CAF enquiry calls for a government ‘dossier’ of best practice and taskforce on digital giving

first_img The government should set up a “dossier of best practice in giving”, according to the report of CAF’s parliamentary inquiry into growing giving, which focuses heavily on the future role of digital giving, especially as a way of engaging with younger donors.The Report – Creating an Age of Giving – says the dossier would contain “successful examples of engagement” and would be updated regularly to include information about “new techniques and mechanisms that are making giving easier for donors and charities”.Citing the donations to spontaneous viral campaigns such as the ‘no make-up selfie’ on Twitter, the flood of giving to Stephen Sutton, and online initiatives such as #GivingTuesday, the report calls on the government to build on these developments.“The Cabinet Office in particular has the ability to compile information about the latest developments in giving,” the report says. “Harnessing the knowledge and resources available to the Cabinet Office and using its outreach and interaction with the sector to highlight best practice – updated regularly to reflect ongoing developments – would help to ensure the continual development of giving practices and techniques.”Innovation in Giving FundCAF’s report also says the government should work with the Innovation in Giving Fund – launched by the Cabinet Office in 2011 in partnership with NESTA – to establish an new digital giving taskforce.The taskforce – which would be made up of “technology and social media leaders and experts” – would “drive developments in digital giving, investigating how mechanisms can be reformed to make donations go further”.It would also explore how new digital practices can be “harnessed as a force for social good”.However, the report says that the growth of digital media “does not mean that other of media should be ignored”, adding that radio, newspapers and television are still “vital methods of communications that can be used to encourage people to give”. One recommendation is for the licences for all TV channels to stipulate a “modest” amount of broadcast time for programming aimed at fostering charitable giving.The report also endorses payroll giving and says that “steps must be taken to increase participation in payroll giving to match interest in this area”.But it makes not mention of how charities could or should improve other currently successful forms of mass donor acquisition and retention, such as street and doorstep face-to-face, telephone and direct mail.The full list of other recommendations from the report is:Education* Charity work becoming an integral part of careers advice, citizenship and personal development at schools* A social action section being added to UCAS forms* Student Unions increasing their promotion of volunteering programmes Charities* Younger people being given more opportunities to shadow charity trustees* National Citizen Service to focus on “entrenching social values”.Business* Businesses should create and promote giving models, such as the Young Philanthropy Syndicate* All MBA courses should contain a module on philanthropy* The job descriptions of senior executives should require leadership in “creating a socially responsible corporate culture”* Will makers prompting clients by mentioning that they can use their will to leave a legacy to charity.Government* The introduction of US-style Living Legacies – which provide people with tax effective ways to give to charity while they are still alive.* A post-careers advice service being set up for older people* Treasury to promote matched giving schemes.The Growing Giving Inquiry – led by Rt Hon David Blunkett MP – was established following the publication of research commissioned by CAF in 2012 showing that fewer households are participating in regular charitable giving.The full report and summaries of evidence can be downloaded from the Growing Giving Campaign website. Advertisement Howard Lake | 10 June 2014 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Law / policy CAF enquiry calls for a government ‘dossier’ of best practice and taskforce on digital giving  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Work on Four Lane road into Letterkenny to begin in January

first_img Work on Four Lane road into Letterkenny to begin in January Twitter WhatsApp Work on the Four Lane road into Letterkenny is set to begin in January, with a nine month Irish Water project to be followed by safety works on the road itself.Letterkenny Municipal District was told this week that Irish Water is due to begin major works to upgrade the trunk water main on the four lane road between the Dry Arch and Polestar Roundabouts, with that project set to get underway in January of next year.The work will take up to nine months to complete, with tenders for the contract currently being examined.With regards to the planned improvements on the road itself, the National Road Design Office has indicated full planing permission hs already been secured, and detailed design work should be complete by the end of the year. Tenders will then be sought in the first part of 2019.In the meantime, councillors have been told land purchase negotiations are ongoing.Engineers have also stressed the commencement of the road safety works will be dependent on when the Irish Water project is complete. Previous articleStrabane businesses forced to close following ‘shocking’ incidentsNext articleBreaking: Teenager dies in single vehicle crash News Highland Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook By News Highland – September 13, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola urge Premier League to allow five substitutes | Football News

first_imgThe Liverpool manager has rejected claims reintroducing the five substitutes rule, which was briefly used last season after Project Restart, could favour the ‘big six’ teams in the Premier League and insists player welfare should be the priority this season. 5:29 “All the teams have to understand why it’s so helpful. It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity. 100 per cent,” said Klopp.“In all other countries it happens and here we make a bit more fun of the competition by having only three subs. That is really incredible, so we have to talk again.”Alexander-Arnold will have a scan on Monday and is expected to withdraw from the England squad for their games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland later this month. “If we continue like this and hopefully we can play the Euros in the summer… if they happen, let’s see who will be part of that.”Manchester City have used all three of their substitutes twice this season and only two clubs have made fewer total substitutions, but manager Guardiola says he fully agrees with Klopp that the limit must be increased.“All around the world it’s five substitutions, but here we believe we are more special people,” said Guardiola.“We don’t protect the players, and that’s why it’s a disaster. In this calendar, especially. I will demand, if the people allow, we have to come back to five substitutions.“If not, it’s difficult to sustain it.”Keane: Very difficult for Man City to win the league Roy Keane believes Manchester City lack the firepower needed to win the Premier League this season, after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s side were a distant second to the Reds last season and eight games into the 2020/21 campaign they already trail Liverpool by five points, sitting 11th in the table, six off early leaders Leicester City.Interestingly, Man City have scored 17 goals fewer than they had at the same stage of last season, and Keane believes with Sergio Aguero struggling with injuries, they aren’t able to make their dominance count in matches – and criticised them for not investing in a striker in the summer.“I know there were other positions they wanted to fill, a centre-half I suppose was a priority. They’ve got nobody but themselves to blame for being short on strikers. You have to have strength in depth – particularly if you’re expected to challenge for all the major trophies. I don’t see City winning the league this year.” 0:43 Klopp believes the Football Association should take action over the substitutes rule, or risk having more international players ruled out through injury.“In my understanding it is a lack of leadership,” Klopp added. “It is the only big league where you have only three subs. Surprise.“The FA has to be involved. Tonight we lost Trent Alexander-Arnold. I’m pretty sure Gareth Southgate is not fine [with that]. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League Trent Alexander-Arnold went down with a suspected calf injury in the 63rd minute of Sunday's draw against Manchester CityImage:Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a suspected calf injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City 3:00 preview image David Moyes had made no secret of his desire to strengthen his options at the back – Advertisement – West Ham manager David Moyes had previously been in favour of only using three substitutes in a match, but he now admits he would prefer the option of being able to put up to five replacements on due to increasing concerns over player welfare preview image Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is “necessity” for clubs to have five substitutes per match in the Premier League, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has labelled the current three sub limit a “disaster”.Klopp and Guardiola renewed their calls for the rules to be changed after Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a suspected calf injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards discuss Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League this season. Roy doesn’t think City have a chance of winning the title – Advertisement –last_img read more

North Peace Savings and Credit Union raising funds for disaster relief in the Philippines

first_imgNorth Peace Savings and Credit Union will be collecting donations up until December 7, and donations can be made by cash or cheque. Tax receipts will be issued by the Canadian Red Cross for donations over $20.In a release, North Peace Savings and Credit Union CEO Mitchel Chilcott says “Day to day we have interaction within the global community. North Peace Savings prides itself on its commitment to building stronger communities. This includes North Peace Savings extending its support outside the local regions and providing help and assistance where there is a need.”Fees for wire transfers to the Philippines have also been waived until December 7.- Advertisement –last_img

Oldest Animal Cave Painting Baffles Evolutionary Anthropologists

first_imgHow did cave art of animals appear on opposite sides of the world at the same time?What’s being called the oldest cave painting of an animal has been dated by evolutionary anthropologists at a minimum of 40,000 years old. The baffling thing is that similar cave art in Europe dates to roughly the same time period, 37,000 years. And that’s not the only conundrum for evolutionary dates: later cave paintings on the same wall, overlapping the “oldest” ones, they date at 20,000 years and 4,000 years, respectively. The paper, published by Aubert et al in Nature, “Paleolithic Cave Art in Borneo,” ends:It is now evident that rock art emerges in Borneo at around the same time as the earliest forms of artistic expression appear in Europe in association with the arrival of modern humans (45,000–43,000 calibrated years bp). Thus, similar cave art traditions appear to arise near-contemporaneously in the extreme west and extreme east of Eurasia. Whether this is a coincidence, the result of cultural convergence in widely separated regions, large-scale migrations of a distinct Eurasian population or another cause remains unknown.Let’s briefly consider their four options:Coincidence: this is no explanation at all. It’s the same as saying, “stuff happens.”Cultural convergence: same as #1.Large-scale migrations of a distinct Eurasian population: migration is plausible, but one would expect travelers on foot to leave many similar cave paintings along the way.Another cause: same as #1.Un-Human TimelineThe article on Live Science by Laura Geggel repeats the authors’ contention that the art was made in three phases wildly separated in time, by tens of thousands of years — much longer than the entire history of recorded civilization. There is a little bit of progression in subject matter, but not that much:1. “The first phase, which dates to between 52,000 and 40,000 years ago, includes hand stencils and reddish-orange ochre-drawn animals,” Geggel claims. At that time, the island of Borneo was connected to the mainland, according to long-age geology.2. “A major change happened to the culture during the icy Last Glacial Maximum about 20,000 years ago, which led to a new style of rock art — one that focused on the human world. The artists in this phase favored a dark mulberry-purple color and painted hand stencils, abstract signs and human-like figures wearing elaborate headdresses and engaging in various activities, such as hunting or ritualistic dancing, the researchers said.” And yet the hand stencils appear virtually identical to the older ones just inches away, which they claim were made at least 20,000 years before that.“We don’t know if these [different types of cave art] are from two different groups of humans, or if it represents the evolution of a particular culture,” Aubert said.3. “The final phase of rock art includes humanlike figures, boats and geometric designs that were mostly drawn with black pigments, the researchers said.” They claim these are 4,000 years old, when Neolithic (stone age) farmers moved into the region. The island of Borneo was separated from the Malay peninsula by at least 330 miles long before that, according to the story.The scientists used uranium-thorium dating of calcite deposits in the cave to make their timeline, extracting microscopic bits of it for dating. But given their results, they have no idea how to reconcile the long ages and “convergent” features so widely separated temporally and geographically. Scientists can always use humor for relief of bafflement caused by incredulity, by restating their dogma with a smile. Phys.org quips,“That’s very cool, from a human point of view,” said Peter Veth, an archaeologist at the University of Western Australia, who was not involved in the study. “People adopted similar strategies in different environments as they became more modern.“The cave paintings were known since 1994, Live Science says, but were not radiometrically dated till now. The ochre bull painting is about 5 feet wide, showing good representation of musculature and form. The same kind of bull lives in Borneo today. As in Europe, the earliest cave art is of higher quality than the more recent drawings, which portray humans as simple stick-figures.To see how ridiculous the evolutionists’ tale is, let’s recreate it with friends you know. Remember, the evolutionists are talking about fully modern humans making this art: modern Homo sapiens, with all the brain power and physical features we have, and probably less corrupted than ours because of our civilized lifestyles. Let’s assume four generations per century.The story begins with people like you, before civilization, hunting and gathering and eating and sleeping. A few of them find a cave one day and decide to make hand prints on the wall. Another one draws a bull he had just slaughtered for the cave cookout. They go home, hunt, gather, grow old, and die. Their children hunt, gather, grow old, and die. Johnny gets so fed up with this tedious life, he asks mom and dad, “I’m so bored! Can’t we make a hut and plant some of these vegetables instead of walking so far to find them?” Two hundred centuries pass. In that time, 800 generations do nothing but hunt, gather, grow old, and die. Their land gradually separates from the mainland and becomes an island.Finally, someone goes into the same cave, finds the hand prints, and decides to make more, using a different color. His friends etch some silly stick figures next to the prints and draw funny hair on top. They laugh and go home, and continue to hunt, gather, grow old, and die. More hundreds of generations pass. Susy is so fed up with this tedious life, she asks, “Can’t I have a pony for my birthday?” Johnny the Thousandth asks his parents, “Can’t I get a video game for a change? I’m sick of this life!” After 640 more generations have passed, someone enters the very same cave and draws more figures, which are not any better artistically than the first ones. Then something amazing happens. Poof! Civilization!Who can believe this myth? We know what humans do. We know they are creative, inventive, and motivated to improve their lives. Why doesn’t anybody in the media stare down the scientists who write these silly tales and tell them, “Your story is incredible! Nobody could ever fall for it.” Why is there no critical thinker in the media questioning these vast eons where nothing interesting happens, but then civilization appears almost by magic? Here’s why: Darwin needs the time.The Biblical story is so much more lifelike. It feels exactly like what we know to be true about human nature. Just a few thousand years ago, people with fallen natures but the image of God in them want to unite and build a tower, to make a name for themselves. When their plan is thwarted, they go their separate ways, each with complex languages. A few struggle to survive in harsh environments, but villages, towns, and cities emerge rapidly. Ambitious men decide to gain power, and become kings and dictators, waging war on each other. They get more creative at war over time. Others use their creativity for nobler purposes. It’s just like the Bible says.But what about the radiometric dating? No dating method comes without assumptions. When you take microscopic bits of calcite out of a cave, with possibilities for contamination and erosion of your samples, and use decay rates that we have only measured for a little over a century, can you really speak with confidence about happenings that are orders of magnitude longer? Has anyone experienced 40,000 years, let alone millions? Remember, these ages are being told by the same fallible people who want you to believe their story about the hand prints being made hundreds of generations apart. Scientists are good at measuring repeatable things in the lab, but they don’t know everything about the distant past. They weren’t there, and not one of them has ever experienced 100 years, let alone 40,000. Here’s a case where the man on the street who has common sense about human nature could be a better judge of which story is more plausible, if the two stories were told side by side without jargon. (Visited 839 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

VWSA secures new export order

first_img16 March 2009Volkswagen South Africa has celebrated the export of its 375 000th vehicle with news of an increased export order for approximately 6 000 Polos destined for Europe.Volkswagen South Africa MD David Powels described the extended Polo export order as a “mini windfall”.“Our factory was set to shut down completely during the weeks before and after the Easter weekend,” Powels said in a statement this week.“These plans have now been cancelled, and we will run full production due to this increase in export demand.”German auto industry supportThe increased export order is a direct consequence of the German Auto Industry Financial Support Package, which includes a €2 500 (about R32 269) payment to any driver who buys a new, low-emission passenger car and scraps an existing car that is over nine years old.“The short-term demand created by the support package has resulted in Volkswagen SA’s receipt of the order for incremental export Polos,” Powels said. “In view of the current uncertain business climate, we welcome this new development.”Reduced productionHe said that over 40% of Volkswagen South Africa’s total planned production volume in 2009 would be exported.“However, the situation in the global and domestic markets remains extremely volatile and depressed,” Powels cautioned. “As a result, our total overall production for 2009 is approximately 30% down on 2008.”Volkswagen SA’s initial export of vehicles occurred in the early 1990s with the clinching of an export deal for 12 500 left-hand drive Jettas destined for China.It then proceeded to win orders for third-generation Golf GTIs to the United Kingdom, a significant order for fourth-generation Golfs to Europe and, in 2004, started exporting Polos and new Golfs to the Asia Pacific region.Following on its Jetta export heritage, the company secured the order to export the latest Jetta model in May last year to countries including Australia, Japan and Great Britain.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2018 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Roger Tobias, Pickaway County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first Cab Cam of 2018 is with 25-year-old farmer Roger Tobias. He has ground in his home county of Ashland and neighboring Richland County, but as the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out, he also has some farming to do about 100 miles south in Madison and Fayette Counties, as well as Pickaway County. That is where Ty met Roger on April 30th.last_img

Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

first_imgsteven walling Box.net has partnered with Fuze Meeting to add real-time online meetings and screen sharing. Now the SaaS file-sharing and collaboration suite, which is going after SharePoint head on, has the added component of Web conferencing. For those unfamiliar with it, Fuze Meeting is a fairly slick alternative to popular options like GoToMeeting, Dimdim and WebEx. The company — formerly a public one listed as Callwave — was recently revitalized and now revolves around its online software service. Both software as a service offerings are on a freemium basis, so there’s a complete spectrum of payment options. The limited personal versions are free, while real enterprise use will require an annual fee. Using Fuze as part of your Box account will allow you to conduct meetings, share your desktop (which requires a download), and upload your Box files to a Fuze collaboration space.Box has added the Fuze Meeting support as part of its OpenBox system, which allows users to share their files with a plethora of services. Everything from Gmail to Zoho and beyond can be connected to a Box account, so this is really just another addition to the ecosystem for Box. But Fuze is competing against some extremely entrenched services, namely WebEx and GoToMeeting. To draw in Box account holders, an enterprise user base that is naturally more open to new SaaS tools, might be a big boost in its quest to gain market share. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

One Third of U.S. Internet Users Now Post Status Updates Once per Week

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A third of all Internet users in the U.S. now post status updates on social networking services like Twitter and Facebook at least once per week. According to new data from Forrester Research, more than half of what the report calls “conversationalists” are female and 70% are 30 years old or older. Forrester’s data also shows that 59% of all U.S. Internet users now use social networks and that 70% consume content on social media and social networking sites.As Forrester analyst Josh Bernoff notes, two years ago, when the company first looked at similar data, people’s online behavior with regards to creating and consuming content was very similar to what Internet users are doing today. One major difference, however, is the rise of conversational interactions. People still blog, comment and vote on social news sites like Digg and Reddit. Over the last two years, however, the fastest growing group in Forrester’s surveys have been conversationalists who use Twitter and Facebook to post status updates and engage in conversations with their friends.More People Join Social Networks – Number of Creators Remains StableCreators – those who publish their own blogs or upload audio they created – now make up 24% of all Internet users. Joiners – those users who maintain a profile on a social networking site – make up 59% of all users. Interestingly, while the number of joiners has grown rapidly, the number of creators has remained relatively stable over the last few years. This makes sense, though, given that it’s very easy to join a social network but relatively hard to create a podcast or maintain a blog.Forrester classified 17% of all respondents as “inactives.” These users don’t participate in social networking activities at all. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more