Pot That Called the Kettle Black

first_imgThere is nothing like a crisis to expose the hypocrisy and dishonesty that is intertwined in international relations and what masquerades as international law. The Ukraine conflict is laying bare the fault lines of both Russia and the West.Ukraine is one of several breakaway regions of the former Soviet Union, which declared independence in 1991. It is the largest country in Europe and not surprisingly both the West and Russia have been vying for influence over its strategic spoils, including, most notably, access to the Black Sea. Russian and Western backed political parties have been locked in a battle for supremacy, miring the country in political gridlock for the better part of a decade now.The latest crisis was sparked when Pres. Viktor Yanukovych, who was elected in 2010, rejected a union agreement with the European Union, sparking civil unrest by his opponents, forcing him to flee to Russia for personal safety. His parliamentary opponents have installed an acting president and prime minister, who have been recognized by the West. Russia, on the other hand, has declared Yanukovych’s ouster as a coup and rejected the new leaders as illegitimate.The crisis escalated after Crimea, a Russian dominated region, which had been gifted to Ukraine in 1954, held a referendum to secede from Ukraine, in which nearly 97 percent of voters supported joining Russia, which has sent troops into Crimea and exercises virtually complete control over the region.This is where the fun begins.The European Union and the United States have repudiated the democratic outcome of a referendum, arguing that it had not been authorized by the central Ukrainian authorities. They have imposed travel bans and asset freezes of Russian and Crimean officials for undermining “democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine.” The uncomfortable side note, of course, is that the current Ukrainian regime had deposed an elected president, who happens to support Crimea’s move.Russia, which seems to be preparing the groundwork to annex Crimea, of course, touts the democratically exercised will of the people. Pres. Vladimir Putin, whose government routinely represses and hounds critics, did end runs around the Russian constitution to run for reelection for a third time, and then intimidated his opponents with machineries of the state, simply can’t tear away from democratic expressions of a free people. He would not though tolerate similar democratic exercises in other restive regions of Russia or its erstwhile empire — say Chechnya or Georgia.Ukraine just happens to be the latest pawn in this disingenuous game of international chicanery. The same hypocrisy has played out over Egypt and Syria and Iran and Israel for decades now. In Egypt, the United States is backing a military junta that ousted a democratically elected president. In Syria, Russia is propping up a brutal tyrant.Recently, the United States mocked Russia’s international isolation after it vetoed a security council resolution on Ukraine. In fact it is the United States that has run most rough shod over the security council, frequently blocking motions from even coming to a vote. Between 1996 to 2012, it exercised the security council veto far more frequently than any other permanent member of the council and almost twice as frequently as Russia.So the next time Pres. Barack Obama or Pres. Putin take the stage, can we please be spared the moral hectoring.Please. Related Itemslast_img read more

Chinese media downplays Azhar issue

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Apr 19 (PTI) Chinese media today highlighted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikars remarks that Sino-India ties should not be affected by a third party even as it skirted any reference to his call to Beijing to review its stand on blocking Indias efforts to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.The issue of Azhar, Jaish-e-Muhammad chief, was raised by External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow yesterday, while Parrikar called on China to strike a united stand with India on terrorism.”What happened in UN is not in the right direction and they have to take a common line on terrorism which is in the interests of India and China,” Parrikar had said after his meeting with Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan yesterday.For its part, the state-run media here highlighted Parrikars remarks to Chang that India hopes that the development of bilateral ties will not be affected by other factors including the third party.The remarks came one week after Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ash Carter vowed to safeguard maritime security in the region, including the South China Sea, state-run China Daily reported.”According to observers, India is seeking to strike a balance between China and the United States in its frequent high-level meetings with Chinese officials this week,” it said.Parrikar also said India attaches highest importance to its ties with China.As the Indian government has long been dedicated to settling border disputes with China, Parrikars visit to the country aims to reduce tensions caused by border patrols, although the issue cannot be solved overnight, said Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.advertisementThe border dispute will be discussed at the 19th boundary talks between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here this week.Zhao said normal patrols on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control have been portrayed in the Indian press as “aggressive” incursions in the Indian territory.”Despite a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, its implementation is problematic,” Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations told Global Times, citing media hype and the tough stance on China taken by certain Indian politicians.Beijing and New Delhi inked the agreement in October 2013 during ex-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs visit to China, formulating a formal mechanism to improve security along 3488-kilometer long border. (MORE) PTI KJV MRJlast_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow Lite versus PayPal

first_imgNeed to start online fundraising? Have you checked out PayPal or Google Checkout?It’s time to consider a better (but still free!) solution. Network for Good provides a free online fundraising service to registered 501(c)3 organizations — DonateNow Lite.How does DonateNow Lite compare to Paypal?Donor experience is heightened because of Network for Good’s use of a donation form (rather than a shopping cart).Donors receive automated tax receipts and online donation history.You can accept recurring donations.You can track donations with online reports.Our service is registered to process donations for nonprofits from the residents of all 50 states + DC — PayPal is not. (While Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states, we recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)Network for Good is a nonprofit like you are.We offer our subscribers free fundraising training & resources at www.fundraising123.org.Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!last_img read more

Building Your Nonprofit Brand in 8 Words or Less

first_imgIn today’s competitive marketing environment, is your nonprofit’s tagline strong enough to get attention and provoke questions? Does it complement your org’s name, convey the unique value you deliver to your community and differentiate you from the competition?Or is your nonprofit’s tagline vague, ambiguous, over-reaching, too abstract or simply non-existent? 72% of nonprofit organizations rate their taglines as poor, or don’t have one at all. But a tagline is a terrible thing to waste.Think about it. Your tagline is seen and heard more than any other eight or less words you communicate. It’s on business cards, email signatures, signage, online and print communications, fundraising videos, voicemail and more.  Without it, your organization just can’t compete for donors, volunteers, board and staff members and more.This sesson showed key findings from the Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Report, what makes a strong tagline work, and the seven deadly sins to avoid.last_img read more

10 Strategies for Recession Fundraising

first_imgThe Chronicle of Philanthropy has a great series up right now with 10 things to do now, to raise money during the downturn. You need a subscription to read the full articles but here’s their list. It is based on interviews with a variety of organizations. Some of these are back-to-basics ideas, which is what a lot of people are focusing on. Others are about being  frugal and innovative. All excellent ideas these days.Don’t treat giving as a financial transaction. Tell donors how their giving is making the world a better place and don’t just focus on the perks they will receive (e.g. “you get a newsletter and four free tickets” — this is especially important for arts organizations).Keep close ties to donors. Don’t make your only contact with donors be solicitations. Focus on thanking and showing impact. Find ways to let donors see the impact for themselves.Offer matching grants. Ask a loyal donor or funder to provide the match.Ask donors to give monthly. ‘Nuff said.Look for ways to save money on fundraising. Trim special event expenses or eliminate programs that aren’t serving you well. Look for ways to move your communications online. Freeze salaries. Renegotiate with your vendors and consultants (don’t know about this one!).Seek alternatives to soliciting private donations. Can you rent some of your space to another organization? Start a social enterprise? Develop a cause-marketing partnership with a corporation?Collaborate to raise money. You can have greater impact and generate more attention by working with others. For example, ten grassroots organizations serving people with disabilities could put on one large event instead of each having their own. They would probably raise more, hold a better event and get more attention than doing it alone.Scale back ambitious campaigns, but don’t give up on them. You may have to scale back on the goal or increase the length of your “quiet phase” where the lead gifts are solicited.Avoid emergency solicitations. Asking donors to bail you out or save you from impending demise is not an appealing message — who wants to invest in an organization on the brink of collapse? Instead, tell people how the economy is hurting the people you serve and the issues you work on.Shore up relations with grant makers. It is going to take some time before endowment-based funders can get back to decent levels of giving, but that doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to them. Be on their list when giving resumes, by being in touch and continuing to show them you are making a difference. Source: http://blueprintfundraising.com/the-fundit/last_img read more

Case Study: Mike Tikkanen and the Kids at Risk Action Group

first_imgAfter just a few minutes with Mike Tikkanen, you’ll be fired up and ready to take action. His passion for improving the treatment of abused and neglected children inspires and educates, and you can’t help but get fired up along with him.After serving for 12 years as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) in Minnesota, Tikkanen founded the nonprofit Kids at Risk Action Group. He had volunteered in the Guardian ad-Litem program and worked with more than 50 “Invisible Children” who are part of the County Child Protection System.“It’s just us in the nonprofit sector,” Tikkanen says. “It’s up to us, the community organizers, to put [the legislators’] feet to the fire.”As Tikkanen and his handful of dedicated Board members try to put together the means to tie agencies together and create connectivity on a larger scale, the fledgling nonprofit has made great strides at spreading their message of hope and action through:The publishing of the book Invisibile Children: Pre Teen Mothers, Adolescent Felons & What We Can Do About It (now available as an audio file on their website or for purchase on Amazon.com)An invitation to lead a workshop addressing the rights of children at the United NationsThe collection of nearly $1,000 via online donations in the two months since signing up for DonateNowTurning Passion into Fundraising Dollars OnlineAt the recommendation of Kate Thomas, a founder of Lotus + Lama (a website design and marketing firm), Tikkanen and his team decided to begin accepting donations online.Thomas found Network for Good through her own philanthropic activities. Many of the Buddhist organizations she supported prominently featured their Network for Good “Donate Now” buttons, which in turn helped build trust for Thomas. She then began recommending DonateNow to other clients, and upon working with Tikkanen recommended Network for Good as the right fit for KARA, too.“[KARA] was a very small organization doing great work,” Thomas explained. “I said that, ‘My sense is this will really pay off for you; just give it some time.’”Tikkanen echoed Thomas: “When you’re a small organization, what do you do? You only have so many hours. I’m not a man of means, I don’t have secretaries to do things-I do them! There’s no big staff or big budget, and we have to make those donor dollars go a very long way.”Why Network for Good Fit the BillThomas credits the variety of features for her decision to advocate for DonateNow. “The features are really handy-there’s no need to recreate the wheel,” she said. According to Thomas:DonateNow makes it really easy for website designers to integrate online fundraising into the mix; it gives the functionality to process donations without the designers needing to create a newly developed feature.It gives a great way for donors to give memorial donations.The recurring gifts (monthly, quarterly and annually) functionality “will increase fundraising dollars substantially over time.”Nonprofits needn’t create their own merchant accounts to handle the donations.And one of the biggest tipping points? “Using Network for Good increases KARA’s legitimacy because of their [Network for Good’s] reputation,” according to Thomas. “People who have had contact with Mike and the organization might be more likely to give directly. But, others who haven’t met them but found them online and feel strongly about [KARA’s] work would feel they can trust Network for Good; they don’t know [KARA] yet.”Tikkanen has been “impressed with the energies and efforts” of the Network for Good team so far, and seeing some donations rolls in online has given him “a positive feeling.”“[Working with Network for Good] has been an all around positive experience for me and KARA,” Tikkanen said. “Your team made this a simple process to incorporate onto our website and automatic banking and bookkeeping.  We have been pleasantly surprised with several unexpected donations right away. This is a big deal to a small nonprofit like ours. You have been accessible and easy to communicate with and I appreciate that. I believe that making things easy for people in these busy and troubled times is a big plus.”Mike’s Tips for Other Small, Growing Nonprofits“Make things easy for people,” Tikkanen says. “Flow with the stream. Life’s pretty hard at this time, and we have to do what we’re good at. Don’t put your time into things that are painful and don’t work.”Ready to Make Things Easier for Your Donors?Want to learn how DonateNow might fit for your organization? Give us a call at 888.284.7978 x1 or email us mailto:%5Bmailto:fundraising123@networkforgood.org%5D, and our team will be happy to discuss your fundraising goals and how Network for Good can help you meet (and exceed!) them.Learn more about KARA at their website: www.invisiblechildren.orgLearn more about Lotus + Lama online: www.lotuslama.comlast_img read more

Why the Washington Post shouldn’t view Facebook as an ATM machine

first_imgThe Washington Post had an article yesterday (registration may be required to read it) that made the same mistake nonprofit marketing folks often make when judging the relative value of Facebook: it simply looked at Facebook as a place you post a cause and expect the dollars to roll in. If it doesn’t do that, the Post concludes, it doesn’t work.I’ve heard fundraisers say the same thing.But there is more to the story.Be sure to read the excellent comments here and more important, read Allison Fine’s response on her blog.Bottom line: the value of Facebook is not to be calculated by dollar per donor. Allison notes:Let’s reframe: what if Causes was judged by the number of people who know about a cause who didn’t know about it before; the number of people who increase their involvement with that cause by sharing information with friends about it, organizing an event, blogging and tweeting about it, and so on; the number of people who have self-organized an event for the cause. I’m sure there are other meausres, but you get the point, what measures we use to define success will utlimately define us and while dollars in might be easy to measure it’s not alwasy the best one to use… Causes isn’t just about raising money, it’s also about raising friends and awareness, and in the long run turning loose social ties into stronger ones for a cause may be more important than one-time donations of $10 and $20 dollars right now. Our rush to judge this application effective or ineffective over a very short time period with a primary user base of very young people is off base.Facebook is one tool for interacting and engaging with a community — not a fundraising silver bullet.UPDATE: Be sure to read Beth Kanter’s post on this as well.last_img read more

An Old Man, a Young Boy, Cricket and…Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.In South Africa and for myself January symbolizes the beginning of a new season, the New Year, the beginning of school…but mostly it symbolizes the beginning of new things. Former South African President Nelson Mandela now aged 92 years has been sick and hospitalized. I was saddened by the news and praying daily. The fear I have is that many South Africans face the reality of one day losing a legend who has transformed our country, our world and our people. I realized my own selfishness yet also my attachment to this man whom I have never personally met. I am only 27 years old and the life I know is the life of inspiration, freedom, democracy and diversity, ‘the rainbow nation’. I just realized that many outcomes of my life are based on his sufferings and as I was talking to Faatimaa Ahmedi and Ifeyinwa Madu about many other issues I realized the spirit of his life when Faatimaa said to me, “Some people like Nelson Mandela recognized their mission in this world and accomplished it perfectly! Now it is our turn to identify what our role is and what we are supposed to achieve.”I have been in India for 5 months and the project here is at the intervention and implementation phase. On the 18th of January we travelled to Jodhpur for a training of trainers and for field visits. The first two days consisted of training sessions on Birth Preparedness and Complications Readiness and then there were four days of field work in ten villages. We used the picture books on government entitlements, danger signs during pregnancy, birth and postpartum teaching as well as safe delivery including the birth preparedness calendar. We also took time to visit a Primary Health Centre and a Community Health Centre in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and the conditions were not the best with an iron bed and a bucket below for blood which I think is one of the core reasons of home deliveries. Some of the major challenges we faced were:Social and gender inequalities; women were refusing to talk if men were presentHigh illiteracy in almost all the villages and for the registration the women had to do thumbprints as many could not sign their namesThe role of women was considered to be that of being housewives and bearing children, and all the women complained about having little time for the training as many were either pregnant with an infant of less than 12 months breastfeeding or with two or three young children around herWomen were very shy about the female reproductive system or pages in the picture displaying a woman giving birth or bleeding, and it was followed by giggles or women turning away or bending their heads downPoverty displayed a major role in lack of access though the results also differed from village to villageChildren were malnourished and at risk of kwashiorkor and many were not attending school regularlyThe presence of men in the meetings was not welcomed, yet I felt there was both an interest and a need to learn. Allowing the men to sit amongst the women to learn about women’s issues may be a very necessary intervention in this area. There is also a great need to explore such issues as understanding of the body’s anatomy and physiology and issues around family planning, but I realize we cannot achieve all these changes in one day.In the evening of our return to the training centre where we were staying there was an eager boy who took us to the sand dunes for sunset. We watched cricket matches together with other colleagues, between South Africa and India. South Africa eventually won the five day series. Many people had either never seen a black person or had little knowledge about Africa except for its poverty. My new friend indicated they were taught in school about the poverty in Africa. It was initially hard to relate on a social level but as soon as I mentioned cricket it was easier to grasp attention. Even when giving health education and engaging with the women in the field somehow cricket allowed an entry to the hearts of women and their relatives on discussing maternal health issues. One evening I gave the boy one of my books and sat with him to try and teach him how to read English better. One my favorite stories is that told by Yeabsira Mehari in her previous blog, “A Starfish Saved.” In all the days in rural Rajasthan I was often disheartened to see the children not going to school while their parents could not read and write. It is a vicious cycle of events but this boy showed something different: a passion to thrive. And it was not I who made a difference in his life, it was he who wanted to learn more. I realised hope exists amongst all of us.In the end I realized my mission has many unaccomplished aspects. Thinking back over the things that occurred: one man has inspired us to be better and achieve missions impossible, and with patience they can be achieved. Sometimes the oddest things can link people and assist communication, in this case the sport of cricket connected me with people. A young boy’s efforts to read and learn the skill showed me that even desolate environments cannot remove inspiration and hope. May these lessons bring me closer to achieving maternal health outcomes.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Recapping International Women’s Day

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 9, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)We had an exciting International Women’s Day yesterday at the MHTF. You can read what MHTF Director Ann Blanc had to say about the Young Champions of Maternal Health, updates from our partners and view our website in three new languages. There was flurry of activity on the web yesterday as organizations wrote about what they are doing to improve the lives of women. Below is a snapshot of some of the important work being done on women’s health.EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes and Jeffrey L. Sturchio on investing global women’s healthMaternal health and neglected tropical diseases from the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases“Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” from USAID, the Gates Foundation and othersThe Kaiser Family Foundation marks the 100th IWDJill Sheffield from Women Deliver and Nalini Saligram from Arogya World on the 100th IWD as a catalyst for changeCelebrating IWD at the Guardian“A Woman’s Health is Her Primary Wealth” at Management Sciences for HealthNick Kristof on women leadersWomen’s health on IWD at USAIDTwo new challenges from ABC on maternal health and surviving childbirthShare this:last_img read more

A Breakthrough in mHealth: The First SIM app for Global Health!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 7, 2011June 20, 2017By: Raji Mohanam, 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF has long been a proponent of mobile health (mHealth) technology and its potential to improve maternal health outcomes.  A MHTF-supported project undertaken by Medic Mobile announced a breakthrough this week at the mHealth Summit in Cape Town. Medic Mobil has developed the world’s first SIM application for global health!Medic Mobile is building a more connected network of community health workers through a SIM application that can be used on a range of phones, including the most inexpensive kinds which are widely used in the developing world. So now, a simple cell phone can enable improved communication, education and collaboration between clinic-based doctors, health care workers and their patients in remote locations!For all the details read the full press release here.  Also take a look at a dedicated landing page with an overview of the application here.Share this:last_img read more

Live Webcast: Essential Obstetric & Newborn Care Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh

first_imgPosted on May 3, 2012October 15, 2014Click 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) The Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care begins tomorrow, May 4, 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The three-day meeting plans to focus on postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia as well as other issues relating to maternal and newborn health. The meeting will bring together maternal and newborn health leaders, clinicians, and program managers. Tweeting? The conference hashtag is #MNHDhaka. Share this: The live webcast of the meeting will be accessible here: http://www.oneworldgroup.org/mchip The event is sponsored by the Government of Bangladesh, USAID’s flagship Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Oxytocin Initiative, in collaboration with Women Deliver, VSI, FIGO, and ICM.center_img For more information about the meeting, visit: www.MCHIP.net/MNHDhaka Questions? Send them to info@mchip.com. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

HP has given me a laptop and printer to give away…

first_imgReally!They emailed me to say they are giving away laptop and printer bundles as part of their Create Change program, which highlights how individuals and technology are creating change in the world. More on the campaign here.So here’s the deal. Write in comments one great, brief story about how technology helps you transform lives. Use all those great storytelling skills. I’ll give you till Friday to post your comments. Then I’ll pick the most moving story and HP will send that person a laptop and printer. That’s it. Everyone else who posts gets copy of Switch (the one book to read if you’re trying to change the world) until my supply of 25 is gone. (Books sent in order of comments.) So you can’t lose. Either way, you get something to help you do more good.last_img read more

Do you have a Nudge Unit? Maybe you should.

first_imgDid you know the British Government has a Nudge Unit? It’s true, The Economist says so. The behavioral economists behind the favorite book Nudge are advising UK policymakers (and the Obama administration) on how to use insights into how people think to advance public policy.Here’s how my buddy Alia McKee explains behavioral economics: “Behavioral economics challenges the notion that people will choose the best action or the most logically presented choice and explores the bounds of rationality — identifying the patterns of social, cognitive and emotional factors that influence the decisions people make. The big takeaway? People don’t arrive at most decisions through a process of weighing costs against benefits. In their book Nudge, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein put it simply: Real people make decisions like Homer Simpson, not Spock. When we understand what motivates their inner Homers, we can nudge them toward the best action rather than trying to convince them as if they were Spock.”So what’s Thaler up to in the Nudge Unit? Testing behavioral economics to guide people to the right decisions! Here’s what The Economist says:A set of trials in Britain focused on energy efficiency. Research into why people did not take up financial incentives to reduce energy consumption by insulating their homes found one possibility was the hassle of clearing out the attic. A nudge was designed whereby insulation firms would offer to clear the loft, dispose of unwanted items and return the rest after insulating it. This example of what behavioural economists call “goal substitution”—replacing lower energy use with cleaning out the attic—led to a threefold increase in take-up of an insulation grant.All this experimentation is yielding insights into which nudges give the biggest shove. One question is whether nudges can be designed to harness existing social norms. In Copenhagen Pelle Guldborg Hansen, founder of the Danish Nudging Network, a non-profit organisation, tested two potential “social nudges” in partnership with the local government, both using symbols to try to influence choices. In one trial, green arrows pointing to stairs were put next to railway-station escalators, in the hope of encouraging people to take the healthier option. This had almost no effect. The other experiment had a series of green footprints leading to rubbish bins. These signs reduced littering by 46% during a controlled experiment in which wrapped sweets were handed out. “There are no social norms about taking the stairs but there are about littering,” says Mr Hansen.I want to go work for the Nudge Network! Do you have a Nudge Unit? Maybe you should.And for more on behavioral economics for nonprofits, check out the ebooks I wrote with Alia and Mark Rovner.last_img read more

How to get people to say nice things about you online

first_imgI get asked how to do this all the time. It’s an important question in an era when charity rating sites allow reviews of nonprofits and anyone can proffer opinions good and bad online.A recent post by Inkling Media did a great job answering. Ken Mueller listed bad ways to try to solicit good reviews. I agree all of them are to be avoided. He also shared a tip on the right way to do this. I recommend subscribing to his blog. I do, and it’s very good.1. Doing it yourself – pretending to be a fan of your organization online. This is horrible, and it has caused real pain when the inevitable truth comes out. It always does. DO NOT DO THIS. EVER. If you ask your best friend or consultant to do it for you, have them disclose who they are. Keep it honest.2. Paying someone to do it. Sleazy. If anyone were to find out, it would really hurt your reputation. The toll on your brand would far outweigh any small gain from a fake plaudit. 3. Bribing — Offering people blatant incentives to go post a review. Or offering a quid pro quo. (I’ll say nice things about your charity if you do the same for me.)So what are good ways? Ken says there is only one and I AGREE. He says, do your job well and encourage reviews.I’ll give you some examples that I’ve done myself.1. Someone writes you or comes up to you and says, “I love your organization.” When this happens to me, I say thanks and ask if they’d be willing to post that online. Or if I ask if I could share their quote as a testimonial on my website.2. Someone donates because they love you. On the donation thank-you page on your site, include social sharing links so people can spread the word.3. In your outreach, note if you’re listed on Guidestar, Great Nonprofits and Charity Navigator and that those sites invite charity reviews. Your supporters may not know about that, and if they love you, they might take the time to post a review. If they’re annoyed, they may do the same. So be prepared for all forms of feedback! I’ll post on that later this week. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Empower Your Supporters for Social Media Success

first_imgAdapted from the webinar presentation “Tips for Managing your Nonprofit’s Brand” with Katya Andresen. It’s no secret that there are many ways to showcase your brand online. But even more importantly, other people are also online talking about your nonprofit through blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more. Just as you are conscious of how you present your nonprofit’s brand, you should remember your brand is also being communicated by other people. Offer a fundraising widget that allows supporters to share a way to donate on their blogs or Facebook pages.Create a badge that donors can use as their social media avatars or post to their social streams.Ask supporters to share photos from your events or photos that represent your cause.Offer a Facebook cover photo or Twitter background image that represents your brand and signifies their support.Create downloadable posters or flyers that supporters can print and distribute.Encourage donors to spread the word about your latest fundraising campaign through social media sharing and send-to-a-friend features.center_img How your brand is expressed through social media not just about you having a blog or updating your social media profiles regularly. It’s also about other people portraying and reflecting your brand in what they do online. While you want to be consistent about what you put out there, you really can’t control everything that’s out there. Others will mention you, your services or your cause and it will reflect your brand in different ways.If you do a really great job with branding, hopefully, your core values will come out in those conversations online. You do have to let go of a little bit of control of your brand, but take heart —  the truly successful brands applaud that lack of control, embrace it and give their ‘brand champions’ – those people out there talking about you in a positive way, the ones who love you — the tools to spread the word about them online.Social media gives us a whole new way to get our brand out there, and access to new messengers to project our brand efficiently. So, how do you do that? Think about everything you do and how you can make it portable. How can you take what you do and put it in the hands of your supporters, so they can reflect your brand wherever they are online? It’s really a great opportunity to get your cause seen by more people than you would otherwise be able to access. It’s up to you to offer the inspiration and tools that will empower your supporters to distribute your message and share their emotional connection with your organization.Some ideas to get you started:last_img read more

Case Study: The ACTS Empty Food Pantry Crisis

first_imgThe community caresA few people with key contacts make a huge impactA combination of media outlets are necessary to reach a variety of communitiesUse the opportunity to narrate your whole story, not just the one eventAn organizational communication plan simplifies the processUse the opportunity to educate the board on the impact of social mediaKeep your donors informed on the results of their supportAccess to an online donation venue (such as Network for Good’s DonateNow) is absolutely necessary for single and recurring donations As a result of the emergency appeal, ACTS was able to keep the food pantry open. Not only that, because ACTS took the opportunity to communicate their value to the community in a compelling way across many communication channels (social media, email outreach, media attention, personal outreach), the organization was able to deepen its relationship with its supporter base. ACTS achieved an increase in the number of recurring donations from new and existing donors, saw more interest in all the programs it offers – not just the food pantry, and experienced additional interest from staff and volunteers to maintain a strong online and social media presence.Bottom line: emergency appeals should follow the same fundraising best practices that win the hearts of your supports all year – but with an extra sense of urgency. Imagine you are a multiservice agency serving the hungry and homeless in your local community. People depend on your services and rely on the meals you provide – often the only meals they get all day.Now imagine you are about to run out of food. That’s a real emergency.Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), a local nonprofit in Prince William County, VA, faced just such a disaster. While the crisis wasn’t the result of a natural disaster, their need to launch an immediate emergency response has many lessons for nonprofits that face similar situations as a result of manmade crises or acts of God.Instead of panicking, ACTS immediately broadcast the dire situation to their community of supporters to inform them that ACTS was going to have to close its food pantry doors unless they received much needed funding to restock food supplies.Here’s what ACTS learned from the appeal: This content was funded by a generous grant from Cisco Systems, Inc. We need your opinion: Did you find this article helpful? Please take our short survey to help us understand your needs.last_img read more

Wisdom Marine Orders Two Handymaxes

first_imgzoom Taiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine Group has ordered two 34,000 dwt bulk carriers from Japan’s Namura Shipbuilding.The total contract value for the two Handymaxes should not exceed USD 44 million, Wisdom Marine said in a statement.The vessels are expected for delivery in the second half of 2016.Wisdom Marine currently owns and operates a fleet of 107 dry bulk carriers, with 27 vessels on order.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

National Status of Women Coalition Meeting Concludes in Halifax

first_imgThe National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Halifax June 5 to 6. The meeting ended with a new partnership between the coalition and the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a renewed commitment to advancing women’s leadership in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and participants discussed current challenges in achieving gender equality in our respective provinces and territories, while sharing resources and best practices. Paulette Senior, CEO and president of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, was a guest speaker and provided coalition members with her advice on how women’s leadership can strengthen women’s voices in Canada. She also discussed the recently formed Gender Equality Network Canada, and their work to develop a national Gender Equality Action Plan. Michelle Kelly, the coalition’s chair, led the group in a strategic planning discussion and identified next steps and future directions for the coalition. “It is incredible to bring together a group of dynamic women to discuss how we can work collaboratively to ensure women’s voices are heard across our country,” said Ms. Kelly. Ms. Kelly is the president of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a partner with Cox and Palmer, practising in commercial and insurance litigation. The coalition discussed current issues and emerging best practices in supporting women’s leadership, addressing harassment and ending gender-based violence. Participants learned about two specific models in Nova Scotia, the domestic violence court program and legal advice for sexual assault survivors. Ms. Kelly’s term as chair of the coalition was renewed for one year. The 2019 annual meeting date will be determined by the members of the coalition in the coming months.last_img read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Côte dIvoire through end

28 January 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, for another four months to help support the staging of free, fair and transparent elections in the West African nation. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, for another four months to help support the staging of free, fair and transparent elections in the West African nation.Originally intended to be held as far back as 2005, the polls have been repeatedly postponed. Last scheduled for November 2009, they are now slated for March.The Council, in a unanimously adopted resolution, urged the relevant Ivorian actors “to ensure the publication of the final voters list, to announce the official date of the first round of the presidential election and to meet their commitments in full.” UNOCI’s mandate was also extended through 31 May.To reinforce security ahead of the elections, the 15-member body expressed its intention to raise UNOCI’s current troop level of 7,450 by up to 500 additional personnel for a limited period of time when the final voters list will be made public. Last week the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Choi Young-Jin, told the Council that the publication in November of the provisional electoral list was among the significant gains made in recent months towards holding the elections. At the same time, he cited a number of issues that remained to be resolved before the polls can be held this spring. Among them is the reunification of the country – which was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. As agreed by the parties in 2008, a de facto reunification is to be completed two months prior to the presidential election, but progress on this has been slow, Mr. Choi reported. The Council today urged the Ivorian parties to make further concrete progress, before and after the elections, to advance the process towards reunification, as well as the disarmament of former combatants of rebel Forces Nouvelles. read more