June 16

Institute returns £4m ‘underspend’ to Government

first_img The Institute of Fundraising has returned £4m to the Office of the Third Sector after it failed to spend almost half the £8.3m set aside for promoting payroll giving to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).Tina Steele, payroll giving project manager at the Institute, said there had been a deliberate ‘over budgeting’ on the scheme. “What the Government – and the Institute – wanted to do was make sure it didn’t run out of funding so to have something in reserve was a prudent way of looking at it”, she said.It could have been run on a first come, first served basis, but it was more realistic to make sure there was some money over and above what was budgeted for. She said the situation that arose could be viewed as too careful budgeting.Asked what could have been done differently to use the funds Steele said:“With hindsight Government and Institute of Fundraising would have liked another year to make the most of what had been achieved. We would have seen more of an opportunity to encourage SME companies to get involved, but some of them didn’t get engaged with the scheme until the last three months.”The scheme had two parts: one to engage SMEs in payroll giving grants programmes (which exceeded its target by signing up 3,380 employers) with a grant of between £300 and £500 to cover start-up costs; and the other to match any gift of up to £10 by an employee for six months. It was the second part of the programme that fell so short. The budget was originally for between 32,000 and 70,000 sign-ups, but only 18,000 employees took advantage of the match-funding element.Steele said that if the scheme had run for a further year there was no doubt the whole budget would have been used up. She also pointed out that it is sometimes difficult to get employers to promote a payroll giving scheme because it is voluntary and not mandatory.She also said that the majority of SMEs had elected to run their own schemes rather than using a professional fundraising organisation (PFO) to run it for them. We would always advocate that any employer with more than 100 employees uses a PFO. They can do everything much more quickly and efficiently, she said.Peter O’Hara, managing director of professional fundraising organisation Workplace Giving UK, said he was very upset that the money was not going to be used for payroll giving, although he was glad it would be used for other charitable purposes. Some employers – and some charities – still see it as over complicated. Charities don’t view it as an easy way to fundraise, he said, but it is the most tax-effective way to do so, particularly for higher rate taxpayers.Bill Lane of payroll giving agency South West Charitable Giving said that he feels payroll giving is “steadily” becoming better understood by employers. “It takes a long time to get anything like this established,” he said. “Payroll giving will steadly grow and I think in 20 years it will be the norm for anyone in work.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Institute of Fundraising Howard Lake | 21 May 2007 | News  34 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Institute returns £4m ‘underspend’ to Government 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

March 2

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Scores Original Music For New Versace Campaign

first_imgBrandon “Taz” Niederauer has had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Otis Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpsaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more. Keep an eye on this kid! In addition to his enormous roster of musical collaborations, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is no stranger to the fashion world. Having already appeared in several fashion magazines by the age of fourteen, the guitar kid has even participated in a Lady Gaga fashion video, directed by famed photographer Bruce Weber. Weber, known for his work in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone magazines, was so impressed with the Brandon’s style–and music–that he tapped Niederauer for a current campaign with Versace.Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Pens Tribute To His Mentor Gregg AllmanNiederauer wrote and recorded the new Versace campaign using his guitar and Pro Tools. “I am so honored to have even gotten the chance,” he tells Live For Live Music. “Things like this don’t happen to everyone. This was a once in a lifetime thing that I am beyond grateful for.” The first clip from the new Versace campaign is below. More extended videos to come. Check it out!last_img read more

March 1

Opening the gates, closing the education gap

first_imgAs a boy in rural Alabama in the 1940s, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, recalls how he used to hide under the front porch of his home to wait for the bus to come up the hill and take him to school. He badly wanted an education.His teachers encouraged him to read, but his family had few books, so he would wait until his grandfather was done with his newspaper and read that instead. It’s where he drew the inspiration he needed to become an icon of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement and an influential congressman.“I kept hearing my parents and my grandparents saying, ‘Boy, don’t get in trouble; don’t get in the way,’” Lewis told a rapt audience of 600 Harvard alumni gathered Monday evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for Your Harvard: Washington, D.C. “But Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and my teachers inspired me to get in the way, to get in trouble,” he said, “what I call today ‘the good trouble.’ And I want to thank you, as graduates of Harvard University, as leaders, for getting in the way. Thank you for getting into trouble.”The story shared by Lewis, whom Harvard President Drew Faust called “one of my heroes,” resonated on an evening in which Faust emphasized the link between liberty and learning.U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, shared a story from his childhood that inspired him to “get in trouble … what I call today ‘the good trouble,’” he said.“Education liberates the mind, even when the body is oppressed. It gives us perspective — as a passport to other times, other places, and other points of view, as well as a way to learn about ourselves, to reimagine our lives — that alters us forever,” said Faust, who is also Lincoln Professor of History.The program, which took place on the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning segregation of public buses, opened with a moving performance of “Sing Out/March On,” a song written by Joshuah Campbell ’16 and sung by Campbell, Aislinn Brophy ’17, and students Eden Girma ’18, Isaiah Johnson ’20, Lindiwe Makgalemele ’18, Roderick Mullen ’19, and Michael Wingate ’18.In her remarks, Faust paid homage to the museum’s artifacts that serve as testaments to a passion for learning — including a leaflet for Freedom Summer, a 1964 program that Lewis helped organize in which 1,500 college student volunteers registered thousands of first-time voters in Mississippi and opened more than 40 “freedom schools” — and she recognized that there remains a troublesome disparity in educational access fueled by geography.“What Freedom Summer volunteer could have imagined that we would still be discussing today, in this museum, the persisting gap in educational attainment in a nation where, after more than 50 years, access to education is still not equal?” Faust said.A faculty conversation, which included Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg News (far right), explored educational equity in America. Harvard Professors Roland G. Fryer Jr. (from left) and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean James E. Ryan, and Hunt discussed the merits of school integration among other key topics.It is incumbent upon Harvard, Faust said, to help close that gap in order to attract students of talent and promise from every background, across the U.S. and the world. Harvard has worked to make strides in that area, particularly through financial aid, merit-based testing, its merger with Radcliffe College, and its outreach and advocacy for first-generation, low-income, and undocumented applicants.“The pursuit of truth and the pursuit of education have defined Harvard’s purpose,” Faust said. “And that purpose has led inexorably — even if far too gradually and sometimes haltingly — toward increasing access and inclusion, toward opening the gates of learning.”Faust closed with a call to action for Harvard’s future direction: “Education and freedom are inseparably intertwined, as this museum so powerfully reminds us. We must continue to advance the hope and the reality of what education can achieve. We must continue to insist and to demonstrate that facts and knowledge matter. We must heed the call to arms, as we continue our work to open the gates and close the gap.”The audience listened to speakers at during the Your Harvard: Washington, D.C., event.Faust’s remarks came on the heels of a spirited faculty conversation that explored further the challenges to educational equity in America. The speakers discussed the merits of school integration, improving schools versus students, affording families the opportunity to choose their school districts, and local involvement in education reform.Tomiko Brown-Nagin, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, faculty director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and co-director of the Program in Law and History at Harvard Law School, grew up in the Deep South in the 1970s and was among the first African-Americans in her area to attend an integrated school. “Many will say desegregation is too costly for black students; there’s social isolation, low expectations, and a lot of other disadvantages,” Brown-Nagin said. “But at bottom the benefits outweigh the costs. Students who attend desegregated schools end up with higher career aspirations and in a better place in our world.”Roland G. Fryer Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory, agreed with the argument for integration. “Kids who grow up in inner cities and in poverty need more resources than the students they should ‘hitch their bandwagon to,’” Fryer said. “Social mobility has slowed because kids don’t have that kind of opportunity. To get to a true meritocracy, that’s where we need to go.”The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture was the center of Your Harvard: Washington, D.CWhether the solution to closing the gap in education comes down to schools or students was another matter up for debate. “Students should get to school in the right shape and ready to learn. That requires a whole different set of investments,” Fryer said. “Schools can be great accelerators of the inputs that they have. Whatever we bring them, they can make better. Some of the best schools in the world can take kids who are in poverty and get them to ‘pass the test.’ But if we got them kids who just got more sleep or were ready to learn when they got there, they would be ready to excel more.“I believe in parents having more choices. We need to decouple the relationship between exactly where you live and the quality of education,” said Fryer, whose research examines geography and the negative effect it can have on educational equity.“We need to break down the barriers that exist between suburban and urban schools,” added James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. “The parents and students who attend these different school systems, while just a few miles away, couldn’t be further apart. If you think about what happens from that ignorance, it’s a fear of the unknown or a feeling of, ‘Oh, it’s too bad those kids aren’t doing well. But they’re not my kids.’”Education is the Civil Rights Issue of Our TimeYour Harvard: Washington, D.C. was the latest in a series of global gatherings during The Harvard Campaign. The program was co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Black Alumni Society. The series will continue in February with a gathering of alumni and friends in San Francisco.last_img read more

December 20

Photos: 10 images that tell the story of Warriors falling to Clippers in Game 5

first_imgGame 5 didn’t go well for the Golden State Warriors.The Los Angeles Clippers came out with an intensity that the home team didn’t match. That was indicative of the score at halftime with Los Angeles up 71-63. Golden State was able to keep pace with the Clippers in the second half, and they even rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter.Unfortunately, the Clippers’ Lou Williams made a 4-point play that sealed the win late in the game. The Warriors will unable to complete the comeback.That …last_img read more

December 20

Athletics win 90th, Sean Manaea and Jesús Luzardo could be a potential wild card one-two punch

first_imgARLINGTON — OK, there are two weeks left in the season. But the postseason nears and another wild card berth is ever closer in Oakland’s reach. And it’s very possible that when the music stops this three-team musical chairs session will see the A’s atop the ranks to play the one-and-done at the Coliseum. It might be too soon to predict how a wild card game lineup might sort itself out — things can twist and turn, go wrong or right — but why not project a little bit?With the offense mashing at …last_img read more

December 18

Agriculture program provides huge benefit for nonprofit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Serving the lives of individuals with autism, Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio, has built an impressive agriculture program that will be detailed by executive director Vicki Obee at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).Obee was the visionary for developing the organization’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and shelf-stable food products. Many of these holistic activities have proven to be of great therapeutic value and contribute strongly to vocational training.Bittersweet opened in 1983 and was the first farmstead in the U.S. that offers unique support that encourages individuals with autism to grow and develop their abilities and talents in an agricultural setting.  Bittersweet has remained a leader in the autism community and many organizations across the country have utilized this unique model and philosophy.Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.  The cost is just $10 per person (cash or check at the door) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) inBowling Green.  Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by contacting [email protected]last_img read more

November 30

#KicksStalker: Pop-up store for Filipino sneakerheads

first_imgView comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The LeBron 15 “Ghost” that features Nike’s latest innovations and Air Jordan 32 “Bred” were finally made available to Filipino basketball fans and sneakerheads.In line with the 35th anniversary of the iconic Air Force 1, Reinoso said there are going to be new AF1 drops every Friday at the store.For NBA fans, authentic NBA jerseys and other gear are also available.Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The pop-up space features the best of what Nike and Jordan Brand have to offer.“It’s the destination for basketball for the holidays. We’re open to the public right now just to really celebrate the game and culture of basketball,” said Raoul Reinoso, Co-Founder and special projects director of Titan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What to expect really is a lot of basketball product that’s gonna be coming in to the space for the next three months,” he said.The event held on Wednesday night also marked the release of LeBron James’ latest signature shoe and the newest pair from the iconic Jordan lineage. Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoThere’s a new place in town sneakerheads will love.Nike and Titan, one of the biggest basketball retailers in the country, teamed up for the Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPcenter_img Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No title repeat: Cubs bow out in Game 5 against Dodgers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

November 28

Mugabi picks Horn over Pacquiao

first_imgJohn “The Beast” Mugabi. Photo by Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—His savage fight against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1986 cemented John Mugabi’s legacy as a fierce warrior.Though he eventually got halted in the 11th round of their world middleweight title unification bout, John Mugabi gave Hagler enough pounding from his dynamite fists that squeezed out some of his fighting juices.Mugabi, dubbed “The Beast” for his ferocity in the ring, was present during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Mugabi actually won all his first 25 fights by knockout before being thrown into the fray against Hagler, who was then making his 11th title defense at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now weighing over 200 pounds and 57 years old, Mugabi, an Ugandan who has settled down here, was there to lend support to Horn.Naturally, he picked Horn to prevail over Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMugabi, who was a silver medalist in the Moscow Olympics, said Horn has the power and strength to dethrone Pacquiao.“Pacquiao is a great boxer but Horn can beat him,” said Mugabi, who wound up with a 42-7-1 record, including 39 knockouts. What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

November 28

Sports and Pakistan: Of Players and Patriots

first_imgKapil Dev’s views which have now been echoed by other cricketers are hardly laudable (“Ties that Bind”, July 12). Cricketers are paid to play regardless of who the opposition is or what the political designs of the governments of the opposing teams are. Kapil himself pointed out that on his,Kapil Dev’s views which have now been echoed by other cricketers are hardly laudable (“Ties that Bind”, July 12). Cricketers are paid to play regardless of who the opposition is or what the political designs of the governments of the opposing teams are. Kapil himself pointed out that on his visit to Sri-nagar the soldiers egged on the cricket team to go out and beat the Pakistanis in the Sahara Cup. So with whom is Kapil expressing his solidarity? If the cricketers feel so strongly about Pakistan then they should not repeatedly put up spineless performances against them.-Jayant Dwarkadas, DehradunI fully agree with Kapil Dev that there should be no sporting relations with Pakistan until the Kargil issue is resolved. No Indian player will be in the right frame of mind in a match against Pakistan. This is bound to affect the performance of the team. Further, calling off sporting ties with Pakistan would send a strong message to that country for its involvement in cross-border terrorism. Our cricket stars should utilise the time in playing benefit matches to collect funds for the welfare of families of the martyrs in Kargil.That will constitute real patriotism.-Vivek Wahi, Delhilast_img read more