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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

Reporters Without Borders profoundly shocked by arson attack on satirical weekly

first_img Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts News FranceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the firebomb attack that devastated the premises of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris in the early hours of yesterday. “It is extremely worrying to note that in France there are individuals who are prepared to lash out in such a violent manner against a newspaper for making use of its freedom of expression. Reacting in this way only serves to increase tension and ignorance of all kinds,” said Jean-François Julliard, secretary-general of the press freedom organization, immediately after the attack.“Seven years to the day since the murder of the Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, on 2 November 2004, there is still a high risk that religion could become a taboo subject.“We are extremely worried. Today, Charlie Hebdo is set on fire for having published a caricature of Mohammed, while yesterday and every day since 20 October, Christian fundamentalists have been protesting outside the Théâtre de la Ville to disrupt a play they regard as blasphemous…. “These actions are intended to intimidate journalists and artists and force them into self-censorship. We must redouble our vigilance.”Fire broke out in the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the 20th arrondissement of Paris in the early hours of yesterday. It was caused by a Molotov cocktail thrown by unidentified attackers about 1 a.m. There were no injuries. In addition, the weekly’s website was hacked and its home page replaced with a photograph of Mecca under the slogan “There is no other god but Allah.”The editorial staff believes the attack is linked to a special edition of the magazine published yesterday, which was re-named Charia Hebdo, a reference to Sharia Islamic law, and showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed promising “one hundred lashes if you don’t die of laughter.” “I certainly was not expecting a reaction of this magnitude,” the editor, known as Charb, told Reporters Without Borders.“Of course, Charlie Hebdo will carry on as before. But for now our premises are covered in soot and unusable. The computers are wrecked, although the hard disks seem to have been saved.“Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile offered Charlie Hebdo’s editorial team temporary accommodation in its own offices. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 10, 2021 Find out more (Photo: DR/AFP) November 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders profoundly shocked by arson attack on satirical weekly Follow the news on France Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story June 4, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Bayern visit slumping Schalke in German Cup after banner shame

first_imgAfter comprehensive wins in Europe and the Bundesliga over the past week, Bayern Munich will switch their attention to the German Cup on Tuesday against an out-of-sorts Schalke in the quarter-finals. Bayern Munich are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions Bayern marked themselves out as Champions League title contenders with a 3-0 rout of Chelsea in London last week, backing it up in a 6-0 win at Hoffenheim despite the loss of star forward Robert Lewandowski to injury. Philippe Coutinho scored twice and Thomas Mueller contributed two assists in the Pole’s absence, but the game was overshadowed by a banner attacking Hoffenheim’s billionaire investor Dietmar Hopp. It was the latest in a series of insults directed towards Hopp, an unpopular figure among German football fans for circumventing the league’s traditional fan-ownership model to invest vast sums in the village club. Bayern have founded an “anti-hate” committee which will work closely with the police in Mannheim over the offensive banner unfurled at Hoffenheim’s stadium. Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the culprits “must of course expect to be punished by Bayern Munich. We don’t want to see this hateful face of FC Bayern any more.” “We can’t go back to business as usual,” he added. He said the committee would help the police identify those responsible “and also look at how we deal with this issue in the future.” Bayern are heavy favourites to overcome a Schalke side whose promising early-season form has tailed off dramatically, with just one win in their past nine league games. “It’s going to be a difficult game and the team know that going in. But we’ll take on the challenge,” said Schalke coach David Wagner. “We know we’re underdogs. Sometimes it works in your favour though, knowing that you simply never know what’s going to happen in any given game.” Bayern are unbeaten in 20 matches against Schalke in all competitions and thrashed the Royal Blues 5-0 in Munich at the end of January. In-form Bayer Leverkusen, fifth in the top flight, have qualified for the Europa League last 16 and are at home to Union Berlin on Wednesday, while Eintracht host Werder Bremen. Read Also: NBA warns players over interactions with fansThe latter tie is a reverse of Sunday’s fixture that was postponed after Eintracht’s Europa League second leg in Austria was pushed back 24 hours because of storms.Fourth-tier Saarbrucken meet Bundesliga strugglers Fortuna Duesseldorf in the first quarter-final on Tuesday.FixturesTuesdaySaarbrucken v Fortuna Duesseldorf (1730), Schalke v Bayern Munich (1945)WednesdayBayer Leverkusen v Union Berlin (1730), Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen (1945)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement DealsSuch A Sweet Life Story Of The Youngest Queen In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? Loading… last_img read more

Annenberg sponsors new wellness course

first_imgAs a part of a university-wide Mindful USC initiative, the Annenberg Digital Lounge will sponsor a “Digital Detox” in its new Mindfulness + Creativity Lab.The seven-week course, open to Annenberg students, faculty and staff, will serve as an introduction to incorporating mindfulness into all aspects of life. The Annenberg Digital Lounge, which offers instruction on digital programming, hopes to also foster creativity by encouraging students and faculty to turn off devices and be mindful.“A ubiquitous problem for students at this university is that they are constantly connected. You can see it and feel it. We have a responsibility to say ‘take some time off,’” said Courtney Miller, creative director of the Digital Lounge. “Wallis Annenberg Hall, even with its massive media wall and overwhelming digital connectivity, is an interesting place for this conversation on mindfulness to take place.”While in the past, Annenberg has invested significant resources to inspire students’ creativity through exposure to an abundance of digital media content from news sources and interactive content, this program seeks to achieve the same means by using an opposite tactic.According to Miller, the course is designed to improve participants’ emotional intelligence, reduce stress and promote mindful interactions. Miller collaborated with Professor Allen Weiss of the Marshall School of Business to create the Digital Detox program. Weiss, an expert in marketing, also serves as a mindfulness meditation teacher at InsightLA, as well as the co-chair of the Mindful USC initiative. Weiss views the Mindfulness + Creativity Lab as a way to integrate his outside expertise in the meditation field into his engagement of students at the university.“Mindfulness has been shown by a great deal of careful research to lower anxiety, ruminating thoughts, stress and all the other mental and emotional problems that get in the way of people performing well and being creative. This is what Mindful USC is all about,” Weiss said in a statement. “What I’ll be doing with the Mindfulness + Creativity Lab is teaching mindfulness [geared] towards people who are doing creative work — helping them remove the blocks to creativity through mindfulness.”The program directors hope that Mindfulness + Creativity Lab will host more programs similar to the Digital Detox in the future, and hopefully expand to other academic colleges within the university. The Annenberg Digital Lounge has already partnered with a student group from the Roski School of Art and Design and hopes to partner with KXSC and the Thornton School of Music.Miller was first inspired to promote mindfulness while teaching digital journalism as a part of the University of Virginia’s “semester at sea” program. During the four years that Miller spent living and interacting with students on the semester-long trip, she realized that disconnecting from technology could improve innovation and creativity. Miller now leads a team of a dozen graduate students that run a help desk for students in the Annenberg Digital Lounge.The Annenberg Digital Lounge’s Digital Detox program comes in the face of Dean Ernest J. Wilson III’s efforts to improve digital literacy, as well as Annenberg’s partnership with Adobe Systems, which made the Adobe Creative Cloud available for free to the school’s students, faculty and staff.The Paul Richardson Student Help desk will be staffed by a team of graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines, including the School of Cinematic Arts, the School of Architecture and Roski. The team acts as media support specialists and audio, video and web support to students via informal learning sessions.The Digital Detox program is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Individuals who are interested in participating in the course are encouraged to register the Annenberg Digital Lounge website. The program will take place in the Digital Lounge’s newly launched work space, located on the third floor of Wallis Annenberg Hall.last_img read more

USC water polo faces top competition at Barbara Kalbus Invite

first_imgTo the top · Senior driver Stephania Haralabidis raises the ball for a pass. Haralabidis leads her team to the Barbara Kalbus Invitational this weekend. Photo courtesy of John McGillenAfter a 12-day break in between games, the No. 2 USC women’s water polo team is finally back in action this weekend with a trip down to UC Irvine to participate in the 2017 Barbara Kalbus Invitational.The Trojans (14-0) are currently riding a 41-game winning streak dating back to the end of the 2015 season and will look to defend the same tournament crown they captured a year ago in Irvine. However, those accomplishments do not mean much for this refreshed USC squad. “We’re not thinking about what we’ve done in the past anymore because that was a different team then, and we’re a much different team now,” senior driver Stephania Haralabidis said. “We’re moving forward together and thinking as a new team with many new strengths.”It has been a while since the Trojans last splashed down in the pool, with their most recent victory coming in the finals of the Triton Invitational in La Jolla two weekends ago. USC relied on their staunch defense in that tournament, racking up four solid wins against three ranked teams. The Trojans were led by junior goalie Victória Chamorro, who recorded 19 saves in just two games. For her defensive efforts, the Rio Olympian was honored as the MPSF Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 14. Chamorro averages 10.5 saves and only 2.5 goals-against per game. Also splitting time in the cage has been sophomore All-American Amanda Longan, who averages 10.8 saves per game and 4.0 goals-against per game. In total, USC’s defense has only allowed 47 goals while amassing 26 scoreless periods on the season.On the offensive side of things, USC is led by its pair of senior drivers in Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis, who are first and third on the team with 46 and 26 goals, respectively. Standout freshman utility Maud Megens has also made her mark with 31 goals, good for second on the team, while USC has outscored its opponents by a 259-47 margin so far. In addition, a total of 16 different players on the roster have scored this season, with seven of those players being freshmen.The 2017 Barbara Kalbus Invitational, formerly known as the UCI Invitational, will feature 16 ranked teams and six of the top seven teams in the MPSF, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 California and No. 5 Arizona State. USC will be joined in group play by No. 7 Hawai’i, No. 11 Pacific and No. 20 Loyola Marymount. The Trojans begin the tournament against the Lions on Friday at 11:15 a.m. PST, and should they come out victorious, a matchup against either the Rainbow Wahine or the Tigers awaits on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. PST for a spot in the tournament semifinals.While a big slate of games against some top-ranked competition awaits this weekend, the Trojans are not looking to get too far ahead of themselves. “We have to think about it as one game at a time at this point,” Ioanna Haralabidis said. “It doesn’t matter where we rank or where other teams rank, we just have to take each game one at a time.”last_img read more

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