Police searching for lemur stolen from San Francisco Zoo

first_imgThis morning, our 21-year-old male ring-tailed lemur, Maki, was discovered missing from the Lipman Family Lemur Forest. @SFPD is assisting with the recovery of this highly endangered animal. If the public has information, please call SFPD’s 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444. pic.twitter.com/vqb9pRg0VX— San Francisco Zoo (@sfzoo) October 14, 2020Police spent Wednesday collecting evidence at the zoo, ABC San Francisco station KGO reported. Mfotophile/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — Authorities in San Francisco are searching for a ring-tailed lemur named Maki who was stolen from the he city’s zoo.The San Francisco Zoo announced on Wednesday that Maki was discovered missing from the Lipman Family Lemur Forest that morning.The 21-year-old male lemur is ” highly endangered” and requires special care.Almost a third of lemurs are critically endangered, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced in July. There are only eight remaining known populations around the world that have more than 100 ring-tailed lemurs. Missing Lemur #SanFrancisco we need your help in locating “Maki” the stolen Lemur! Maki is an endangered animal and requires specialized care. If spotted please dial 911 and be prepared to provide as much detail as possible https://t.co/VJOkACtNwC pic.twitter.com/JEei6NjNgU— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 14, 2020“I just couldn’t believe it,” Barry Lipman, a former San Francisco Zoo board member, told KGO. “Why would anyone want a lemur?”Lemurs are not easy to care for, added Lipman, who provides funding for the Lipman Family Lemur Forest.Maki was last seen in his enclosure Tuesday night, investigators said. It’s unclear whether a suspect has been identified.Police instructed anyone with knowledge of Maki’s whereabouts to call 911.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Summer Fun under the Son’

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share EntertainmentLocalNews ‘Summer Fun under the Son’ by: – July 27, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share 294 Views   no discussions Roseau, Dominica July 27, 2015: Zion Praise Productions, known for the annual gospel event ‘Dominica Gospel Explosion’, is pleased to announce its first family fun day dubbed ‘Summer Fun under the Son’. Zion Praise Productions Inc. is an organization, established with the view of giving hope and encouragement to the youth of Dominica. Their upcoming event, Summer Fun under the Son, promises to be a very fun fill day with a total package set to accommodate the entire family. The event will feature Trinidadian gospel artist Positive known for his popular song Blessing after blessing. Also sharing the stage is an array of local artists carefully selected to cater to the all age groups. They are God Sent Team, Solace, Hill Top Singers, Sanctified, KJV, N’harmonikz, DJ Alfy, DJ Miracle and various dance ministries from across the island. Families will also have the chance to engage in family oriented activities and games to include the bouncing castles and competitive water and land sporting games. Family Fun under the Son is carded for Monday August 3, 2015 (August Monday) at Macoucherie Beach from 10 am to 6 pm.Sponsors for the event are Arden Sounds and Lights, Vibes Radio, Digicel, Fort Young Hotel, Image Area, Jolly’s Pharmacy, Robinsons and Associates, FedEx, Direct Auto, D&D Plumbing, Tonge Group of Companies, PetroCaribe, Archipelago Trading, Caribbean Concrete, Optipharm Inc., The Power of 8, Voice of Life Radio, M&R Trading, Greener Pastures Taxi Service, Andrea Tour Guiding Taxi Service. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 years and under and can be purchased from CLC Bookstore, Chaymack Hardware, Dominica Cabrits Agencies in Portsmouth and Zion Praise Productions members; Albert ‘DJ Alfy’ Raffoul, Gregory Christian, Yannick Victor and McPherson Thomas at Chaymack hardware.last_img read more

What to expect from each of Ravens’ 2016 draft picks

first_imgThe picks are in for the 2016 draft, so what should we expect from each of the Ravens’ 11 selections?Below is an early look at how each rookie fits this coming season and in the future:OT Ronnie StanleyDrafted: First round (sixth overall) from Notre Dame2016 projected role: The Ravens have sent plenty of mixed signals regarding the future of Eugene Monroe over the last several months, but Stanley will start at either left tackle or left guard.Long-term view: It’s conceivable that the Ravens keep Monroe around for one more season, but the fact that they drafted two offensive tackles makes you think they’re in position to cut him and save $6.5 million in base salary for 2016. The expectation is that Stanley can be their left tackle for the next decade.OLB Kamalei CorreaDrafted: Second round (42nd overall) from Boise State2016 projected role: With Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Za’Darius Smith all ahead of him on the depth chart, Correa will likely serve as a situational edge rusher and special-teams contributor.Long-term view: The 245-pound edge defender will need to get stronger for an every-down role and to consistently wreak havoc in the pocket, but he will use his speed to try to blow by slower linemen. The Ravens wouldn’t have used a second-round if they didn’t think he can be an eventual successor to Suggs.DE Bronson KaufusiDrafted: Third round (70th overall) from Brigham Young2016 projected role: The 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive end figures to be a part of the rotation at the 5-technique spot and will likely compete with Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban for the starting job.Long-term view: An opposing coach labeled Kaufusi a “modern-day Goliath” last year and the Ravens hope he can be a starter and an interior rusher in passing situations. Ozzie Newsome passed on the chance to draft DeForest Buckner in the first round, so Kaufusi’s development will be worth watching.CB Tavon YoungDrafted: Fourth round (104th overall) from Temple2016 projected role: After impressing the Ravens at the Senior Bowl, Young enters the mix with a chance to compete with veteran Kyle Arrington at the nickel spot and to contribute on special teams.Long-term view: Young was a feisty competitor in college who started games in all four of his years with the Owls, but the 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back doesn’t project to be much more than a slot corner. The Ravens hope he shows more than recent mid-round picks such as Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown.WR Chris MooreDrafted: Fourth round (107th overall) from Cincinnati2016 projected role: The 6-foot-1 wideout will compete for playing time in four-wide sets, but he is more likely to contribute on special teams if he’s to be active on Sundays as a rookie.Long-term view: With Steve Smith and Mike Wallace potentially only in Baltimore for the coming season and Kamar Aiken set to become a free agent after 2016, Moore provides another deep-ball option to go with 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman. In a perfect world, both Perriman and Moore take major steps in 2016 and the Ravens re-sign Aiken as the possession receiver for 2017 and beyond.OT Alex LewisDrafted: Fourth round (130th overall) from Nebraska2016 projected role: His role will largely depend on what happens with Monroe and Stanley, but Lewis should have every chance to unseat third-year lineman James Hurst as the top reserve tackle.Long-term view: With Monroe on his way out sooner or later and right tackle Rick Wagner scheduled to hit the free-agent market after 2016, Lewis could find himself competing for a starting role next year. Despite questions about his quickness, he has a shot to be a starting right tackle or a starting guard.DT Willie HenryDrafted: Fourth round (132nd overall) from Michigan2016 projected role: It won’t be easy for Henry to crack the defensive line rotation, but his explosiveness and ability as a rusher could put him in the mix as an interior lineman in passing situations.Long-term view: Henry brings versatility to the defensive line, but he didn’t show great awareness and consistency as a run defender at Michigan, making you wonder if he’s suited to be more of a third-down player. If Brandon Williams departs as a free agent after 2016, Henry could quickly see a larger role.RB Kenneth DixonDrafted: Fourth round (134th overall) from Louisiana Tech2016 projected role: His dynamic ability as a receiver out of the backfield will quickly put him in the offensive mix as a rookie, and he could challenge for the starting role sooner rather than later.Long-term view: Dixon has the track record and skill set to rise above the other Baltimore running backs who may all be best suited to be No. 2 options. However, the 5-10, 215-pound back carried the ball 801 times in his college career, making you wonder if that could limit his shelf life at the NFL level.OLB Matt JudonDrafted: Fifth round (146th overall) from Grand Valley State2016 projected role: Making the adjustment from the Division II level won’t be easy, but Judon could eventually work his way into a situational pass rusher role and contribute on special teams as a rookie.Long-term view: The Ravens loved how he tested at the scouting combine and hope he will be the next Division II product to excel for them, but there will be a learning curve to develop more sophisticated pass-rush moves against better competition. This pick has plenty of upside, but patience will be the key.WR Keenan ReynoldsDrafted: Sixth round (182nd overall) from Navy2016 projected role: The record-setting Midshipmen quarterback will practice as a receiver, but his best chance of making the roster and contributing as a rookie will probably come as a return specialist.Long-term view: The Ravens hope his athleticism can translate to the receiver position with visions of him working effectively out of the slot and being able to run a variety of plays. His 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame isn’t ideal for the NFL, but other college quarterbacks of similar build such as Antwaan Randle El and Julian Edelman made quick transitions to the NFL and you shouldn’t doubt Reynolds’ work ethic.CB Maurice CanadyDrafted: Sixth round (209th overall) from Virginia2016 projected role: The 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back had a disappointing senior season at Virginia, but he will have a chance to compete for a roster spot in a light group of cornerbacks.Long-term view: Canady struggled to defend the deep ball and will need to play with more confidence than he did toward the end of his collegiate career. His best bet to stick with the Ravens and eventually develop into a contributor might come as a member of the practice squad.last_img read more

Latam Eco Review: Killing jaguars for arthritis creams and wine

first_imgConservation, Corruption, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fishing, Forests, Illegal Fishing, Illegal Trade, Infrastructure, Jaguars, Mining, Oceans, Rainforests, Sharks, Wildlife, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Maria Salazar Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img The top stories last week from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, followed the fate of Suriname’s hunted jaguars, Bogota’s urban forest preserve, and Chile’s Humboldt Archipelago.Suriname’s jaguars killed for arthritis creams and wineSuriname’s jaguar population is being decimated for the Asian market in arthritis cream, soap, aphrodisiacs and even wine, according to an investigation by World Animal Protection. The inquiry uncovered a chain of hunting and secret trade with high evidence of animal cruelty. Local hunters sell the jaguars for around $260 to Chinese traffickers. Jaguars are increasingly being substituted for tigers, which have become rare, to meet Asian demand for wildlife parts.A jaguar shot in Suriname and transported in a canoe. Image courtesy of World Animal Protection.Mine and port project threatens Humboldt ArchipelagoA mine and port project in Chile’s Humboldt Archipelago could damage the marine life of nearby protected areas, including the Humboldt penguin. While approval for the Dominga project is on hold, authorities have already set a worrying precedent by approving a similar, though much bigger, mining project nearby. More than 560 species could be affected if the project goes through.Marine shelf in La Higuera. Image courtesy of Eduardo Sorenson/Oceana.Bogotá’s urban forest imperiled by controversy and inertiaA recent judicial order backing a mayoral plan to carve up the Thomas Van der Hammen Reserve is just the latest controversy around this urban forest. After an outcry from environmentalists and academics, the order was revoked, leaving the reserve in the same state without any progress on an environmental management plan created in 2014. Created from increasingly valuable land just north of Bogotá, the reserve’s wetlands and streams are essential to a complex water cycle. Some 514 species inhabit its grasslands, wetlands and forests, which include the area’s last primal forest, the Mercedes Woods.Wetlands in the Thomas Van der Hammen Reserve. Image courtesy of Sapiens.Elections leave Peru’s Amazon in questionable handsThe results of recent elections have started to generate doubts among conservation activists about the new regional governors and the decisions they will make over the next four years. Among the winners and run-off election candidates in the Amazon regions are politicians mired in legal controversies and with a record of causing environmental damage.The owner of a mining concession is among the candidates in a run-off election in Madre de Dios, the region most affected by illegal mining in Peru. Image courtesy of the Air Force of Peru.Sharks worth more alive than dead“A living shark is worth more than $5 million over its lifetime, while its teeth are worth about $200 in the Chinese market,” Colombian researcher Juan Mayorga says in a recent interview. Mayorga is seeking to increase transparency in the world’s fishing industry and stop overfishing and illegal and unregulated fishing.Juan Mayorga. Image by Juan Mayorga.Banner image of a jaguar (Panthera onca palustris) on the Piquiri River in the Pantanal, Brazil. Image by Sharp Photography via Wikimedia Commons.Read these stories in their entirety in Spanish at Mongabay Latam.last_img read more

NHL roundup

first_img Colorado 4, at Phila. 3 at Montreal 6, San Jose 2 Andrei Markov had two goals and two assists in a six-goal second period to help Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey win in his coaching debut. Jose Theodore made 23 saves for Montreal. Vancouver 8, at N.Y. Islanders 1 Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on the Canucks’ first three shots en route to his fifth career hat trick in a win over the Islanders, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games. !textPhoenix 4, at Toronto 3 Paul Mara, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored goals to help the Coyotes overcome a three-goal, first-period deficit. Wayne Gretzky coached his first game in Toronto, and former Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph, playing his first in Toronto since leaving in 2002, made 25 saves. Columbus 5, at Florida 4 OT David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclaire made 48 saves for the Blue Jackets. The Panthers tied it with 47 seconds left in regulation when Nathan Horton deflected a shot by Jay Bouwmeester. Calgary 4, at Minnesota 1 Jarome Iginla scored early in the third period to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak with the win over the Wild. Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius and Tony Amonte also scored for Calgary. Ottawa 5, at Edmonton 3 Vaclav Varada scored twice and Dany Heatley added his team-leading 28th goal for the Senators, who are tied with Philadelphia and Detroit for the NHL lead with 63 points. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored all three goals for the Oilers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dallas 2, at Boston 1,(SO) Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout for the Stars in their season-high sixth straight win. Dallas goalie Marty Turco made 26 stops before turning aside Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Sergei Samsonov in the shootout. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita (OT) Alex Tanguay scored with 45.8 seconds left in overtime, helping the Avalanche spoil Peter Forsberg’s first game against his former team. Colorado took nine of its 34 shots in overtime and held the Flyers without a shot. at Detroit 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 Brendan Shanahan’s second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and Detroit broke the Rangers’ streak of seven games in which they earned at least a point. last_img read more

RnaG’s Damien Ó Dónaill nominated for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award

first_imgRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter and sports commentator Damien Ó Dónaill has been nominate for a prestigious award. An tOireachtas announced the shortlist for the Rising Star of the Year Award, one of the award categories in their annual Irish Language Media Awards. Ó Dónaill is one of the people listed – alongside Niamh Ní Chróinín (Raidió RíRá / RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta / Spin1038), Ciara Ní É (Blogger), Doireann Ní Ghlacáin (Fleadh TV, TG4) and Eoghan Ó Loideáin (Dochreidte Gan Dabt, TG4).  Sláine Ní Chathalláin, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, was voted Young Rising Star of the Year in 2017.In 2013, Damien won the RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta/GAA commentary competition.The Rannafast man succeeded the late Seamus Mac Geidigh as the voice of Donegal GAA on RnaThe Rising Star Award is determined by public vote. Voting lines are now open and will close at midday on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Texts cost €1.00/£1.00. “ To vote for Damien:Text: GRADAM102 To: 57003RnaG’s Damien Ó Dónaill nominated for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Tears, tributes for Lucky Dube

first_img26 October 2007Thousands of South Africans crammed into Johannesburg’s Bassline Theatre on Wednesday to bid farewell to music icon Lucky Phillip Dube, who was gunned down outside his home last week.Dube was shot and killed in what appears have been a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg last Thursday.During the memorial service, speaker after speaker said South Africa had lost a legend who had touched the lives of many through his music.Speaking on behalf of the minister of arts and culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgosile said Dube was one of the most important reggae voices to come out of this country.“He was a global ambassador for South African musical talent and heritage, but also a world-renowned African composer, singer, band leader, cultural activist, visionary and performer,” Kgosile said.Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse said Dube has left behind a legacy that would keep his spirit alive.Gallo Music Group CEO Ivor Haarburger said Dube’s death was senseless and a loss to millions. He described Dube as a quiet and reserved person whose performances on stage were amazing.“We had great visits to the world, he wanted to expose his music to the Americans and had performed in 81 concerts outside South Africa which were attended by thousands of people,” Haarburger said.Maskandi artist Bhekumuzi Luthuli could not hold back the tears as he broke down on stage while performing the song Usizi.“I didn’t know what to call him, either my father or brother, as I learnt a lot from him,” Luthuli said. “He was my fan and I was his.“He used to encourage me and told me which of my songs he liked and always watched me when I performed. He would later congratulate or tell me if my performance was bad.”SABC CEO Dali Mpofu said Dube was “still communicating with us, even in his death. The question is whether we are still listening to his message. I think he is asking what has gone wrong with us.”Paying tribute to their colleague, Dube’s band members sang two of his songs, while his fans did what Dube would have been expected of them if he were still alive – they jumped and danced.Band member Skipha Shabalala said the band had lost a great teacher who believed in reality, truth and respect. “We are all going to die one day, but why Lucky died in such a barbaric manner? We don’t need such people in our country.”Speaking on behalf of the Dube family, Job Dube said: “Lucky was a pillar of the family and we’ve lost, but God plans his things.”Dube was born on 3 August 1964 on a farm just outside the town Ermelo. He was the third child of Sara Dube.He was an artist that continued to break international barriers, and recently signed a deal with Warner Music International securing the European release of his latest album, Respect.Dube is survived by his mother Sara, wife Zanele and seven children, one brother and three sisters.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Are you as “social” as other nonprofits?

first_imgInterestingly, these numbers put nonprofits ahead of their for-profit counterparts in the small business world: “Ninety-six percent of nonprofits said they were on Facebook vs. 90% of small businesses. And 80% of nonprofits on Facebook reported posting on the site multiple times per week, vs. 66% of small businesses,” says eMarketer. Nonprofits said they were increasing their marketing spend on social media by 10% this year. Though to put matters in perspective, that may not be a lot in real dollars. Studies last year found 43% budget $0 for their social networking activities (aside from staff time).I think that the embrace of social media is wise for nonprofits for several reasons. While it may not drive big return on investment in fundraising dollars, it’s a relatively inexpensive and effective way of raising visibility, generating social proof around a cause and inspiring future actions in support of a cause.At the end of the day, most people come to learn and love a cause via friends and family. Through social media, nonprofits can facilitate and amplify that natural word of mouth. No wonder droves of nonprofits are doing just that. While nonprofits may be behind the curve in some matters, we’ve done a swift job of adopting social media. As I’ve noted here before based on past surveys, the vast majority of nonprofits are actively using Facebook and Twitter.Some new research featured in eMarketer bolsters that view:last_img read more

How truly great fundraising can flourish

first_imgOver the past year, researchers Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang have sought to answer the question, how can truly great fundraising flourish?It’s a timely question given that half of fundraisers want to quit – and a quarter of bosses said they fired their last fundraiser.The report – commissioned by the firm Clayton Burnett Limited – is out, and I wanted to share the findings. (You can get the report and executive summary for free at the firm’s website – just give a it a day or two for them to email it to you.)One answer was that organizations with incredible growth in fundraising have achieved that with the right people. Successful organizations have strong fundraising managers who achieve desired change through a combination of will and personal humility. They “devote considerable attention to what they regard as the critical building blocks of success, namely building an exceptional team, structure(s) and culture.”I’m going to highlight here some of the ways high-performing organizations built their teams. For additional findings, check out the full report.1. The manager built or retooled the fundraising team members and focused on a few, small early wins. This led to “improvement in confidence and morale, which became self-sustaining as individuals began to recognize their own potential to succeed. Technical expertise on the part of team members was important, but so too was conscientiousness, a willingness to support others, and a propensity to engage in appropriate levels of risk-taking.”2. The researchers note this shift in culture addressed turnover woes. “After the right team had been built, none of the organizations we examined suffered from the high turnover rates that otherwise pervade our sector. Being a part of a successful team appears to engender high levels of loyalty and our all our leaders were personally invested in their teams. The loyalty thus cut both ways. It was also interesting to note that those who defined their team more broadly, to include external agency personnel also exhibited a high degree of loyalty to that agency. Some were maintaining relationships with suppliers that had existed for over a decade.”3. Once a strong team was in place, they focused on the big picture in the right ways. Says the report: “We also found evidence in goal setting, that our outstanding leaders aligned their organizational metrics with the longer term drivers of donor value. Their objectives were couched not in the short-term minutia that typically pervade our sector, but in the standards and behaviours they identified would add value forsupporters and thus pay-back in the longer term. Their appraisal and reward systems were similarly aligned, to focus team member ambitions on the things that mattered most to longer term growth.”That said, the researchers also emphasized the system in which these people work: “Great systems are often more important than great people. A well-designed system filled with ordinary but well-trained people can, according to academic research, consistently achieve well above average performance.”I wish we saw more of these approaches. What works at your organization? Which of these ideas resonate with you? Who are your people and what are your systems?last_img read more

Why you may need to reboot

first_imgIn Ctrl Alt Delete Mitch Joel issues a wake-up call for those that may find themselves lost in a rapidly evolving landscape of technology, media, and marketing. Joel, president of the digital marketing agency Twist Image, offers sharp insights on how these changes affect the way we learn, shop, communicate, and work. It’s an important reality check for nonprofit marketers because these factors directly affect how supporters and partners will interact with your cause. Organizations that understand and adapt to these new opportunities will thrive, while those who resist will find themselves struggling to connect with donors in the years to come.The book starts off with one of the most critical lessons for any marketer, especially those working in the nonprofit sector: embracing the shift toward more direct relationships with your consumers (donors), is no longer optional. People now have more access to information about your nonprofit, your impact, and *you* than ever before. Organizations and supporters are at each other’s fingertips, so it’s impossible (and unwise) to avoid direct contact with those who are interested in your work. Online or off, focus on creating and building relationships to succeed in raising money, spreading your message, and serving your cause. By the way, these relationships should be the two-way street kind. If you’re only broadcasting messages focused on your organization’s needs, you may need a reboot.Here are four tactics Mitch Joel recommends for building those direct relationships, and what they mean for your nonprofit.1) Deliver value. Stand out and earn loyalty by first providing value to your supporters. Of course, you’re doing great work for the people and communities you serve, but if you’re not building long-term relationships with potential supporters, you’re missing out on a bigger opportunity. How do you do this? Start by focusing more on providing valuable resources to the people you’re trying to reach, instead of only talking about your needs. 2) Be open.You can’t build meaningful relationships without trust and transparency. This is paramount for nonprofits. Donors won’t fork over their hard-earned cash to support your cause if they aren’t sure where the money goes. Show that you are an organization they can trust by being open about how your organization is run and how you use donated funds. Welcome questions and be upfront and honest if you make a mistake. Hiding in the shadows only makes people nervous, which is not a great relationship-building vibe.3) Be clear and consistent.Do donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit? Can they count on you for all the right reasons? Review your organization’s outreach to make sure you’re saying what you think you’re saying. Consistency also includes communicating with your donors on a regular basis to help them feel involved in your work. This means not waiting to reach out to supporters when you’re looking for gifts in December. 4) Focus on fans. Joel says, “The majority of people do not want to friend or like your brand. They use their social graphs for friends, family, and those they made fun of in high school.” Ouch! My guess is that many nonprofits may have it a little easier than most corporate brands, but it’s important to remember. Rather than working to get as many “Likes” as possible, focus instead on providing value through your social media content and focus on your truly passionate superfans. Put these champions to work spreading the message about what you do and why it matters. Of course, these suggestions are just the tip of the reboot iceberg. Ctrl Alt Delete delivers plenty of juicy nuggets for all marketers to heed. What aspect of your outreach or fundraising strategy would you like to reboot?last_img read more