12 fundraising research developments and tools for July 2015

first_img[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEgf68zLrZg[/youtube] 2. Want to be retweeted more?The Retweeted More tool will predict which version of two similar tweets will get retweeted more. “The main idea is to automatically learn what wording works better by examining a large number of pairs of tweets posted by the same author containing the same url”.The tool lets you test two similar tweets for free. The algorithm that underpins it was developed in research published as The effect of wording on message propagation: Topic- and author-controlled natural experiments on Twitter by Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee, and Bo Pang in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL’2014). 10. Emails are much more likely to be opened on a mobile device than desktopAccording to Movable Ink, 71% of all email opens in the UK in the first quarter of 2015 took place on a mobile device. If you’re still assuming that your supporters are all viewing your emails on a desktop, the figure for emails opened on a desktop is currently at 29%.So, are your charity’s emails mobile responsive? In other words, are they legible, do they fit the smaller screen well, are clickable links suitably far away from others etc? Advertisement  117 total views,  1 views today 4. Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy opensThe Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy (OCSP) has opened with a seminar on the history of philanthropy led by Somerville College historian, Dr Frank Prochaska.The OCSP, run by Charles Keidan, “aims to be a leading academic research centre, bringing together scholars, policymakers and practitioners to advance our understanding of the practice and theory of philanthropy”.It is an independent charitable entity with trustees and an advisory board, affiliated with and based at Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.Its research will focus on three areas:• the philanthropy phenomenon (eg. new forms of philanthropy, major philanthropic areas today, eras of philanthropy)• policy questions about philanthropy (eg. the influence of tax regimes on philanthropy, the relationship between philanthropy and justice, accountability, impact measurement)• the practice of philanthropy (inter-generational philanthropy, donor-recipient relationships, decision-making, cross-cultural considerations in philanthropy).Its inaugural seminar series will run in Oxford and London. You can download its brochure in PDF. 11. Free fundraising data calculators in the M+R toolshedUS fundraising and campaigning agency M+R has shared a growing collection of free online calculators for charity fundraisers and marketers.Visit its M+R Toolshed to run a:• Chi-Square test for response rates• t-test for average gifts• revenue per recipient test for conflicting resultsYou can even benchmark your online results against (US) statistics for nonprofits, and receive the result in an infographic. 12. Naming charities doubles response and donations compared to choosing your own charityA small change to a charitable giving form can double the number of people who respond and the amount given.Students were asked to consider donating a proportion of their earnings to charity and then to decide what percentage they would give. Some were presented with a list of five well-known charities, others with a blank box in which they could enter the name of a charity.Research by Jonathan Schulz, Petra Thiemann and Christian Thöni at the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics at the University of Nottingham found that “offering a list of default charities doubles both the fraction of donors and the aggregate amount of donations”.Why? The researchers consider that by naming a particular charity the students experienced an emotional response in that they at least pictured what the charity does and whom it helps.They conclude that “our results strongly highlight the importance of ‘choice architecture’… in donation decisions”.You can download ‘Defaults in charitable giving‘ (published in April 2015). Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics 3. In Scotland, women are more likely to donate to and support charitiesA YouGov Scottish Omnibus survey on attitudes to charity reports that women are more likely than men to donate to a charity.• Ad hoc donations (over the phone, in a collecting box, online etc) is the most popular way to donate to charity among Scottish adults: 55% of men and 59% of women said they had contributed in this way during the last 12 months.• 30% of women said they donated to charity on a regular basis via direct debit, compared to 24% of men.• 56% of women say they have bought goods from a charity in the past year, compared to 35% of men.• 24% of women had taken part in a fundraising event, such as a fun run or bake sale, in the past year; 17% of men said they had done so.Other findings included:• women are more likely to sponsor someone who is fundraising (53% women v 45% men)• more women than men have signed a petition or written to a politician about a particular campaign (23% women v 20% men)• TV advertising has the greatest impact upon adults in Scotland: 49% said this was the type of advertising that resonated best with them, compared to 7% for newspaper and magazine adverts, 5% for online advertising, and 4% for radio advertising.Karen Barzanji, Head of YouGov Scottish Omnibus said:“It is clear that there is an opportunity for not-for-profits in Scotland, if they can appeal to men’s charitable nature through their advertising methods. If they were to be successful in receiving donations with the same frequency as we see from women, it could make a huge difference to the scope and effectiveness of the organisation.”The YouGov Scottish Omnibus is the only regular Scottish Omnibus and interviews a nationally representative sample of Scottish adults (aged 18+) twice weekly. This specialist omnibus is the perfect way to get a snapshot of what the Scottish general public think, in 48 hours.You can download the survey results from the YouGov Scottish Omnibus. 9. Understanding PhilanthropyThe Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent held a one-day conference on Understanding Philanthropy on 29 June at which 150 fundraisers, grantmakers and fundraising researchers gathered.A new book, Hidden History: Philanthropy at the University of Kent, by Dr Triona Fitton, was launched at the event.  118 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 He looks at one week of fundraising appeals that he has received. He muses on whether, in a direct mail appeal, to mention a donor’s last donation amount and add ‘other’ or to add 50% and 100% increments after it, to stimulate a bigger gift. Or indeed, to circle one of the prompted levels of giving to make it stand out. Or perhaps it is better to prompt with unusual, non-rounded numbers on the assumption that donors will likely round-up.Don’t expect an answer, but he does go on to explain his interest in the science of philanthropy, from the early days of researching PBS stations’ fundraising approaches.He reveals that there are 500 professors around the world who conduct fundraising or philanthropy research.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Main image: pound sign in test tube by untitled on Shutterstock.com 6. Peer pressure can drive up donations on online giving sitesResearch led by Professor Sarah Smith at Bristol University has found that large gifts on an online giving site can influence the amount that others then give. Her team analysed 300,000 donations to the online giving pages of runners using JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving.She found that for every additional £10 above the average that was donated, subsequent amounts donated increased by £2.50. Unfortunately the inverse effect applies for donations that are less than the average amount: they result in a reduction in the amounts given.The message for fundraisers is that donors, where they can see who has given and how much, will judge how much they will give based on what others have given, not on the charitable need or reputation of the charity.You might remember that we featured these findings in April 2014 in our report on a fundraising research conference. 12 fundraising research developments and tools for July 2015 Howard Lake | 17 July 2015 | News 5. What do people share online? Here is our round-up of fundraising research, case studies and tools that we can across this month. Some are new, while others have been around for a while but deserve another airing.1. The Science of PhilanthropyChuck Longfield, Chief Scientist at Blackbaud, presents on the science of philanthropy. In a round-up of its own Social Media Examiner reports that:• in 2014 US consumers doubled the volume of what they shared on mobile devices• Facebook is still the most popular social channel for sharing content, accounting for 10 times the volume of items shared compared to its closest competitor Pinterest.• Consumers share ‘list’ and ‘why?’ articles the most  7. Creation of the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social EntrepreneurshipThe Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship will be launched at the London School of Economics (LSE) later in 2015. Its aim is to improve the impact and effectiveness of private contributions to the public good.Created by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, former CEO of Marie Curie for 12 years, and Paul Marshall, the Marshall Institute “will inform and coordinate the efforts of activists, researchers, private citizens, foundations, corporations, public bodies and social entrepreneurs”. It was made possible by a £30 million donation from Paul Marshall, chairman and chief investment officer of hedge fund group Marshall Wace LLP. 8. Gift Aid doesn’t inspire wealthy to give, but it does motivate them to give moreResearch by HM Revenue & Customs into the role of tax reliefs in motivating wealthy individuals to give to charity has found that tax relief on its own does not motivate them to give.However, it does seem to give them an incentive to give more, because they understand they will receive tax relief at the end of the year.HMRC’s research confirmed plenty of other research into motivations into giving in that they found that common reasons were:social influences (such as requests from friends)•  emotions – for example, the feeling of having done a good deed•  identity – giving as part of the donor’s belief system or identity•  outcomes – knowing and seeing the difference that their donation will makeHMRC interviewed 32 individuals who earned over £100,000, gave to local and national charities, whether regularly or one-off gifts, and who had claimed tax relief on a charitable donation of at least £100 in 2013 to 2014.HMRC described the individuals as “better off” rather than wealthy.Not all donors who were interviewed were clear how much they would get back in tax relief. Overall they found the system for claiming relief both easy and fair for both charity and donor.You can download the research findings Qualitative research to understand charitable giving and Gift Aid behaviour amongst better-off individualsRhodri Davis, a researcher at Charities Aid, argued that this research was “a missed opportunity”. He questions the validity of such a small sample, and the lack of evidence of any changes in donor behaviour to back up what they told HMRC. 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.last_img read more

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Two years after the murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique, RSF and the Damocles Network deplore the “tradition of impunity” the Haitian media is a victim of.

first_img March 28, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two years after the murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique, RSF and the Damocles Network deplore the “tradition of impunity” the Haitian media is a victim of. to go further HaïtiAmericas November 14, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Haïti Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Another journalist murdered in Haiti Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas Receive email alerts June 11, 2019 Find out more On 3 April, it will be two years since Jean Dominique, head of Radio Haiti Inter, was murdered – two years of obstacles to finding out the truth about the killing as part of a “tradition of impunity” aimed at stifling the media and denounced by RSF and the Damocles Network (which fights against impunity)… To spur the Haitian government into action, the two organisations have launched a radio campaign in Haiti and other countries. On 3 April, a message criticising the government’s attitude in the case will be broadcast by about 20 radio stations in Haiti, the United States, Canada and France. RSF and the Damocles Network have also made new recommendations to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, notably urging him to reappoint as the chief investigator in the affair Judge Claudy Gassant, who was dropped early this year when his term expired. Impunity: deliberate intimidationDominique, Haiti’s best-known journalist and political analyst, was gunned down in the courtyard of his radio station on 3 April 2000, along with the station’s gatekeeper, Jean-Claude Louissant. The famously outspoken Dominique criticised former soldiers and Duvalierists, the country’s wealthy families and, not long before his death, those he suspected inside President Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas (FL) party of wanting to “turn the party away from its original principles.” In an editorial broadcast on 19 October 1999, he strongly attacked Dany Toussaint, a leading FL figure. Dominique’s widow, Michèle Montas, is sure of one thing, that he husband was murdered because “he couldn’t be controlled.” Despite official assertions, nearly all state institutions have obstructed the investigation. The minister of justice has never given adequate protection to the investigating judge, despite him being threatened. The police have refused to execute arrest warrants and are even suspected of handing over a major suspect in the case, Panel Rénélus, to an angry crowd who chopped him to death on 9 November last year, soon after he was arrested. Rénélus was the second suspect to die shortly after being picked up in connection with the case. In June 2000, Jean-Wilner Lalanne, who is thought to have been a link-man between those who ordered the killing and those who carried it out, died in mysterious circumstances during a minor hospital operation after being arrested.Judge Gassant’s investigation pointed to Dany Toussaint, elected to the Senate in May 2000, as the main suspect in the murder, but his fellow senators obstructed the enquiry on several occasions, notably on 31 January this year when, after having had the matter under consideration for six months, they rejected the judge’s request to lift Toussaint’s parliamentary immunity, saying the paperwork was “incomplete” and that more information was needed. Their decision came a week after that of President Aristide not to renew the appointment of Gassant, whose seriousness and courage were recognised by all, and to hand the case over to a group of three other judges.”Grassroots organisations” of FL supporters, confident of not being punished at all, have stepped up attacks over the past year on journalists they consider too critical of the government and who they accuse of working for the opposition. About 40 journalists were threatened or physically attacked last year and 15 more such incidents have been recorded so far this year by the Association of Haitian Journalists (AJH). The government has rarely condemned these attacks. On the contrary, the lack of any serious investigation into them shows a clear intent, possibly by top government officials, to lump the media with the opposition so as to justify the attacks. The growing violence reached a climax last 3 December with the murder of journalist Brignol Lindor, of the Echo 2000 radio station in Petit-Goâve (southwest of Port-au-Prince). A report by the AJH said members of the pro-FL grassroots organisation Domi Nan Bwa admitted they killed him, but despite this they have still not been arrested. The media situation further deteriorated on 17 December, when there was an apparent attempted coup d’etat, after which armed supporters of President Aristide took to the streets and systematically attacked journalists they considered critical of the government. The atmosphere of lawlessness that day made seven radio stations stop broadcasting or suspend their news programmes and several opposition premises were burned by pro-FL demonstrators. With the president failing to disown the actions of his supporters, about 15 journalists chose to flee into exile abroad for their own safety.A radio campaign against impunityTo pressure the Haitian government into ending the “tradition of impunity” the Haitian press is a victim of, RSF and the Damocles Network have launched a radio campaign against impunity. A message in French and Creole criticising the authorities’ attitude in the Jean Dominique case will be broadcast by about 20 radio stations in Haiti, the United States, Canada and France. In Haiti, a dozen stations, including the main ones in Port-au-Prince, are already broadcasting it. It is a chance for these stations, several of whose journalists have been attacked or have gone into exile, to show that the battle against immunity does not just involve the family of Jean Dominique and Radio Haiti Inter. A dozen stations or relayed radio programmes in the Haitian community in the United States and Canada are also broadcasting the message. International stations such as Radio France International and the Voice of America have agreed to carry it too.Recommendations to the Haitian authoritiesRSF and the Damocles Network support the recommendations made to the Haitian authorities on 21 February by the Echo Voix Jean Dominique Foundation, which is campaigning for a full enquiry into the journalist’s killing. Concerning Dominique’s murder, RSF and the Damocles Network call for:- Reappointment of Judge Claudy Gassant.- Execution of arrest warrants issued for Richard “Cha Cha” Salomon (seen as Dany Toussaint’s right-hand man) and Toussaint’s bodyguard Franck Joseph, who have refused to appear before the investigating judge.- The lifting of Sen. Toussaint’s parliamentary immunity.- Revival of the enquiry into the death of Panel Rénélus, which seems to have been dropped, and the death of Jean-Wilner Lalanne.The two organisations also ask the Haitian authorities to:- Execute warrants issued for the arrest of members of Domi Nan Bwa who have admitted killing Brignol Lindor.- Firmly condemn any attack on press freedom and thoroughly investigate each incident so as to punish those responsible, whatever their political affiliation.- Begin an operation to confiscate weapons, starting with members of grassroots organisations.RSF and the Damocles Network note that on 11 January this year they called on the European Union and the US Congress to take individual sanctions against 24 Haitian officials who, by their actions or lack of them, are obstructing investigation of the murders of Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor. The sanctions requested were refusal of transit or entry visas to the US and the EU for the 24 officials and their families and the freezing of any bank accounts they hold outside Haiti. Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News News Organisation News News On 3 April, it will be two years since Jean Dominique, head of Radio Haiti Inter, was murdered – two years of obstacles to finding out the truth about the killing as part of a “tradition of impunity” aimed at stifling the media and denounced by RSF and the Damocles Network (which fights against impunity)… October 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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EMS responds to two separate car crashes within a half hour

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA – Two separate car crashes occurred within 30 minutes of each other early Thursday afternoon.The first accident took place on the roadway between Harbor Freight and Walmart. The most recent accident occurred on North Bagley St. right in front of WBKB News.“All the patients were out of their vehicles,” said Chief Robbins. “Two of them were ambulatory. The other two were being transported to the hospital.” Another two people signed refusals for treatment.Witnesses exited from the Wolverine Credit Union and TV station to extinguish smoke ballooning from the two cars before firefighters arrived.Fluids leaked from one of the cars on the street.Township Fire Chief David Robbins described the crash as a T–bone hit.Identities of the victims are not available at this time.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Annual Chowder and Chili Cook-off returns to the downtownNext What’s Trending for August 30last_img read more

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