Zimbabwe’s education stakeholders hail signing of “progressive” law

first_imgZimbabwe’s Vendor Law Zimbabwe says compliance with indeginization law still low MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JANUARY, 15 (RUSSIA OUT) President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen during Russian-Zimbabwean meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, January, 15, 2019. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa is having his first visit to Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)Education stakeholders in Zimbabwe welcomed a law signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa which made sweeping changes to critical aspects of school life in the southern Africa nation.One of the major amendments of the Education Act is to prohibit government schools from excluding girls who fall pregnant from coming to school.Before the coming into force of the law, a girl faced expulsion from school for falling pregnant. However, the boy responsible for impregnating the girl, if so, did not face such consequences.The law also prohibits the use of corporal punishment by teachers on students. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 100 countries globally have banned the practice.Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) CEO Sifiso Ndlovu welcomed the law particularly praising the amendments of inclusion of pregnant girls and ending corporal punishment, the latter which he described as “an old-fashioned tool of instilling discipline.”“It (corporal punishment) has the effect of engendering a violent society. We also support any measure meant to safeguard the interests and rights of the girl child. One such provision is outlawing the exclusion of those that fall pregnant. This is what other societies have embraced and we fully support the provision,” Ndlovu said.However, Raymond Majongwe, secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, cautioned that the idea of banning corporal punishment needed further consideration. Majongwe argued that students might deliberately engage in illicit behavior in the knowledge that there will be no repercussions for their actions.“There should have been more consultation on these measures, especially on corporal punishment. Pupils and students may end up abusing drugs knowing they will not be punished.”In terms of the Act, any disciplinary policy shall not allow any treatment which does not respect the human dignity of a pupil. School authorities are now mandated to draw up a disciplinary policy in accordance with standards set out in regulations prescribed by the minister.The law also prohibits students from being excluded from school for non-payment of school fees. It also allows the minister to determine school fees taking into consideration the location and status of a given school.These amendments will be vital to keeping many students in school given the fact that many Zimbabweans struggle financially as the country’s economy continues deteriorating.Relatedcenter_img Zimbabwe repeals indigenization lawlast_img read more

Fianna Fail to insist on Mica Redress scheme in Budget 2019

first_imgThe Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has confirmed to the Mica Action Group that his party will insist on a redress for affected homeowners to be included as a line item in the upcoming budget. Members of MIG travelled to Leinster house to have a face to face meeting with Micheál Martin, Charlie Mc Conalogue and Darragh O’ Brien to discuss the inclusion of a redress scheme for homeowners affected by defective blocks in the upcoming Budget.The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. Hundreds of homes across Donegal are believed to be affected by Mica.Member Michael Doherty said “MAG welcomed the invite from Micheál Martin to meet with him, Charlie and Darragh face to face to discuss the issue of defective blocks in Donegal.“In particular MAG took the opportunity to impress on the delegation the significant influence Fianna Fáil has on the budget outcome and their role in ensuring this issue is allocated a line item in the upcoming budget.“We also asked for the protocol review process to be expedited, finalised and published with immediate effect. “We explained how time is of the essence and that we needed to see action now to address the dire situation homeowners are finding themselves in.“Micheál Martin confirmed a number of times that he will ‘insist’ on the inclusion of redress in the budget. Charlie Mc Conalogue also recognised the importance of concluding the protocol development and review process and assured MAG of is continued support in this regard.”The group said they are encouraged by this outcome and were further heartened to hear how up-to-speed Micheál was in respect of this issue and thanked Charlie for his continued support in bringing this to the attention of the Fianna Fail leadership team.“We also took the opportunity to invite Micheál to Donegal to meet with homeowners and to see for himself, the very difficult circumstances and stress homeowners are facing.“MAG see this as a further step in the fight for redress and look forward to the publication of the budget with anticipation and increased optimism.” The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks.The objective of the group is to seek redress for homeowners affected by this issue.The group has engaged with government on a local and on a national level to determine the exact scale and the cause of the problem in the county.Fianna Fail to insist on Mica Redress scheme in Budget 2019 was last modified: September 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fianna failMIGredress schemelast_img read more

Two decades of Federer, and still going strong

first_imgView comments MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Bencic missed five months of 2017 after undergoing wrist surgery.“She had a tough year after that so it’s nice to see her back in shape as well,” Federer said.Three guaranteed matches in the Hopman Cup’s round robin stages are a perfect preparation for Federer, who also thrives in the relaxed setting of Perth with his family in tow.He will be up against American world number eight Jack Sock in his pool, while he could face Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev playing in the opposite side of the draw in the final.While Federer is a tour veteran, Zverev’s coming-of-age campaign saw him win five titles and become one of just four men to beat the Swiss great this year, in the Montreal final.His progress up the rankings has marked him out as the most likely of the current crop of youngsters to translate his talent into Grand Slam titles.The tall German had a roller-coaster year at the Slams — a last-16 spot at Wimbledon, but also a first-round loss in Paris, a second-round exit in New York and a third-round defeat to Nadal in Australia.Zverev will partner former world number one Angelique Kerber, and they kick off their Hopman Cup campaign against Belgium’s David Goffin and Elise Mertens.Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard are in Canada’s team along with Germany, Belgium and Australia in Pool A.Russia will be represented by Karen Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka are playing for Japan both in Pool B. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Napier’s season-high 23 rally Blazers past 76ers LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Federer finished the year at number two in the world behind Spanish rival Rafael Nadal, having started at 16, after a season-leading seven titles, including three Masters at Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai.It was a sensational season by any standards, but especially as Federer has been playing professional tennis since 1998 — a year when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and James Cameron’s “Titanic” won 11 Oscars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingFederer will again partner Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup, his only event before launching his Australian Open title defence on January 15.“It’s totally different this time around,” said Federer, whose appearance at the previous edition of the Hopman Cup followed a rare six-month absence as he recovered from injury. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I had a great off-season. I mean, I did have a good off-season too last year but I just wasn’t sure what to expect.“Now expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself, ‘Just don’t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017’.“I’ve got to try and keep it cool, try my best and see what happens — but the preparation’s been good so far.” Relaxed settingFederer and Bencic teamed for the first time at last year’s Hopman Cup, only just missing out on sending Switzerland into the final.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2017.David Goffin won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKThe amazing Roger Federer will embark on his 21st professional season when he leads Switzerland in the mixed teams Hopman Cup starting in Perth on Saturday.The 36-year-old Swiss is coming off an extraordinary year where he took his majors tally to 19, with a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Good news for Magnolia is Paul Lee is likely to return for the Hotshots’ next game against Rain or Shine on Saturday.“I think he’s ready for the next game,” said Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Grabbing the lead thanks to its gung-ho pace, Magnolia slowed things down which contributed to its detriment in the second half, allowing San Miguel to dictate the tempo and eventually, steal the game.“We slowed our offense down, which is what San Miguel wants,” observed Victolero. “For the first three quarters, we kept on running. And then, we lost the lead in the fourth quarter when we made that adjustment. That’s clear with the players, plus we need to be disciplined towards in our executions in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDespite the tough loss, Victolero shared that the Hotshots are still upbeat going into their last three games of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.“We’re still positive because the guys are playing well. I just told them that we need to play together, and we need to experience these kind of games, these character-testing games going into the last phase of eliminations and going to the playoffs,” he said. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Justin Timberlake salutes Prince in Super Bowl halftime dance party ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — After seeing Magnolia’s five-game winning streak snapped, coach Chito Victolero owned up to his mistakes and took responsibility for the Hotshots’ 76-77 defeat to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.“I had shortcomings when it comes to our adjustments. It was my fault,” Victolero said as the Hotshots blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sottolast_img read more

How to Keep the Lines of Donor Communication Open

first_imgSend Regular UpdatesAfter you’ve thanked your donors, send them regular updates detailing the ongoing impact of their gift. They’ll be pleased to know that their donation is being put to good use and might even be inspired to give again! If yearly holiday appeals are the only time you contact your donors, chances are good that they aren’t feeling needed or cherished. So stay in touch—very close touch. Here’s how:Send AppealsWhen you first make the ask, let your supporters know why you need them. You can ask your donors to help in any way that they can and let them know how their help will lead to the achievement of your mission.Send Thank You NotesMake sure your thank you letter is timely and lets donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit in the future. Consider sending a second thank you note that asks for feedback and shows your continued appreciation. Send NewslettersNewsletters are a great way to describe what your organization has been doing. You can report on the impact of all donor contributions and help maintain your supporters’ interest. Don’t forget to remind your fans how important they are to you.RepeatRepeating this cycle of communication won’t annoy your supporters-it will make them feel involved in what you’re doing. To learn more about staying in touch with your supporters, check out our webinar Nonprofit 911: Turn First-Time Donors Into Repeat Donors with Tom Ahern and Jay Love.last_img read more

Still on the Fence About #GivingTuesday?

first_imgTo do, or not to do, #GivingTuesday…With 12 weeks to go, you are hearing about #GivingTuesday everywhere. In the press, and perhaps on your team, there are advocates and skeptics.And we get it. Year-end is a critical time, and your team has a full plate. So is #GivingTuesday worth it?From where we sit, the answer is simple: Yes!We are unabashed supporters and believers in the #GivingTuesday movement. For most nonprofits the question should not be ‘if’, but ‘how’, to incorporate #GivingTuesday into your December giving season.How does #GivingTuesday work (for your organization)?The genesis of #GivingTuesday is pretty well known. It started with a simple idea – to be a counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From a couple hundred nonprofits in 2012, #GivingTuesday is now an international day of giving around the globe.Think about #GivingTuesday as disaster fundraising in reverse (Tweet this). In a disaster, the tragedy brings people together to rally around those in need by supporting organizations that can make an impact.On #GivingTuesday, the movement rallies people around their desire to do good, to matter in their communities or their world. It’s not an obligation – it’s an opportunity to be part of something that’s big and meaningful and feels great.And just as disaster relief organizations recognize how important it is to raise funds when there is heightened public awareness, all nonprofits can capitalize on the awareness and excitement of #GivingTuesday.It’s all about the strategy, but there’s more than one approach.The big opportunity is to launch December on #GivingTuesday and carry the energy and excitement straight through to New Year’s. Think of it as a chance to throw a virtual giving-season kickoff party for your cause.The good news is that there is not just one “right” strategy.Your #GivingTuesday goals can be about more than dollars raised. Consider a goal focused on recurring givers, new donors, volunteers, in-kind gifts, or even social media followers.#GivingTuesday can be a chance to tell fresh stories, to attract new or younger supporters, to accelerate your social media presence or to diversify your fundraising channels. Beth Kanter shares some creative ideas about experimenting, measuring and learning in this video for #GivingTuesday Summer School.The lessons you take away from #GivingTuesday can impact all of December—and your fundraising into 2015.Ready? Let’s go!We’re here to help with free training, toolkits, expert advice, and of course, great software.Start by downloading our comprehensive Giving Days eBook. It is both a decision making and planning guide, and a week-by-week tactical outline sharing the steps your team can take each week between now and #GivingTuesday to launch a successful campaign.Then every Tuesday, we’ll bring you new resources to get ready for #GivingTuesday.And make sure your software is customized to delight and inspire your donors. We can help with two different fundraising platforms:• DonateNow – an easy-to-use customized online giving page to maximize donor conversion, plus baked-in expertise to help make you a better fundraiser• GiveCorps – a cutting-edge giving platform that offers donors a superior online giving experience, plus crowdfunding and peer-to-peer.Talk to a fundraising consultant today to get expert advice about the software that will best meet your needs.It’s time to plan for your best December ever!More #GivingTuesday resourcesWatch this video interview of Jamie McDonald for #GivingTuesday Summer School, highlighting tips and tactics for making #GivingTuesday work for your organizationAccess the archived presentation of our Top Tips for a Successful #GivingTuesdayRegister with #GivingTuesday NationalDownload These Free Fundraising Guides: Nonprofit Guide to Successful Giving DaysThe Nonprofit Crowdfunding CrazeStorytelling for NonprofitsMake this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.last_img read more

Wow: Recurring Giving Challenge Winners

first_imgStaff Pick Awards: Recurring Giving Challenge Winners: During the challenge we saw our nonprofit customers jump in feet first to new campaigns, ask for feedback about their work, and find success in expanding their base of recurring donors. All of that hard work has paid off big time, not only in new recurring donors providing steady support, but also their share of $20,000 in bonus rewards from the Network for Good Generosity Fund. Join us in celebrating our Recurring Giving Challenge winners. Don’t hesitate to do a happy dance and shout “wow” with us. Most New Monthly Donors in the Challenge Period: On the Bubble (a special award for an organization we saw on the verge of getting on the board throughout the challenge): Sankara Eye Foundation — $1,000 Under the Wire (most new recurring donors in the last week of the challenge): Alameda County Community Food Bank — $1,000 1st Place: VETPAW — $3,0002nd Place: Campus Pride — $2,0003rd Place: The Firecracker Foundation – $1,0004th Place: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation — $5005th Place: Felines & Canines — $500 Best Use of a Dedicated Page: Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America — $1,000 Largest Percent Increase in Monthly Donors: Most Engaged with Network for Good: Windcall Institute — $1,000 Wow! That’s the general sentiment around here at Network for Good at the conclusion of the Recurring Giving Challenge. We officially ended the challenge last Thursday and while we’ve crunched the numbers and updated the leaderboards we’ve let out a never-ending chorus of wows and today we’re so excited to share the results with you. Most Creative Campaign: Fort Bend Family Promise’s Coffee Club — $1,000 Rookie of the Year Award: Friends of Refugees — $1,000 1st Place: Wildlife SOS — $3,0002nd Place: VETPAW — $2,0003rd Place: Equal Justice Initiative – $1,0004th Place: True Impact Ministries — $5005th Place: Homes for Our Troops — $500 Keep your eye on the blog for updates from these organizations. We’ll be asking them to share their secrets for success and passing their insights along to you.last_img read more

Because You’re Awesome

first_imgTo our customers, our partners, our readers:  thank you for doing the good that you do.Every day we’re in awe of you.We’re so grateful for the amazing things that are accomplished by the nonprofits we work with: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the homeless, saving animals, preserving the environment, fighting for justice, nurturing the arts, and so much more. Each day you are making the world a much brighter and more hopeful place with your passion and creativity. We know it’s not always easy, and we appreciate your dedication. We know that your work matters in a very real way to your communities and the lives that you impact. And this is why we come to work each day: to make it easier for you to focus on helping those that you serve.From all of us here at Network for Good, thank you. We are grateful for you and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.last_img read more

4 Ways to Get More Out of Your Fundraising Events

first_imgFundraising events are a nonprofit mainstay, but they typically take a lot of time, money, and effort to produce. Since even the most basic events can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, it’s important to squeeze every opportunity out of these big investments. All too often, though, many nonprofits see the event itself as the finish line, missing critical opportunities for more connection, insight, and inspiration (hint: all things that will lead you to more loyal donors and increased giving).To get more out of your next fundraising event, keep these four points in mind.1. Use all available online channels to promote and manage your event.Take your invitations, communication, and marketing online as much as possible to save money and reap the benefits of social media. Empower your supporters to boost your fundraising total by giving them tools to spread your message to their networks. On top of the additional tickets you sell, you’ll see fabulous word of mouth exposure for your cause. Use an online fundraising event tool to sell and manage your event tickets, collect additional donations and allow non-attendees to donate. Consider launching a peer fundraising campaign tied to your event to give your board members and table leaders another way to raise even more money for your mission. (Bonus: Network for Good’s event pages and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns are mobile-optimized for your success!)2. Understand the unique opportunity of a captivated audience.In-person events are an amazing opportunity to make face-to-face contact with the donors that help make your mission happen. Listen for feedback and consider setting up a booth to gather testimonials from your most passionate supporters. Don’t forget to provide plenty of ways for event attendees to become even more involved with your work, such as signing up for volunteer projects, joining your email list and newsletter, and giving on site with easy-to-use mobile donation options.3. Make your event part of a larger campaign.Instead of thinking of your event as a time-bound, in-person fête, make sure it connects to your other fundraising and advocacy campaigns. Tie your event’s marketing to your larger development strategy. Use the event as a springboard to develop more robust partnerships with sponsors and to create deeper relationships with your loyal donors. Show event attendees how their involvement supports your year-round programs or more specific goals.4. Focus on the follow up.Create a cultivation plan to turn event attendees into ongoing donors. Tag and track these supporters in your donor management system so you can communicate with them specifically, welcome new supporters to your mission, and update them on their ongoing impact. With simple segmentation, you can also create more relevant appeals when it comes time to invite your event fans to give again. Plus, by reporting on event attendees, you’ll have a clearer picture of the lifetime value of these donors and the overall impact of your events.By maximizing the fundraising opportunities before, during, and after your event, you’ll ensure the money and time you put in are well worth the investment. Ready to get more from your gala, luncheon, golf tournament, or other fundraising event? See how Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising software can help.last_img read more

Declare Independence from Boring Away Messages

first_imgYou’re excited – and so am I. Sometime over the next few days we get to invest five glorious minutes to configure our inbox and voicemail so anyone who tries to email or call our office is kindly informed that we are unplugging for Independence Day. Effectively raising money for a nonprofit organization is hard work and we need, and deserve, some dedicated downtime. However, so does everyone else, even if they aren’t working at your nonprofit.Too often, the Out-of-Office notification, be it email or voicemail, is a missed opportunity to creatively promote your nonprofit, build or enhance a relationship or advance the donation process through meaningful engagement. Let’s face it, nobody really cares that you will be out of the office, why, or for how long. They care even less that you’ll have “limited access to email,” or that your office “will reopen on July 5, 2016.” The person trying to contact you probably has a question – and the call may even be related to making a gift to your organization. They need, and deserve, an answer – holiday or not.After all, generosity doesn’t take vacations. Existing and would-be donors may want to provide a credit card number,   ask where they can make an online gift, get your mailing address to send their check, or ask a question about donor benefits or tax-deductibility.With that in mind, consider a proactive, donor-centric approach when creating our OOO messages. Here are three simple ways to make your OOO notification meaningful, memorable and possibly even profitable:Connect your greeting directly to your Mission and programs.Think impact. Explain that you may be out of the office yet your nonprofit continues to make a major impact even when the office isn’t open. For your email OOO message, graphics and tag lines should instantly showcase the impact and value of your nonprofit. Use positive action verbs in your voicemail OOO notification to confirm that a closed office does not mean your nonprofit is taking time off from its vital Mission.Think about all of the time and energy you invest in trying to thoughtfully engage your donor. When they contact you via phone or email, the opportunity is there even if you’re not. To make it a worthwhile engagement for both the person reaching out to your organization and your nonprofit, use the technology available to share valuable information about your programs and donation process. Convey a similar but abbreviated message as you would in an appeal email or letter. Anticipate why an existing or prospective donor needs to connect.Think FAQ, then efficiently direct them to the information they need to make or fulfill a gift online or via direct mail. Your email OOO message is an opportunity to brand your organization and demonstrate value without writing volumes of irrelevant details. Use relevant or seasonal graphics and links to anticipate the person’s immediate needs while showcasing the impact and value of your nonprofit. Remember donor-centric puts the focus on the OOO notification reader, not on you. And most definitely not on the wonderful details of where you are spending your vacation or with whom or for how long.For voicemail OOO messages, leverage voice tone and energy to convey attentiveness even in your absence. Yes, smiles do transfer over phone lines. The caller is far more concerned with a resolution to their question than with your official title, 3 alternate contacts, and a litany of phone numbers or extensions. Keep it donor-centric, sincere and high energy while providing actual directions to aid the caller—not send them on a wild goose chase. Be sure to provide details about your nonprofit’s Mission, donation process, and available resources to answer their question without sounding like a directory. After all, your recorded voicemail message is still a dialogue between two people. Recognize everyone over weekend “will have limited access…”If your OOO notification or message can make them smile, laugh or be memorable, you have initiated or enhanced a relationship. If it drones on with meaningless or perfunctory information, you can expect their eyes to roll but you probably can’t rely on their immediate donation. If you love the good your nonprofit does throughout the year, express it in your OOO notifications. Guide them through the online or direct mail giving process and give them access to other vital information they may be looking for. Make certain your website and social media anticipate their needs as well as simplify the donation process. And invite them to share their philanthropy with their social networks.Everyone on the planet knows that if they’ve reached a voicemail the person they’re calling is unavailable. Don’t state the obvious. Use that valuable time to inspire them with humor related to your nonprofit or the time of year while demonstrating with sincerity that they, and not just their potential gift, are important to you and your organization every single day.last_img read more