Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ He did say there would be a knockout but it’s not on him to say which round Horn will taste the canvas.“I don’t know, he’s a tough guy from Australia,” said Roach of Horn Thursday at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex. “But that’s really up to Manny, Manny can knock him out whenever he wants in my opinion.”Pacquiao’s last knockout victory was back in 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto with a minute remaining in he 12th round to win his first WBO welterweight title.Roach, though, is confident that Pacquiao is primed to break that dry streak especially after seeing the Filipino fighter breeze through his workout.“We’re getting closer, we’re getting close,” said Roach.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sumalinog brings veteran smarts to Cignal For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Klitschko never made it to the 12th round falling to Joshua at the 2:25 of the 11th with the Brit taking home the WBA Super, IBF, and IBO World heavyweight titles.Roach also predicted that Sergey Kovalev has to stop Andre Ward in the two pound-for-pound greats’ matchup back in November 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKovalev scored a 2nd round knockdown but failed to capitalize allowing Ward to take a unanimous decision win and take the WBA Super, IBF, and WBO World light heavyweight belts.Roach, being the oracle that he is, though somehow backtracked on the outcome of the fight between Manny Pacquiao against Jeff Horn. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFreddie Roach is fond of giving predictions, especially when there’s a knockout involved.He once gave a piece of his mind before Anthony Joshua clobbered heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko saying the British will own the whole fight.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES
American defender Oguchi Onyewu has started training with Rangers at their base in South Carolina.The 34-year-old hasn’t played a competitive game in 16 months, featuring for Charlton Athletic in a defeat to Middlesbrough in February 2015.Mark Warburton has been on the hunt for defensive additions ahead of life in the Scottish Premiership.Onyewu played for the United States at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and counts Milan and Sporting Lisbon amongst his former clubs. The Washington-born defender was once on the books of Queens Park Rangers and has recently been training with Major League Soccer outfit DC United. Onyewu holds a Belgian passport so wouldn’t require a work permit.Rangers will play a friendly fixture against Charleston Battery on July 6, with new signings Matt Gilks, Matt Crooks, Clint Hill and Josh Windass all part of the group travelling to the USA.Warburton’s side will start their season against Motherwell in the first round of Scottish League Cup fixtures on July 16, with games against Annan Athletic, East Stirling and Stranraer to follow.
The best thing about Twitter beefs is that they can spring up between random people who may NEVER cross paths in real life.The latest one is between CHRIS EVANS, a.k.a. Captain America, and DAVID DUKE, the white nationalist who used to be the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.It’s no secret that Duke is a fan of President Trump, and he recently Tweeted, quote, “Mr. Trump’s appointment of [Steve] Bannon, [Michael] Flynn and [Jeff] Sessions are the first steps in the project of taking America back.”Chris responded, quote, “If David Duke . . . DAVID DUKE! . . . thinks you’re right, then you’re unequivocally wrong. The confirmation of Sessions is beyond words.”
On Thursday, November 14, the Phoenix Chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted its third event, which proved to be its best yet. Speakers Maria Crimi Speth, intellectual property attorney/litigator, and Stephan Kinsella, another attorney and self-described libertarian theorist, gave listeners a crash course in intellectual property law. Among the topics covered included: trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents. Attendees ranged from bitcoin entrepreneurs to jet-setting Canadian expats, and everything Arizona in between. The diversity made for a surprisingly lively discussion.Kinsella, whose years of blogging have given him a knack for riling up the audience, began the talk by stating he would abolish all types of IP law, which he called “an abomination.” He compared it to that favorite libertarian boogeyman – the Drug War – and traced modern IP law back to the English Crown’s efforts to restrict speech and grant monopolies. His remarks were loaded with soundbites, the best of which were: “You don’t have to be an anarchist to be against IP laws, but it helps” and “the worst part of IP laws is that they employ people like me and Maria, who could be doing something productive instead.” He concluded with the assertion that it is “not the task of political theory to tell people how to make a profit,” making IP law just another example of government overreach.Enter Speth, whose calm, professorial style matched her more mainstream position, that since intellectual property “behaves like property,” it should be protected like any other form of property. In her conception, property rights protect scarce resources, the most scarce of all being a person’s time spent composing, innovating, or inventing. Without copyright protection, creators will lose the incentive to create, for fear that unscrupulous thieves will resell their work at an artificially low price. Though she did concede that large corporations sometimes use copyright laws to stifle smaller firms, and even seemed open to removing criminal penalties for violations, she remained firm in her defense of IP law as essential for a free market.Our audience questions matched the passion of the speakers, with one declaring emphatically that “You own what you own because you can keep it.” AFF board member Carlos Alfaro put Kinsella’s views to the test by asking point-blank whether he could reprint and resell Kinsella’s book, Against Intellectual Property, without attribution. True to his word, Kinsella gave Carlos permission to do just that, opening a potential new source of funding for the AFF-Phoenix chapter. Smaller personal debates continued well past the end of the talk. Prospects looked good for the next event, a standup comedy show, which though not as intellectual, should prove to be just as fun. Overall, this was by far the most engaging topic for our Phoenician following.
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My friend and colleague Amanda alerted me to this article on the five traits of resilient people. Since that quality is needed by so many of us now, I thought I’d pass on the insights from Jessie Sholl. What occurred to me as I was reading this list is that you probably have every one of these qualities. Working for a good cause is a daily exercise in resilience. Please share that quality with those who need it now.1. Be Positive. “Resilient people are characterized by an ability to experience both negative and positive emotions even in difficult or painful situation. They mourn losses and endure frustrations, but they also find redeeming potential or value in most challenges.” If you work for a good cause, you have this quality. You find hope amid terrible tragedies in the course of advancing a mission.2. Live to Learn. When resilient people encounter pain, they look for solutions. That would be you.3. Open Your Heart. Counting your blessings and committing acts of kindness and service boost resilience. That’s your day job!4. Take Care of Yourself. Good physical and mental health boosts resilience. 5. Hang on to Humor. This is so true. A laugh goes a long way. Do you bring levity to the job?For more on these qualities as well as the amazing tale of Turkey Lady, read the whole article.
Learn and plan. Donors are the drivers. These are two important reminders that Larry C. Johnson shares in his new book The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising. While these maxims might seem obvious, Larry explores them in a way that will change how you think about asking for donations this holiday season.At the heart of every donor’s decision to make a gift is the desire to actualize their personal values.As you plan your year-end campaign, don’t forget to keep the emphasis on your donor. It’s important to provide a clear tie from the impact of your work to your donors who make it all happen. When organizations ask for donations using their own values, it’s mistakenly assumed that those values are universal. Listen to what’s important to your donors, then position your organization’s fundraising efforts so that you serve your donor’s needs while also raising money for the cause that you both value.Donors want to be engaged, not enticed.Have you ever tried to entice donors to give? When you approach supporters by selling them on the value of the services that your nonprofit offers, your interaction may seem more like a transaction. If you want your donors to feel involved, ask how your organization is meeting donors’ dreams and fulfilling their desires. Has your donor always dreamed of ending childhood hunger? Let him know how his donation will work to achieve that goal. Has your supporter had a lifelong interest in the region where you operate? Tell her about how your work affects the local community. Discover what inspires and motivates your donors, appeal to that, and invite them to be involved.Larry will join us next Tuesday to share more from his book and answer your questions on sustainable fundraising. You’ll learn how you can apply the eightrules to raise more money for your organization. Join our free webinar on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 from 1 pm to 2 pm EST. Register now to reserve your spot. (Can’t attend the live session? Go ahead and register so you receive the presentation and recording via email.)
The Giving USA 2015 Annual Report on Philanthropy, released in July, announced that charitable giving, while growing steadily over the past five years, has reached its highest level since the Great Recession—an increase of 7.1% over 2013 totals. Donors of all kinds—individuals, foundations, and corporations—are back, baby! They have recovered from the economic setback of 2008 and are feeling more confident than ever to invest in charitable causes across the country.The future has never looked better for the nonprofit sector, right? After all, the study shows that more donors than ever are making gifts. You may be wondering how to start building your donor base to welcome these new donors to your mission. “If only more donors knew about us, just think how much more money we would be raising” may very well be crossing your mind right now. As tempting a thought as this may be, the truth is that the grass is not greener with a whole new set of donors. It’s greener exactly wherever you are watering it. Let’s drill this down a little bit further: 43%. That’s the median donor retention rate that the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) calculated from the 2012–13 fundraising results of its survey respondents. This means that, on average, many organizations are losing almost 60% of their donors each year. Why? Many reasons. Some, like changes in personal circumstances, are out of the control of any organization. On the other hand, according to the 2014 Burk Donor Survey, nearly 50% of respondents cited reasons like over solicitation, overhead costs, and the lack of demonstrated impact as influencing their decision to stop giving. These lie squarely in the hands of how organizations communicate with and to their donors. The solution to this attrition issue isn’t getting new donors. Quite the contrary. Getting new donors is:Expensive: Raising $1 costs anywhere from $.25 to $1.50.Inefficient: It has a very low ROI ($1).*A short-term solution: Only 23% of first-time donors ever give a second gift.That seems like an awful lot of work to nearly break even or incur a slight loss each year. On the other hand, it is worth looking at how to grow and retain the 64% of loyal donors who have been supporting you over multiple years. After all, fundraising costs to raise $1 from renewals are very low ($.20 to $.25), and these donors offer the highest ROI ($4).*First, identify your donors’ behaviors.What are the past giving levels of your donors’ gifts? By comparing gifts over the past few years within levels such as $1 to $499, $500 to $999, $1,000 to $2,499, and so forth, you’ll be able to see where you’ve had the greatest growth and losses. What is your own donor retention rate, both generally and for first-time donors? What is the average gift rate for each of the years you are comparing? Knowing these data points can ground how you solicit your donors in a way that will encourage growth. For example, you may want to focus on donors within a certain gift range to tailor higher asks. You might also segment a group of lapsed donors or higher-level donors and personalize outreach to them by phone, mail, and in-person communications.Second, understand who your donors are.Which donors have given for multiple years? Who previously supported you but has lapsed? Identify the top 50 to 100 of your longest donors, your largest donors over their lifetime, and newest donors (with a particular eye to those who made large first-time gifts) last year and this year. If you have the resources, it’s helpful to run capacity screening of these three groups to understand where there is greater gift potential. In starting or expanding your major gifts program, these are the donors who will comprise your major gift pipeline. They rarely bounce around from organization to organization. Your next major gift will likely come from one of these donors who has capacity and has supported you for a long time (and not giving at particularly high levels) and may also have been a volunteer. It’s important to get to know this group to understand what motivates their giving and interest in your organization.Third, consider how you communicate with your donors.These current and lapsed donors already know you and are more likely to give more generously if you ask and demonstrate your impact. If we think back to Penelope Burk’s survey results, two of the three top reasons donors stop giving are tied to an organization’s impact and effectiveness. More than ever, donors want to understand how their gift is making a difference in your work. They are giving through you to address a societal need that has meaning for them. Is their gift helping you make a difference? Bring them closer to your work by sharing a personal story of a beneficiary, a measurable accomplishment, or a plan to solve a seemingly intractable problem. As you qualify the major gift potential for those top 50 to100 donors you identified earlier, your ultimate goal is to build meaningful relationships so it naturally leads to sustained and increased support. Get to know their motivations, interests, and philanthropic goals. Use this information to lead your discussions about investments in your work. Remember, it’s not about you.Tied closely with programmatic impact is how effectively your organization operates through costs for program delivery and administration. You don’t necessarily want to skimp on administrative expenses to seem “lean and mean” when it compromises—and even hinders—your ability to scale, deepen, or improve the quality of your work. Without unrestricted operating support, which includes enough funding for your fundraising efforts and staff, you can’t deliver and grow the services of your organization. Build that message about capacity into your donor outreach. Do your donors come away with a strong understanding of what you do, your plans for the future, and why their continued support (unrestricted and restricted) is important?Finally, using the green grass analogy, after you’ve watered and fed your grass with your current donors, it’s still important to plant seeds for the next pipeline of donors. These aren’t the names you rent from mail houses. They can be, but as you saw from an earlier statistic, that’s not a cost-effective solution in the long run. The potential new donors I’m suggesting are people who self-identify in some way. Perhaps you find them through a sign-up on your website or a visitor book if prospective donors can visit your facilities. They can and should also be from the networks of your board and other volunteer leaders. Adding even 10 new names a month can yield up to 120 new donors—if you communicate with and engage them through a relationship model as described above.How can you make the grass you’re standing on greener? By grounding your fundraising approaches on a good understanding of your donors’ giving patterns and interests, creating strategic communications that invite donors into your work, and planting seeds for new supporters in the future. This will strengthen all of your fundraising—annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and events—and create opportunities for donors to partner with you in bigger and better ways.*From the 2013 DMA’s Response Rate ReportMake this December your best year-end fundraising season ever with Network for Good’s smarter fundraising software, built just for nonprofits. Reach more donors, raise more money, and retain more supporters this year with easy-to-use tools and step-by-step coaching. We have everything you need for a bigger, better campaign, all under one roof. Find out more by speaking with one of our expert fundraising consultants.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 15, 2012June 16, 2017By: Gary Darmstadt and Wendy Prosser, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationClick 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 was originally posted on Impatient Optimists.With almost 200 million people living in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, a state more populous than the entire country of Brazil, the sheer breadth of exciting, new ways to improve maternal and child health is enormous. With all of those people and increased investments in health research and service delivery along with a growing economy, imagine how much information and knowledge can be shared when it comes to finding solutions for some of the most challenging women’s and children’s health issues. But also imagine how complicated it must be to find the right people with the right information to learn from to scale up these programs.I had the chance to talk to our partners at the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in Uttar Pradesh last week. The Urban Health Initiative works to improve the health of the urban poor—particularly in enabling women to plan their families and access the contraceptives that they want—in this densely populated area. I asked their opinions about what we’re doing that works, what doesn’t work, what we should change—and what we are not doing that they would like us to do.They encouraged us to do more in the area of knowledge sharing, because they see the tremendous benefits of learning from other organizations, partners, the private sector, and global thought leaders. They see the synergies that can exist even between sectors, like family planning and HIV, and want to exploit those in the most beneficial ways.For example, foundation partners who work in the contraceptives arena know that, in Uttar Pradesh, 21 percent of women want to use some form of birth control but they don’t. Knowledge is understanding why those women don’t use birth control—for example, because the health center closest to her house has been out of stock of her preferred method for a couple of months, or because she is too embarrassed to get condoms from her neighborhood store—and then to act on that information to create lasting solutions.This conversation I had in Uttar Pradesh reminded me of the thoughts that were shared at the Achieving Lasting Impact at Scale convening at the end of last year. That convening brought practitioners, researchers, and global experts together to start the conversation on diffusion and dissemination, and of scaling up successful interventions for impact in maternal and child health—not just documentation of inputs or things done, but real impact in improving the health of women and children.The ideas from our partners at UHI are the catalyst to change the way we think and talk about the ways in which we provide women’s and children’s health care in developing countries. They specifically suggested the breakdown of “silos,” or separation between organizations and sectors working in different health arenas, by creating platforms to share learning and knowledge.We’re talking about much more than sharing information, data, trip summaries, or progress reports from activity implementation.Our partners in Uttar Pradesh are asking for inventive ways to share knowledge to scale successful interventions which have a positive, lasting impact on women’s and children’s health. And we’re working to address this need, given the tremendous potential to increase our collective ability for impact when it comes to maternal, newborn, and child health in India—and to disseminate this learning from India for benefit throughout the world.Share this:
Posted on January 3, 2013March 21, 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)PLOS ONE recently published an article, Piecing Together the Maternal Death Puzzle through Narratives: The Three Delays Model Revisited, that explores various socio-cultural and facility-based factors that played a significant role in maternal deaths in the Lilongwe district of Malawi between January 2011 and June 2011.Take a look at the abstract here:BackgroundIn Malawi maternal mortality continues to be a major public health challenge. Going beyond the numbers to form a more complete view of why women die is critical to improving access to and quality of emergency obstetric care. The objective of the current study was to identify the socio-cultural and facility-based factors that contributed to maternal deaths in the district of Lilongwe, Malawi.MethodsRetrospectively, 32 maternal death cases that occurred between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 were reviewed independently by two gynecologists/obstetricians. Interviews were conducted with healthcare staff, family members, neighbors, and traditional birth attendants. Guided by the grounded theory approach, interview transcripts were analyzed manually and continuously. Emerging, recurring themes were identified and excerpts from the transcripts were categorized according to the Three Delays Model (3Ds).ResultsSixteen deaths were due to direct obstetric complications, sepsis and hemorrhage being most common. Sixteen deaths were due to indirect causes with the main cause being anemia, followed by HIV and heart disease. Lack of recognizing signs, symptoms, and severity of the situation; using traditional Birth Attendant services; low female literacy level; delayed access to transport; hardship of long distance and physical terrain; delayed prompt quality emergency obstetric care; and delayed care while at the hospital due to patient refusal or concealment were observed. According to the 3Ds, the most common delay observed was in receiving treatment upon reaching the facility due to referral delays, missed diagnoses, lack of blood, lack of drugs, or inadequate care, and severe mismanagement.Read the full article here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: