Nonprofit Spotlight: Campus Pride

first_imgTheir Mission In his elevator pitch, Steve Windmeyer, Campus Pride founder and executive director, will tell you that his organization builds future leaders and safer campuses. What won’t make it into the conversation between the first and second floors is all of the dynamic ways Campus Pride does this. Through leadership training, advocacy workshops, on-campus climate studies, and college fairs, Campus Pride is making a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQ college students. Network for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! We’re rebooting our Nonprofit Spotlight series this week and I want you to meet one of my favorite customers, Campus Pride.Meet Campus Pride We love seeing organizations embrace individual giving because it provides a stronger, more stable funding stream. Bravo, Campus Pride! Keep up the great work! Their mission to create safer, more inclusive college campuses influenced by LGBTQ students was born in 2001 as an online community. In 2006, after expanding their focus both online and off, they became an independent 501(c)3 and haven’t stopped growing since.center_img Their Funding Challenge + Fix Three years ago Campus Pride realized their funding mix wasn’t ideal: 80% of funding was from program fees and 20% was from individual donors. To help balance out their funding mix, they launched a new strategic plan with a focus on individual giving. Fast forward three years and they’ve grown their funding ratio to 50% program fees and 50% from individual donors! As one of our “Spotlight” nonprofits, we encourage you to take a look at the great work they’re doing and spread the love by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

10 months agoDi Natale backing Luis Muriel for success at Fiorentina

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Di Natale backing Luis Muriel for success at Fiorentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale is backing Luis Muriel for success at Fiorentina.The pair played together at Udinese before Muriel left for Sevilla.“If he came to Florence with the desire to prove what a great player he really is, then I am sure he’ll do brilliantly,” Di Natale told La Repubblica.“Muriel is a player who can make the difference. He can play as a support striker, but in Stefano Pioli’s 4-3-3 system it’ll be very similar to the role he had with me at Udinese.“I can picture him doing really well on the left of the Fiorentina trident, with Federico Chiesa on the right and Giovanni Simeone in the centre.“He’s a striker who likes to move around a lot, taking opponents on with his pace. You’ll see he will focus a great deal on that.” last_img read more

3 days agoArsenal title winner Smith: Holding better option than Sokratis

first_imgArsenal title winner Smith: Holding better option than Sokratisby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith says Rob Holding is best suited to being David Luiz’s defensive partner.Smith wrote for the London Evening Standard: “…I’m a big fan of Rob Holding, who could possibly get a run out in central defence. “Holding offers a steadier option in an area of the pitch where Sokratis can be hot-headed and David Luiz unpredictable. To put it mildly, that’s not an ideal combination.”For me, Holding’s calmer presence and good reading of the game make him a better partner for Luiz. “The lad has been dreadfully unlucky with injuries so far, but if he can only stay fit, the 24-year-old has the ability, I think, to become an Arsenal regular for several years to come.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tech4MH: Avoiding mHealth “Pilotitis” Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Start Small

first_imgPosted on December 11, 2013November 17, 2016By: Neal Lesh, Chief Strategy Officer, DimagiClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Since 2008, Dimagi has helped organizations in 30 countries set up mobile projects with CommCare, an open source mobile platform that supports frontline workers (FLWs). CommCare is actively being used by over 130 frontline programs across numerous development sectors. One of the most compelling and common uses is to support FLWs who provide vital maternal health services such as registering clients, keeping track of their antenatal care visits, counseling them on the importance of delivery in a facility and calculating due dates of expectant mothers. Thanks to support from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures, Dimagi will launch at least 40 new frontline programs in 2013 to use CommCare in India alone, a majority of which are focused on maternal health.Technology is never the whole answer, but can be an essential component of empowering FLWs and improving the maternal health services they offer. Our goal is to help frontline programs reach sustained impact at scale by making it as easy as possible to start small while being able to go big. Why start small? Within mHealth, pilots have gotten a bad name. This is for good reason, given the many projects that been declared a success only because they started, regardless of whether they can or do continue. Indeed, many of our partners will tell us that we can start working with a small number of FLWs as long as we don’t call it a pilot.However, mHealth applications, like most technology, take time and field iteration to develop. mHealth is still a young field, and iteration is necessary to develop usable systems. Organizational capacity to utilize mHealth takes time to develop too. Most organizations we work with do not fully appreciate what they are getting into until they’ve used CommCare for a while.One way we make it easy to start small is by, where funding allows, offering Proof of Concept (POC) packages that include 10 free phones and about a month of remote and one-site support from Dimagi’s experienced team. One thing that initially surprised us is how popular the POC packages are. To date, over 68 organizations in 18 countries have started using CommCare through POC packages. We get a large number of applications when we put out RFAs for them, even from huge development organizations with sizeable annual budgets (100 million+). We’ve come to realize that the POC packages are popular because they remove much of the perceived risk for somebody within an organization to initiate an mHealth project.The key thing that allows us to easily start small but go big is that we offer CommCare through a Software as a Service (SaaS) product hosted on our cloud server. All 130 of the frontline programs using CommCare are running on the same platform. Anybody can visit www.commcarehq.org, create an account, and develop their own CommCare application or customize a pre-exisisting application from CommCare Exchange, the first open source mHealth app store.One such example of a customized app is the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND) pregnancy app developed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with Dimagi to support the delivery of prenatal and postnatal care in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Following initial testing and refining with 10 government-selected FLWs, the app has been scaled up to 271 FLWs, who are using audio and visual prompts to systematically counsel and assess women and babies for danger signs. FLW supervisors are also alerted when visits are missed. The latest edition of the ReMiND application also includes customized SMS reminders that target specific clients, based upon computer-detected newborn dangers signs that are gathered from survey answers. The CRS site has become a strong innovation test bed and an increasingly well-known example globally of mHealth as a supportive supervision tool. The project is currently assessing how direct-to-FLW feedback improves FLW motivation and performance.Over the next year, we will be supporting CommCare and MOTECH Suite (an integrated set of tools for FLWs, of which CommCare is one component) in several maternal health programs at large scale in India, Haiti, and other countries. In every case, we will start or have started small, and are very excited to being big.Tech4MH is an ongoing guest blog series curated by MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani. If you would like to submit a guest blog post for possible inclusion the series, please email Yogeeta at [email protected] Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Tech4MH: Getting Mobile Technology to Work for Your Organization

first_imgPosted on March 11, 2014November 14, 2016By: Vishal Kapoor, Portfolio Manager, DasraClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In late 2011, the Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA), a Mumbai-based non-profit, embarked on an ambitious journey. Their goal was to reduce the incidence of malnutrition amongst 0-3 year olds across Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, by 25% as part of their Aahar project. Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation that provides capacity building support to non-profits across India, introduced SNEHA to Dimagi, whose overall philosophy and mobile application, CommCare, seemed particularly well suited to Aahar’s need for a robust mobile technology platform to enter and analyze process and program data in real time.Two years later today, CommCare is fitted on android-based mobile smart phones held by 70 Aahar sakhis (Front Line Workers, FLWs). These phones have screened in information for over 12,000 children and over 2,300 pregnant and lactating women in Dharavi. Speaking with Aahar’s team, they cite several expected advantages of using CommCare, such as improved accuracy of data, reduced time on data entry and calculation, quick access to data during field visits and improved transparency in the data collection process. However, they also mention unexpected benefits such as a greater sense of professionalism in their jobs and pride in having their children and communities view them as productive, tech-savvy members of society.So, what helped SNEHA to get it largely right? And what advice do they have to offer peers seeking to integrate mobile technology into their operational DNA?Find the right vendor: Apart from the affordability imperative, chose vendors who genuinely want to develop your team’s capability in using and improving the platform.Champion the cause from the top: As with any new idea, organizations need senior leadership to establish and reinforce a positive environment around the use of mobile technology. This is especially important in the first few months, when there will likely be resistance from the field and middle-management as benefits aren’t immediately felt.Identify or hire an in-house expert: It is critical to have an insider who speaks the third-party providers’ language and helps adequately customize system design. This typically is the most labor intensive and expensive part of the process; an insider can help keep costs down.Drive the cause from the middle: Develop program second-line management and demonstrate how mobile technology can make their lives easier by enhancing process transparency and strengthening operations management. Identify master trainers within middle-management – they’re close to field operations and able to relate and respond better to field-level troubleshooting.Develop a robust training program: Induction training is only the beginning, refreshers are essential so organizations should factor this into their timelines and budgets. Two years down and the Aahar team is presently on the 25th or 30th version of its customized CommCare application. Every few iterations require a refresher training.To avoid an overly excessive number of trainings, establish training-on-the-job by having new FLWs shadow experienced ones. In fact, mobile phones are proving to be an effective medium to train FLWs – see BBC Media Action.Establish feedback loops on data entered: Seeing how data entered on mobile phones is received by the server and collated and analyzed is critical in building faith in the system. SNEHA integrates this into their training, and has seen their sakhis use CommCare functionality to ensure their hardwork is being accurately logged.Draw out an M&E plan and data forms on paper before going paperless: While using mobile technology for process and program data entry and analysis in the way SNEHA has, it’s important to remember technology is only a medium. There’s no substitute to developing a logic model and understanding what’s critical and feasible to track routinely. Visualizing data deliverables helps design better systems.Find the right donor: Good mobile technology solutions are still expensive for most small and medium sized NGOs. The good news is that donors increasingly want to fund innovative interventions. Establishing expectations upfront on higher set-up and recurring costs, as well as potentially longer lead-times in reporting outreach numbers (since numbers will likely be more rigorously processed before reporting) is important.Tech4MH is an ongoing guest blog series curated by MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani. If you would like to submit a guest blog post for possible inclusion the series, please email Yogeeta.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

How to Transition From #GivingTuesday to Year-End Fundraising

first_imgYear-End Countdown: Four Weeks To GoHow was your #GivingTuesday? Hopefully, it was a great experience full of new donors and a needed revenue boost. Now that we’re on the other side of things, it’s time to wrap things up and focus on the year’s BIGGEST giving days: December 30 and 31, also know as #GivingTWODays.Wrapping up #GivingTuesday:Send thank yous. First things first, thank your donors! Don’t depend on your donation receipts. A thank you should be meaningful, personal, and heart-felt. If you’re not sure how to do this, grab a copy of The Complete Donor Thank You Guide for a full serving of tips, how-tos, and templates.Compile your data. How many people donated to your campaign? How many were recurring donors? How many of them were new donors? What was your average gift size? The answers to these questions are crucial to retaining and building donor relationships, which is the foundation for long-term fundraising success. The information should be easy to find with a few clicks in your donor management system.Evaluate your campaign strategy. Think about the messages you sent and what mediums you used to spread the word (email, social media, etc.). What worked, and what didn’t? Where did your new donors hear about you? How could you change, edit, or enhance things next year? What can you improve or repeat to help with your year-end push this month?Switch Focus to #GivingTWODays:Craft your appeal. Note: your year-end appeal communication should NOT be combined in the same mailing or email that functions as your thank you from #GivingTuesday. It needs to be separate; your thank you should not include a direct monetary ask.The best appeals are strategically targeted with one specific message and call to action. Pull your best stories that show the impact of your mission and individuals’ donations. Have it come from your best messenger (it’s not always the executive director, often it’s a volunteer or someone who has benefited from your services). Your goal is to pull at your donors’ heartstrings and make them feel that their gifts are going to have real impact. Not sure where to start? Check out this step-by-step appeals guide.Reach out to major donors. December is the time to put the extra effort into seeking out your major donors and encouraging them to make a gift. Dig through you database and see if there are middle donors that have potential to grow with a little personal encouragement. If you’re a relatively new organization or aren’t sure where to look for potential major gifts, check out this on-demand webinar, 5 Simple Steps to Start a Major Gifts Program.Finally, don’t forget to sign up for this week’s Nonprofit 911 webinar, 31 Days, 31% of Annual Giving, on Tuesday, December 6 at 1pm EST. We’re going to be talking about how to optimize your campaign to make the most of the December giving season. Even if you can’t make the time, register anyway and we’ll send you the slides and recording.last_img read more

The Sun King

first_imgby Tony Aventillustration by Ippy PattersonI’ve long been fascinated with the genus Aralia, beginning with my love of house plants as a young child. A few years later, I met the native “devil’s walking stick,” Aralia spinosa, in my West Raleigh back yard.  It was not a particularly pleasant encounter, thanks to the spiny bark that wanted to reach out and touch me.Regardless, I was hooked, literally, on collecting as many members of the genus Aralia as possible.Over the next few decades, I met many aralias in the wild, most notably, Aralia nudicaulis in the Adirondack mountains, Aralia continentalis in Korea, and Aralia bipinnata in Taiwan.Others came to me via plant explorer friends with similar fascinations with the genus Aralia.  Of the 28 aralias I’ve tried since, several still remain in our garden, some as nice specimens, and others as compost. A few were banished for misbehaving: too many spines and root suckers.  Of all the aralias we’ve tried, one species which always stands out as a favorite is the Asian Aralia cordata.  Of course, as any obsessive plant collector will tell you:  Once you have the green form, you want it variegated, weeping, etcetera.I remember well a time in 1998 when one of our Aralia cordata seedlings appeared with gold streaking. By the next spring, it had stabilized into a solid gold plant.Over the next few years, I photographed my new gem in the garden, and after my trials were concluded, made arrangements with a tissue culture lab for mass-market propagation. But when I was finally ready to send my baby to the lab, I realized it had died, overtaken in the garden by a large shrub nearby, and mercilessly choked to death.Not being one to usually mourn the death of a single plant, this one hurt, for I knew what a great commercial plant it would have been.Two years later, on a trip to visit my plant friend Barry Yinger, who at the time ran a small mail-order nursery in Pennsylvania, I nearly fell over getting out of my car.  There was a gold leaf Aralia cordata by his barn, looking identical to the one I’d killed two years earlier. Yinger had found his plant at a small nursery in Japan, and unlike me, had already sent it to the lab for propagation. By 2007, I was the proud owner of Aralia cordata ‘Sun King,’ and yes, I planted it in a better spot in the garden.Indeed, Aralia ‘Sun King’ turned out to be everything I hoped, and one of the most important new perennials to hit the commercial market in decades. It’s one of those plants that just makes you smile, a plant to remedy the summertime garden blues, or lighten up a dark corner. Its bright gold, bold, feathery foliage, which glows like the mid-day sun, adorns upright stalks that reach six feet tall at maturity.Each winter, Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ dies to the ground. Then it returns the next spring bigger and better than the year before, emerging from the ground as fast as Jack and the proverbial beanstalk.In late summer, the sturdy upright stalks are topped with 30-inch terminal spikes, laden with tiny white flowers that become poke-berry purple fruit with age.In the garden, conditions from light shade to half-day sun seem perfect, but the golden foliage color will be much brighter with more sun. Soil moisture isn’t critical, but if you treat your aralia like a cactus, expect ugly leaf-burn and an early summer dormancy.Thanks to the mass production wizardry of tissue culture, Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ is now grown far and wide, and you’ll have no trouble finding one for your garden.  If you value big, bold, and bodacious, and don’t think golden foliage is a call for fertilizer or curing, then Aralia ‘Sun King’ is a plant for you!last_img read more

Spotlight Rosé in the garden

first_imgWine Authorities staffby Jessie Ammons‘Tis the season for garden parties. The Person Street District’s Wine Authorities will host a themed soirée May 23 to celebrate a favorite spring wine choice: rosé. Many people think it’s a sweet wine, says Craig Heffley, founder of the shop that stocks wine from small, independent farms. “But we feature dry rosés. They’re fresh and just harvested five or six months before we drink them.”Partygoers are encouraged to wear “swanky hats and bow-ties” to the free afternoon event, where there will be plenty of rosés to sample. Attendees can purchase sips of various wines by the ounce or glass from the store’s Enomatic, an Italian wine dispensing machine. Each glass comes with a plate of five North Carolina oysters or fried catch-of-the-day from Walkingfish, a local Community Supported Fishery. To enhance the wines’ “tart and refreshing” flavors, a gourmet cheese plate by Angela Salamanca of downtown’s Centro will also be available. “This party will make rosé fun,” Heffley says. “It can be a casual wine.”At the end of the afternoon, the winner of a staff-judged contest of garden party attire – the swankier and toungue-in-cheek-fancier, the better – will get a $100 gift certificate to Wine Authorities. Time to don those rosé-colored glasses.courtesy Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co., Wine Authories, and The Raleigh Wine ShopThe Rosé Garden lasts from noon – 3 p.m. at Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St. Admission is free and includes a tasting of 4 rosés; glasses of wine are $15 and include a fish or oyster plate; chef-prepared cheese plates are $9. The event will also happen at the same time on the same date at Wine Authorities’ Durham location, 2501 University Dr.last_img read more

Spotlight Day of INnovation

first_imgPhotographs courtesy of Brooks Bell, Lauren Whitehurst, Nancy McFarlane, Guenevere Abernathy; Molly Paul photograph by Chris Fowler; Jackie Craig photograph by Jillian Clark If you’re an innovator, an entrepreneur, or just inspired by the ingenuity that goes into starting something new, September 10 is your chance to learn from some of the area’s best. Two different events make it possible to spend your day and evening meeting, greeting, and hearing from the kinds of creative do-ers who make the Triangle such an entrepreneurial hotbed.WINnovationWalter and Bank of America are pleased to present WINnovation, an elegant dinner celebrating women and innovation at The Pavilion at the Angus Barn on September 10. Six speakers – each of whom will give a 5-minute “WIN Talk” – include Raleigh Mayor and MedPro RX founder Nancy McFarlane; technology entrepreneur Brooks Bell; LoMo Market founder Guenevere Abernathy; SoarTriangle co-founder Lauren Whitehurst; Green Chair Project co-founder Jackie Craig; and Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption founder Molly Paul. Each will share her own journey of innovation and entrepreneurship.6 p.m.; $100 includes a three-course dinner with wine; The Pavilion at the Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave.; tickets available in advance only at waltermagazine.comInnovate Raleigh Summit That same day, Innovate Raleigh, a local nonprofit focused on fostering entrepreneurship city-wide, will host its fourth annual summit at Market Hall from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is inclusivity, especially within city and community development. After lunch, a panel discussion will feature instrumental Raleigh developers including John Kane of Kane Realty, Patrice Gilmore of Holt Brothers Construction, and John Holmes of Hobby Properties. Keynote speaker Nzinga Shaw, the chief diversity and inclusion officer of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization, will offer an organizational perspective on inclusivity. Then, Shaw will join a few of the panelists and other local executives from companies including Rex Healthcare, Lonerider Beer, BitMonster Games, and Mint Design blog to facilitate breakout small group sessions. The day concludes with an informal happy hour.1:30 – 7:30 p.m.; $65; 215 Wolfe St.; innovateraleigh.comlast_img read more

Miss North Carolina

first_imgby Jessie Ammonsphotograph by Travis Long“I can’t wait for the Meredith College Sizzlin’ September concert. I have been a student at Meredith for the past two years and this is always one of my favorite things.” –Kate Peacock, Miss North Carolina, Meredith College juniorMiss North Carolina Kate Peacock, 20, was crowned in June. The pride she takes in the role is not about the title, she says, or even the personal recognition. “I always liked local things, and I loved school.” That’s why she began competing in pageants as an elementary schooler in Dunn: “I wanted to represent my schools.” She moved on to the Outstanding Teen Pageant in high school, which ultimately led to competing in Miss North Carolina. Her love of local applies to her college town, too. For these four years, Kate considers herself a full-blown Raleighite, taking advantage of all the city has to offer. This month, that includes Meredith’s Sizzlin’ September concert. It’s open to the public, which she appreciates as a bridge between her peers and the wider Raleigh community. She’ll be at the September 27 Easton Corbin performance after competing in the Miss America pageant on September 13. “While just being on stage is a dream come true,” she says, “my ultimate goal is to bring the crown back to North Carolina.”Sizzlin’ September: country singer Dylan Scott will open for another country act, Easton Corbin; 6 p.m.; $10; Meredith College Amphitheater, 3800 Hillsborough St.; meredith.eduWatch Kate Peacock in the Miss America pageant at 9 p.m. on September 13 on ABC. Kate Peacock of Spivey’s Corner is Miss North Carolina 2015 and a rising junior Meredith College. She will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 13 in Atlantic City.last_img read more