Hundreds of thousands of people gathered across the country on Saturday for March for Our Lives, a series of rallies protesting gun violence in dozens of major cities. Among those marching in support of the cause was Paul McCartney, who shared his thoughts on the issue with CNN’s Jason Caroll while participating in the New York City rally.“One of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” he told the reporter.McCartney was, of course, referencing his Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was murdered by a gunman outside New York City’s Dakota Hotel in 1980 (the building is located just a few blocks from where Saturday’s rally took place). McCartney was one of many musicians and performers who publicly voiced their support for March for Our Lives on Saturday. Common, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus were scheduled to perform at the Washington, DC rally, which reportedly brought around half a million people to the nation’s capitol. Additionally, Taylor Swift revealed that she made a donation to the campaign, while R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe previewed a new song in support of the movement.[H/T – Variety]
The prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4×200 metres Girls’ Open and the 4×200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men’s Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays’ 40th staging.Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys’ Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls’ Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.EVENT SPONSORSThe 4x400m High School Boys’ Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls’ equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship.The 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl’s Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys’ Open sponsored by SOS Foods.Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls’ High School 4x800m Open, respectively.There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-20-17The short term forecast is unchanged this morning: Sunny, windy, dry weather holds for today and tomorrow, similar to what we have seen the past few days, and just like we have been talking up all week long. Our next front works in to the state later Sunday and goes through midday Monday…similar to our thoughts over the past couple of days. In general, 8 out of the next 10 days we have a very solid handle on and our forecast is locked in. However, the remaining two days hold the challenge. Those 2 days are Tuesday and Wednesday…the days immediately behind the front we expect to close out our weekend and start next week.First, the front: as mentioned above, it is still on the way for Sunday. Arrival mostly later afternoon and then going through the overnight into Monday. The front looks slightly stronger this morning, but at this point we feel comfortable with the .25”-1” rain range we have talked about the past few days. Coverage will be most of the state, likely around 90%. This will cause harvest to grind to a halt. The map above shows potential combined rain totals through midnight Monday night.Models are in significant disagreement over what happens next. Most models take the low associated with this front, and track it south into the Tennessee Valley, even into northern Alabama. However one model (and it happens to be our favorite one), the European, takes the low right over the top of us. That solution brings another wave of heavy rains into the state for Tuesday and they linger into Wednesday. We are talking an additional 1-2 inches potentially. Now, we do not think this is a correct look at the set up, but it does present some challenges, going into a weekend where we are at full bore harvest and will be looking to get back at it as soon as possible. At this time, we feel it is most prudent to keep our forecast the same, looking for a drier Tuesday and Wednesday period, with no new rain. There can be plenty of clouds and decent flow out of the north and northeast on the backside of the system. But, we do not think this turns into a multi-day, heavy rain system. Drying will be slow for those two days, but new precipitation is not likely. We are keeping our forecast in line with our discussions the past few days.Even with no new rain for Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday, we will still be changing air mass, and the coldest part of the incoming air mass will be here Wednesday. We expect temps to be actually a bit below normal there at midweek before bouncing later in the week. As sunshine returns for the second half of the week, temps will rise again, and we should be mostly normal to above normal for the rest of the 10 day period (this weekend and next week) outside of next Wednesday. We have dry weather all the way into the start of next weekend.We have a minor front coming in for next Saturday afternoon. Moisture totals look minor at only a few hundredths of an inch to a tenth or two. That front will pass overnight Saturday night into earl Sunday, but we should see sunshine coming in quickly behind the front.No change to the extended forecast period this morning. A drier pattern holds for most of the 11-16 day forecast window at this time. A minor upper level system may pop up over the western Corn Belt around the first of the month, but our next system likely holds off until closer to the 4th.
Information Technology major Infosys is faced with an expanding US government probe into its alleged violation of visa norms, with new players adding possibly damaging evidence.News reports suggest the company might opt for arbitration.Click here to EnlargeAn internal whistleblower in the US has alleged that Infosys used short-term business visitor visas to bring employees to work on contracts in the US, bypassing restrictive worker visa norms.Infosys project manager Jack Palmer filed a lawsuit in view of the above in February in Alabama. It appears now that more people have backed him.”At least two other Infosys managers in the US have submitted internal whistleblower reports,” The New York Times reported on Tuesday. It added that these reports point to Indians on business visitor visas undertaking long-term work that is unauthorised under visa norms.In his sworn affidavit, Palmer reportedly told the federal court that he had differences with the Infosys management when he was called for a meeting in Bangalore in March 2010. He alleged top company executives discussed ways to “creatively” get around H-1B visa limitations so that costs could be lowered.An Infosys spokesperson in Bangalore said the company would not like to comment as it was in the silent period ahead of its next quarter results.Click here to EnlargeIn papers filed in the lawsuit, Infosys denied all of Palmer’s accusations and asked a federal judge to remove the dispute from court and send it for arbitration, The New York Times reported.In May, Infosys said it received a subpoena from a grand jury in a US district court, asking the firm to make available certain documents related to B-1 business visas. Infosys added that it intended to cooperate with the investigation.advertisementInfosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said in a meeting on June 12: “As I leave the board, I feel sad that Infosys, voted most often as India’s most respected company during 1995-2011, has been issued a subpoena?”Indian industry observers are banking on this reputation of Infosys. “Knowing that Infosys has always maintained its head above the league, especially in anything concerning ethics, my belief is that the company cannot do this kind of thing and has not done it,” Harish Bijoor said.He attributed the allegations to the prevalent anti-Indian IT workers sentiment in US politics.Prof S. Sadagopan, Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Information Technology director, had the same view. He said: “Firms such as Infosys, Wipro and TCS have always maintained high standards.”Reports suggest Infosys was probably on the right side of the law, at least technically.”Infosys and other Indian companies had made use of an exception in the visa guidelines to send workers to the US on B-1 business visas for up to six months for certain short-term projects, instead of taking the more complex H-1B visa meant for such workers,” The New York Times reported. Business visas are not meant for salaried work.Sadagopan sees political motives – of individuals, parties and possibly companies – behind the allegations and recent developments give credence to such a view.Last week, Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, a Democratic Party member of the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill seeking a hike in the salary of H-1B workers. “Protect American workers by increasing wages and reforming the broken H-1B and L-1 visa programmes,” Lofgren said.Last year, US Congress hiked the fees for H-1B visas. As such, there were noises made in campaigns, including by Barack Obama, against outsourcing to India. Nasscom chief Som Mittal has highlighted the need for comprehensive immigration reforms in the US to attract talent.Mittal said the industry group was collaborating with the government. There are calls in the US too.Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanded the removal of cap on H-1B visas and green cards. “We must stop telling US firms they can’t hire the workers they need,” he said.Palmer’s statements, as reported by The New York Times, however, suggest Infosys or some of its managers tried to cut corners by stretching the scope of business visas. He reportedly said his supervisors asked him to write invites to workers to come from India for “sales and training meetings” so that they could come on business visas, and he refused.The report quoted Palmer as saying that he personally knew of at least 60 Indian workers doing contract work on B-1 visas.- Inputs from Ayan PramanikFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring his goal for Manchester UnitedManchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.Ashley Young and defender Reece James scored two second-half goals each as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win.Van Gaal doesn’t subscribe to the notion that such a friendly is meaningless, not when United have so much work to do this summer.”I think always the results do matter,” Van Gaal said. “With such a result, you get confidence, and also confidence in a new system. The boys are willing to pick up all the info. We have given a lot of info, but it’s fantastic how they performed today.”Van Gaal’s revealed a system similar to the attack of his Dutch World Cup team. The tactics might be unfamiliar to United fans, but they worked splendidly in a stunning start.”When you see us train, you can expect something, but not 7-0,” Van Gaal said. “That for me was a surprise, and there were some beautiful goals. They scored out of some good attacks.”Danny Welbeck scored the first goal for Van Gaal, who has had limited work with his new club after leading the Netherlands to a third-place finish in Brazil earlier this month. United still outclassed the Galaxy in the friendly between two of David Beckham’s former clubs.Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera also made their debuts while United won by a familiar American football score at the Rose Bowl, the venerable college football stadium.advertisementVan Gaal was hired to repair the 20-time English champions after David Moyes’ poor tenure. United finished seventh in Moyes’ only season as Alex Ferguson’s replacement after 26 years, failing even to qualify for the Europa League.Rooney wasn’t United’s captain, ceding the job to Darren Fletcher, but the England star easily handled his scoring chances. James wasn’t even listed on United’s 25-man squad, but the 20-year-old defender provided two outstanding finishes against the Galaxy’s ragged defense.”I have nothing but respect for the show that Man United put on,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “Getting punished for mistakes and really getting a lesson on the speed of play, we can actually use it as a positive for them.”Herrera, the Spanish midfielder acquired from Athletic Bilbao last month, looked sharp throughout the night. United scored its first goal under Van Gaal when Juan Mata set up Welbeck in the 13th minute for a low 25-yard shot off Jaime Penedo’s post.After AJ De La Garza was penalized for a handball in the 42nd minute, Rooney easily buried the kick even though Penedo guessed correctly. Four minutes later, Welbeck’s centering pass went through the legs of Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer, who crumpled to the ground as Rooney walked the ball into Penedo’s net.James put a sharp side-footed finish on a pass from Young for United’s fourth goal in the 62nd minute. He then scored from distance on a deflection in the 82nd minute before Young capitalized on defensive blunders for two late goals.United’s tour continues Saturday in Denver against Roma, followed by matches with Inter Milan in Washington on Tuesday and Real Madrid in Michigan on August 2.
Laying a great foundation for the expansion of your nonprofit’s marketing and donation efforts can help you find success now while planning long-term goals. Below is a list of priorities to help you focus your time and maximize your impact ASAP.Photo from Flickr member one tiny sparkThanking donors creatively is one of the short-term priorities you can focus on now. Consider sending thank you notes from volunteers, community members, or a person who was directly impacted by their donation. 1. Nonprofit Website Can website visitors find your donation page in 2 seconds or less? Donation buttons should be big, bold, and above the fold.Is it easy to follow you on Twitter, like you on Facebook, and sign up for your email newsletter? Give your potential donors the opportunity to take the first step in forming a relationship with you. If they aren’t ready to give today, make it easy for them to find out more about your work.Make sure your home page has a compelling image and a statement that connects your visitors to your cause. If a stranger can’t identify what your organization does as soon as they land on your homepage, you’re missing out on an opportunity to tell your story (and a possible donation)!2. Online Donation Page Do you have a clear call to action on your donation page (donate now!)?Is your online donation form easy to complete? If your donation page has too many fields to fill out it’s likely that donors will leave the page without making a donation.Don’t confuse donors by redirecting them to a donation page that looks different than your website. Make sure your brand is consistent.3. Email Lists Is there a way for website visitors to sign up for your newsletter on your homepage? What about every other page on your website?Does your email list sign up form make it clear how frequently subscribers will hear from you? Don’t promise something you can’t deliver (or send emails too frequently).Are you collecting email addresses from everyone who attends your events? Give them the option to be added to your list.Include forward to a friend and social sharing links in all your messages. Current subscribers can help you build your email list, make it easy for them to help you!4. Email Marketing Does your subject line entice readers? Those 8 to 10 words are the most important part of the message. Make sure the subject line is clear, conscience, and compelling.Is your email layout easy on the eyes? Make sure you keep the style simple with a standard headline, subheadline layout with a maximum of two columns. Don’t forget to add images that add value to the content.Is your font choice ideal? Make sure your fonts aren’t distracting and impeding readability. Stick with one font family and use the options within that family, such as bold, narrow, and italic.Are you being CAN-SPAM compliant? Email service providers will take care of these compliance issues for you but if you aren’t using an ESP consider investing in one to help you manage lists and email campaigns.5. Thanking Donors and Supporters Do you have a way to immediately thank supporters for giving a donation or signing up for your newsletter? Most ESPs and online donation tools give you the opportunity to send an automated reply as soon as an action is taken.Do you thank donors again at a later date, reporting on the impact of their donation?Do donors have a clear understanding of what you’re doing with their financial investment?Make sure to experiment with different thank you methods such as a handwritten note, a phone call, a children’s drawing, or a special thanks directly from a volunteer.6. Social Media First, define your desired outcome: Do you want to use Twitter to connect with potential donors or develop your status as a thought leader in your organization’s issue area? Or both?Can your donors easily find you on Twitter and Facebook? If they can’t find you they won’t be following you.Is your content interesting, compelling, and unique? Are you continually asking for donations and follows and neglecting to tell your story?Want a more in-depth list? Download The Online Fundraiser’s Checklist for more ideas.
4. Finally, make the appeal for your causeOnce these women have made the right connections, and have had the right coaching and advice, they often feel a new excitement about what their wealth can accomplish in the world. Speak with them about how they give of their resources—often both time and money—and make the case for why your cause is worth it! Women today make up just under half of the nation’s millionaires. Over the next 20 years, through divorce, the death of a spouse, or inheritance, American women will control some $25 trillion dollars. This shift in wealth creates an incredible opportunity for much good to be done in the world. In my practice, I have seen that most women consider themselves to be philanthropic, and charitable organizations would be well served to provide opportunities for these women to flex their charitable muscles!Here are my tips on how to approach women who are taking the reins of their wealth for the first time, often in a crisis:1. Approach donors with empathyMajor life transitions such as the death of a spouse, divorce, and even retirement, can take a deep emotional toll, often forcing women to take more control of their financial life. Some may be prepared, but many are not. She will need time before she is ready to give to your organization as she learns how much money she has, where it is, and whether she and her family are going to be secure for the long run.2. Show her the good you doThe fact is, women think about money differently than men. As a group, women tend to be more concerned with the ultimate purpose of money rather than with an investing strategy and performance numbers. They first want to know that their money will securely carry themselves and their families through the future. After that, many women want to use their money to effect change in the world. Before you ask for money, show donors how the funds you do have are making an impact and demonstrate the good you’re already achieving.3. Invest time and support to build a long-term partnershipThere is a vast difference between winning a check from a one-time donor and building a long-term relationship with a philanthropist who is going to be dedicated to your cause for years to come. If you want a donor to partner with you over time, you should invest in them and make them feel appreciated, too. Before seeking contributions from women in transition, set your organization apart by encouraging her to seek wise counsel that can help her navigate the decisions of her new life. Charlie Jordan is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and partner with Brightworth in Atlanta. He advises high-net-worth clients—particularly women—in investment management and tax and estate planning and he works closely with them to establish plans for their charitable giving. He is also on the board of the Georgia Planned Giving Council.
Of 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.
Fundraising 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.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 21, 2012June 21, 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)Earlier this week, the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA published a new study that estimates the number of women with an unmet need for contraception to be 222 million in 2012, a slight decrease from 2008. 645 million women in the developing world are using modern contraceptive methods, but in the poorest countries, the unmet need actually increased from 2008-2012.In order to meet the unmet need, funding for contraceptives (supplies, program costs, logistical costs, etc.) would, according to the report, need to be doubled:Clearly, closing funding gaps is essential if the necessary multifaceted improvements in contraceptive service provision are to be achieved. This report provides updated estimates of the level of funding that is needed to both improve services for current users and adequately meet the needs of all women who currently need but are not using modern contraceptives. In 2012, the cost of providing contraceptive services and supplies to the 645 million women who are currently using modern methods in the developing world is an estimated $4.0 billion. Providing adequate services for all 867 million women in developing countries who want to avoid a pregnancy in 2012 (both current users and nonusers of modern methods)—a task requiring substantial investment to expand capacity and improve quality of care—would cost $8.1 billion.Read the full report here.Share this: