Survey to examine what is working in fundraising

first_imgSurvey to examine what is working in fundraising 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 29 September 2004 | News Professional Fundraising and nfpSynergy have developed a new survey as a way of trying to track what is and isn’t working in fundraising.The two organisations are inviting fundraisers to complete the survey and share their opinions and experience.Ignore the closing date of “30th August”. The survey has just today gone live, so it is worth filling it in. It takes under five minutes, based on our experience. Advertisement  16 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 MoreAddThislast_img read more

A News Conference Is Scheduled For Today Concerning Funeral Counselor Arrested on New…

first_imgFuneral Counselor Arrested on New Charges DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2019SUBJECT: Funeral Counselor Arrested on New ChargesRELEASE NUMBER: 2019-NR-048CONTACT: Major Noah RobinsonAUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave WeddingThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Caroline Marie Rich on additional charges stemming from a fraud and theft investigation into her activities as a family services counselor at Alexander Funeral Homes.A news conference is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019, at 10:30 AM. The news conference will be held at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 3500 N. Harlan Ave.Additional details concerning the investigation and arrest will be released at the news conference and in a subsequent news release.PREVIOUSLY: Woman Arrested for Defrauding Grieving FamilyPresumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.-END- FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

PHOTOS: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Brings Their Winter Tour To Denver’s Ogden Theatre

first_imgLoad remaining images On Friday night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood continued their 2019 winter tour with a performance at Denver, CO’s Ogden Theatre. The band, comprised of Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam McDougall, Jeff Hill, and Tony Leone, worked through two sets of fan-favorites as well as a sing-along cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Loving Cup” and more.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Continues Winter Tour With Show At Fort Collins’ Washington’s [Photos]Chris Robinson and company will continue their tour tonight, Saturday, February 9th, with a performance at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up Aspen followed by a pair of performances at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO on Sunday, February 10th and Monday, February 11th. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.Below, you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s performance at the Ogden courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 2/8/19Set One: Comin’ Round The Mountain, Someday Past The Sunset, Reflections, Clear Bue Sky, Sunday Sound, Sweet, Sweet Lullaby, Blue Star Woman, Let It FallSet Two: Loving Cup, Rare Birds, Vibration & Light, Venus In Chrome, Serves Me Right To Suffer, Good To Know, Narcissus Soaking Wet, Shore PowerEncore: Mr. Soul.Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 2/8/19 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Challenges on Several Fronts to Ohio Utility Bailouts

first_imgChallenges on Several Fronts to Ohio Utility Bailouts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News:Despite unanimous approval by Ohio regulators last week, opponents of income guarantees for two utilities’ power plants still have multiple avenues to challenge the plans.The deals, involving certain coal plants and a nuclear plant owned by FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP),  are expected to trigger requests for rehearing and court appeals.Also, litigation by the utility affiliates’ competitors is proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Others challengers are involved in those cases too.Both AEP and FirstEnergy have argued that the power purchase agreements are necessary and will save consumers money in the long term.Critics call the deals “bailouts” to prop up uncompetitive power plants and say they will cost Ohioans billions of dollars over the next eight years. They also argue that the plans interfere with customer choice and competition in the generation market.The Electric Power Supply Association, Dynegy and other organizations and companies already have cases underway at FERC that aim to have federal regulators review and prevent the AEP and FirstEnergy power purchase agreements from taking effect.Challengers also have a potential argument under Ohio’s law mandating competition in the electricity generation market. Under that law, passed in 1999, a distribution utility generally cannot favor its own affiliates.As a general rule, most cases involving long-term power purchase agreements for electricity use them to lock in a price for the energy’s end users.Under AEP and FirstEnergy’s plans, however, electricity purchased from their unregulated generation affiliates will not go directly to their utilities’ non-shopping customers. Instead, both FirstEnergy and AEP have said that they intend to resell the electricity into the wholesale market for the grid managed by PJM.The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), various local governments and others have moved to intervene in one or more of the FERC cases.Approval of the deals “could distort market clearing prices, resulting in unjust and unreasonable rates in PJM’s markets,” said OCC in one of its briefs.Another argument will likely focus on the magnitude of customers’ potential losses.Challengers also have a potential argument under Ohio’s law mandating competition in the electricity generation market. Under that law, passed in 1999, a distribution utility generally cannot favor its own affiliates.“These affiliate agreements that insulate the shareholders of the parent corporation from any risk blur the lines of corporate separation — which is the cornerstone protection of Ohio’s customer-choice centered energy policy,” said Dougherty.“In a certain sense, it’s ironic in that a lot of the rhetoric around ‘freezing’ [Ohio’s] renewable energy and energy efficiency standards was based on not wanting the government to mandate certain technologies, whereas the PUCO ruling is locking customers into uneconomic coal plants,” said Cathy Kunkel, an analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.“But, in reality” Kunkel continued, “both the recent PUCO ruling and the freezing of the standards were part of the same strategy on the part of Ohio’s main utilities, particularly FirstEnergy, to reduce competition to their own generation.”Full article: ‘This isn’t over’: Opponents still fighting Ohio ‘bailout’ planslast_img read more

Boom in Illinois around corporate and utility-scale solar

first_imgBoom in Illinois around corporate and utility-scale solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chicago Tribune:State lawmakers are backing a proposal called Path to 100, which would provide increased funding for the future and which is sure to be subject to debate in Springfield this year and next. A proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would also expand solar — and both would cost consumers on their electric bills.For now, advocates say the solar industry is seeing a boom in Illinois. Big-box retailers are among those jumping on the solar bandwagon. Target announced plans for rooftop solar panels at 500 locations nationally by 2020 and for a wind farm in downstate Illinois.Last year, Walmart announced plans to install solar systems at 21 sites in Illinois. But this week, the retailer also filed suit against Tesla Inc., claiming its negligence installing solar panels on store rooftops nationwide caused seven fires in recent years, forcing the retailer to disconnect 244 solar systems.Under the state’s program, the biggest plans call for building utility-grade solar farms, many of them downstate. One farm in Marengo would cover 235 acres, cost up to $30 million to build and generate 40 megawatts.In Illinois, solar power produces less than in most states, but the average household uses less electricity than in most other states, so that 40-megawatt plant would power about 6,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Much of the state’s money will go to community solar projects — typically large fields of solar panels built by a private developer, which then recruits homeowners and businesses to subscribe. Those customers will in turn get credits from the state to reduce their electric bills. This allows people who live far from the solar farm — for instance, someone in a condominium in Chicago — to help pay for and benefit from solar power.More: Solar power popularity growing in Illinois, despite obstacleslast_img read more

47 credit union leaders graduate from Foundation’s DE program

first_img Forty-seven credit union leaders were designated as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training.The May DE Training was held May 15-20 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. and was attended by employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners across the United States and the globe.DE Training is a unique experiential training program that provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose and the “why” that differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions. During the Foundation’s signature program, participants are involved in group exercises, field visits and interactive speaker sessions that provide insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome the financial and developmental issues they face. continue reading » Forty-seven credit union leaders are designated Credit Union Development Educators after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Credit Union Development Education training at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FDA to add new BSE-related feed rules soon

first_img Jul 9, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed” According to accounts of his speech, Crawford did not suggest whether the FDA will ban the use of cattle blood and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed—practices that some regard as other risk factors for spreading BSE. In July 2004 the FDA said it had reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, as recommended by an international panel of experts after the first US BSE case surfaced in December 2003. The agency promised to develop a proposal to that effect. SRMs are the tissues most likely to contain the abnormal proteins associated with BSE in infected animals. Another pathway that exposes cattle to poultry feed is the practice of putting poultry litter—spilled bedding, feed, and waste collected underneath poultry cages—in cattle feed. Hueston said Canada has banned that, while the United States still permits it. Hueston said the FDA is undoubtedly weighing the possible effects of its feed rules on the effort to reopen beef trade with Japan and other countries. “Aso, you don’t want to create a brand-new disparity with Canada, when our beef industries are essentially joined at the hip,” he added. “Our regulation will mimic theirs and it will supersede earlier considerations,” Crawford was quoted as saying. See also: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said this week it hopes to ban SRMs from all animal feeds by the end of this year, according to a Sep 20 Reuters report. The story quoted Billy Hewett, the CFIA’s policy director, as saying, “I know it seems slow, but it is enormously complex.” Crawford said the new rules will be “quite a bit stronger” than initially planned, according to a Sep 19 Bloomberg News report on his speech to the Consumer Federation of America. He said the rules will be similar to those in Europe and Canada. The United States has been trying to persuade Japan to reopen its market to US beef ever since BSE turned up here in 2003. According to the Bloomberg story, a draft report issued last week by Japan’s Food Safety Commission said US cattle are more exposed to BSE than Japanese cattle because of insufficient feed regulations. Will D. Hueston, DVM, a University of Minnesota professor who served on the expert panel that advised the US government about responses to the first BSE case, said Crawford’s comments probably mean the FDA will ban SRMs from all animal feeds. “I think it means they’ll take additional action to remove SRMs from animal feeds—I think they’ really targeting the high-risk materials, the brain and spinal cord,” Hueston told CIDRAP News. “They’re actively collaborating with Canada to try to get a uniform program, because we have a lot of trade with Canada in feed and animals and everything else.” “It’s the international standard to remove SRMs from animal feed . . . in countries where BSE has been identified,” said Hueston, who directs the university’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. SRMs are banned from human food; they are removed from cattle carcasses at slaughterhouses and taken to rendering plants, where they can currently be used in poultry feed and other nonruminant feeds. Hueston said the main concern is that cattle can be exposed to SRMs if they are accidentally given poultry feed. “So this [proposed ban] reduces the potential for leakage in the system.” Sep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week the agency will soon align its rules on animal feed more closely with those in Canada and Europe, signaling a likelihood of new restrictions to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford’s comments in a Sep 19 speech now suggest the agency is about to go ahead with the plan, though he gave no date. The FDA said last year it was considering banning the use of poultry litter in cattle feed. Reports on Crawford’s speech didn’t mention any comments on that issue. The United States and Canada both ban the use of cattle parts in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals but allow cattle parts in feed for other animals such as pigs and poultry. However, Canada plans to ban the use of high-risk cattle parts, such as the brain and spinal cord of cattle older than 30 months, in all animal feeds in the near future. Europe already bans high-risk parts, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from all animal feeds. “They [the FDA] haven’t given a clear indication which way they’re going to move on that,” Hueston said. He commented that keeping SRMs out of poultry feed would address that concern.last_img read more

English lockdown might have reduced COVID-19 infections more than thought: Scientists

first_imgThe reproductive number of COVID-19 in England may been lower than previously thought in May, research published by British scientists said on Wednesday, suggesting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown worked to reduce infection rates.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson first eased England’s lockdown on June 1, and has since re-opened more of the economy.The research showed the rates of infection fell during May, the last month of full lockdown, halving every eight to nine days. The research also found that young adults were more likely to test positive than other age groups, indicating the need for them to follow social distancing even if their symptoms are often less severe than for older people.It also said that people of Asian ethnicity were more likely to test positive, which might account for higher death rates in that group.A separate pre-print study of a pilot test-and-trace scheme on the Isle of Wight found that it had reduced total incidence of infections and the R number faster than in other areas of the UK. Topics :center_img The study – which is a “pre-print”, meaning it has yet to be peer-reviewed – found there were on average 13 positive cases for every 10,000 people, with an overall reproduction number of 0.57.That is lower than the government’s official figures for that time, estimating a so-called “R” number of 0.7-0.9 when lockdown was eased. An R number of less than 1 indicates an epidemic is shrinking.”Our level of adherence in the UK, and the overall average behavior was very effective at reducing transmission of the virus,” Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters.Over 120,000 volunteers were tested as part of the study, which health minister Matt Hancock said showed the government took the “right actions at the right time”.last_img read more

South Korea COVID-19 infections ‘in full swing’ after protest outbreak

first_imgKwon urged all demonstrators to get tested immediately at nearby public health clinics to protect the vulnerable around them.The demonstration may have been a “catalyst” for the nationwide outbreak, as churchgoers chartered buses to the capital from their homes across the country, including the southern port of Busan, Kwon said.Nods not hugs South Korea has reported 16,346 cases of the new coronavirus with 307 COVID-19 deaths.If infections continue rising at the current rate or accelerate, authorities say they will likely impose the strictest level of social distancing – closing schools, requiring employees to work from home and limiting gatherings to 10 people.”Please do not make physical contact. Exchange nods instead of handshakes,” Kwon said. “Refrain from physical contact such as hugging.”At least 53 of the new infections are linked to the Sarang Jeil Church, bringing the group’s total to 676. Hundreds more church members are being traced for testing.Infections from the Seoul rally and one on Aug. 8 include people from nine cities and provinces. Health authorities said epidemiological work is underway in 150 facilities, including the workplaces of infected church members.Sixty infections, including 33 from the church, have been linked to the anti-government rallies in Seoul, which drew thousands of people. At least 8,500 demonstrators had been tested as of Thursday, Kwon said.The government has banned in-person church meetings in the greater Seoul area – an urban sprawl of 25 million people – and closed other high-risk locations, including nightclubs, karaoke bars, buffets and cyber cafes.The Seoul city government restricted rallies there to fewer than 10 people from Friday through the rest of August.Topics : South Korea’s coronavirus infections are back “in full swing” and spreading nationwide after members of a church attended a political demonstration, authorities said on Thursday, threatening one of the world’s COVID-19 success stories.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 288 new cases as of midnight on Wednesday, marking a week of triple-digit daily increases, although down slightly from the previous day’s 297.”This is a grave situation that could possibly lead to a nationwide pandemic,” Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a briefing. Without aggressive contact tracing, the country could experience the types of spikes and continued infections witnessed in the United States and Europe, said KCDC deputy director Kwon Jun-wook.”Consider the COVID-19 pandemic now to be in full-swing.”South Korea was one of the first countries outside China to see an explosive spread of the new coronavirus, but intensive tracing and testing had brought infections under control and quelled a subsequent series of spikes.The latest outbreak is driven by hundreds of infections among members of a church run by a far-right preacher. They had attended an anti-government protest in Seoul on Aug. 15, the 75th anniversary of the Japan’s World War Two surrender and the end of colonial rule.last_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Hosts Egypt earn narrow win over Mali in opener [VIDEO]

first_imgIn front of almost 25,000 supporters at the Cairo International Stadium, the hosts were dealt an early blow when midfielder Nasser Maher was forced to limp off with shoulder injury. Hosts Egypt kicked off their Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday 8 November 2019, in the Group A opener.Striker Mostafa Mohamed scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal after 29 minutes to give The Olympic Pharaohs their first victory as they hope to book a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Mali came back stronger in the second half as they fought for the equalizer. Their best chance came five minutes into the second half when Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhy saved Ali Malle’s header, before Ibrahima Kone found the rebound but saw his shot kissing the post.📽 Highlights:Egypt start their #TotalAFCONU23 with a narrow win against Mali— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 8, 2019 Source: CAFcenter_img After numerous chances, Egypt took the lead after 29 minutes when Mohamed jumped high to head in Ahmed Aboul Fetouh’s cross from the left side to give The Olympic Pharaohs a deserved lead, as both sides went to the break with Egypt leading 1-0. Tags: CAF U-23 AFCONlast_img read more