Tipp star says 3rd level competition is good for players

first_imgHowever the Loughmore-Castleiney clubman doesn’t agree as he feels it will pay dividends later in the season.At 3 o’clock this afternoon Limerick IT meet UCD.Mary Immaculate and UCC sealed their place in the semi-finals yesterday. One of Tipperary’s top hurlers says playing in the competition for his university will help him to perform better at intercounty level.John McGrath is due to line out for UL against Carlow IT at 1 o’clock this afternoon.Some argue that featuring in too many competitions at this time of year is not good for younger players.last_img

Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore

first_imgTokyo, Aug 14 (AFP) A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation.”Sun Child”, a 6.2-metre (20-foot) figure sporting a yellow protective suit with a digital display on its chest showing “000” — symbolising no nuclear contamination — was installed this month near the city’s train station.The figure holds a helmet in one hand, showing the air is safe to breathe, and a symbol of the sun in the other, representing hope and new energy.Its creator, Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe, intended the statue to be a symbol of hope but critics said it was insensitive to the plight of Fukushima as it continues to struggle with radioactive contamination from the 2011 meltdown.”I saw Kenji Yanobe’s ‘Sun Child’. It was truly creepy. I think it derides us and all the work Fukushima has done to erase reputational harm,” said one Twitter user.Another online critic wrote: “I understand it was intended to express hope as the helmet is removed but considering that Fukushima’s awful reputation continues, I believe the installation should have been cancelled.”Others pointed out the work may lead viewers to believe that residents had to protect themselves until such point as the radiation level becomes zero — which cannot actually happen as radiation occurs naturally on Earth.Radiation levels are back to normal in most parts of the region but people are still forbidden to live in certain areas, especially within a few kilometres of the affected plant.advertisementYanobe published a three-page dossier to apologise for triggering the uproar but stressed his work was meant to show hope, not ridicule Fukushima.”It was my intention to show bright hopes for the future” by depicting the child as looking to the skies, he wrote.City mayor Hiroshi Kohata said in a separate statement that he accepted the criticism and would consider what action to take but stood by the work’s value.”I sense the strength to face adversity and the hope in the statue, which is looking to the skies,” the mayor wrote.Despite the online uproar, city officials said they had received only a handful of phone calls and emails about the statue.And the mayor noted the statue has been well received by art patrons in Fukushima, where it has previously been shown at a local airport while also travelling in Japan and abroad.Some online commentators backed the work, saying it was unreasonable to demand scientific accuracy in art.The city is the local capital of Fukushima prefecture, whose Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted down in the 2011 tsunami, becoming the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.The meltdown affected a vast agricultural region, forcing many local residents to give up their ancestral properties — possibly never to return due to severe radioactive contamination.The area is battling to restore its reputation and local farm produce undergoes radiation checks to ensure safety before being shipped to stores.Nevertheless, many consumers shy away from buying for fear of contamination. (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

The 3 Things Your Donor Thank You Must Do

first_imgEditor’s note: This article was adapted from the webinar presentation “Why They Leave and How to Get Them Back” with Kivi Leroux Miller and Katya Andresen. It was originally published on December 27, 2012 and has been updated. Want to start the off on the right foot with your donors?  Take the time to show your gratitude and to differentiate yourself in a way that advances your mission and deepens your relationships with donors. Remember: having a memorable thank you is the first step in retaining more donors.Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoTry these three ways to wow your donors with your next thank you letter.Show the impact.Don’t lead with, “Thank you for your gift of $25 on December 5.”  Lead with something that captures the true story of the impact. Lead with the success they are helping to achieve. That’s what the donor wants. They don’t want to know that you deposited $25 in your bank account on December 5. They want to know you are spending that $25 to make a difference in the world.Open the door.Share with your donors the other ways they can be involved with your cause. Invite them to an open house or participate in other programs. Educate them on what they can do in their own life to help your cause and if you have volunteer opportunities, let them know how to join in. Think of the different ways people can learn more about your organization and get even more involved in making a difference.Set expectations.Let donors know when they will hear from you again. If you add them to your mailing list, make sure you have an interesting and inspiring newsletter. Don’t just start slamming people with a bunch of boring information and ask them for money all the time. Create a newsletter that that continues to engage people’s spirit and report back on the results they helped make possible. Plan ongoing updates that will let donors know about all the great stuff that they’re making possible.last_img read more

Three things that make a great video (get out the hanky)

first_imgCopyblogger posted this lovely video from Hope for Paws, an animal rescue organization. (Can’t see it? Go here.)The Copyblogger post points to why this is great storytelling:1. It’s remarkable: We get to go on a first-hand journey to save this dog – and the puppies. The iPhone trick is pretty nifty too. It’s the kind of thing you want to share because it’s different and surprising.2. It’s emotionally compelling: We identify with the mother dog’s plight, and the amazing way she is saved.3. There’s a clear call to action at the end.I agree on all three fronts. Through another lens, this is also good storytelling because there is a clear hero, something real at stake and a lesson/solution.The best part is it’s low budget. And it doesn’t matter. If anything, it adds to the authenticity.What could you film from the front lines of your work? And before you say you can’t do this because you don’t have a cause as cute as puppies or you must respect the anonymity of those you serve, get creative. If you’re a policy organization, go film the people who are the end beneficiaries of your work. If you can’t film people you help, go talk to frontline staff or volunteers about their lives and experience. Do what this video does best: Invite us into the innermost experience of your organization, and take us on the adventure it is.last_img read more

Fundraisers, not just donors, are sick of endless appeals

first_imgPhoto via Green America.The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a fascinating interview with fundraising guru Penelope Burk, author of the upcoming Donor-Centered Leadership.Turns out it’s not just donors who grow weary of too many direct mail appeals and telemarketing calls. It’s apparently a frequent reason fundraisers quit their jobs — the relentless pressure to bombard donors. They’d prefer to take the time to figure out which solicitations work, but they often aren’t given the time or latitude to have a more thoughtful approach.Over-solicitation, says Burk, is the most common reasons donors give for stopping their support of a charity. Instead donors want to know what’s been done with their money. Then they’d be willing to give again. But too often, they get appeals instead of thanks and reports on impact.No wonder we have 60% churn in our sector.So what do we do instead? Here’s Burk’s advice.1. Thank donors after they give.2. Send them a follow up thanks with detailed information about how their money was used.3. Only ask for money AFTER you do these two things, and when you do, be as specific as you can about why you are asking for money. What specific cause will benefit?Great advice.Do you agree? Do you feel this way?last_img read more

5 Big To-Dos for Monthly Giving Programs

first_imgOne of my favorite breakfasts is the Big-To-Do at Friendly’s. French toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon well-done! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!While this is not breakfast, it’s even more important to ‘enjoy’. So, if you’re serious about your monthly giving program, make sure that you follow these 5 Big To-Dos.Big To-Do 1: Ask for Small Monthly AmountsI have done a number of ask amount tests and time and again, I see that the low monthly ask amounts beat the higher monthly ask amountsThe key with any monthly giving program is that you’re building up the program and your goal is to bring in as many new monthly donors as possible. Once they get ‘hooked’ and see how easy and affordable it on for their wallet, you can absolutely upgrade them later!Remember that monthly donors are typically those donors who cannot write the big checks. You can start your first ask as low as $5 or $10. You really can upgrade donors later. Just think of it this way. If you can convert a one-time $35 donor to a $10 a month donor, you’ve just tripled their annual gift to a nice $120 a year! So don’t be too greedy at first… Ask Low!Big To-Do 2: Organize the BasicsBefore you send out your first promotion, you must have the basics in place. That means writing the thank you letter, updating the email thank you, the auto-responder message and make sure that everybody in your organization knows that you have this new monthly donor program in place.Also make sure that you always, always, test the process yourself. So sign up with a gift and see what happens. How’s the experience, how does everything look? I’ve seen huge organizations that did not do that and their thank you emails were totally wrong! What a way to lose a new monthly donor.Monthly donors do not need monthly thank you letters each time their gift is processed. They’re rather you spend the funds on your mission. But do consider a tax letter every January with information about the donor’s donations for the year. Make sure you have written the procedure for your data-entry department. And think through the process for what happens if someone’s card expires. You can download a free sample tax letter template and sample email from A Direct Solution, and download free Recurring Donor Communication Templates from Network for Good.Just take a little extra time to think through the process before you think about your marketing and you don’t have to worry about it later. You can market to your heart’s content because everything is in place!Big To-Do 3: Make It EasyI often talk to organizations that created a special monthly giving page, but when I go to look for it on their website, I can’t find it. There’s no direct link from the home page. So how can you expect your donors to find it? In this day and age, donors can either go to the website on their own accord or you can drive them there. If you drive them via social media or email, you can put the link to the page, which makes it a lot easier.But if someone is new to your organization and your site and he or she is considering a donation, the easier you make it, the more likely it is that the donor joins your monthly giving program. So, the first step is to make sure to add your monthly giving option as part of your pull down menu on ways to give, right from the home page.Then, if you really want to start growing your program, put the recurring giving option front and center, right on the one-time donation page, so donors can’t get around it. Make it the first option! Make it easy to find and donors will join.Big To-Do 4: Think Long Term and Make a PlanBuilding a monthly giving program takes time. It’s not something you build overnight. It’s really a long-term approach, aimed at your smaller donors and it will truly improve your donor retention rates and thus impact your organization’s revenue.You’re asking your donors to make a long-term commitment (for example, I’ve seen organizations with monthly donors who have been giving that way for 20 years). So, make sure you have that same long-term commitment.Think how you can convert your donors to monthly donors, this year, the next and make a plan. I’m a strong believer in written plans and goals. Those organizations that consistently work towards a monthly giving goal and make sure that the program is part of their overall communication strategy, and stick to the plan, they’ll reach their goal! Just think, if you currently have 1% of your donors giving monthly, what would happen if you could increase that to 5% or 20%?(If you’re interested in making some projections of your potential, download my free monthly donor calculator).Big To-Do 5: Ask, Ask, and Ask AgainNow that you’ve started a monthly donor program, it’s crucial to start asking and asking and asking. It’s like anything we do with fundraising. If you don’t ask, you’re not going to get.Most of the organizations I work with don’t ask enough. Once a year does not cut it!Of course it has to fit in with your overall communication strategy, but those that are really growing their program build in a monthly donor ask in every email, every mailing, every phone call they make (as long as the donors fit the criteria). Email communication is cheap. Even if you’re only sending an email newsletter every month, make sure that there’s always a link to your monthly donor program. Use a testimonial and find a few opportunities to send out messages with one story, one ask, join our monthly donor program, linking to your monthly donor payment page and see what happens! What do you have to lose?The general rule of thumb applies: If you ask donors to join a monthly giving program, they will. So, start asking, as soon as you possibly can.I hope you enjoyed this Big To-Do Breakfast. There are definitely a lot more Big To-Dos on the menu, but these are the most important ones. I’d love to get your feedback if you have any you’d like to see discussed in future blogs. Just contact me at [email protected] And, if you’re interested in getting some help with your monthly giving program, where you can book half an hour or an hour to discuss your specific monthly donor challenges, simply check out the Monthly Giving Help Line at www.adirectsolution.comAbout Erica Waasdorp Erica Waasdorp is one of the leading experts on Monthly donors aka Sustainers aka Recurring Giving.She is author of the book: Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant, and as President of A Direct Solution serves nonprofit organizations with their fundraising and direct marketing needs with a focus on Monthly Giving, Annual Fund and Grant writing.Erica Waasdorp has helped the nonprofits she works with raise millions of dollars through monthly giving programs. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofits and direct response. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She writes regular guest blogs and presents webinars on monthly giving and she is happy to answer any questions you may have about this great way of improving the retention rates for your donors. You can reach her via email or by phone at (508) 776-1224last_img read more

How to Integrate Your Email Program with Your Website

first_imgYou have a website.You’re sending out email newsletters.But how well are these two tools working together?If you haven’t thought about how to integrate your website and email marketing, your nonprofit could be missing out on valuable opportunities to grow your audience, increase donations, and ultimately further your cause.Ready to see what you’ve been missing?The first thing you need to do is add an email sign-up form to your website.Think about all the people who search for your nonprofit and come across your website. Maybe they’ve heard about your organization from a friend, or maybe they’re looking for volunteer opportunities in their area.A great website will open the door for further connection by providing additional ways to stay in touch.Give your website visitors the opportunity to hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, or announcements by adding an email sign-up form to your website.That way, even if they’re not ready to commit and sign-up to volunteer or donate right away, they still have the chance to hear more from your organization.Tip: Make your mailing list inviting by telling new subscribers what they’ll receive even before they sign up. By setting clear expectations about what you’ll send and how often, you’ll ensure that everyone knows what they’re signing up for and they can look forward to receiving your messages.Here’s how Canadian nonprofit The Local Good promotes their mailing list right on their homepage (right»).In addition to your homepage, make sure your sign-up form is visible on each page of your website. You don’t want new visitors to have to hunt it down themselves.Next, encourage your subscribers to go back to your website.Think of your email and website as a two-way street. You want to encourage website visitors to sign up for your emails, but you also want your subscribers to go beyond their inbox and spend some time back on your site.Getting traffic back to your site is dependent on your email content and design. If your nonprofit uses newsletters to share recent blog posts, this is an easy way to link back to your site and increase readership. Include a few lines to attract the readers’ attention, then encourage them to continue reading on your website.Here’s an example from Constant Contact’s Hints and Tips newsletter («left).Here, we provided the blog post headline along with an image and a few lines of text. To read the whole post they would have to go our website, where they have access to even more posts on related topics.In addition to promoting content from your website, don’t forget to include your website URL in the footer of your email. If you’re using an email template, you can use this same footer in each email you send out to give people the option to visit your website or social media channels after reading your latest email. Remember that integrating your email marketing and website will work best if each of these tools is already working well on their own. Could your emails be more effective? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before hitting send on your next email.Is your website set up to persuade visitors to donate? Make sure you’re using these 5 proven ways to increase online donations.last_img read more

How to Raise More Money in the Next 60 Days

first_imgNeed help getting your spring campaign off the ground and maximizing your fundraising results? We’ve got you covered. Download the full 60-Day Spring Fundraising Plan and then be sure to register for tomorrow’s free webinar to get practical advice on boosting donations before your fiscal year ends and summer begins. Worried about meeting your fiscal year-end goals and encourage donors to give again before summer begins? For many organizations, a smartly crafted spring campaign can boost donor acquisition, increase donations, and support donor retention—but how do you get this done when you have no time to lose?Our newest free eBook helps you create a 60-Day Fundraising Plan that will ensure you have clear targets and a path to success. Here’s an excerpt:When it comes to campaign design, what works best for one type of nonprofit could be the wrong approach for another. To create the most compelling spring campaign that will generate the greatest impact, financial and nonfinancial, consider your unique fundraising and non-fundraising objectives, then answer the following questions:1. What would the ideal results look like?2. What are you trying to accomplish?3. What call to action would motivate your target audience?4. Whom are you trying to target?5. What do you most want them to do for your organization?6. Would a one-time donation or recurring gift raise the most funds?BudgetAs ideas emerge and evolve, you will need to establish a budget for your campaign. If you already have a seasonal campaign written into your budget, great! But, realistically, do you need more resources to create the kind of campaign you have in mind? Are those funds available? Can your board members or gift-in-kind donations, an individual donor or corporate sponsor help close the gap?ScopeOnly you can decide how big or how small your campaign should be. But it’s important to define the scope about what your nonprofit can do (and, what you can’t do) to generate the best results.1. Who will you target?2. When and for how long?3. How will you engage prospective donors?4. What communication channels will you use: direct mail, email, social media, and/or through newsletters and traditional media?5. Will it be a one-time appeal or will follow-up be required?6. What response systems will need to be in place for it to be effective?7. How will follow-up and thank-you messages be managed?8. What metrics are required to quantify the effectiveness of the annual campaign?Select Campaign Lead or TeamNow that you have the basics figured out, you will need to accept or delegate the role of a campaign lead to coordinate all that is needed to successfully launch and manage the campaign. Depending on the size of your organization’s board and staff, it may be necessary to recruit volunteers as well. If certain tasks require specialized skills or your solicitation process requires a high volume of hours and labor to effectively execute and follow-up, tap into the right people to get the job done.last_img read more

Preventing Maternal Deaths in Africa

first_imgPosted on March 7, 2014June 12, 2017By: Isabella Danel, MD, MS, the CDC Division of Reproductive 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)This post originally appeared on the CDC’s Our Global Voices blog.Maternal health has improved in most regions of the world, with far fewer women dying during pregnancy and childbirth than 20 years ago.Progress in sub-Saharan Africa, however, has been much slower. HIV and complications of childbirth are the leading causes of death among reproductive age women around the world, but above all in this region. Being pregnant in sub-Saharan Africa is often a dangerous medical condition. In Zambia, women who have given birth are often greeted with a Bemba expression of relief and surprise: “Mwapusukeni.” Translated it means, “You have survived!”That greeting is becoming more commonplace these days, which is another way of illustrating a basic truth: positive change can happen quickly when the right actions are taken to improve maternal health.The Saving Mothers Giving Life Initiative (SMGL), a public-private partnership that includes CDC, USAID, and many others working together with the governments of Uganda and Zambia, recently released astonishing findings that document a 30% reduction in maternal mortality in one year in the four districts in Uganda where the program is operating.In Zambia, maternal mortality in health facilities in four districts also fell by 30% in one year. Change this rapid is unheard of. It happened because the initiative used a comprehensive district-wide approach to ensure 1) that communities supported pregnant women to increase the likelihood of receiving skilled care during childbirth, 2) that health facilities had the supplies and medications needed to treat women who developed emergencies during pregnancy and post-partum, and 3) that health personnel were properly trained to provide quality care during emergencies including doing C-sections. (Read the SMGL report and other CDC blogs about SMGL.)The danger for pregnant women with HIV is even higher.  They are six to eight times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than other women.That reality is important at any time, but it comes into clearer focus and prominence this week on International Women’s Day (March 8).Worldwide, 17.7 million women are living with HIV. Most are of reproductive age and most of them reside in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s bad enough. Here’ the kicker: while estimated maternal mortality ratios have been cut almost in half over the past 20 years worldwide, maternal mortality actually appears to have increased in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa with high HIV prevalence. The HIV epidemic is an important reason maternal mortality has not decreased much—or has even increased.That much is clear and it’s the reason CDC and other partners are re-doubling efforts to better understand and overcome the complex mix of medical, cultural, and institutional forces that will have to be addressed if pregnant women living with HIV are to survive. Pregnant women with HIV face the same risks that all pregnant women do—and more actions like the Saving Mothers Giving Life Initiative are critical to saving mothers’ lives.But women with HIV face additional risks and it is those challenges and possible responses that are highlighted in a recent paper I co-authored with Tami Kendall from Harvard’s School of Public Health.During pregnancy, women with HIV are more likely to die from malaria, TB, pneumonia, and from puerperal sepsis. It is likely that HIV treatment earlier during pregnancy will improve survival. However, in 2012 only 49% of pregnant women in Africa were tested for HIV. And not all women with HIV received the treatment they needed. There are many obstacles to receiving care, but HIV stigma and mistreatment is an important reason that women do not seek the care they need.There is good news here too. In June 2013 the World Health Organization released new guidelines that call for the initiation of HIV treatment for all pregnant and breastfeeding women with HIV and continuing it lifelong, regardless of their immune status. The challenge is to rapidly scale up testing and treatment during antenatal care. We know it can be done because it was done successfully in Malawi. (Read the related MMWR article to learn more.)Nevertheless, only time will tell whether women remain on treatment or whether social factors such as stigma impede adherence to treatment in Malawi, as we know they do in other settings. The role of the community in supporting women with HIV is vital as is engaging men in the care of their wives, and of themselves if they too are living with HIV. Likewise ensuring that health workers are trained to treat people with HIV with respect will eliminate an important obstacle to attending health care services.As we conclude in our 106-page paper entitled Research and Evaluation Agenda For Maternal Health and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa , “Improving maternal health in the context of the sub-Saharan African HIV epidemic requires greater understanding of the relationships between HIV disease and maternal morbidity and mortality, integrated and effective responses by the health system, and a social context which promotes quality care and encourages use of maternal/child health and HIV services.”It seems straightforward—more high-quality services and easier access to care will yield positive results. And while that is true, the work also emphasizes a number of questions that need answers if the problem is to be fully addressed.Some of them are purely clinical. Such as, how does HIV treatment (known as antiretroviral treatment or ART) and the new treatment guidelines in particular, affect rates and causes of maternal morbidity and mortality? Will ART alone reduce the risks and make them comparable to those of other women?Or does the timing for when ART begins and the therapy’s duration affect mortality rates in pregnant women?There are additional questions that blend clinical concerns with logistical challenges and limited funding. A prominent example is how can all the necessary services—including malaria prevention, TB screening and treatment, HIV treatment, and all the routine antenatal care screening and treatment—be most effectively provided by often already overloaded health workers? What is the best way to integrate services?We know the importance, for example, of non-clinical work, such as diluting the still widespread and potent discrimination against people who have AIDS and are HIV-positive. That cultural reality often presents a sturdy barrier even for people who want treatment.Other important questions include what can be done to encourage greater participation by men in maternal and child health activities? How can more men be encouraged to support women who are HIV positive? How can the stigma surrounding HIV be weakened to “promote respectful maternity care” for women who need it? What tools can be used to increase community and peer support for pregnant and postpartum women?We also can’t forget another crucial question that must be addressed so that political and financial support is maintained. The question is this: how do we evaluate new programs and responses so that their impact on maternal illness and death can be measured and understood and so that good practices can be preserved and less effective ones dismissed or modified?CDC supports efforts to answer these questions—and more—with data and proven science. We also support efforts to achieve goals established globally as well as by the U.S. government to reduce maternal mortality and ensure that people with HIV receive the treatment they need. CDC is working with sub-Saharan African countries to improve counseling and testing for pregnant women, improve antenatal care, provide HIV treatment during antenatal care to those with HIV, and eliminate maternal-to-child transmission of HIV.Like the larger battle against HIV/AIDS, finding answers for helping pregnant women who are living with HIV is complicated and challenging. But progress is being made and lives are being saved. That’s what draws me to this battle and what keeps me—and CDC—focused on a future that is free from HIV and AIDS and where preventable maternal deaths are eliminated.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Why Men Matter to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Conversation

first_imgPosted on August 15, 2014December 3, 2015Click 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)How often do we talk about men when we talk about maternal and newborn health? Not very often. But we know they play an integral role to the health of the mother, newborn, and family.Join a Google+ Hangout with Girls’ Globe, Promundo, MenCare and MenEngage this Monday, August 18th, at 9:00 AM ET / 3:00 PM CET to discuss this very topic. The maternal health community will join together with the panelists below to speak about the integral role men play as we team up to accelerate progress for maternal and newborn health as we mark 500 days remaining to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.Moderator:Julia Wiklander, Founder of Girls’ GlobePanelists:Oswaldo Montoya, MenEngage Global CoordinatorRuti Levtov, MenCare Global Co-Coordinator; Program Officer, Promundo-USShamsi Kazimbaya, National MenCare+ Project Coordinator, Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC)Siska Dewi Noya (Chika), Program Manager for Gender-Based Violence, Rutgers WPF Indonesia; MenCare+ Indonesia PartnerShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more