Sassuolo 1 Inter 0: Falcinelli compounds Nerazzurri’s nightmare before Christmas Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 23:57 12/23/17 Getty Images Having been unbeaten throughout the first half of the season, Inter have now lost twice in successive Serie A matches to fall off the pace. Inter’s nemesis Diego Falcinelli scored in a 1-0 win for Sassuolo as the Nerazurri lost for the second match in succession, handing the initiative to title rivals Napoli and Juventus.Falcinelli had struck just three times in 21 Serie A appearances since netting a brace for Crotone against Inter in April, but he crashed home a brave header at the expense of his favourite opponents in the first half at Mapei Stadium on Saturday.Mauro Icardi saw a penalty saved after the break as Inter, whose 3-1 loss to Udinese last time out was their first defeat of the league season, battled in vain to force an equaliser. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A second consecutive loss for Luciano Spalletti’s team leaves them third in the table, five points behind Maurizio Sarri’s leaders Napoli, who saw off Sampdoria 3-2 at home.Reigning champions Juventus are second and can move four points clear of Inter if they beat Roma in Turin later on Saturday.Ultimately, it was a frustrating final outing before Christmas for Spalletti’s side, who are in Coppa Italia action against local rivals AC Milan on Wednesday, before hosting Lazio in Serie A next weekend.Game over!!!!! Terza vittoria consecutiva per il Sassuolo che al #MapeiStadium supera 1-0 l’Inter!!!!! Decisiva la rete di Diego Falcinelli nel primo tempo e la parata di Consigli sul rigore di Icardi!#SassuoloInter 1-0#ForzaSasol pic.twitter.com/QfKxXzCMtu— U.S. Sassuolo (@SassuoloUS) December 23, 2017Inter started strongly and were the first team to register a shot on target, Antonio Candreva firing straight at Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli in the seventh minute.A minute later, Milan Skriniar also went close, climbing highest to meet Candreva’s corner, only to head the ball over the bar.Icardi somehow shot wide from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat in the 25th minute, but the raised flag of the assistant referee spared the Argentine’s blushes.Inter’s failure to capitalise on their dominance was punished nine minutes later, when Matteo Politano charged up the right flank and dinked an inviting cross to the back post. Falcinelli bravely threw himself at the ball, heading it past Samir Handanovic to give Sassuolo a 1-0 lead. The goalscorer also collided with the post as he landed, but was able to continue after receiving treatment from medical staff.3 – Diego Falcinelli has scored 3 goals in his last 2 Serie A games against Inter. Killer. #SassuoloInter— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 23, 2017Icardi spurned a chance to equalise as half-time approached, chipping the ball over the onrushing Consigli but seeing covering defender Francesco Acerbi head behind before he could get a shot away.Inter made a blistering start to the second half and should have been level in the 49th minute, Icardi seeing his penalty saved by Consigli after Acerbi blocked Joao Cancelo’s cross with his arm. 13 – Andrea #Consigli saved 13 penalties in Serie A: only Handanovic (21) saved more penalties than the Sassuolo’s goalkeeper since 2008/09. Cat. #SassuoloInter— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 23, 2017Sassuolo had a penalty appeal of their own waved away when Domenico Berardi went down under pressure from Cancelo, and the hosts’ coach Giuseppe Iachini was duly sent to the stands by referee Daniele Doveri. That hectic spell gave way to a pattern of more patient, probing play from Inter, Edoardo Goldaniga clearing Ivan Perisic’s threatening header in the 73rd minute.Matteo Politano nearly sealed it for Sassuolo in the 81st minute, cutting inside from the right flank and drawing a good save from Handanovic, who also kept out a speculative long-range attempt from Alfred Duncan. At the other end, substitute Eder lashed a half-volley narrowly wide of the far post with five minutes to go in what proved to be Inter’s last real chance to salvage a point. read more
Setting up online donations for your nonprofit organization not only makes your job easier, but it also increases charitable donations by making it easier for donors to give. Consider the typical process of a traditional donation when someone was inspired by an ad or speech:Wait until they get back homeRemember that they wanted to make a donationFind a checkbookFind an envelopeFind your address & write it outFind a stampMail out the donationContrast that with the simplicity of online donations:Pull out a smartphoneEnter your organization’s name in a search engineFind the donation pageClick the donation buttonThat’s the difference between a minute versus what often took days, to a week, to complete. The immediate ability to click a “donate now” button allows donors to complete their transaction and eliminates the likelihood of them forgetting somewhere along the way. How may donations have been lost due to a willing donor not having a checkbook handy or not having a stamp? Probably many.For a very small organization, it may be enough to set up a PayPal payment page, but for an organization of any size, particularly one with ongoing or repeated nonprofit fundraising, it is very important to have a customizable donation website. A donation website should also be “responsive,” meaning it is designed to provide optimal viewing on various-sized screens, from phones to desktops.As in the example above, many people use their smartphones for Internet access. They need to be able to navigate through your page in a sensible way and don’t want to be scrolling around a large page trying to find where to click.Another reason to have a customizable site is that you can include your branding, which speaks powerfully to your committed donors. They need to feel that they are participating in your cause, not just dropping money.DonateNow is fundraising software that we use for donation websites. There is more information plus quite a few screen captures on our website, which give you a better idea of how a good online fundraising website should look. Whether you choose to use this software or not, browse through our pages that show how the program works and what it looks like to get a good idea of what to look for and what you can expect from fundraising software.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.
The Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving! Peer to peer giving, or peer fundraising, is catching on like crazy because it’s a fun way for supporters to engage their friends with your cause, and it’s an easy way for them to help you raise money.What Makes Peer to Peer Giving So Popular?Peer fundraising has taken off because it is all done online and is largely carried out through social media. The most popular channels for peer fundraising are Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest can all be used.Peer funding has become a more acceptable form of fundraising because the popularity of crowdfunding has taken away the stigma of asking for money. In the past, asking for money was sometimes a delicate subject, and by some, even considered to be rude. But, now it is perfectly acceptable to get on a soapbox and proclaim “I gave to this cause and I want you to do the same!” The beauty of the online venue is that anyone who wants to can respond with “Yes, I will,” but those who are unable to contribute or choose not to, simply don’t reply and are not put on the spot. There are no awkward excuses required, and no apologies necessary for asking.The peer to peer fundraising model garnered a lot of attention with the ice bucket challenge last summer. Each participant was encouraged to challenge their friends, so with each person adding two or three friends to the game, it grew quickly.The “yes I will” participate/donate is a great place for supporters to add the “and I challenge my friends to join me/match my donation,” etc. That’s where the fundraiser becomes peer to peer rather than just a challenge that you proclaim—and where the opportunity comes to reach new donors by connecting with your current donor’s networks.To learn more about peer fundraising, download our free eGuide, The Crowdfunding Craze. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 19, 2012June 21, 2017Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In a recent post on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog, Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation, and Ann Keeling, Chief Executive of the International Diabetes Federation, argue that post-MDG development goals must include non-communicable diseases in order to see significant reductions in poverty and improvements in development.From the post:In 2000, world leaders drafting the millennium development goals (MDGs) addressed many of the great development challenges, but they made one serious mistake: they omitted any mention of NCDs, which together cause nearly two out of three deaths in the world (80% of those in developing countries).As the CEOs of the leading advocacy organisations fighting two of those NCDs, we believe this omission has resulted in a double whammy to NCDs – no attention, no funding – despite the fact that NCDs are overwhelmingly a poverty issue and related to all eight MDGs.“What gets measured, gets done,” says World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan. But NCDs are not getting measured and therefore not “getting done”.Read the full post here.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 21, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Antenatal care has long been viewed as a critical component of comprehensive maternal and newborn health care, together with care at the time of delivery and during the postnatal period. Yet, in low-income countries, only 38% of pregnant women attended the recommended four or more ANC visits during 2006-2013. Since numerous life-saving interventions can be delivered in the weeks and months leading up to birth, what is holding the global maternal health community back from successfully delivering high quality ANC to all pregnant women around the world? Further, what does high quality ANC actually entail? What innovative models for delivering ANC exist, and might be scaled up to reach more women in more settings?To begin to answer these questions—and their policy implications—the MHTF recently worked together with the Wilson Center, as part of the Advancing dialogue on maternal health, series to facilitate the policy dialogue, “Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale up.”The panel for this policy dialogue consisted of Dr. A. Metin Gülmezolgu of the World Health Organization (WHO), Carrie Klima, PhD of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Faith Muigai of Jacaranda Health. The three experts on this panel offered insight into both gaps and solutions to the current ANC environment. Their expertise focused around three main topics: continued rigorous research, creating more effective and efficient models of care, and delivering quality care through investing in the health workforce.ResearchGlobal standards for ANC have experienced numerous iterations, and the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to examine the best schedule and content for ANC. The second iteration of WHO’s ANC model, Focused Antenatal Care (FANC), was released in 2001 and outlines key interventions to be delivered in four visits that are critically timed. But a WHO trial in Zimbabwe showed an increase in perinatal death, specifically fetal deaths, in those who had only four ANC visits.This model is currently under reevaluation by the WHO and we can look forward to new guidelines in the coming year.Dr. Gülmezolgu emphasized the continual need of rigorous research like randomized control trials (RCTs) to evaluate two questions—what should be delivered and how. This is being accomplished partially through the joint WHO and MHTF project, Adding Content to Contact, which systematically assesses the obstacles that prevent and the factors that enable the adoption and implementation of cost-effective interventions for antenatal and postnatal care along the care continuum. Research and interventions for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and delivery should occur on several levels: individual interventions, barriers and facilitators to access to and provision of care, large-scale program evaluation to address policy issues, and health systems interventions. The outcomes of these interventions and research are not only maternal, but should also be evaluated on the fetal and neonatal level and women-centered—creating a space where women can learn about pregnancy and not just preventing complications.Innovative Models of CarePublic facilities in low-income countries are often overcrowded with poor provider-to-patient ratios, straining health workers and providing a barrier to sufficient ANC. Carrie Klima offers insight to a model of care that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health workers in low-resource settings. CenteringPregnancy is a group care model that has been implemented in the Unites States since the 1990s. In CenteringPregnancy, eight to 12 pregnant women with similar due dates receive their prenatal care, education, and support in a group setting. This model has shown an increase in weight and gestational age for mothers who deliver prematurely. But could this model, primarily used in a developed country, also work in the developing world?Recently Klima traveled to Tanzania and Malawi to conduct a feasibility and acceptability study of this model of care. The current CenteringPregnancy model of ten visits and was pared down to four to reflect the FANC guidelines for this study. What did the results show? Both health workers and expecting mothers were accepting of this model and qualitatively reported an increase in the quality of ANC. Midwives reported that they finally felt like they were able to practice their profession as they were taught to do in midwifery school. Women were also taught how to perform self-assessments and reported feeling more empowered by better understanding the metrics of their care and options for treatment.Invest in the Health WorkforceJacaranda Health in Kenya provides a novel model of care not often seen in low-resource settings—quality over quantity, a valued health workforce versus one that is overworked. This health model has six areas of focus: patient-centered design, human resources, quality improvement, technology, measuring impact, and business innovation. Faith Muigai, Director of Clinical Operations, stressed the importance of supply-side incentives for ANC as she highlighted patient-centered interventions. During their stay at the facility women receive three meals, two snacks, medications, maternity pads, and other goods that the woman or her family normally must supply. At Jacaranda facilities, patients keep coming back because the quality is much better. Jacaranda also works with women to create a savings plan for delivery fees. Since some women can’t afford these fees, Jacaranda is working with the Government of Kenya to subsidize care and lower prices.Jacaranda not only creates a quality place to receive care, but also a quality place to provide care. Jacaranda is passionate about their health workforce and has developed a career ladder for their staff to help create a sustainable health system. This allows task-shifting, which maximizes time with clients so education can be provided. Muigai concluded by emphasizing that the model of care Jacaranda implements is “a means of proving concepts that impact the delivery of cost-effective, patient-centered, quality care in low-resource settings.”Interested in learning more about what our speakers had to say? Follow the links below:New Security Beat: Antenatal Care as an Instrument of Change: Innovative Models for Low-Resource SettingsDr. A. Metin Gülmezoglu’s PresentationCarrie Klima’s PresentationFaith Muigai’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Faith MuigaiPhoto GalleryVideoInterested in learning more about the MHTF’s ongoing work relating to antenatal care? Contact Annie Kearns, project manager of Adding Content to Contact (ACC).Share this:
Flickr: World BankThere’s no question that compelling photos are a powerful component of a successful fundraising campaign. Many organizations go further by sharing donor, volunteer, and staff photos. That’s because, “a picture may be worth MORE than a thousand words. A new study shows that text is more credible when accompanied by photos,” says neuroscientist Roger Dooley.Despite the potential, positive impact there’s a significant challenge in taking and using “real people” photos and videos. Permissions are a must for every people photo. But the challenges for beneficiary or participant photos are particularly tough. A colleague recently asked:“Our recent campaigns were fueled by client stories that featured a photo or two. Naturally, I planned to feature the same kind of memorable profiles going forward. That plan changed radically last month, when our social workers urged us to put our clients’ privacy first and stop using client photos. We agreed to honor their request but now we’re stuck: How do I move forward with using client photos and videos?”My advice is to take these six steps and develop a photo policy that addresses both legal and ethical concerns:1) Talk with your program colleagues.Come together with your colleagues to share your fundraising goals and approach and learn about their front-line perspective.During your meeting, talk about how stories work, share examples from your organization if possible, and highlight why photos make them even stronger. If possible, use your donor management software to pull statistics from recent campaigns to show that the fundraising campaigns with photo-illustrated stories did better than campaigns without those stories or photos.The more your colleagues feel that they have a role in year-end success (and get that they’ll benefit from that success via increased revenue and the ability to provide more services to more clients, and keep their jobs), the more eager they’ll be to brainstorm on creative solutions to your donor-engagement dilemma.2) Listen to your colleagues’ point of view. Flickr: Scottish GovernmentInstead of making assumptions, dig in to understand what’s behind your colleagues’ concerns.Ask them about their worries. Are they concerned that showing the faces of clients or beneficiaries may put those individuals in danger of deportation, domestic abuse, or another threat? Are they uneasy about losing clients’ trust? Have they promised clients that their stories are confidential? Or are they concerned that photos are being taken and used without permission?All of these concerns are valid. You need to understand the specifics to develop the best solution. 3) Work together through the ethical dimensions of photo use. “When considering photography, it’s important to examine the motives for creating particular images and their potential impact. Not only must a faithful, comprehensive visual depiction of the subjects be created to avoid causing misconception, but more importantly, the subjects’ dignity must be preserved,” says photographer Margot Duane.”Margot’s statement reinforces the importance of ethical photo use.These reporting guidelines from UNICEF clearly reflect the organization’s ethical considerations:“Obtain permission from the child and his or her guardian for all interviews, videotaping and, when possible, for documentary photographs. When possible and appropriate, this permission should be in writing. Permission must be obtained in circumstances that ensure that the child and guardian are not coerced in any way and that they understand that they are part of a story that might be disseminated locally and globally. This is usually only ensured if the permission is obtained in the child’s language and if the decision is made in consultation with an adult the child trusts.” Angela Crist, executive director of Findlay Hope House, shared how her organization’s staff works together to ensure that ethical photo/video practices are in place:“I trust our case managers to tell me where their clients are and if it would be good or bad for them to be highlighted. We have stories we’ve never shared because a client’s life has taken a bad turn or they are struggling hard at the moment. We also have people whose stories, while triumphant, would potentially hinder them if they were publicly identified. So we never share those. We also hold back to avoid overexposure. One, to not become exploitative and two, especially for our folks in recovery, the exposure can have negative consequences to their recovery process.”Whether you decide to develop guidelines or develop a less formal policy, ethical photo/video use should be considered. Read: How to Achieve a Fundraising Win without Client Photos4) Collaborate on a clear, succinct approach to taking and using images.Consider how you will answer these questions:How will you use of photos of children versus those of adults?Is it permissible to feature photos of individuals who aren’t identifiable if you don’t have a release? Is there any situation in which you’ll use photos of individuals without permission?Will you use names and locations?How will use of client photos on social media differ from use in media with more limited distribution (e.g. a print brochure)?Will you include information about the services you’re providing to photo subjects?WaterAid addresses these issues in its Ethical Image Policy.:Accuracy – how to ensure our film and photos are truthful.Longevity – how long we should keep and use images.Integrity – how to produce respectful photographs that avoid stereotyping and ensure privacy.Manipulation – what is and is not allowed in post-production.Child protection – how to ensure that children featured in our photographs are safe from harm .Equality and non-discrimination – how to ensure that our photographic practice includes everyone, even the most marginalized.The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ clearly conveys its simple, but comprehensive photo policy in this brief summary included in its social media policy:“Always have parent/guardian permission before adding pictures or videos of girls online. Permission for photo and video release is on the Girl Scouts of the USA membership registration and included in the “Internet Safety Pledge” form. If parents/guardians have not given written permission, do not post pictures or videos of their daughter online.GSSI has media release forms available for leaders if they prefer to keep these for their records or to get permission to share images or video that includes a non-member, such as a non-registered parent.”Write out your policy, illustrated with examples, and integrate it into relevant guidelines such as social media policy, employee orientation, and style guides. Then, train your colleagues and others likely to capture and use photos about the policy.5) Going forward—Get (written) permission to take and use every “people” photo.Your organization must get permission to photograph and use photos of any subject for both legal and ethical reasons. I urge you to require written photo permissions from all beneficiaries and guardians of child subjects whenever possible. This practice will offer them with the dignity and respect they deserve, and ensure their confidentiality if desired.The good news is that there are many ways to get photo permissions. If necessary, consider these powerful alternatives to illustrating your stories when you can’t get photo permissions.6) Get as many photo permissions as possible.A standard release lets a person say “yes, you can take my picture,” and you can use it as you wish, in any format you want. See sample releases at the end of this articleFellow fundraisers suggest:Including a photo release (with an easy and clear way to opt-out) in your program registration, event sign in, or volunteer agreement. Then, for in-person gatherings, visibly identify those who opt out with a nametag sticker or, for children, a colored dot sticker to be affixed to clothing.Placing a sign at the entry to your event or gathering place indicating that by entering, all participants agree to have their photos taken and shared.Identifying strong candidates (especially good stories) ahead of time and talk to the parent or guardian about what you’d like to do and the possible implications for the child and family (i.e. exposure).The following index features several photo releases and policies from nonprofits nationwide. I hope you’ll check it out.What’s your approach to using photos of clients, donors, and other individuals? Please share your policies and methods in the comments below.Model Photo Releases and Policies*Photo Release FormsBoy Scouts of America: Pack 19, Erie PA (PDF)Hawaii State PTSA (PDF)Jessie Rees Foundation (interactive form)Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (PDF)Wesleyan University (.docx)Policies and Agreements incorporating image capture and useGirl Scouts of Southern Illinois (social media policy)Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape & Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (social media policy)Telecom Pioneers (volunteer agreement)UNICEF (reporting guidelines)WaterAid (ethical image policy)*Thanks to Beth Kanter, Jayne Cravens, Rachel Braver, Anysa Holder, Maggie Graham, and Laura Gauthier for sharing photo policy models and methods.
philanthropy (noun): the love of humankindHappy National Philanthropy Day! Every year on November 15, this international event, coordinated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), shares the love and impact each of us can create in our communities. It’s also a fantastic reason to take a moment to honor those who do so much for your nonprofit’s mission—before holiday prep and year-end fundraising get into full-swing.When most people hear the word “philanthropist,” they might not envision themselves in that group, thinking their contribution is too small to merit the distinction. But true-blue philanthropists can be found at all giving levels, every age, and any ability. If you care enough to give—whether it’s dollars, talent, or time—you’re a philanthropist.Philanthropists are all around us, and it’s actually pretty easy to become one. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration or guidance.That’s the spirit behind National Philanthropy Day: to celebrate those who make a tangible difference and to engage others in the process. The day shows us what’s been achieved so far, while reassuring us that even though there’s much yet to do, we can all find a place in that work.If National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is new to you, here’s a little background, along with a few last-minute ways your organization can take part.How It All BeganDouglas Freeman, a lawyer from Orange Country, California, first envisioned National Philanthropy Day in 1981 while giving a speech thanking major donors of the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis. “I looked out over that audience and I realized we owe these people a debt of gratitude,” Freeman said in an interview with the Orange County Register. He sketched out the idea and got to work organizing and lobbying for a national proclamation.In 1986, Freeman’s hard work paid off when President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed November 15 National Philanthropy Day, sparking annual celebrations across North America. The AFP reports that the day has since been officially recognized by numerous state, provincial, and local governments. Canada permanently recognized National Philanthropy Day in 2012. In fact, more than 25,000 Canadians participate every year, setting a high bar for honoring and engaging in effective philanthropy.Join the PartyMany nonprofits host formal ceremonies on National Philanthropy Day to honor exceptional donors, volunteers, corporations, and others engaged in giving back. Some also organize a day of service, inviting community members to come together for hands-on giving, like building wheelchair ramps for needy seniors or serving meals at a food bank.Of course, that level of celebration takes time and planning, but it’s never too late for your nonprofit to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. Here are three easy ways to raise a virtual glass to the extraordinary philanthropists in your circle.Social MediaThroughout the day, make a series of posts highlighting dedicated volunteers, donors, or board members. In each post, share a story about that person’s impact or dedication, along with a photo or video. Maybe this is a top fundraiser, or it could be someone who shows up week after week for work parties or phone banks.EmailUse your donor database to identify recurring donors. Make a quick video with your organization’s staff thanking them for their ongoing support and send it in personalized emails to that segment of your list. (You could then post the video on your social channels for wider sharing.)IRLWe all have those truly amazing supporters of our nonprofits. Dig into your donor management system again to identify, say, your top three donors or your oldest donors over time. Maybe there’s a person or business that went above and beyond this year to support your mission. Send those folks a fun surprise, like a colorful fall bouquet or a pizza party delivered to their office, along with a thank you card signed by your entire team.Mark next year’s calendar for National Philanthropy Day, November 15, and make the event part of your annual planning. Check out the official NPD page for more information and visit NPDLove to read about some of this year’s inspiring honorees.
A sought after fundraising speaker and thought leader, Rachel Muir founded her own nonprofit, Girlstart, with just $500 and a credit card. A winner of Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three-time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named “Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation.” She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show; and leads retreats and online, classroom and custom training to transform people into confident, successful fundraisers.We caught up with Rachel for a few preview questions prior to her Masterclass Webinar “How to Upgrade Donors and Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys” with Network for Good.NFG: At 26 you founded Girlstart, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology; and have gone on to lead a successful fundraising consulting practice, and manage major gift portfolios for some of the country’s largest and most successful nonprofits. What attracts you to fundraising?RM: What’s NOT to love about fundraising? I think we have THE BEST jobs in the world as fundraisers because on top of making the world a better place we get to develop meaningful relationships with other people and learn how they want to make the world a better place, be significant, and then bring them opportunities to do just that. I know there are people out there afraid of fundraising but I’d tell anyone who feels a hint of fear about it that they’ve likely forgotten how amazing it feels to give. People get scared of making the ask and they forget how GREAT it feels to give. Giving is the neurological equivalent of WINNING THE LOTTERY! If you have forgotten how great it feels to give, go and give right now—your money, even your time. The #1 thing I never tire of is helping nonprofits give their donors deeply satisfying and rewarding experiences to feel delighted and satisfied that their gift made an impact.NFG: In Network for Good’s upcoming webinar, you’ll be leading a masterclass on donor surveys and how they can boost revenue. In your expertise, what have you discovered about surveys that have surprised you?RM: The most surprising thing to me about surveys is how frequently they are used in the for-profit world and how rarely they are used in the nonprofit sector. It’s a missed opportunity.NFG: You’ll go into more depth on this in the webinar, but what’s one-way surveys can grow a nonprofit’s major gift pipeline?RM: One of the greatest gifts we can give our donors is the gift of feeling known by us. A good survey done well helps you achieve that.NFG: And one for fun…complete this sentence: Fundraising is_________RM: A quest for empathy.Register today for a deeper dive into how to grow your major donor pool with Network for Good’s Masterclass Webinar, “How to Upgrade Donors and Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys.”
Peter Hart started a company called Evrconnect in 2014 with the goal to provide small and medium-size nonprofits with powerful technology that was affordable and easy to use; including online fundraising pages, websites, donor management, and communication tools. Within a few years, Evrconnect and Network for Good teamed up to create our current integrated donor management system.“There’s no group of people who are more mission and purpose minded than nonprofits. I’m drawn to them because of their passion. Feeling like you’re a small part of what they’re doing is rewarding.”Q&A with Peter Hart, Product ManagerWhat do you do as product manager?I make sure that our products provide meaningful value to our customers. We talk with our customers, get consistent feedback, and turn that feedback into a prioritized list of opportunities where we can add value to the donor management system and help small nonprofits fundraise easier.What’s your experience with nonprofits?My family owned and operated a golf course in Indiana, so I grew up helping all kinds of nonprofits in the community with their golf fundraisers. Seeing how hard the nonprofits worked to raise money for their cause gave me a unique perspective and appreciation. It also gave me my initial purpose of wanting to help nonprofits fundraise. I decided early in my career that I wanted to combine my passion for creating innovative software with my strong desire to help make fundraising easier for nonprofits.What do you enjoy most about your work?Getting to work with so many nonprofits and be part of what they’re doing is inspiring and motivating. Our nonprofit customers are passionate about their cause and the needs of their community. Our goal is to help them fulfill those needs. I like figuring out the challenge of how we can make fundraising easier for them and how we can create opportunities to help nonprofits.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?I love to spend time with my wife, Bethany, and four awesome kids, Hunter, Ben, Hallee, and Sadie, which keeps me plenty busy. I still love to play golf when time allows and spend time on the golf course I grew up on, which my parents still run.Lightning RoundDream vacation? I’ll take a week in Disney with my family followed by a week in Hawaii with just my wife Most recent book read? The Little Ladybug My 1-year-old can’t get enough of this one…Last movie seen in movie theater? Oh boy…well, the last movie I remember seeing in the theater was Mission: Impossible — FalloutYour theme song? “I Hold On” by Dierks BentleyFavorite color? GreenRead more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2015December 3, 2015Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)To highlight the rising and disparate rate of maternal deaths in the U.S., the Maternal Health Task Force is launching a blog series to explore strategies to mitigate these deaths and inequities and build a repository of information and resources for stakeholders across the U.S. and globe. We invite you to participate in the blog series by contributing a post and following the series.Maternal mortality has decreased 45% worldwide since 1990. However, this progress has not extended to the U.S. where the maternal mortality ratio (MMR)—or number of women who die in pregnancy or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy per 100,000 live births—has been rising since the 1980s. The United States fares worse than most developed nations, ranking 65th in the world with an MMR of 28 in 2013. Despite the U.S. commitment to Millennium Development Goal 5—to decrease the MMR by three quarters from 1990 to 2015—the MMR in the U.S. has more than doubled in that time.Equally disturbing are the deep inequities in maternal mortality in the U.S. The most notable inequity is race: When MMR is stratified by race, black women die at three to four times the rate of white women.Approaches to mitigate inequities in maternal health and death in the U.S. are needed at multiple levels of the system, from clinical care at the individual level to interventions aimed at the underlying social and economic determinants at a societal level. Integration of these multi-level efforts and capacity building of community-based efforts are needed.Now that the U.S. has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it has committed to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. The strategy to end preventable maternal mortality, which operationalizes SDG goal 3.1, states that countries, like the U.S., who have an MMR less than 420[*], should seek to reduce it by two thirds by 2030. What do we need to do to get to 9 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030?Potential topics for blog submissions, all with an equity lens:Situating the U.S. maternal health crisis within the global context: Often the U.S. is used as a benchmark for other countries. However, maternal health in the U.S. is rife with problems. How do we change the dialogue about maternal health and the U.S. in order to describe an accurate picture and create awareness for the need of improvement?Addressing rising Cesarean section rates: What are some of the underlying reasons why African Americans experience higher rates of C-sections? What does this say about the experience of pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period among minority women? How do women describe their experience with the healthcare system when it comes to choosing birthing options?Addressing chronic disease as a driver of maternal mortality: Why do these health conditions disproportionately affect women in the U.S.? How do chronic diseases impact maternal health in the U.S.? How does overall health impact pregnancy outcomes among women of color? What is being done to address some of these issues?Improving measurement and reporting requirements: There are only six states that require the measurement of maternal mortality, resulting in systematic undercounting of maternal deaths as well as lack of information regarding the background and causes of maternal deaths. What impact does this lack of effective measurement have on efforts to address maternal health and mortality? Does this disproportionately affect racial minorities and those with low socioeconomic status? How does lack of measurement affect accountability?Opportunities for collaboration between the public health, medical, policy, and advocacy communities: Too often organizations and people working on maternal health in the U.S. are siloed. How can we combine efforts and work collaboratively to address inequities in maternal health care? How can we merge policy and public health efforts in reducing inequities in maternal mortality?You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photo.Goal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insight.Audience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settings.Tone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet peer-reviewed publication standards.Feel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (eg. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 600-800 words.No institutional promotion.Please include links to sources such as websites and/or publications.May also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photo.To contribute a post to this series, please contact Vanessa Brizuela at [email protected] or Katie Millar at [email protected] to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by November 16, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Photo: “United States of America” ©2011 Mr. Lugan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.Share this: