New firm offers European craft

first_imgA start-up company, The Cotswold Food Partnership, is targeting supermarkets and craft bakers with new ranges of bake-off artisan and functional breads.The company has sourced its range from European craft bakeries in countries including Holland and Germany and it also has a manufacturing partner, the BRC-accredited Scottish craft baker Fords the Bakers, Lothian.Carl Le Neveu, founder of the company, told British Baker: “There’s a gap in the market – the consumer demand is there, but the products aren’t readily available.”The functional breads on offer will include a white loaf with all the nutrition and fibre of a wholewheat, and a ’hearty’ loaf, developed with the Dutch Heart Foundation. And on the Continental breads side, Le Neveu said high-quality artisan breads were on offer.He added: “The UK’s demographic has changed dramatically over the past decade. For example, there are three quarters of a million Polish workers in the UK. We’re talking to major retailers about offering breads such as Polish Rye on a regional basis.”The primary target for the part-baked frozen breads is in-store bakeries said Le Neveu, but the company is also developing a range of mixes for the craft bakery sector.last_img read more

Petronas takes COVID-19 precautionary measures

first_imgImage courtesy of PetronasMalaysian energy giant and LNG player Petronas has shifted to a special working arrangement as a precautionary measure to minimize the risks due to COVID-19. With immediate effect, Petronas is encouraging employees who can work from home, to do so where possible, Petronas said in its statement.For employees who are required to be physically present in the office or at its operations, the company is taking the necessary steps to ensure their health and safety while at the workplace.The working arrangements are implemented to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 exposure to Petronas employees as well as to contribute to social distancing efforts in the wider community.While these measures are in place, the company is committed to ensuring that there would be minimal disruptions to its business and service delivery to its customers and partners, the statement reads.last_img read more

Kudick Chiropractic Starts 13th Annual Holiday Food Drive

first_imgSubmitted by Kudick ChiropracticThe fun loving team at Kudick Chiropractic is Erin Dafoe, Dr. Suzan Kudick, and Meredith Randall (from left).At Kudick Chiropractic we always look for ways to help in the community whether it is in our office to help someone get healthier and enjoy thier life more or donating at an aution, or sporting event.  This time of year we choose to have a food drive to help the Thurston County Food Bank with their heroic challenge of feeding those in need. We accept donations from everyone in and outside our practice.  For every five items you bring, your name is placed in a drawing to win a massage, dinner for two and much more! Giving to others helps the holidays feel richer and more fun.Come drop off your non-perishable food items at our offices.Kudick Chiropractic1800 Cooper Point Rd Building 24-A  (Westhills Business Plaza) 360-943-7360 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks respond to ‘kick in the butt’ from management

first_imgSAN JOSE — Brenden Dillon called the shakeup in the Sharks coaching staff a “kick in the butt” Wednesday morning.More than anything, the move to put Steve Spott in charge of the defense, David Barr in control of the forwards and Rob Zettler as the eye in the sky sent the team a message. A shuffle up in the coach’s office is usually the last card management plays before heads start rolling with a trade or someone getting fired. Things are getting urgent after a 1-3-1 road trip last week.The …last_img read more

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgThis communication is to outline information related to the compulsory transition to Touch Football Online. Days Remaining: 47 Touch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website –www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015. In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme. As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. Through a strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1 January, 2015). TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payments/financial details, but also track member data and facilitate more effective engagement and communication with members. Regardless of the size or scope of your affiliate, TFO can build new efficiencies into your business processes (e.g. vastly reduced paperwork), saving you time and enabling you to manage your competition information the most effective way. It is important to note that associations who are using the Sportzware Central program, that this program is being phased out and there will be no further development of this product, so it’s time for users to join TFO. TFA has invested in and are continuing to invest in communication, training and education of these changes, by making available the Touch Football webinars and learning resources for affiliates whom excel in transitioning to the new systems. To learn how you can prepare for moving your association to TFO, and to arrange your conversion, please email [email protected] or contact the TFA office on (02) 6212 2800. For more information, please click on the attached flyer. Related Filescompulsory_transition_to_tfo-pdftouch_football_online_flyer-jpgRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more

Must read: the changing US consumer

first_imgThere is a great piece in Advertising Age online today from Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine (registration required to view the article). He writes about the changing face of consumers. Like me, they’re getting more wrinkly and set in their ways by the day.Here are a couple of the highlights (warning: sweeping generalizations ahead), along with thoughts on the implications for us. You can read the full article here (with registration).OLDER: A full 80% of the growth in US households in the next five years will be from those headed by people over age 55. Yep, that’s right — EIGHTY PERCENT. The average age of the US household is already only six months shy of 50. The first boomers hit 65 in less than three years. So what does that mean? The older set (65+), says Francese, tend to be risk adverse and inflexible in their attitudes. That means clever marketers will play to this world view with messaging about guarantees, safety and experience. Warranties, corporate history and testimonials work. So, nonprofit marketers, emphasize your organization’s storied history and great performance with these folks. Don’t be too cute or flashy. Meanwhile, the second fastest growing segment is folks 25-34 – a group that is increasingly diverse ethnically. The bigggest spending, best paid group — those 35 to 54 – is shrinking. Groan.ALL OVER THE PLACE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION: As you read this, I suspect you’re having the reaction that I did – sheesh, how are you supposed to reach such different groups? It gets even more challenging when you consider geographic segments. The West is getting younger and more multicultural while the Northeast is getting older and whiter. (I told you there would be generalizations – this is demographics, after all.) The answer? Segmentation of course. You’re going to need different positioning for different audiences — AND different message delivery vehicles. The latter is actually good news – it’s easier to target your message when not everyone is getting your messages the same way and when people are clustered into certain locations. There are people who live online and on their phones, and there are folks who stick to the newspaper. You need to look not only at the age of your audiences, but also where and how they live so you know the best way to reach them. Fancy marketers call this ethnographic research. Throw that into your next convo to look extra smart.last_img read more

How to Convert One-Time or Annual Donors into Monthly Givers

first_imgRevisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation-monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors. (Read more about the four parts of a great fundraising appeal.) Make sure your donation form offers a recurring giving option. Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift. (Need a donation form that allows and encourages donors to set up monthly giving? Find out more about DonateNow.) Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month. Remember: To increase charitable donations, you should appeal to the heart–not the head. Thinking about monthly giving is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. At Network for Good, we find that 30-40% of the online donation volume coming from a nonprofit’s website is monthly giving. It would be wonderful for nonprofits to thank people every month instead of asking them for donations every few weeks.How do you do that? How do you turn your annual givers into monthly supporters? Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” This can be done when asking for another gift later in the year, but consider this: First-time online donors are more likely to turn into monthly donors within three days their original online gift. Think of using this strategy during the holidays when you’re experiencing high traffic of one-time donations!Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.”last_img read more

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first_imgNetwork for Good welcomes submissions of bylined contributions from guest authors. If you are interested in joining our more than 100 contributors on a one-time or regular basis, here are some guidelines:Articles should be original material that hasn’t been published previously. Include your byline, a brief bio (no more than 25 words) and links to other writing or presentation samples (if available). We do not publish author photos.Articles should offer readers clear tips, ideas advice or take-aways about online fundraising and/or marketing. Bullet points are good. Short and pithy is good.Submissions may be edited for style, clarity or length.Copyright is retained by the writer. although we prefer work that is licensed under a Creative Commons license. With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify.We do not pay guest contributors for articles.Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we are unable to publish all works submitted.If interested in pitching an article idea, please contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

Transparency is the new black

first_imgThe funds of the first bailout package — your tax money – went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution?How is the trust level in us?As a “good organization” – aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations.In this environment, everyone needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. Show where they money goes, in all your outreach.Our new president is posting a lot of what he’s doing online – he knows the national mood.Transparency is the new black, nonprofit marketeers.You can’t show enough of it.last_img read more