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Innovation considered essential to charities’ survival, says Charity Innovation Report

first_imgCharity Innovation ReportThe research was conducted by marketing expert Zoe Amar and innovation expert Lucy Gower, in association with online fundraising platform Guess2Give. The survey ran from 27 March 2014 to 14 April 2014, and received 298 responses.Although much has been written on innovative approaches within charities, there was little research in how charity staff viewed innovation.Benefits of innovation?What could a more innovative approach help your organisation do? About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. How can charities support innovation?The survey asked charity staff how charities could support and enhance innovation. A number of factors were cited:[list type=”check”]a culture that supports and encourages innovation (58%)time allocated for creative thinking (58%)leadership from the board and executive team (44%)a better understanding of what organisations’ audiences want (44%)fewer silos and more collaboration (42%)[/list] How critical is innovation to your charity’s future? Mark Chandler, CEO of Guess2Give said:“Our research shows that innovation holds the future for charities of all sizes. Charities need to actively test new approaches to service delivery and income generation to ensure they stimulate their supporters and engage with new ones.”Full details of the Charity Innovation Report can be downloaded at no charge. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Respondents suggested the following benefits if innovation were allowed to flourish:[list type=”check”] Advertisement  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4center_img creating new sources of income (79%)developing better services and projects (67%)taking more measured risks and not being scared of trying new things (63%)raising more funds from existing supporters (60%)achieving the organisational strategy more quickly and effectively (56%)[/list] Howard Lake | 10 June 2014 | News Innovation considered essential to charities’ survival, says Charity Innovation Report Charity staff are well aware of the importance of and need for innovative business practices, according to the first Charity Innovation Report, published today.Indeed, 61% of charity staff who responded to the survey said that organisations would not survive unless they became more innovative. Indeed, 71% believed that, without an innovative approach, charities would suffer financially by missing out on opportunities for new and increased income streams.As a result, new projects and services would not be developed, resulting in charities failing to fulfil their missions. How established is innovation in charities?Survey results showed how many charities had a person or team responsible for innovation:[list type=”check”]37% had a person or team58% did not5% did not know[/list] Tagged with: innovation Management Research / statisticslast_img read more

Jones Beach to Get $65M Upgrade

first_imgThe Jones Beach traffic circle on Ocean Parkway looking north. (Kevin Kane)Jones Beach State Park is slated to get $65 million in upgrades over the next five years to restore Long Island’s most popular beach in time for its 85th anniversary, officials said.The proposed Jones Beach Revitalization Plan will improve parkway entrances, increase food and beverage options, add recreational activities as well as rehabilitate the East and West Bathhouses and Central Mall buildings—all while storm-hardening its facilities.“Jones Beach visitors have a real romanticism with this park,” said Rose Harvey commissioner of the state office of parks, recreation and historic preservation. “We are primed to fund this Revitalization Plan so that Jones Beach can be enjoyed by future generations.”The plan—outlines in a 13-page report released Thursday—is part of $90 million in capital improvements proposed in the state budget, which lawmakers have signaled should pass by the April 1 deadline.Parks officials said the project will increase visitation to Jones Beach, which is already one of the most-visited state parks with 6-to-8-million visitors annually on average.Aside from restoring historic structures—some of which the state shuttered during the recession, others that have long been neglected—the redesign will allow vendors to offer more diverse food with patio dining, a diner, take-out, café and market.The market is planned for the site of the former boardwalk restaurant where Donald Trump wanted to build a catering hall—a plan he dropped after Sandy.A proposed new recreation area would feature an “adventure play area complete with water features, rock climbing and a zipline,” officials said in a news release. That will add to offerings such as volleyball, soccer, cricket, miniature golf and yoga.New and existing structures as well as utilities will be raised to mitigate flooding as well.Some of the modifications may be completed in time for this beach season, which unofficially starts on Memorial Day Weekend with the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach that kicks off the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater summer concert series. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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