This year has seen charities across the board reassess their fundraising strategies, with the majority feeling they need at least some review, according to a survey from fundraising consultancy Gifted Philanthropy.Gifted Philanthropy’s 2020 Fundraising Landscape Survey aims to help shape a clearer picture of the emerging fundraising landscape after this year of change. Reporting on 35 responses from charities across a range of causes, the survey was distributed electronically through Gifted Philanthropy’s database, and through social media networks and organisations such as the Association of Fundraising Consultants and the National Churches Trust.The data has been segmented to illustrate sectoral differences and highlight the experiences of a range of non-profits from large arts organisations and health trusts to smaller charities working in a civic or community setting. It looks at the overall effects of the pandemic, examines strategic learnings and makes cross-sector comparisons to present a narrative around the challenges the sector has faced.It found that churches and cathedrals have seen the biggest negative impact on income during the pandemic, with this also the only sector not to see an increase in online giving.67% of the survey’s church and cathedral respondents reported a significant decrease in income with none reporting an increase over the last nine months, and while all other sectors saw online giving increase significantly over this time, again this was not reflected in the results for churches and cathedrals.Health and welfare charities fared better, with only 14% in the survey reporting a decrease in income, 29% reporting an increase. 57% stated they feared for their income levels, but that special, Covid-related funds from government and private funders meant they were able to continue delivery of services.Likewise, 67% of arts, culture and heritage sector reported that the rescue packages launched by government and private funders enabled them to continue to operate throughout 2020.In terms of fundraising targets, education and youth organisations seem to have remained the most stable, according to the survey, with 56% on course to meet their fundraising targets this year. Only 17% of churches and cathedrals however are due to meet budget with the remainder expecting to be below budget by between 1-50% (67%) and 50% or more (16%).The survey also questioned organisations on their fundraising strategies, and how they felt about them after this year. Health and welfare (71%) and arts, culture and heritage (67%) saw the largest proportion of respondents say they felt they have been too highly reliant on certain income streams and must readdress the balance. Across the board, only very small numbers stated they felt their fundraising strategy had held up well and they were content. The majority felt their strategy either needed a complete overhaul or some review, and 33% of both church and cathedral and arts, culture and heritage charities said they never really had a defined strategy and now must devise one.The survey states:“The most striking result from this survey is that it has highlighted the importance of a robust fundraising strategy. If there is one positive impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the Third Sector it is that charities in future will be stronger for having gone through this challenging time. The pandemic has forced charities to look long and hard at their strategies, to take action and make difficult decisions that have often improved their sustainability.”Commenting on the survey, Amy Stevens, Gifted’s Chief Executive, said: Advertisement 180 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: fundraising strategy research AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 “We really wanted to understand more about how the pandemic has impacted Third Sector organisations, so that funders, statutory bodies and consultancies can respond with the right kind of support and guidance.‘We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, especially when so many charities have significant numbers of staff still on furlough. The findings provide us with a starting point, a position from where we can learn and move forward.” 2020 driving charities across board to reassess fundraising strategies, survey shows Melanie May | 14 December 2020 | News 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.
The Student Senate met Wednesday evening to discuss the new program, “29 for 29,” that will begin this holiday season. The new initiative will bring together the 29 residence halls to participate in one service project that will entail each dorm “adopting” a family in need for the holiday season.“Residence halls could be such a unique place to form this relationship,” student body president senior Lauren Vidal said.According to Vidal, this will be the first time in Notre Dame history that all of the University’s residence halls will be connected by Student Government for one large service project. In the past, residence halls have held their own programs and signature events for different causes, but “29 for 29” aims to be a unique way to bring together Notre Dame students and families in need for the holiday season.The committee for “29 for 29” has developed a packet for each residence hall outlining possible activities to do with their family, Vidal said. Each hall will also be allocated a $100 budget to use toward the activities.However, the program is designed to be flexible so each hall can make their individual projects completely tailored to their vision of the challenge, Vidal said.“We don’t want to burden the residence halls with it being such a busy time of year,” Vidal said.Rather, Vidal said the goal of the program is to spend time with families in the spirit of Christmas.Sophomore Helen Hathaway, representative for Badin Hall, agreed with the planned flexible structure of “29 for 29.”“Too much regulation and standardization would make the relationship falsified,” Hathaway said. “The independent structure makes it much more genuine.”The Senate also passed resolutions to amend its Constitution, changing the words “Office of Residential Life” to “Office of Community Standards,” and opened discussion about new study spaces around campus.Tags: Senate, student senate read more
Are you a frustrated cubicle dweller who longs for an outdoor career?Do you daydream of spending your days gazing at wide open spaces instead of the giant, NSA-level copier 10 feet from your desk? Below, meet 10 people who rejected the soul-sucking corporate grind and work—and play—outside for a living. But even for them, fantasy often gives way to a less glamorous reality. Could one of these careers be tailor-made for you? Weigh the pros and cons of these top 10 best outdoor jobs and decide for yourself.Andrew KornylakAndrew Kornylak – PhotographerJob: Freelance outdoor photographerSalary range: Typically zero to mid-five figures. Six figures is rare, but possibleBest part: Making images that will last forever and inspire countless peopleWorst part: Endless editing, paperwork, and gear sortingMinimum Training: Excellent photography skills; film school is a plus but not requiredAs the owner of his own production company (North Carolina-based Fourmile Media), Andrew Kornylak does what many people only dream about: he gets paid to take photos, make documentary films, and shoot commercial videos that feature climbing, trail running, and a host of other outdoor sports. His clients range from big-name equipment manufacturers like The North Face and Black Diamond to media giants like the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.“A lot of this stuff is sort of a hybrid between storytelling and commercial advertising,” he says. “Everything I do, even if it’s just a traditional documentary, is usually informed by the outdoor world, the environment, or outdoor sports.”For Kornylak, the job fulfills a deep need to be outside as much as possible while still making a decent living and maintaining a manageable schedule. “To be on the road climbing all the time or be in the mountains or whatever, it’s kind of all-consuming if you want to do it at a high level,” he says. “The only substitute for that is something you can be equally passionate about and be completely obsessed with. For me, photography is one of those things.”But here’s the downside: you still have to run a business with all of its attendant mundane chores. And be prepared to starve for a while while you’re at it, because starting a new company—any new company—is notoriously difficult. “The reality isn’t quite as glamorous as you think, but the payoff is real,” Kornylak said.Robin BibleRobin Bible – FirefighterJob: Former wildland firefighterSalary range: $8 – 40 dollars/hour, depending on experienceBest part: Saving lives and seeing beautiful parts of the countryWorst part: Long hours, high stress, and extremely difficult working conditionsMinimum Training: About 40 hours of instruction followed by plenty of on-the-job trainingWhen the stress of your job gets you down, think of Robin Bible. As a 30-year wildland firefighting veteran (now a safety and training officer for the Tennessee Division of Forestry), he was the last line of defense between 30-foot walls of flames and the hapless civilians and countless buildings they threatened to incinerate.If this kind of work sounds intriguing and you have a seriously high pain threshold, expect about 40 hours of introductory classroom training on topics like fire behavior and tools of the trade. Trainees also must take a “work capacity test,” part of which involves walking 45 minutes with a 45-pound pack. “The physical ability you need initially is way up there, and it just grows as you move to the next level,” Bible says. A new recruit usually starts out as a grunt on a large crew and eventually can get promoted to crew manager. Topping the ladder are incident commanders who direct battles against large fires like those that scour public lands around the country every summer.It bears repeating: The work is strenuous in every sense of the word. 14-day details are typical, with just a day of respite on either side. That requires not only an uncommon level of physical and mental stamina, but also a willingness to be a superlative team player and watch your colleagues’ backs as if their lives depended on it—because they do. On the other hand, the thrill and sense of fulfillment are off the charts.Tanya HapgoodTanya Hapgood – Rafting GuideJob: Rafting guideSalary range: $35-$100 per trip, depending on experience and the particular outfitterBest part: Variety, running rivers every dayWorst part: Long days and lots of physical labor, especially in the summerMinimum Training: CPR and first aid, otherwise mostly on the jobIf nothing gets you stoked quite like the roar of whitewater crashing through a rapid on a remote river, then a career as a raft guide could be your calling. Tanya Hapgood, a guide for River & Trail Outfitters in West Virginia, gets paid to ride the aquatic roller coasters offered up by nearby rivers draining the Appalachian Mountains.Although potential rafting guides for River & Trail don’t need extensive prior rafting experience, CPR and first aid training are mandatory, as are excellent people skills. “During the interviews, we try to make sure applicants are good with people, they’re not shy, don’t anger easily, and know really corny jokes,” Hargood said.The work also involves lots of early mornings on the river prepping gear, planning logistics, and performing all the other mundane tasks needed for a well-run river trip—not to mention sweaty physical labor during the summer. And then there are the less-than-cooperative clients. “You get people who aren’t exactly gung-ho paddlers, and people who don’t even want to get wet, which is weird,” she says. “At first, it can be a little overwhelming. But you know that’s going to be part of your day, so you get over it.”On the plus side, this job is the antithesis of the corporate treadmill. “You spend every day outside, and every day is different,” Hapgood says. “You get to paddle class II-IV whitewater and meet lots of interesting people at the same time.”Hartwell CarsonHartwell Carson – River KeeperJob: River keeperSalary: Not enough to make a living unless you work for a large organizationBest Part: Spending your days paddling beautiful riversWorst Part: Confronting pollutersMinimum Training: No formal training requiredHartwell Carson is a “river keeper” who scouts for polluters on the French Broad River in North Carolina. “My primary job is to be the eyes and ears of the river and be a watchdog for pollution problems, and to use whatever tools we have in the toolbox to address them,” he said. That means paddling and collecting water samples, as well as hiking and driving nearby to look for new sources of pollution, illegal roads, and other problems. He then talks with offenders about possible solutions, and colleagues take them to court if they refuse to cooperate. Carson has been involved in other projects, too, like building a paddling trail on the river. And then there’s more mundane work like grant writing and event planning.No formal training is required, although it’s helpful to have a background in recreation and resource management. One thing you definitely need is passion for the work, because you spend your days fighting large polluters with massive budgets who are not eager to cooperate. “If everyone would just do the right thing, there wouldn’t be a need for my job,” he says. “But at the same time, there’s often an obvious solution to a problem, and you’re stuck trying to figure out what can be done.” But for Carson, the reward is worth the hassles. “There are days where I’m paddling down a river taking samples, and it’s a beautiful day, and it’s like, I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this.”Read more about what Hartwell is doing on the French Broad River Trail here. Dan MillerDan Miller – Wilderness InstructorJob: Outward Bound wilderness instructorSalary Range: $65-$142/day on a seasonal basis, plus room and board.Best Part: Teaching students valuable life skillsWorst Part: Very long days, little sleep, and difficult group dynamicsMinimum Training: wilderness first responder and CPR certifications, plus a basic understanding of outdoors sports and wilderness survivalDan Miller, staffing coordinator for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, is a self-described “jack of all trades.” Not only does he hire all of the school’s field instructors, but he also trains the staff and provides instruction for a few courses every year—most recently a backpacking and rock climbing camp. The courses typically last 14-22 days, with 4-7 days off in between.Job seekers need to be certified wilderness first responders, know CPR, handle themselves comfortably in the wilderness, and have some experience with outdoor sports. They also must have a passion for teaching and working with people. On-the-job training will fill in the gaps. For example, Miller started at Outward Bound as an intern on canoeing trips and then was trained in other disciplines.If getting paid to lead wilderness trips sounds like just about the perfect job, it’s not. “A lot of people romanticize this kind of work, and that’s pretty far from the truth,” he said. “We work hard every day, all day, and find ourselves hiking until two or three in the morning or dealing with students who aren’t always 100 percent excited to be there.” Add to that sleep deprivation, long periods away from home, and a heady dose of responsibility. “On the other hand, you’re helping make the world a better place and teaching students valuable skills and to be better human beings,” Miller says. “It’s hard work, very rewarding work, and it’s the best job I could ever imagine having.”Mike SpillerMike Spiller – Race DirectorJob: Adventure race directorSalary: $24,000 – $60,000Best Part: Creating challenging new coursesWorst Part: Dealing with permits and other red tapeMinimum Training: Lots of racing experience is a must, and a sports management degree is helpfulIf you’re competitive and outdoorsy, what could be better than planning adventure races for a living? Mike Spiller, Race director for REV3 Adventure Racing Series, is a veteran of some 80 adventure races himself and knows a good course when he sees one. A typical REV3 Adventure race could involve trekking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, or any number of other activities. During the season, Spiller spends a good 50 percent of his time in the field scouting courses and interacting with the locals. In the off-season, it’s all about promotion, finding potential race venues, securing sponsors, maintaining equipment, and generally keeping the business going.As far as training, nothing is more important than race experience and the passion it instills. A degree in sports management doesn’t hurt, along with a hefty dose of patience. “Sometimes the hoops and red tape for getting a course approved can be pretty ridiculous,” he said. For example, recently authorities required a bomb-sniffing dog at the finish line for a race with just 125 contestants—no doubt in response to the Boston Marathon bombing, but still.And don’t expect to get rich for all your trouble. “The job isn’t high-paying, but it’s fulfilling, he says. “This isn’t something you do for the money.” Instead, the reward comes from designing awesome races that can tax gifted athletes or entertain families out for a bonding experience. “It’s about taking the natural surroundings and creating some sort of course, and making it fun and challenging.”Diane KearnsDiane Kearns – Climbing InstuctorJob: Rock climbing instructorSalary: about $85 – $125/day, depending on location and experienceBest Part: Introducing people to what can be a life-changing experienceWorst Part: Having to accurately assess risk for clientsMinimum Training: Wilderness first responder and single-pitch climbing instructor certificationsDiane Kearns was bitten by the climbing bug more than two decades ago when she took up the sport of mountaineering. After tackling major peaks in the United States, Nepal, and elsewhere, she and her husband, Arthur, opened the Seneca Rocks Climbing School in West Virginia. “I love introducing people to something that turns out to be life-changing for them, helping them ease into a world where they never thought they would be,” Diane said.Novices in particular have a lot to learn before spending all day on the rock, including equipment, safety, and basic climbing concepts. Nevertheless, you have to be sensitive and can’t go overboard. “The first time you get almost anyone hanging off a rope above the ground, they’re going to be nervous,” she says. “But you need to assess them and tailor what you’re saying and doing so you don’t put them in the freak-out zone.” That means being an excellent teacher who can assess each student’s physical skills, mental capacity, and emotional state.If there’s one thing Diane doesn’t like, it’s the incredible responsibility she faces. After all, students entrust her with their lives. “I wish you could do this without taking on the risk for someone else, but that’s part of it, so you take it on and mitigate it,” she says. “At the same time, you want clients to have a blast. It’s a little bit of assessment, a little bit of teaching, and a lot of just having fun.”Paul SuperPaul Super – BiologistJob: Biologist/research coordinatorSalary Range: $15 – $40/hour, depending on experience; more for upper managementBest Part: Working with scientists who study all kinds of fascinating subjectsWorst Part: Lots of paperworkMinimum Training: Master’s degree in the appropriate discipline; volunteer or work-study experience helpsFor outdoorsy people with a scientific bent, few gigs are better than working as a scientist at a national park. Paul Super is a biologist for Appalachian Highlands Client Learning Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where he oversees the research program there. A big part of his job is to bring new scientists into the park to work on conservation issues. “We try to understand what we’re protecting and how best to protect it,” he says. He also works with volunteer non-scientists to collect and analyze various types of environmental data. All of this puts him in the field two or three times every week.If you want a job like this, formal education is a must. Super, who has held his position for 12 years, holds a B.S. in natural resources and an M.S. in ecology. The good news is there are often plenty of opportunities to try other positions with less rigorous requirements, see what fits, and go from there. “A national park has many different jobs,” he says. “In small parks, you have to do just about everything. In larger parks like this, you get to specialize.”Super’s favorite part of his job is learning from people who work in a variety of fields. “I get to collaborate with scientists who study all sorts of fascinating things, from how rain falls in the mountains to how obscure organisms live, and then I get to share what I’ve learned with lots of different people.”Gene HamiltonGene Hamilton – MTB CoachJob: Mountain biking coachSalary: $100 – $250/day plus travel expensesBest Part: Seeing clients improve and learn to love the sportWorst Part: Travel between camps, business choresMinimum Training: Excellent teaching and solid mountain biking skillsGene Hamilton, owner of Arizona-based BetterRide, holds mountain biking camps all over the mid-Atlantic. Although that means lots of travel, it also affords plenty of opportunities to do what he truly loves: teaching. “I like seeing people grow, and I often get excited e-mails—sometimes years later—about how much better they got,” he says. “And I really love it when people tell me the camp improved their life, not just their mountain biking.”Camps usually consist of three-day seminars starting with plenty of theory that eventually is put into practice, although not as soon as some clients might like. “A lot of people have really high expectations and want to do something new in half an hour,” he says. “You really can’t learn a whole lot even in a two- or three-hour lesson.” Eventually they hit the trails, which get steadily harder as the camp progresses. “It’s a very intense program,” he says, including wheelies, cornering, breaking, negotiating switchbacks, trail reading, and other maneuvers.Potential coaches must be excellent teachers and have above-average mountain biking skills. Humility is also mandatory. “You have to enjoy people and have a very small ego, because it’s not about you—it’s about getting other people to do things,” Hamilton says.Alex BradleyAlex Bradley – Ski PatrollerJob: Ski patrollerSalary: $10 – $15/hour, depending on experience and medical trainingBest Part: Skiing every day before the crowdsWorst Part: Dealing with ill-behaved patronsMinimum Training: EMT certification and solid skiing abilityFor 17 years, Alex Bradley has lived his dream job: getting paid to carve fresh powder when no one else is around. That’s because being a ski patroller is more than just getting people out of trouble; much of the work involves checking trail conditions, making sure the lifts are operating, fixing errant trail signs, sweeping for stragglers, and generally taking care of things before the mountain opens and after it closes. “Other than that, you’re just skiing around and doing public relations, making sure people are behaving and not getting in over their heads,” he said. On a good day, no one gets hurt. But if someone does, it’s Bradley’s and the other patrollers’ job to get the victim stabilized and down the mountain to an ambulance.At Bradley’s resort, Stowe Mountain in Vermont, every ski patroller holds an EMT certification and is a “confident” skier, although not necessarily an expert. “You’re probably going to get better once you start training with us,” he said.The worst part of the job is dealing with people who refuse to follow the rules. “I don’t like to be the bad guy,” Bradley says. But he forgets all that when he’s gliding down a black diamond with no one else in sight. “I love the first runs of the day, opening the trails, especially on a very good ski day. It’s really nice because you’re the only one out there, it’s quiet, and the skiing is great. That’s what brought me to this job.” read more
St Patrick’s are out of the Champions League after a 5-0 defeat saw them lose 6-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw in the second qualifying round on Wednesday. Press Association The Dublin side were only 1-0 behind at half-time but a flurry of goals after the hour-mark ensured it is the Polish champions who will now meet Celtic in the next round. Miroslav Radovic scored twice while Michal Zyro and Marek Saganowski were also on target before a Conan Byrne own-goal made it five late on. read more