USC men’s tennis gears up for Pac-12 tourney

first_imgThe No. 7 USC men’s tennis will compete in the annual Pac-12 championships on Thursday. The Trojans, fresh off a loss to crosstown rival UCLA, secured the No. 3 seed for the tournament with their 5-2 conference record. They will compete in a quarterfinal match against Utah or No. 48 Washington to kick off play.UCLA won the matchup against USC in the regular season finale and secured the top seeding. Based off their conference record, Cal secured the No. 2 spot. Both teams will automatically compete in semifinal matchups in separate brackets. Should USC walk away with a win against Utah or Washington, it will then face Cal. The winner will go to the championship matchup on Saturday.In 2016, the Trojans secured the No. 2 seed, only to lose to Cal by a score of 4-1. UCLA beat Cal by that same score to win the title. The Trojans have had luck in previous Pac-12 Championships, taking home the title in 2012 and 2015. In 2012 the Trojans also won the NCAA Division I Tennis Championship, with Steve Johnson taking the men’s singles championship as well.Heading into this year’s tournament, the Trojans have two players ranked in singles competition as well as two doubles pairs. Freshman Brandon Holt stands at the top of the list with his individual No. 23 ranking. Sophomore Logan Smith follows Holt at No. 82. In doubles, freshman duo of Holt and Riley Smith stand at No. 11, while senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Laurens Verboven come in at No. 80 to round things out.Seeking their sixth national championship in eight years, the Trojans will begin their journey once again this week.last_img read more

DeGroot, Stinson early favourites for Wednesday’s West Kootenay Cross Country Championships

first_imgBomber senior Shawn DeGroot re-established his place at the top of the West Kootenay High School Cross Country leader board after capturing the Senior Boy’s title at the Champion Lakes race last week.DeGroot edged Joe Cox of Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries for top spot at the Salmo Secondary School hosted race.Micah May, a Grade 8 runner from Trafalgar, who surprised the zone by winning the Kootenay Kramp competition at L.V. Rogers, finished third.David Palmer of Rossland, who graduated last June from Rossland, competes as an overage runner, won the overall race.Peter Locke of LVR, Conrad Watt of J.V. Humphries, Nick Mottl of Creston’s Prince Charles, Mitch McLean of J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail, Levi Smith of LVR and Eli Bukowski of JVH rounded out the top ten.On the girl’s side LVR senior Andrea Stinson won for the third time this season as the multi-sport athlete edged out Taylor Wilson of JVH in the Senior Girl’s race.Emily Simpson of Prince Charles was third followed by Rossland’s Jill Reynolds and Wiebke Zimmerman of Prince Charles.Sarah Collins of Prince Charles, Ellie Hewat of JVH, Darya Huser of Salmo, Jill Nykanen of Waldorf and Amy Anderson of Rossland completed the top ten.In the Junior Girl’s race, Gina Oostlander of Trail’s Crowe won the race over Jocelyn Terwood of Salmo and Raeleigh Arndt of Trafalgar.In the Junior Boy’s event, Michael Moon of J. Lloyd Crowe finished first ahead of Trafalgar’s Ezra Fox and Crowe teammate Daniel Merlo.Maya Ida of Trafalgar and Sian Nielson of Mount Sentinel placed fourth and fifth, respectively.Samuel Matthew of Trafalgar and Jamis Beattie of Salmo finished fourth and fifth, respectively.The scene shifts to the Camp Busk cross country ski trails for the West Kootenay High School Cross Country Championships.The race begins at 4 p.m.The East/West Kootenay Championships are hosted in Sparwood October 26th.The top runners qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 5th in [email protected]last_img read more

Video: Homeless Team SA returns

first_imgThe South African street soccer team is welcomed by supporters at Cape Town International Airport after taking part in the 2009 Homeless World Cup in Milan, Italy from 6 to 13 September.After a tough eight days of competition, the team sponsored by Ambition24 beat Malawi 9-1 in the final of the Milan Cup playoff among teams ranked 17th to 24th after the second round of the competition.Click arrow to play video.last_img

2017 NYC September Hardwrap

first_imgView your copy of the 2017 September Hardwrap Magazine now!The Hard Wrap Magazine is published by Touch Football Australia on a bi-annual basis and is devoted to the events and news that have been making headlines.Catch up on the latest news and information in the touch world from the past six months.  Check out our Around the Grounds segment, teams lists, Masters Trans Tasman team previews and much more!Hardwrap E-Zine versionlast_img

How to figure out what you want to do: the jealousy test

first_imgIt’s the time of year when a lot of us (including me) take stock. Why are we here? What should we be doing in 2013?A few years back, I was lamenting to my wise cousin Elisabeth that I wasn’t sure where I should focus my work. What was the best job for me? What was I meant to be doing with my life?She told me her method for figuring that out. She pays attention to when she feels jealous. If she hears about a job someone’s taken or a project someone has started and feels envious, that’s a clear sign it’s what she most wants to do. We’re not talking about the nasty kind of envy – as in the deadly sin where you feel diminished by others’ success and want to derail someone else’s good fortune. And I don’t mean longing for the fame and money that can be a side benefit of professional success. I simply mean the telltale twinge you feel when you hear about someone’s endeavor and wish you could do that, too. Stop and wonder: What about that activity creates a craving in you? Was it something you’ve always longed to try? Something you’ve been afraid to try? Maybe you can and should attempt that very thing.It’s a clarifying feeling. Jealous? Maybe you should be chasing that dream yourself.last_img read more

Our Top 10 Posts from 2014

first_imgWhy the #IceBucketChallenge Works Tops 6 Donor Communication Mistakes to Avoid BONUS: Even though this post is from December 2013, it was #11 on our list: 10 Ways to Thank Your Donors On behalf of the Network for Good team, thank you for being loyal readers of the Nonprofit Marketing Blog. We wish you a happy holiday season! 5 Rules for Thanking Donors 10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers 11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day Why Recurring Giving Matters [Infographic]center_img 6 Types of Stories That Spur Giving 3 Steps to a Powerful, All-Organization Team of Messengers Here at Network for Good, we’re reflecting on 2014 and planning for the upcoming year. We’re locking down webinar topics and presenters for next year, putting the finishing touches on some incredible—and free!—fundraising eGuides, getting posts queued up for this blog, and brainstorming ways to help nonprofits raise more money online (because that’s what we’re here for!).But before we dive into 2015, we want to share with you our top blog posts from 2014. Drumroll, please… Creating the Perfect Campaign for #GivingTuesday 7 Ways to Make 2014 the Year of the Donor Have any ideas for posts you’d like to see in 2015? Share your suggestions in the comments.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

NPR Reports on the Critical Role of Midwives in Conflict Zones

first_imgPosted on July 30, 2013February 16, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, 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)NPR’s Shots recently ran a story, How midwives have become critical in war-zones, that discusses the role of midwives in conflict and post-conflict settings. According to the piece, in addition to the critical role they play in delivering babies, midwives are also key to encouraging exclusive breastfeeding, caring for newborns and promoting kangaroo care, supporting women who have been victims of sexual assault, providing access to family planning, and more.From the story:In a conflict zone, getting the basics — food, water, shelter — is a constant challenge. And it likely involves being on the move.Now imagine pregnancy. There might not be a functioning medical facility for miles. And the environment makes the woman and her baby more susceptible to complications.Aid groups are increasingly relying on conflict midwives to help women in these situations. In dangerous and unstable regions, midwives’ jobs are more than delivering babies: They often have to help women who have experienced sexual violence and have reproductive health issues.Take Emily Slocum, a midwife with Doctors Without Borders who worked with women affected by the violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some women traveled days to reach her.The Congo war lasted from 1998 to 2004, but as NPR’s John Burnett has reported, ongoing conflict continues to disrupt daily life. The country has millions of displaced people.Slocum worked at a hospital in South Kivu, where the conflict still lingers, from November 2011 to May 2012. She tells Shots that one of the challenges was keeping underweight newborns warm. Without an incubator, the best practice is to have the mother hold the baby to her skin to keep its body temperature up, she says. She had to teach nurses and mothers to do that when she arrived.“The baby was immediately sort of taken away and assessed by the nurse and sometimes not given back to the mom immediately,” she says. In Syria, an MSF midwife encountered a similar problem, and to improvise, she heated IV fluid bags in the microwave to make small hot water bottles to warm the newborns.Breastfeeding is also critical in situations where potable water and food access is limited and general hygiene is poor, the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health says.Read the full story on NPR’s Shots.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

UNGA Week Shows Maternal and Newborn Health Are Central to Development Challenges

first_imgPosted on October 22, 2014June 12, 2017By: Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Interim President of Global Advocacy, Family Care InternationalClick 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 year’s UN General Assembly was full of high-profile moments that reinforced the need for investment and action to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH): the launch of a Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health; the release of reports tracking stakeholders’ fulfillment of commitments to Every Woman Every Child; new data on maternal, newborn and child survival from Countdown to 2015; and a plethora of side events focusing on strategies and country progress toward MDGs 4 and 5. For Family Care International—which advocates for improved reproductive, maternal, and newborn health—this unprecedented level of attention to women’s and children’s health is a welcome sign that our advocacy is having an impact, and that global commitment to ending all preventable maternal and child deaths is stronger than ever.RMNCH was a key theme in many other important discussions during the week, demonstrating the centrality of the health of mothers and newborns to a range of development challenges.Events began with a Climate Summit that brought together leaders from more than 120 countries. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health noted during the Summit that “women and children are the most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate, and those who are more likely to suffer and die from problems such as diarrhoea, undernutrition, malaria, and from the harmful effects of extreme weather events such as floods or drought.”There was a special session to review progress towards achieving the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action. The ICPD agenda highlights the importance of ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and the importance of quality and accessible maternal health care, recognizing that healthy girls and women can choose to become healthy moms of healthy babies.The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting where President Obama called for swift action on the Ebola epidemic that is destroying lives and decimating African health systems. This crisis highlights already-fragile health systems that lack sufficient health workers, supplies, and essential medicines; the same failures that contribute to maternal and newborn mortality. A recent news story details how pregnant women who are not infected with Ebola risk dying in West Africa due to lack of access to maternal health services, and the same risk exists for newborns and young children. The loss of skilled healthworkers, particularly midwives, could have enormous long term impacts on the ability of women, newborns and children to access life-saving care.Finally, the UNGA week included high-level meetings on humanitarian crises in Syria, South Sudan and many other countries. According to the State of the World’s Mothers 2014 report, more than half of all maternal and child deaths occur in crisis-affected places. Discussions of humanitarian response in crisis settings included recognition of the disproportionate impact on women and children of violence, including gender-based violence, displacement, lack of access to food and lack of access to crucial maternal health services and early interventions for newborns. These crises and fragile health systems make achieving the Every Newborn Action Plan recommendations on ensuring quality care for mothers and newborns during labor, childbirth and the first week of life more difficult, but also more critical.While this long list of world crises may seem overwhelming, there is some good news on maternal, newborn and child survival. As the UN Secretary-General reminded us, the world is reducing deaths of children under the age of five faster than at any time in the past two decades and significant declines in maternal mortality have occurred in the past 10 years. As the world works together to shape the post-2015 development goals, these experiences during UNGA show that the new agenda must prioritize continuing to address maternal, newborn and child mortality which is linked to many of the world’s pressing development challenges, including poverty. As a recent editorial in The Lancet says, “As governments slowly come to an agreement about development priorities post-2015, it is clear that maternal and newborn health will be essential foundations of any vision for sustainable development between 2015 and 2030.”This post originally appeared on the Health Newborn Network Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Get More From Mobile Giving with Donor Management

first_imgKnowledge is power. For nonprofits, harnessing that power comes in the form of a donor management system, or DMS. Using a DMS allows you to effectively gather and analyze information that would be very time consuming or impossible to access without one. A DMS allows you to see what parts of your organization’s mobile fundraising campaigns are effective and where you’re falling short. This information helps you make better-informed decisions on where to dedicate your limited resources for maximum effect. A DMS will also help you improve the elements of your campaign, making them more effective. The right DMS makes tasks simpler, freeing you up to spend your time on other things.In order to get the most from your mobile giving campaigns, you’ll need a DMS that provides the right tools. Here’s what you should look for:Mobile-Friendly Templates for Donation PagesMobile device use is rising quickly. A recent Pew Research study found that 77% of Americans own a smartphone. People are increasingly using their devices for everything from entertainment to social media to making mobile donations. Choose a DMS that allows you to easily create fully mobile-responsive donation pages that automatically resize text and images properly for mobile screens.Makes Text-to-Give SimpleText-to-give is a popular form of mobile giving that nonprofits can use in a variety of creative ways. You’ll want to be able to set up text-to-give campaigns quickly, including creating your text-to-give numbers and trigger words.Robust Tracking ToolsThe ability to track and manage your active giving campaigns in an easy-to-understand interface is one of the most important features any DMS should have. This is where you’ll see, at a glance, which campaigns (and which tactics you used within each campaign) performed well, and which ones generated less interest than you expected. Connecting with what matters to your donors is vital to ensuring the survival of your mission. The data you gather here can be used to spur discussions inside the organization on what direction future efforts should take.Pledge ManagementMany nonprofits lean on pledges for support. Any DMS you consider should contain a pledge management system, too, and allow your mobile giving campaign to accept pledges. Pairing pledged contributions to actual donations helps you manage your plans for future growth. Knowing who has pledged but fallen behind on fulfilling that pledge tells you who needs to be reminded of their commitment via an email or postcard. It also makes thanking those who have followed through easier.Flexibility For Multi-Channel CommunicationsOne size never fits all when it comes to fundraising. Often you’ll be integrating mobile giving into multi-channel campaigns. A good DMS allows the user to take advantage of a range of ways to communicate with potential donors. Features like bulk text messaging, the ability to create and track email campaigns, and mail merging and direct mail integration are all essential for effectively communicating with supporters in their preferred method.If you’re shopping for a DMS, be sure to evaluate how it will help you streamline your mobile fundraising activities and how robust the tracking is. A well-deployed DMS provides you the tools you need for smart decision-making as an organization. By bringing many of the pieces that previously existed separately into one platform, you’ll conserve your finite resources and be better positioned to grow your organization and better fulfill your mission and the community you serve.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.last_img read more