WaterAid offers its own online events sponsorship tool, and this year 75% of their runners in the Flora London Marathon used it to fundraise and collect their donations.The charity started soliciting direct debits offline in 2001, and signed up to accept paperless direct debits (PDD) in 2002. It now has over 80,000 direct debit donors.After examining the options for handling PDDs online, WaterAid learned about Charity Technology Trust’s (CTT) new product in this area. It then worked with CTT and their payment gateway partner RSM who agreed to build PDD system for WaterAid in advance of the formal launch of their new service. The development work cost just £2000 and WaterAid is charged just £1 per PDD mandate.In the first six weeks of this new system WaterAid collected 400 PDD via its Web site. The average total annual gift was around £100, far better than the average offline gift of £60.The majority of the first 378 PDD’s received were monthly. The breakdown was as follows:29 Annual – average gift £12.82307 Monthly – average gift £7.0342 Quarterly – average gift £8.74Not surprisingly the charity has just e-mailed all their UK-based regular credit card donors asking them to convert to PDD.Later this year it will start an online advertising campaign aimed at PDD recruitment.Read the full details in the Powerpoint posted on the UK Fundraising Forum. WaterAid shares experience of online direct debits Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 29 April 2004 | News 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. 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis WaterAid’s IT and Internet Manager Sue Fidler has just shared a Powerpoint presentation of her charity’s experience of setting up paperless direct debits online.The Powerpoint is available in the new media section of the UK Fundraising Forum, the free discussion forum for fundraisers. She made the presentation at last week’s volcom meeting in London hosted by nfpSynergy’s Joe Saxton.Sue explains WaterAid’s track record in fundraising online, starting in 1999 when they first accepted online credit card donations for the Mozambique flood appeal using Worldpay Junior Select. They raised £50,000 online in their first year, £120,000 in their second, and £200,000 in their third. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
2. Three new board members at UK Community FoundationsAwarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his services to education and the community in Bristol, Stephen Parsons’ charity leadership spans numerous charitable groups covering social enterprise, education, music and community funding.Highly commended in Charity Times’ Rising Star CEO category, London Community Foundation’s Sonal Shah has been co-opted onto the UKCF board, bringing ten years’ experience in community foundations with a particular emphasis on growth, mergers and fundraising.Alun Evans, Business Development Director for Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, has over 35 years’ experience in the investment world, and is also a Trustee of the Community Foundation in Wales.3. Baroness Patience WheatcroftBaroness Patience Wheatcroft is the new patron of The National Funding Scheme. She will join existing patrons Robert Dufton, Baroness Lane Fox of Soho CBE, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Christopher Rodrigues CBE and Lord Smith of Finsbury PCM.Baroness Patience Wheatcroft said:“The arts and culture enrich us all. DONATE makes it very easy for people to support what they enjoy, when they are enjoying it. DONATE builds communities, helping organisations nurture relationships with their donors, however small. DONATE is about democratising philanthropy, and it works!” Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people trustees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 April 2015 | News Main photo: leading a flock of birds by Bplanet on Shutterstock.com Here are some of the latest fundraising, management and leadership appointments in the fundraising sector in April 2015.1. Claudia BradbyThe Shackleton Foundation, the charity which supports social entrepreneurs in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s mould, has appointed Claudia Bradby, founder and CEO of one of the UK’s fastest-growing jewellery companies.Bill Shipton, the Shackleton Foundation’s Chairman said:“Claudia comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has had a lifelong interest in the power of inspiring leadership which is why we are delighted to welcome her to the board. Her appointment coincides with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful expedition to the Antarctic and a time when the charity is seeking applications from potential leaders.” Advertisement Fundraising appointments in April 2015 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 The Global Challenges Foundation has launched a $5m competition to find ideas for facilitating international cooperation on global challenges such as climate change and conflict. The Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape is based on the premise that the current system of global governance is no longer equipped to deal with this century’s biggest issues.It ask entrants to design frameworks for international decision-making equipped to address today’s global challenges with a focus on climate change, major environmental damage, violent conflict (including nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction) and extreme poverty. Entrants are also asked to consider the implications of a rising world population. The prize is open to anyone, individuals, groups and organisations, anywhere in the world.The Foundation has said that it is not seeking solutions to the individual risks in question, but for the global decision-making structures that would allow the world community to tackle them more effectively.The competition is open until 24th May 2017, and entries will be evaluated by a panel of academic experts before the best proposals are then judged by a high level international jury. Final awards will be made in November 2017.The Global Challenges Foundation hopes to stimulate high level global debate about how the world community manages global risks and to contribute to the re-shaping of global governance in order to safeguard future generations. As such, it has said it will promote the winning ideas following their announcement to generate debate around how they could be implemented and to support promising entrants to develop their ideas where appropriate.Global Challenges Foundation founder Laszlo Szombatfalvy said:“Today’s risks are so dangerous and so global in their nature they’ve outrun the international system’s ability to deal with them. We’re trying to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s tools. We believe a new shape of collaboration is needed to address the most critical challenges in our globalised world.” 97 total views, 1 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. $5m available for ideas that reshape global cooperation Melanie May | 1 December 2016 | News Tagged with: competition Funding 98 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13
The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) launched a new effort to bridge the health communications gap on Thursday (Dec. 9), streaming onto the Internet a discussion between Dean Julio Frenk and media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner about the challenges facing global health.The effort, called The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, is a high-profile foray into health communications that combines live events before an audience with state-of-the-art, high-definition, interactive webcasting. Thursday’s session, moderated by former Washington Post health editor Abigail Trafford, was held in the atrium of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Building. The forum also has a studio in which programs can be produced.Communication is a key aspect of public health, both when a contagion is spreading and when messages about the latest findings on chronic disease or how to live a healthy lifestyle may resonate. Public health officials have long struggled with ways not just to get the word out, but to do so in a way that changes people’s behavior. One notable HSPH success in that area has been the designated-driver campaign, which was created in 1988 by the HSPH Center for Health Communication, and which gained wide acceptance as a strategy to avoid drinking and driving.Frenk described the latest communications effort as a bid to improve public health policy by bringing top scientists and societal leaders together to discuss pertinent health issues. Frenk said the effort helps to “complete the circle of knowledge,” which begins with research, carries through education, and ends by translating knowledge outside the academic walls.“The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health is a key element in our mission to create a transformative capacity … to engage people from science and leaders together in order to be able to translate evidence and experience to produce better policy,” Frenk said. “This amplifies our reach and helps complete what I call the circle of knowledge.”During the hour-long program, Frenk discussed key challenges in global health with Turner, founder of CNN and a philanthropist who donated $1 billion to create the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the U.N.Turner said he launched the foundation because he was taught from a young age that one should give to charity. He identified overpopulation as a key problem facing the world and a root cause of both health and environmental problems, such as climate change. If people around the world limited themselves to just one child, he said, the population would decline to a sustainable point — which he identified as between two and three billion people.Frenk countered that policies focused on improving the health and education of women have proven effective at reducing the birth rate. Another key public health driver of population growth, however, is the child and infant death rate. Families will be more willing to limit themselves to fewer children if they know that the ones they have will survive, Frenk said.Frenk drew on his experience as minister of health of Mexico in saying it’s important for people to stop thinking of public health as just the responsibility of health ministries and hospitals and look at it as a broader societal goal. That’s key, he said, because solutions to broad health problems won’t be found just in the health agencies and organizations. Taxes, for example, are one way to cut down on smoking, and drunk driving can best be addressed by police and public safety organizations, he said.Part of the discussion focused on the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which seek to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people by 2015. The goals include ending hunger, providing universal education, improving child and maternal health, increasing gender equity, fighting HIV/AIDS, increasing environmental sustainability, and increasing international cooperation on development.While many critics have been skeptical that the goals can be attained, Frenk said that significant progress has been made in child health and that the work to combat AIDS has made dramatic progress in recent years.“The great thing with the Millennium Development Goals is they create a framework of accountability. Every country signed on to specific goals on a specific timetable. Those countries will have to explain to their own people if they fail to reach them,” Frenk said.