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GlobalGiving helps NPOs maximise online fundraising

first_imgThe GlobalGiving Accelerator, a virtual training programme, teaches non-profit organisations how to crowdfund. They are also entered into a campaign where they can raise a minimum of R68,000.The initiative help2read has reading clubs in townships. Adults in the programme help children improve their reading skills. Help2read undertook GlobalGiving’s training programme and became part of its crowdfunding campaign. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanAbout 500 projects have been supported by GlobalGiving in South Africa since 2002. The group is a global crowdfunding community that connects non-profit organisations, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world.One of the 500 is Lifeskills for 2,743 Children in South Africa, an initiative of the non-profit organisation, Keep The Dream196. It is located in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo, and has raised $67,840 (R924,578) through the GlobalGiving crowdfunding website.Another South African project on the GlobalGiving site is the drive to collect library books for 25 rural schools by Biblionef South Africa. Currently, $2,877 has been raised online. This project will provide a crucial injection of high quality, home language storybooks to the school libraries.“We make it possible for non-profits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place,” explains GlobalGiving.Since 2002, it has helped to raise more than $258-million from 587,642 people who have supported 16,729 projects in 165 countries.Non-profits and social mediaA South African social media survey published on the Nonprofit Network found that 29.1% of NPOs in the country frequently use social media for fundraising, 45,7% use it occasionally and 25,1% rarely use social media for fundraising.Nonprofit Network is an online resource centre that helps South African NPOs with their online presence, such as websites, social media, e-newsletters and blogging.The research and analysis was conducted by Ruendree Govinder, founder of Nonprofit Network and Interiority Consulting. In undertaking the survey, 222 organisations completed the questionnaire.Conducted in 2015-2016, the survey found that 72% of NPOs used social media frequently for marketing and branding, while 20.3% used it occasionally for marketing and branding. Regarding the results, 38.5% were very successful, 47.1% were somewhat successful and 8% were unsuccessful.Regarding fundraising on social media, 9.5% said they were very successful, 32.6% were somewhat successful and 40% said they were not successful at all. One of the biggest obstacles to using media successfully was little or no budget, according to 68% or respondents, while 48.6% said their biggest hurdle was insufficient social media expertise.A database of South African NPOs was compiled during the survey. “The database included 1,000 South African non-profit organisations with at least one active social media account,” read the survey. “The database was used to establish the median number of Facebook and Twitter followers, the level of activity on their social media accounts, and the status of their website.”More information on this survey can be found here.Maximise your sustainabilityEleanor Harrison of GlobalGiving UK told Charity Digital News that although crowdfunding would be important for some charities, it was an excellent way to engage with your existing database online and access new supporters. “It’s not the be all and end all — it’s never one size fits all.“I think it can help people access individual donors in new and exciting ways. You should put it into your fundraising plan as a whole so that you can maximise your sustainability,” she said.“It’s also about communications and marketing — how can you tell people about your work and bring them along with your journey.”Celine Morolong, the consultant for GlobalGiving in South Africa, said GlobalGiving had driven $1,634,111 (R22,317,217) to projects operating in the country. “GlobalGiving has about 75 South African partners.“This is additional funds driven to projects in South Africa since the founding of GlobalGiving. In other words, this is money from matching funds or foundations.”Watch how GlobalGiving helps projects worldwide:Where it startedGlobalGiving is an international crowdfunding platform founded in 2002 by Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle — before crowdfunding, or raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, became popular.It connects NPOs with donors and companies in more than 160 countries. NPOs on the platform get access to funding, tools, training and support to help their work.Morolong said: “Our mission is to democratise aid and philanthropy, and crowdfunding helps non-profits connect directly with people who want to support their programmes.“Non-profits across the world need to diversify their funding avenues as traditional sources of financing such as grants are harder to come by. Online fundraising is just one of these avenues.”Watch how to make a video for your NPO:How it worksAny NPO can apply to be a partner on the GlobalGiving site. Morolong explained: “We have four onboarding initiatives throughout the year, in the form of a virtual crowdfunding training programme called the Accelerator.”The Accelerator was an opportunity for NPOs to participate in a time-bound fundraising campaign. “[They also] gain skills through our webinars, workshops, and one-on-one consultations, all geared to enable organisations to fundraise effectively online.“Organisations are required to post a project that tells their story in a compelling way to get donors to give them what they need. Then the fun part starts with actual fundraising of at least $5,000 from 40 donors in a three-week period,” she said.“The organisations that meet these targets become partners on the platform and have their projects featured on our site. Additional benefits for partners include training and support, access to corporate partnerships, credibility and visibility, to mention just a few.”The Accelerator, a virtual training programme and crowdfunding campaign, is open to any registered NPO.Online fundraising versus crowdfundingKuraishi, co-founder of GlobalGiving, says that “the power of crowdfunding is not in the funding, it is in the crowd”.Morolong explained: “Online fundraising is the act of raising money online while crowdfunding specifically relies on small donations from many individuals, which makes GlobalGiving a true community of innovators and givers.”Celine Morolong of GlobalGiving in South Africa.Why do online fundraisingOnline fundraising should be used in collaboration with other fundraising tools, said Morolong. “In South Africa, there was 52% internet penetration in 2016, giving access to an international network to more people,” she added“Going online with their fundraising opens up networks to a global scale quickly, cheaply and efficiently for non-profits.”Advice on online fundraisingHer advice those who want to try online fundraising or crowdfunding is:Always tell a compelling story that engages donors.Have a clear call to action.Remember to say thank you to all your donors.Set smart fundraising goals.Use images that empower the people that you serve.Training for NPOsGlobalGiving provides various live training opportunities for current and prospective NPO partners. “This includes workshops where we discuss crowdfunding and techniques to help organisations fundraise more effectively, such as network mapping, storytelling and social media,” said Morolong.“We also conduct webinars throughout the year on various topics and run a more powerful online fundraising academy and social impact academy for our partners. Sometimes, other non-profits that are not currently on our platform also attend the workshops.”It also ran joint workshops with other like-minded organisations in South Africa on similar topics. “Most of our trainings are free, or available for a small fee.“We will be having free workshops later this year in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and low-cost training sessions in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We also offer free tips, tools, and resources — including a crowdfunding strategy guide — for non-profits 24/7 on our Learn Library.”GlobalGiving has already hosted workshops on online fundraising in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth this year.NPOs can go to the GlobalGiving website to register for the Accelerator https://www.globalgiving.org/.Sources: GlobalGiving, Nonprofit Network, Interiority Consulting and Charity Digital News.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Is Oversharing a Problem? Try Penzu

first_imgjolie odell Tags:#Blogging#web And just in time for the holidays, Penzu Pro is giftable for the oversharer in your network.We gave Penzu a spin and were impressed by the interface and the entire concept of private blogging. The company has taken something old, given it a beautifully modern UI, added beneficial features and made a useful product that addresses a common problem.Certainly, WordPress, Blogger, and other CMSs allow for locked posts. But the idea of having a separate destination for one’s innermost thoughts gives the end user a little more comfort to express himself freely. Give it a spin, and let us know in the comments how the experience feels to you. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “We live in public” isn’t just the name of a film; it’s an Internet truism.For the past ten years, more and more of us have been using blogging platforms to share the details of our personal and professional lives. With the advent of microblogging, the sharing has escalated to include the most intimate, immediate, and even mundane details of one’s daily grind. When pressures abound, venting online is second nature; but oversharing can bear disastrous consequences. The cure? Penzu‘s private-by-design, sharable-by-choice blogging software.Unlike most modern CMSs (and actually somewhat reminiscent of dotcom-era systems such as Livejournal), Penzu focuses on personal journaling and privacy. The company, a small Canadian outfit which launched last summer, says its posts are private by default.An in spite of its focus on privacy, the system is hardly antisocial. Flickr photos can be imported, and each entry comes with an optional URL for sharing on other networks.The new Penzu Pro features, available for the relatively low price of $19 a year,are pretty useful, as well. With the free version, users can create, save, search and share journal entries. The paid version of the software allows users to also import entires from just about any kind of blog (in case oversharing has been a problem in your past) and export Penzu entries, as well as giving users a slew of customization options, offsite backups and military-grade 256-bit AES encryption for maximum data protection. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

No takers for Tunday’s kebabs without beef

first_imgFor more than a century, Tunday Kababi, Lucknow’s iconic kebab shop, has satisfied connoisseurs with its delicious galawati kebabs made from buffalo meat. On any given day, the restaurant in the heart of old Lucknow’s Chowk locality bustles with customers, who do not mind waiting in long queues for a bite of their favourite kebabs.But all that had changed on Thursday with only a couple of tables occupied and most waiters sitting idle. There was an unusual calm at the place, a far cry from its daily business.“Aap khud hi dekh sakte hai, kaisa sannata hai. Aaram se baithe hai hum, aam dino mein baithne ki fursat nahi hoti. (You can see for yourself how deserted the place is. Under normal conditions, we would not have a moment to rest),” says Tunday’s caretaker Mohammad Farooq.The iconic restaurant has been hit hard by a shortage of buffalo meat following the State government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses. As buffalo meat is no longer available, Tunday Kababi’s Chowk outlet was forced to shut down on Wednesday. It reopened on Thursday but with the USP of its menu missing. For the first time since its inception, the restaurant served mutton and chicken kebabs, instead of its mainstay, beef. Stickers pasted on the walls of the outlet informed customers of the change.“This is for the first time in my 62 years of life that this joint is selling chicken kebabs. We have always sold beef. The customers come here especially for bade ka kabab (beef kebabs) and do not care much about other meat,” says Mr. Farooq.Customers unhappyAs their favourite items go missing from the menu, the flow of customers has also dipped. Mohammad Tauqeer, a retired government official, arrived at the outlet to purchase his favourite beef kebabs and paranthe but was disappointed. Would he try the chicken or mutton kebabs? “I am not interested [in mutton and chicken]. I just don’t get the same taste,” Mr. Tauqeer said, as he walked off empty-handed.Abbas (29), arrived to encounter the same dilemma. He, was, however, ready to give the new items a try. “I am a foodie. It is difficult to replace the taste [of beef kebabs]. It is not the same,” he said.In its election manifesto, the BJP promised to shut down all mechanised abattoirs and illegal slaughterhouses in U.P. Within a couple of days after coming to power, the Adityanath government swung into action, sealing slaughterhouses allegedly running without licence. “We welcome the move to shut illegal slaughterhouses. We request the government to ensure that those slaughterhouses with licence be allowed to run,” said Mr. Farooq.last_img read more

Jammu & Kashmir: Even as terror takes centrestage, people push ahead with elections

first_imgRallying ground: Parties like the NC are drawing crowds, as at this rally for Omar Abdullah in Kupwara town. But even a small gathering would be unsafe without security firepowerOmar Abdullah shifts the brand new silver-grey Scorpio Turbo into fifth gear. Noisy Srinagar has disappeared, the frequency-jamming car ahead is,Rallying ground: Parties like the NC are drawing crowds, as at this rally for Omar Abdullah in Kupwara town. But even a small gathering would be unsafe without security firepowerOmar Abdullah shifts the brand new silver-grey Scorpio Turbo into fifth gear. Noisy Srinagar has disappeared, the frequency-jamming car ahead is setting the pace and in cars behind there are more than a dozen guards bristling with automatic weapons.The sun-dappled, poplar-lined highway to Baramulla, from which he will veer off to address the day’s three political rallies in Kupwara district, is hauntingly beautiful. The company of Rashtriya Rifles by a stretch of apple orchards near the highway, checking for landmines, belong in a picture postcard from the edge. It’s a lovely day to drive.So Omar, son of Farooq, recently crowned king of the ruling National Conference (NC) and its chief minister-in-waiting, does what any urbane young man with a punishing poll schedule, troubled inheritance, tense future and life on the line-he now ranks after Farooq on the terrorist hit list-might do to unwind. He reaches out, taps a switch on the dash and plays a tape of Buddha Bar.As soothing lounge music fills the car, I tease him about how the day before, Mehbooba Mufti had complimented the “generosity of the Crown Prince who campaigns in helicopters and luxury cars”.It was in response to Omar’s own dig earlier, when he said he had to leave some space in newspapers for Mehbooba, archrival and leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that is riding on the promise of ridding the state of the “misrule, nepotism and corruption” of the NC. Omar laughs. He’s enjoying this. “She should talk,” he says. “She’s a political inheritor as well.”advertisementVILLAGE VOICEIndependent candidate Sofi on the trail in Handwara. He draws spontaneous, rapt crowds.Then he gets reflective. “In Kashmir, there are four or five of us in our late 20s to mid-30s.” There’s Mehbooba. There’s Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, a leader in the separatist Hurriyat Conference that is boycotting the polls.There are the Lone brothers, Sajjad and Billal, sons of recently assassinated Abdul Ghani Lone, whose Hurriyat-aligned but moderate People’s Conference have spawned two breakaway, independent candidates. “And there’s me,” says Omar, “We’ll be around for the next few years.” Pause. “After these elections, nobody will be able to say that I haven’t earned my place. It’s an extremely difficult election and I’m working very hard for it.”He and everybody else. On the afternoon of September 11, just five days from the first phase of polling, the state’s Law Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone was gunned down by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists at an election rally in Kupwara district.A little later, militants fired at a crowd in Poonch district to the south, gathered at a political rally of an independent candidate. They killed a dozen innocents, including a 12-year-old boy.Though the administration is prepared for violence, the incidents have severely jolted the veneer of security, leading both Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah to declare that security would be beefed up with half a million state and Central forces deployed across the state.Till the fourth and last phase of elections are held on October 8 in Jammu’s terrorist-infested Doda district, the grisly, deliberate toll will continue to rise, pushed by an estimated 3,000 militants spread across Jammu and Kashmir barring Ladakh.Already, since the assembly elections were notified on August 22, about 150 people have died, almost 120 split evenly among militants and civilians, the remaining security folk.Crown prince: Omar Abdullah plays it cool. The NC’s chief ministerin-waiting drives himself wherever he goes. He dresses casually, speaks forcefully, promises clean governance and smoothly trashes the opposition.This land, which ancient Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang and medieval Kashmiri historian Kalhan raved about as heaven on earth, is now a place where just contesting elections is an act of immense bravery. It will come a close second to the crucial act of actually getting out there and voting.In 1996, the government tom-tommed a 40 per cent turnout of the state’s electorate, but in places, actual turnout was reported as low as 8 per cent.This time, if 40 per cent of the state’s 56 lakh voters actually vote, backed by boosted security, the Election Commission’s statement of dealing sternly with incidents of rigging votes and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s pledge of “free and fair” elections, it will be regarded globally as an amazing success story.So far, contestants have come forward for elections in hundreds. In just 15 assembly constituencies in the two first-phase districts of Kupwara and Baramulla, bordering the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, the hills teeming with terrorists, there are over a hundred candidates.advertisementAcross the state, all major national parties have fielded candidates. There are active state behemoths like the NC that earned a majority of 57 out of 87 assembly seats in the last elections in 1996, though by Omar’s own admission, anything above 40 seats this time will be a bonus.Congress punters scale it down to 35-37, predicting a NC wipe-out in Jammu. As if to pre-empt this, Omar plays direct at rallies. At a 5,000-strong meet in Kupwara town, after the customary pasting of his opponents- “those who use India’s machinery and then cry for azadi” and “those who owned disco-dancing clubs in Dubai”, this one aimed at Sajjad Lone-he lists out promises: district hospital, sports stadium, higher secondary school and a water-supply scheme.There is the three-year-old PDP of former Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. There are breakaway Independents such as the iconic Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi, the key contestant in Handwara who recently left the People’s Conference and whose popular election line, “I can have my head cut of f, but I can’t bow my head” draws spontaneous, cheering, rapt crowds numbering hundreds in his home village of Machipora and elsewhere, his strident speech filled with hate for the NC.Ballot ready: Doda is so rugged and dangerous that it will be the only district to go for voting on October 8- to better focus security. These village defence committee volunteers will help regular troops.There is former militant Kuka Parray who is representing the Awami League from Sonawari in Baramulla; and dozens of traders, teachers and wealthy farmers.It is similar in the Jammu region, with the addition of pro-Hindutva parties like the Shiv Sena and a new coalition of 21 small parties and Independents, the Jammu State Morcha.The Morcha is being guided by the staunchly nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and vows to fight for statehood for the Jammu region, a part of the Union of India without the umbrella of Article 370 of India’s Constitution that bestows special status on Jammu and Kashmir.All this, because even a Kashmir in autumn has more promise of spring in one state election, and stakes big enough for entire nations. There’s something in it for everybody.Pakistan calls it a farce and its President Pervez Musharraf says he can’t stem the tide of militants from his country, which intelligence officials in Srinagar confirm is steady. (“You can’t really stop it,” says one.”If we kill 10, Pakistan will push in 15 so even if five die in the crossing, the strength remains con- stant.”) For India, elections signal free will and democracy are alive and well in its dominion, a crucial play against Pakistan’s claims over Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley.For Omar, it’s a chance to seal his inheritance, overcome his still halting Kashmiri and reverse nepotism in government, sloth, misappropriation and the overbearing attitude of the state’s security apparatus that he freely admits is part of his inheritance.advertisementFor the Hurriyat, it’s an opportunity lost. For people of Ladakh, where two independent candidates from Leh and Nubra constituencies have already been elected unopposed, it’s just a matter of time before the region is by general consensus and Central legislation declared a Union territory.Blood price: Abdul Rahman (right), a candidate from Handwara, was shot dead by militants a day after this photograph was takenFor those in the Jammu State Morcha, essentially a flanking manoeuvre by the BJP, it’s the first step to what many feel is inevitable, whether it comes next year or a decade later: statehood for Jammu. And for Independents, many thrust forward by hopeful groups of villagers or townsfolk to voice their crushed opinion, it is a chance to be part of what should be.It is time for a campaign pit stop. In the garden of the Showqueen Hotel and Restaurant in Handwara, Sheikh Abdul Rahman, independent candidate, sips tea. Next to him, unwinding with a hookah is Ali Mohammad Dar, the Congress’ district president and Rahman’s opponent-both are Sofi’s rivals.Dar is trashing the NC. “They keep switching between being with India and wanting autonomy for Kashmir.” He rants on about the Ikhwani, surrendered militants who now form part of J&K Police’s feared counter-terrorist Special Operations Group, and are known to lean on civilians.Rahman takes a different route. “It would have been better to provide four lakh jobs than hold elections.” If elections aren’t worth it, why fight? “We have to fight for our rights. Unless people have jobs they will pick up the gun.” And what of the threat to his life from the guns of fear and loathing militants are aiming at the elections? “The risk is always there.”The next day, he’s dead. Hizb-ul Mujahideen terrorists ambushed his Sumo, and as his hapless guards dropped their weapons and ran for their lives, the attackers riddled Rahman, his two nephews and his driver with bullets.A Kashmiri will wish for you zindagi, life. He will unashamedly crow about mohabbat, love-a shikara on Srinagar’s Dal Lake is christened “Hello My Sweetheart”, and farm tractors adorn stickers that proclaim, “Kiss”.But “miltan” still call the shots after 13 years of war. And they are doing their damnedest to destroy the elections of 2002, potentially the one that will undo the injustices of 1987 polls, widely believed to have been rigged, and that sparked the firestorm of militant hate that has so far killed 30,000, more than military casualties of independent India’s wars.Today, the terms high BP and low BP have as much to do with high or low blood pressure triggered by tension as they signify high or low levels of bullet-proofing. A phrase during an election speech, or even a simple belief in the concept of polls, can result in death.”In Kashmir, we have all become demons,” blaz es Sajjad Lone. “All of us. We can kill with mere words.” He’s remembering his father. Sajjad regains composure. “Kashmir is not about making India or Pakistan happy, but about making the people of Kashmir happy. We shouldn’t overestimate ourselves.”That theory will be tested over the next month. As Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a sharecropper outside Baramulla, staring at the wake of Omar’s motorcade says, “I’ll vote in the name of Allah, but that day I don’t know where my finger will travel, to press the button for which party.” And so it shall come to pass.-Photographs by Narendra Bishtlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra croons lullaby for Mary Kom

first_imgActress-singer Priyanka Chopra has sung a lullaby in her forthcoming film Mary Kom, a biopic on the five-time World Champion boxer.”I have sung a lori (lullaby) in the film, which comes in the important part of the film. It’s a very intimate conversation between the mother and child and yes, it was fun. It has a good tune,” said Priyanka. She was speaking at the trailer launch of Mary Kom.Priyanka Chopra at Mary Kom trailer launchDirector Omung Kumar got ample support from Mary Kom during the making of the movie, which will release September 5.In the last few years, Bollywood has successfully churned out films based on sportsmen like Paan Singh Tomar and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Many feel that sports based films have become trendy in filmdom, but Priyanka begs to differ.She said: “This is the first film on a female athlete and it is very disrespectful to say it’s a trend.”last_img read more