls’ Opportunities in Tanzania

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 1, 2013March 21, 2017By: Ashley Holmer, Founder and Executive Director, Red Sweater ProjectClick 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)It seems in the developed world we are consistently debating what is the best health care system: public versus private, access versus quality, confidentiality versus national reform for the public good.But what about where there are little to no health care provisions at all to even debate?This is often the situation in rural Tanzania, where people are less likely to visit a clinic or hospital when in need of the services of a health care professional. Miles from the nearest clinic or dispensary, the majority turn to local “proven” herbal concoctions, tribal medicines or simply, prayer. So, how can one receive health services in a place where there is only one trained doctor for every 39,000 people?My answer has always been continuing education. For the last eight years, I’ve worked to bring education to rural areas of the country where most children halt their education after the sixth grade. Currently in Tanzania, while nearly 100 percent of children enroll in free primary school, only 7 percent graduate from high school. So, how do we train the next generation of doctors, nurses, dentists and counselors in the developing world if so few can obtain an adequate education? The Red Sweater Project provides education to children in rural areas whose families are unable to afford the drastically prohibitive government school fees.There can be no ignoring the connection between education and better health for all. The good news is we don’t have to create an entire health care system to instantly improve health in the developing world. For example, building proper latrine or composting toilets at schools increases female attendance, while ensuring regular handwashing at schools. Given that regular handwashing alone could reduce 40 percent of cases of diarrhea or more, this could have an immense impact.These simple actions are changing the lives of children like 15 year-old Amina Ramadhani, a current student who, one year ago, was deliberating her then bleak future with no means to afford to attend secondary school. But today, Amina is attending Mungere Secondary School, which was opened in 2012 and is just a 5-minute walk from her house. Not only is she receiving the education she deserves, but the information and classes she attends on safe health practices and proper sanitation also travel home with her, where she educates her family on these important lessons.Continuing education in the classroom must be regarded as important as teaching knowledge and skills regarding good hygiene, which has proven to keep children like Amina out of the hospital and inside the classroom.For more on the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.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

Managing and Preventing Preterm Birth: How Findings From the INTERGROWTH-21st Project Can Improve Both

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on November 15, 2013November 17, 2016By: Alison Chatfield, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)Every year, 15 million babies are born too soon – that’s 1 in every 10 births.  Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths globally, affecting every country; it’s the leading cause of newborn deaths in the U.S. and many other high-income countries, but the burden disproportionately affects Africa and South Asia, where 60% of the world’s preterm births occur.On World Prematurity Day, it is important to highlight areas where important progress has been made for preterm babies and identify some emerging priorities for improving the quality and effectiveness of their care, especially for the parts of the world most affected by preterm death and disability.An important progress point is an improved definition of prematurity that shifted from a weight-based, to a gestational-age based, focus.  Earlier definitions of prematurity used weight (i.e. if a baby weighed under 2500 grams) as the measure of whether a baby was premature or not, which fails to capture developmental progress achieved through gestational age.  Now, by defining preterm birth as a birth before 37 weeks, an important distinction is made between small babies and premature babies.There has also been progress in developing interventions for preterm babies, such as antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth, appropriate use of antibiotics, and Kangaroo Mother Care, to provide low-cost and effective care for babies born prematurely.  Sustained conversations around scaling up the implementation reflect a growing consensus that these interventions improve preterm health outcomes in a diversity of settings.  Recent commitments from Malawi, Uganda and India to prioritize preterm and essential newborn care are all promising developments.In addition to innovations in managing preterm birth, increasing attention is being paid to preventing preterm birth through investment in maternal and preconception health, particularly through attention to risk factors such as birth spacing, infections like HIV and syphilis, and maternal weight.Yet, rates of preterm birth continue to rise.More progress is needed to effectively manage and prevent preterm births across the globe.  Many groups and organizations are engaging with this agenda – amongst them is the International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century (INTERGROWTH-21st), an international network of researchers that has studied fetal and newborn growth in eight global study sites.  With improved understandings of growth and development central to the mission of the Consortium, this group has gathered evidence that will inform a series of new tools, guidelines and standards that will support clinical decision-making when it matters most to preterm babies.These tools will include:A new, international equation for estimating gestational age through ultrasoundAn evidence-based phenotypic classification system that will include a more nuanced definition of prematurity and better management guidelines for preventing preterm birthNew fetal and pre-term specific growth charts for more accurate monitoring and improved decision-makingThese innovations will contribute to the range of international collective efforts being made to improve the management and prevention of preterm birth around the world.  More information about the INTERGROWTH-21st Project can be found in a special BJOG supplement on the study’s methodology.  You can also read more about developing these universally-applicable standards and what went into managing such a large-scale research project.last_img read more