The Big Give Christmas Challenge in numbers

first_imgChristmas Challenge 2014• Total £11.2m raised for 367 charities. Howard Lake | 29 November 2017 | News Tagged with: christmas Giving Tuesday matched giving The Big Give  332 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Christmas Challenge 2016• First five minutes: £1,007,277.50• Total after seven days: over £7.2m for 332 charities Christmas Challenge 2011• Total £12m raised for 424 charities.  331 total views,  3 views today This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £4 million on its first day. Here are more statistics on this year’s campaign, and past Christmas Challenges.The Big Give was founded in 2007 by Sir Alec Reed, founder of, and has helped to raise £83 million for UK-registered charities. The platform enables you to discover charities and projects of interest, make donations, and offers the opportunity to double your donations through match funding campaigns run throughout the year.Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017This year’s Christmas Challenge was timed to launch on Giving Tuesday.The stats so far are:• First 5 mins: £500k• First 15 mins: £1m• First hour: £1.8m• Midnight of the first day – £4,042,201 from 9,068 donations.This year 550 charities are taking part, nearly 200 more than last year. Christmas Challenge 2008• First 45 minutes: £2m for 240 charitiescenter_img Christmas Challenge 2015• Total £7.2m raised for the 258 participating charities.  Christmas Challenge 2013• Total £11m raised for 387 charities.Christmas Challenge 2012• Total £10.5m for 350 charities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 2007The Big Give website was launched in October 2007.Other match funding campaignsThere are plenty of other fundraising achievements for The Big Give. This year alone has seen:• March: Emergency match fund for East Africa raises over £445,000• April: Match funding campaign for Marlborough College raises over £264,000 to restore its memorial hall• May: ‘Summer Give’ match funding campaign for vulnerable London school children run in partnership with Childhood Trust raises £778,680• June – September: Grenfell Tower appeal launched in partnership with The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation raised over £2.6 million• October: Emergency match fund for Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar raises over £242,000 The Big Give Christmas Challenge in numbers 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Christmas Challenge 2010• Total £9.3 million raised for 323 charities.Christmas Challenge 2009• Total £8.5m raised for 175 charities.last_img read more

Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked?

first_img SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak to an Ag Day breakfast in Jackson County, IN. After my speech, the local FFA chapter presented me with a shirt that read: “Naked and Hungry” on the front. On the back the shirt said: “What you would be without agriculture.” I still have this shirt today because of its simple, yet poignant, truth. This truth, however, has been lost on some US business leaders as well as a few reporters and Yahoo news.Last week, Yahoo news, not exactly a credible news organization in my view, published an article on the 10 worst college majors. The on-line article, called 10 College Majors that are Useless, was based in a research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2012 Job Outlook study, which surveyed almost 1,000 employers on their future hiring plans. The implication of the article is that if you major in any of these areas you will not get hired or have any kind of a career future. Arthur Terence Loose states, “There are certain majors that you might want to avoid.”  While there is some truth to the assertion that certain college majors stand a better chance of getting hired than others, his list has a definite bias and is contradicted by well publicized facts.The number 1 most useless major listed is agriculture. The article makes snide comments about farm work and states, “Just don’t expect farms and ranches to be calling you.” The facts are that, at Purdue and other major ag universities, ag majors have among the highest employment rate of any major.  In addition, statistics show that farm labor is in short supply and that there is a high demand for educated and skilled farm workers. Degrees 4 and 5 were also ag related: animal science and horticulture.The rankings are based on what some employers say they are looking for, but other employees disagree.  For example, “American Express has hired over 80 agricultural economists since 1990,” says David Edwards, Vice President-International Risk Management, American Express.  It is a fact that within 6 months of graduation, 90% of graduates with ag related degrees are employed in their field, not at Starbucks. The rate for average students with other than ag degrees is about 50%. And, for the past few years, the agricultural economy has been strong — something that cannot be said about the rest of the economy, a fact ignored by the Yahoo article.One of the other majors deemed as unless by Yahoo was fashion design. So, in short, according to Yahoo, people are going to stop eating food and stop wearing clothes. Not only is this not likely to happen, just the opposite is likely to occur. World food demand is on the rise, demand for renewable energy is on the rise, and population numbers are on the rise, and most of those new people will want to wear clothes.I would like to suggest that the most useless degree is journalism. It is obvious that the ever growing number of on-line news providers are not hiring trained reporters but, rather, are using uneducated morons to write their content. Meanwhile, if you know of someone who is contemplating their major and considering going back to school, encourage them to consider agriculture-related degrees. Farming today is not all about plows, sows, and cows. Computer technology, chemistry, genetics, economics, engineering, biology, and financial management are just a few areas in need to qualified individuals. Oh, and of course communications, to help correct the misconceptions about agriculture created by unreliable organizations like Yahoo. Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked? Facebook Twittercenter_img Home Commentary Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked? By Gary Truitt – Jan 22, 2012 Previous articleFairs Invited to Be Green Ribbon FairsNext articleXL Pipeline Has a Future Gary Truitt By Gary Truittlast_img read more

Two County Farm Bureaus Earn National Award for Community Dinners

first_img Benton County Farm Bureau Farm to Fork Event/ Photo ProvidedIndiana’s Benton County Farm Bureau and Wayne County Farm Bureau were selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation as two of this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program winners. Both counties won for their farm-to-fork style community dinners, with a twist.The CAE Awards celebrate unique, volunteer-driven programming at the local level. The winning counties will be recognized and will exhibit their programs at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans.Benton County Farm Bureau was awarded for its inaugural Farm to Fork community dinner and fundraiser. They had three main goals for the event: to raise the awareness of Benton County Farm Bureau among the community; to celebrate local agriculture; and to raise funds for a local, volunteer-run theater.Benton County Farm Bureau Farm to Fork Event/ Photo Provided“We decided to do a farm-to-fork event but we wanted to add a little bit of a twist, which was having our farm-to-fork benefit the community,” said Meredith Cobb, Benton County Farm Bureau education and outreach coordinator. “To help the community, we decided to raise money for the Fowler Theater, which is run by volunteers. So many families in the community use the theater for local, affordable entertainment.”The community embraced the event and Benton County Farm Bureau quickly sold out of tickets and earned more sponsors than expected.“Our goal for this first year was to sell 50 tickets, but we had to stop selling tickets at 160 because we ran out of space,” explained Cobb. “We also received nearly $6,000 in sponsorship for the event and nearly all of the food for the meal was donated by local farmers.”Cobb said another success from the event was the connections the county Farm Bureau was able to make with community members and local businesses.“We got out in our community and met so many people and worked with them closely,” she said. “We had so many individuals, farm families and businesses helping out. Benton County Farm Bureau just had the idea and asked others to get involved!”In the end, Benton County Farm Bureau raised $6,500 for the Fowler Theater. The county has since hosted its second Farm to Fork, raising $10,000 for the community food and service co-op with $12,000 in sponsorships.Wayne County Farm Bureau Farm to Fork Event/ Photo ProvidedWayne County Farm Bureau was awarded for its Summer Harvest Supper, a farm-to-fork style dinner for leaders and influencers in the community. The goal of the event was to create a relaxed forum for open, honest communication about food and farming. This was Wayne County’s second year hosting the event, which was started in an effort to address misinformation in the community about agriculture.Wayne County Farm Bureau decided to target local influencers and decision-makers for the event.“We didn’t want to try to address the masses,” explained Max Smith, Wayne County Farm Bureau president. “We felt we would be most effective if we targeted decision makers and local professionals in the community. We invited health and nutrition leaders, educators, and anyone that had significant influence on the community.”To create the type of environment that would encourage open communication, Wayne County Farm Bureau decided against having a formal speaker at the event. Instead, they invited local farmers and agribusiness professionals to rotate from table to table to speak about their businesses and answer any questions that the attendees had.“The simplicity of it made it work,” said Smith. “Being outside, under a shade tree with a home cooked meal and no speaker made the informal discussion around the tables between guests and host farmers easier.”The feedback Wayne County Farm Bureau leaders have received has only reinforced their decision to hold such an event.“Everyone left feeling more comfortable about the food they eat and why we, as farmers, make the decisions we do,” said Smith. “We’ve received notes and follow up calls from community leaders expressing their gratitude and sharing that they did not realize all of the issues the agriculture community was facing. It also has impacted the farmers positively.”Every seat was filled at this year’s Summer Harvest Supper.Benton County and Wayne County Farm Bureau competed against county Farm Bureaus across the country for the annual award. They join 24 other county winners from seven other states: California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas.Benton County and Wayne County Farm Bureau will be recognized and will exhibit their programs during AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 11-16, 2019, in New Orleans. Winning counties receive a $2,250 stipend to apply toward the cost of travel and exhibition.For more information about AFBF’s CEA Award, visit Two County Farm Bureaus Earn National Award for Community Dinners Previous articleAttacks on Beef Checkoff ExpandingNext articleAg Barometer Rebounds After USMCA Announcement Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 6, 2018 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Two County Farm Bureaus Earn National Award for Community Dinnerslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Renewable Energy Rate Revised

first_imgGREEN MOUNTAIN POWER RENEWABLE ENERGY RATE REVISEDTO SUPPORT VERMONT PROJECTs COLCHESTER, VT… (November 30, 2007) The Vermont Public Service Board today approved revisions to Green Mountain Power’s renewable energy rate, called GreenerGMP. The revisions allow Green Mountain Power to use all the proceeds from the customers purchasing energy under GreenerGMP to purchase Vermont renewable energy projects as they become available, rather than renewable resources elsewhere in New England. “We already have more than 500 customers participating in GreenerGMP, and we believe these changes will make our renewable energy program more attractive to more of our customers,” said Mary Powell, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “We believe Vermonters prefer to support local projects and we are working on several fronts to be able to offer local renewable energy projects to our GreenerGMP customers.” In addition to targeting Vermont projects, revisions to the program include simplifying the way the rate is calculated, which will make the program easier to communicate, easier to understand and less costly to administer. Green Mountain Power worked closely with Renewable Energy Vermont in redesigning the program. Sam Swanson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Renewable Energy Vermont said, “We appreciate that Green Mountain Power’s revised program will help support the development of new renewable power in Vermont, an important industry in this state. In addition, we believe that the new program design may stabilize the renewable rate it charges customers over the long run by encouraging long term renewable energy purchase commitments.” “We are grateful to all the help we received from Renewable Energy Vermont in thinking through ways to improve our program,” said Ms. Powell. “The expertise of our local renewable energy community is a wonderful resource and invaluable to us as we move forward.” Green Mountain Power ( is external)) is an electric utility owned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves approximately 92,000 customers.-30-last_img read more

The state is selling Hotel Zagorje, a former political school in Kumrovec

first_imgThe Ministry of State Property has published a public call for bids for the purchase of real estate owned by the Republic of Croatia, ie Hotel Zagorje, a former political school in Kumrovec. Hotel Zagorje “has a total gross construction area of ​​11.310,00 m2 distributed on four floors and a gross volume of 34.464,20 m2. The starting price is HRK 11.960.000,00, while the deadline for submitting bids is May 07, 2019. So far, according to unofficial information, there has been investor interest in the said hotel, even specific inquiries from Chinese investors. But now the public call is open and the first interest for the investor will be seen, there is no more talk, only officially. center_img Attachment: Public invitation for submission of bids for the purchase of real estate owned by the Republic of Croatia – Hotel Zagorjelast_img read more

Brisbane housing growth rate to double next year to mirror Sydney

first_imgAmenities like Streets Beach in the South Bank Parkland a major drawcards to the Brisbane inner city. Picture: Supplied.BRISBANE’S dwelling price growth is expected to mirror that of Sydney next year, with new forecasts seeing the city more than double its pace to a high of 7 per cent.The projections came off the latest SQM Boom & Bust Report, released Thursday, which also dispelled fears of a property crash in Sydney and Melbourne.“Brisbane’s property market will experience slightly stronger gains than those posted in 2017,” said SQM housing expert Louis Christopher, “with property prices forecast to rise between 3 per cent to 7 per cent.”What was holding Brisbane back from a higher rate of housing price growth was “the persistent overhang of surplus property listings”, he said.The report also eased fears of a deep housing correction in Sydney and Melbourne, crediting the actions of regulators to rein in rampaging investor borrowing for those cities’ survival. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoBrisbane is expected to see its housing growth go as high as 7 per cent next year. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.“The authorities were right to take action earlier this year to restrict investing lending by banks. Failure to have taken action would have resulted in out-of-control Sydney and Melbourne housing markets, where additional aggressive monetary policy may well have triggered a large fall in dwelling prices in 2018,” he said.The forecasts assumed that there would be no change in interest rates next year, a stable exchange rate and that existing restrictions by APRA on investment lending remained in place. BUYING: Affordability takes a hit though apartments cheaper AFFORDABLE: Unlikely Brisbane property hot spots Sydney was expected to grow between 4 to 8 per cent next year, while the highest growth was expected out of Hobart (ranging between 8 to 13 per cent) followed by Melbourne (7 to 12 per cent).Mr Christopher said in the 12 months to September the capital city average growth was 8.5 per cent, led by Hobart (14.3 per cent), Melbourne (12.1 per cent), Sydney (10.5 per cent, Canberra (7.8 per cent), Adelaide (5 per cent), with Brisbane showing the lowest positive growth in the period of 2.9 per cent.Perth (-2.9 per cent) and Darwin (-4.7 per cent) were the only capitals in the negative for the 12-month period. *FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook FREE: Get The Courier-Mail’s real estate news direct to your inboxlast_img read more

Kingscliff house pushes the boundaries in property design

first_imgThe loft-style main bedroom with spa ensuite and balcony as well as the 12-car basement garage are serviced by an Italian-designed lift, which Mrs Witheriff described as “glitzy”.“(The basement) has even got a mechanical pit for servicing of vehicles,” she said.“There’s also a total roof deck which has got amazing views over the suburb and Hinterland.”The onsite auction will be held on Wednesday, November 7.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Make a splash in the pool. The extravagant design makes it one of the most prominent homes in the Salt Village precinct.LJ Hooker Kingscliff agents Brett Swales and Carol Witheriff are marketing the property, which will be auctioned next month.Mrs Witheriff said an interstate businessman bought the property in 2010 as a holiday home for his extended family. However, they no longer use it as often.Given the house’s opulent design and lavish features, Mrs Witheriff said it would be snapped up quickly.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago No expense has been spared in the design. More news: North v South — where’s the best place to live on the Gold Coast? 1 Cactus Court, Kingscliff is a sight to behold.IT’S the type of home that makes jaws drop.With towering windows, a spiral staircase leading up to a rooftop deck and a street-facing infinity edged pool, this Kingscliff property commands attention. “It’s been completely updated and renovated over the last three to four months,” she said.“We opened it for the first time last Saturday and had 12 lots of people through.”The four-storey house is on a 976sq m corner block and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a tiered theatre room, outdoor entertainment area and five water features. More news: Mansion stunning at every turn Relax poolside. Entertain in style. From the front. Inside the property.last_img read more