Blackbaud report shows youngest donors give most overall, but more older people give Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis46 Tagged with: donor mobile Research / statistics Melanie May | 10 September 2018 | News 297 total views, 1 views today The youngest generations of donors give the most overall to charity and plan to give more, according to a report from the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact.Gen Zers and Millennials gave £2.7 billion in the last 12 months. This is 30% of the overall total donated, according to The Next Generation of UK Giving report, which questioned 985 UK donors in February this year – although these two generations combined are more than twice the size of the Mature generation (born pre-1946), at over 17 million in the UK. 40% of people in these age groups (those born after 1981) also say they plan to increase the amount they give to charity in the next year – more than double any other generation. However, the Mature and Baby Boomer generations are the generations with the highest proportion of people giving – at 68% of people in both age groups. They also contribute to the second highest number of charities, at over five charities per person. Matures contribute 22% of the total donated but 73% do not anticipate any change in the amount they give to charity in the next year. In terms of preferred causes, the report found that all generations share a top three: health, children and animals. Matures are the only group to place animal causes slightly higher than children with older generations also more likely to prioritise giving to elderly causes. The survey also asked participants how they thought they could have the greatest impact. It shows that the older generations are more likely to prioritise giving money with 49-51% of people in these age groups favouring this, while more Generation Zers and Millennials were the age groups that most favoured peer-to-peer fundraising (17%). Similar numbers of Gen Zers/Millennials, Gen Xers and Matures chose volunteering as their contribution of choice (13-15%).How people prefer to make a differenceAcceptable ways for charities to ask for support were also examined in the survey, including direct mail, email, SMS, phone calls, cinema adverts, and TV/ radio programmes. Generation Zers and Millennials. Overall, the youngest generations are the most open to appeals via email (62%), SMS/text (56%), or social media (60%). However, 62% are also open to direct mail, while they are also particularly open to being asked to give via radio/TV programmes (73%) and cinema advertisements (70%).The report also looks at online engagement and giving, finding that mosst Baby Boomers and Matures report minimal online contact with charities, while younger generations are also the most willing to give via a mobile device at 86% of Gen Zers and Millennials, compared to 33% of Boomers and 18% of Matures. Percentage of each generation willing to give via mobile deviceThe report was commissioned by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact with Edge Research conducting an online survey of 985 UK donors in February this year. It is available from the Blackbaud site. 298 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis46 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.
Investment funds aren’t what they say they are when it comes to sustainability or environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, according to the company behind a new impact measurement model.The “portfolio impact footprint” tool – run by Impact-Cubed and originally for in-house use by hedge fund Auriel Equity Investors – has been endorsed by a number of European pension funds that helped test the model.An analysis of 25 ESG funds using the tool showed that “at a modest 11% of tracking error at most, the true measureable impact of a given ESG fund in a representative sample is far from what their messaging and positioning would imply”, Impact-Cubed said in a recent report.“From running well over 100 funds through the model since its launch we have found that funds with twice this percentage exist, and it is possible for sustainability to account for 30% to 50% more of an ESG fund’s tracking error,” it added. The model also uncovered vast differences between ESG funds despite them being indistinguishable on the basis of their marketing.“The true measureable impact of a given ESG fund is far from what their messaging and positioning would imply”Impact-Cubed“Excluding the few worst examples, it seems there is a 10-fold difference between the best quartile versus worst quartile ESG funds in terms of impact,” said Impact-Cubed.In the worst case, a fund came out as having a negative impact, indicating the investor would have been better off investing in a tracker fund, it added.Asset owners’ tests Nadine Viel Lamare, head of sustainable value creation at AP1Sweden’s AP1 ran the model on a SEK20bn (€1.9bn) portfolio. Nadine Viel Lamare, head of sustainable value creation at the buffer fund, said Impact-Cubed’s initiative filled a gap in the market for assessing a fund’s alignment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Other analysis tools only looked at companies’ revenue streams relative to the SDGs, she said, without assessing how well a company was managed or the negatives that came from producing a given product.“You don’t get a holistic view,” she told IPE. “That’s what I like about this tool – it’s a good attempt to take a holistic approach. There is so much focus on carbon footprinting right now and sustainability is about so much more than that.” Magdalena Lönnroth, portfolio manager and head of responsible investmentThe €1.5bn Church Pension Fund of Finland also participated in the pilot project, submitting two emerging market equity and European equity mutual funds each for analysis.Magdalena Lönnroth, portfolio manager and head of responsible investment, said the results from Impact-Cubed’s analysis of its equity funds were “quite interesting”.“On the emerging market side we had two ESG managers, one of which didn’t really get that flattering a result,” she said.Lönnroth added that the Impact-Cubed analysis was for her the “first real connection” with getting the UN sustainable development goals into fund-level reporting.Impact-CubedImpact-Cubed was spun off as a separate company by Auriel Equity Investors last year and is in the process of seeking certification in the UK as a B-Corp, a designation for companies that use business to solve social and environmental problems.The tool is intended to measure – and report on – the impact of any portfolio of listed securities on sustainable development and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).More broadly, the company’s hope is that its service “helps separate ‘green advertising’ from ‘green investing’ and empowers investors with data to engage their fund managers”.“Most asset asset managers tout their ESG credentials loudly and market their specific product aggressively, which is understandable considering the explosion in ESG demand,” the company wrote in a paper about the model and a test of several ESG funds. “The ESG claims have been traditionally easy to make and impossible for a client to verify.” The model includes 14 impact measures or indicators, based around publicly available data. Indicators range from carbon and water efficiency to gender equality, board independence and tax, but also capture companies’ business models. Companies are assessed in terms of the environmental and social “good” or “harm” they do in relation to the SDGs, captured as a percentage of revenues from products and services.The 14 measures were developed with input from European and US investors.
Chelsea, Southampton chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allenby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Southampton are both chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allen.The 15-year-old has already impressed on trials with Spurs and Manchester City.The Daily Express says Chelsea and Saints want to now run the rule over Allen during a trial period.Rangers are also interested in the Northern Irish attacking midfielder.Allen has already made his debut for the Linfield first-team this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Insomnia is a driver of suicide, and people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, included 103 participants aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. All participants took an antidepressant for the eight-week duration of the trial and half also took the sedative-hypnotic zolpidem at bedtime. Also Read – The Puja carnival”While the results do not argue for the routine prescription of hypnotics for mitigating suicidal ideation in all depressed outpatients with insomnia, they suggest that co-prescription of a hypnotic during initiation of an antidepressant may be beneficial in suicidal outpatients, especially in patients with severe insomnia,” said study researchers from Augusta University in the US. During the study, participants completed regular self-reports of the severity of their insomnia and completed a daily sleep diary during their treatment that included details like how many times they woke up during the night and how long they actually slept. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraResearchers also measured distorted thoughts about sleep, like participants thinking they would never again have a good night’s sleep. The frequency and intensity of disturbing dreams or nightmares, also a factor in insomnia-associated suicide, also were measured. Patients wore a wrist device to keep up with rest/activity cycles. Those taking the sleep aid showed both significant immediate and longer-term improvement in their reported insomnia severity. While both groups reported significant improvement in their feelings about hopelessness, quality of life, nightmares and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, as well as related insomnia and suicidality, the group taking the sleep aid had a greater reduction in suicidal thinking. The sleep aid was most effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with the most severe insomnia. There were no deaths or suicide attempts by participants during the course of the study. Two weeks after the study concluded both study groups – including those not taking the sleep aid – appeared to have maintained progress with reduced depression scores and suicidal thoughts.
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday defended Donald Trump over accusations the US leader pressured Kiev to dig up dirt on a rival, saying there was “nothing compromising” in transcripts of the call. “I see nothing compromising in the conversation between Trump and (Ukrainian leader Volodymyr) Zelensky,” Putin said of the phone call that has sparked an impeachment probe in the US. “President Trump turned to a colleague with a request to investigate possible corruption relating to members of the former administration,” the Russian leader said at an energy forum in Moscow. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Any head of state would have had to do the same.” “They have already been using any excuse to attack President Trump. Now it’s Ukraine,” Putin added. Putin also took aim at the Mueller Report, which concluded that Russia tried to swing the 2016 election in the Republican’s favour but did not establish evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Moscow. “He didn’t find any evidence of us colluding with Trump in the past, but said there was a risk we might do so in the future… It would be funny if it weren’t so sad,” said Putin. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAsked if Russia would try to meddle in the US 2020 presidential election, Putin joked: “I’ll let you into a secret — yes! We absolutely will… Just don’t tell anybody.” The White House last week released a transcript of a call this summer between Trump and a recently elected Zelensky. It showed that Trump asked Zelensky to probe Democratic rival Joe Biden, and the Democrats are looking into whether Trump used a delayed 400 million (365.8 million euros) aid package as leverage. Ukraine is fighting an ongoing war in its east against Russia-backed separatists, which broke out after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
BALURGHAT: Amid predictions of sporadic showers by the local meteorological department during four days of Durga Puja to be kicked start on Friday, the organisers are now busy to complete the rest of work for inauguration in Panchami.Almost all the big-budget Puja organisers in Balurghat have forced to prepare makeshift shades for devotees in or outside the pandals for any emergency. “Local Met officials have predicted mild showers during Puja days and that is why we are thinking how to tackle the situation. A temporary shade has been prepared with tarpaulin sheets so that the idols can be saved from rain. The devotees may also take shelter under the temporary roofs,” said Gopal Bhattacharjee, a big-budget puja organiser of Kochikala Academy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPuja organisers are not ready to mar this part of the revelry. “The nagging rain for over a week has hampered our preparations adversely. Since Tuesday afternoon the weather is slightly improved but there is every possibility of rainfall during Puja days and we don’t want to take risk. We have kept adequate space inside the pandal to accommodate devotees. The entry and exit gates are extra wide for air circulations,” said an organiser of Avijatri Club, Sanat Mohanta. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from the Puja organisers, both district administration and police have made elaborate arrangements already for the grand success of the upcoming festive season. It is learnt from a police source that in order to stop the use of high-sound producing music system and fire crackers during the Puja days, the police have decided to take steps if organizers are found violating rules provided by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB). The Puja committees in their agreement part have mentioned that they are ready to abide by general norms strictly for not using powerful sound system and sound producing crackers near their puja pandals. Recently, a meeting conducted among senior administrative officials along with the concerned officials of WBPCB, police, Balurghat municipality and fire services officials in which it was decided that police would conduct a joint inspection to the big Pujas of the town to look into whether the guidelines are followed. “The joint inspection started at least a week before the Puja days while at the same time, the police would not allow to hold the Pujas if we receive any complaint against the puja organisers for forcefully collecting subscriptions. We have also asked them to follow all the guidelines including the decibel of the sound system,” said district police chief Prasun Banerjee adding that the department would also reward the puja organisers if following all the guidelines specifically. The police and local administration have taken unanimous decision that there will be no restriction on four-wheelers and motorbikes during the four days of Durga puja in Balurghat. “We have stressed on best possible security arrangement for the people of Balurghat so that thousands of pandal hoppers do not face any trouble while ushering the festive spirit. Apart from this, we are using drone-camera for the first-time for security reasons. Six such cameras will be installed for keeping close watch and immediate intervention,” said a police officer. According to a police source, adequate number of police pickets has also been put in place near Durga puja pandals across the town besides police assistance booths have been set up in case anyone wants to know the route or seek any other help.
Los Angeles: Actor Jim Carrey has turned writer with his upcoming novel “Memoirs and Misinformation” which will hit the bookstores in May 2020. Publishing house Alfred A. Knopf announced on Twitter that Carrey’s debut novel, which he wrote in collaboration with Dana Vachon, will come out next year. “Mark your calendars, the debut novel from @JimCarrey is coming May 2020” it tweeted. The publisher said the novel is a “perceptive, highly entertaining book” about the arc of fame, and a look inside the mind of an artist and the world he inhabits. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The 57-year-old will also embark on a book tour to coincide with the release of the novel, reported Entertainment Weekly. “Jim Carrey has written a novel that is more revealing about his life than any memoir could possibly be,” Sonny Mehta, Editor in Chief of Knopf, said in a statement. “It is a perceptive and highly entertaining book about the arc of fame, as well as a look inside the mind of an artist, the life that shaped him, and the world he inhabits,” he added. Carrey said, “None of this is real and all of it is true.”
Gurugram: Congress on Thursday appointed Sukhbir Kataria as the nominee from Gurugram’s seat. Kataria had won this seat in 2009 as an independent candidate. He later joined the Hooda cabinet as the Sports Minister and since then he is believed to be close to the former Chief Minister. In a major relief for the former MLA in May this year a Gurugram court has set aside criminal charges against him. Kataria was accused of indulging in bogus voting and creating fake voter identity cards to allegedly influence the elections in 2009. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAttacking BJP, Kataria said, “The BJP has not performed work and is involved wonder. Now to shrug off their responsibilities they are not giving tickets to the members and denying tickets.” Speaking of his vision for Gurugram Kataria said, “Due to poor policies of the government Gurugram has become one of the most polluted cities in the world. Even the posh areas in the city you can see potholed roads. The deterioration of the city is due to the corruption.” Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn an interesting move by the Congress, the younger brother of Rao Narbir Singh Kamal Yadav has been appointed as the nominee. His elder brother Rao Narbir who is the senior minister in BJP was denied ticket this time in these elections. In Pataudi, Congress has fielded Sudhir Chaudhury while in Sohna the party has fielded Shamsudin. Both of them had represented the party even in 2014. Gurugram has been a stronghold of Congress party that has won this seat for six out of twelve times the assembly elections have been held in the city. Interestingly in the first elections that were held in Gurgaon then in 1967 was won by a candidate from Jan Sangh, a political organization that ultimately gave way to BJP, a party which was formed in 1980. Thakran defeated his rival Kanhaiya Lal from Congress. In the coming years, the grand old party of India was able to win the Gurugon seat in the years 1968, 1972,1982,1991, 1996 and 2005. Dharambir Gaba and Rao Mahabeer Singh are the two most successful leaders from Congress. While Gaba has won the Gurugram seat four times Rao Mahabeer has won the seat two times.
Kolkata: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will present the future roadmap of Indian football along with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on October 14 in Kuala Lumpur. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das has written to ISL and I-League clubs informing them of the same and has asked them to be present on that day at the AFC headquarters. “Dear All, The All India Football Federation along with the Asian Football Confederation will present the future roadmap of Indian Club football on 14th October 2019 at Asian Football Confederation, AFC House, Jalan 1/155B, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 10 am. You are invited to be present. Kindly confirm your presence in the next 5 days,” the letter read. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt is likely that the ISL and I-League will coexist for another three years as stated by AIFF president Praful Patel earlier. The winners of each league are likely to be handed a continental spot with ISL champions getting the AFC Champions League (ACL) qualifying slot and the I-League champions the AFC Cup play-off slot. Some AFC officials including General Secretary Dato Windsor John recently met AIFF president Patel and Das to have a discussion on the same. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn July, the AIFF had recommended AFC to consider that the champions of the ISL be allotted a spot in the qualifiers for the AFC Champions League. The decision was taken in the AIFF’s Executive Committee meeting. The federation said that the recommendation has been made in the light of the Master Rights Agreement signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010 among other factors like more substantial growth in TV viewership and in stadia audience vis a vis the I-League and “the ISL clubs complying with the entire AFC Club licensing criteria, including strong grassroots and Youth Development Programmes which have also been certified by the AFC.” Earlier, Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and that he will approach the Asian Football Confederation to allow the I-League to co-exist with the ISL as India’s top flight league for the next two to three years. The clubs accepted Patel’s proposal while putting forth their own version of a roadmap for Indian football in which a unified league structure consisting of I-League and ISL clubs was proposed with promotion and relegation.
Kolkata: The state Correctional Administration department in association with an NGO is all set to launch cookies and a special type of cup cake made by the inmates of Alipore Women’s Correctional Home (AWCH) soon after the Durga Puja.Under the initiative named Cookie Maker, some 20 odd inmates in AWCH will spend their Puja days working hard in baking cookies and cakes with the department planning for the launch between the Lakshmi Puja and the Diwali. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Some six odd women inside the prison had a knack in the art of baking. They were handpicked and a professional baker was roped in to train them in a workshop. The lessons were passed over to others who were eager to be partner in the initiative,” said Chaitali Das, managing trustee of Rakshak Foundation who has arranged for the inmates’ training. Four variants of cookies packaged in glass containers and the cup cake will be available from the outlet of Rakshak Foundation at Alipore Road. The products will also be available from AWCH too. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that it was only a few days back when a music album named Aamar Asha containing songs by Indo Brazilian vocalist Carlyta Maria Mouhini from Mumbai and four inmates of Presidency Central Correctional Home was launched at a programme at ICCR. The video shot and designed exclusively inside the premises of the correctional home portrays the daily life routine of the inmates and their creative work. A senior official of the department informed that several steps are being taken to ensure that the inmates can enjoy themselves during the Durga Puja days. There will be cultural programmes and special menu for the inmates in breakfast, lunch and dinner during the Puja days. “The concept of prisons in the state have witnessed a sea change in the last eight years under the leadership of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. We are trying to reform them and at the same time exploring new avenues of vocational training for the inmates so that when they are released after completing their term they can earn a living on their own,” said Ujjal Biswas, state Correctional Administration minister.