Brad Lundblade on Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

first_imgLet the list watches begin.Senior Brad Lundblade was among 63 centers included on the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy. The award goes to the nation’s top center. Lundblade made last year’s watch list, as well.Lundblade started off his career as a last-minute addition to the 2014 class. The walk-on was thrust into the fire during that up-and-down 2014 season, appearing in seven games. He got his first start at Baylor — snapping the ball to another true freshman in his first start.Lundblade was put on scholarship prior to his sophomore season in 2015 and has been the Cowboys’ starting center since. He’s been a big part of the growth along the offensive line as a unit and is one of the leaders up front.The award is given to the consensus All-American center from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America, based on the highest number of first-place votes. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 56 Larry Williams

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At No. 56 on our countdown, let’s take a look at collegiate journeyman who made an immediate impact upon arrival at Oklahoma State.How he got to OSUWilliams was tabbed as the No. 77 prospect in the 2013 class by 247 Sports. He was a beast at Laney High School (Wilmington, NC), playing on both sides of the line. His senior season, he tallied 56 total tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries on the DL. But Williams’s true calling was a blocker.The three-star prospect decided to stick close to home and redshirted his first year at Eastern Carolina University. After appearing in 13 games his next year, Williams was dismissed by ECU for “violating team rules”. His next stop was Hutchinson Community College where he earned NJCAA All-American first team honors. Former OL coach Greg Adkins came calling and Williams was headed to Stillwater.AdChoices广告What he’s done in StillwaterWilliams made an immediate impact on OSU’s offensive line. In Week 1, he and redshirt freshman Marcus Keyes took over the two starting guard spots. Behind Keyes and Williams, the Cowboys’ running game was finally rolling. But after five games, Williams suffered a knee injury during practice. He didn’t return to action until the Alamo Bowl.Role in 2017Williams is set to reclaim his starting job at right guard, especially since late-season starter, Michael Wilson, has exhausted his eligibility. Williams was healthy at the start of spring practice but sat out of the spring game probably just as a precaution and to get some younger guys reps.Mason Rudolph talked about his right-side blocker in an article from The Oklahoman.“Larry is a guy that went through some growing pains last year,” said Rudolph, “had an injury that kept him back from playing.“I think he’s one of our most athletic, toughest linemen we have now. Really looking forward to getting him back. I know he’s hungry.”This looks to be a big year for Oklahoma State’s offense and a healthy Williams will be a big part of that. With Cal grad transfer, Aaron Cochran as the only newcomer in the projected OL starting five, OSU has a mix of talent and continuity it hasn’t seen across the offensive line in years.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWilliams was named to the NJCAA All-American first team while at Hutchinson Community College. At Laney HS, Williams also lettered in wrestling and track.last_img read more

John Bolding Commits to FIU; Where Does That Leave OSU With Tayland Humphrey?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. So much for that packaged deal that OSU had cooking with top-ranked junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey and his younger brother, John Bolding.Bolding, a senior from Klein Oak High School, chose to commit to FIU on Monday over other offers from OSU, Arkansas State, and several other small group of five teams.@KLEINOAKFB @recruitingko @BrynRenner @Big_Saucy_ @k_win67 @ChamiecaS @FIUFootball pic.twitter.com/dP2ehect9U— John Bolding III (@LiL_Saucyy_) August 1, 2017AdChoices广告Bolding’s recruitment with OSU was spurned by the staff’s interest with his older brother, Tayland, who made it clear he would not visit schools on an official basis unless they offered his brother. So OSU honored his wish, offered Bolding a scholarship during their unofficial visit earlier this summer, and at the time made a big impression on the younger Bolding by OSU’s approach to recruit him.“They told me I had my own scholarship,” he said an interview with Pistols Firing. “They said they were recruiting me as an offensive lineman. He [Josh Henson] was like, ‘You can redshirt if you want. Every freshmen has that option.’ He explained to me that I had my own scholarship and it wasn’t because of my brother. It was because of me.”What’s head-scratching about the decision is that Bolding made it pretty clear he and his brother had every intention of committing together and eventually picking the same school, which begs the question: Is Tayland Humphrey, a four-star junior college talent, going to commit to FIU?“Him and I are going to decide together,” said Bolding three weeks ago. “Most likely … we are going to play together. He told me that he will not take an official visit unless they offer me too. And we’re sticking to that.”I get that Bolding said the two would likely play together at the next level, but I would be stunned by that now. Most talent scouts would agree that Humphrey’s an NFL talent. He has offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, OSU, Arkansas, Florida State and dozens of others. Would he really spurn those opportunities to play for a major Division I program to head east and play for an FIU team that went 4-8 last season? My guess is no. But if it’s a no, he doesn’t seem to have closed the door on it just yet. OSU will likely continue recruiting both Bolding and Humphrey despite the early pledge, but the unfolding situation between the self-described Saucy brothers is one that is worth watching in the coming weeks and months. All signs point to OSU now being out of the mix for Humphrey with Bolding off the board, which could lead to a full-court press by the OSU staff on Millwood’s Israel Antwine and newly-offered Texas talent Bobby Brown.last_img read more

Cutrone & Calabria strikes sink Roma

first_imgRoma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 26/2/2018 Patrick Cutrone - cropped Getty Images AC Milan’s fine form in Serie A continued as a superb second-half display saw off an out-of-sorts Roma. AC Milan stretched their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight games as Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria sealed a 2-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.Gennaro Gattuso’s side were second best during a poor first half but came out for the second period rejuvenated and secured all three points thanks to their young stars.Their more adventurous approach bore fruit after 48 minutes when Cutrone got a delicate touch to Suso’s cross, which flashed past Alisson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Milan had further chances to add a second before the unlikely figure of Calabria added gloss to the scoreline with a composed finish in the 74th minute.The win sets Milan up perfectly for a big week, which sees them face Lazio in a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Wednesday before a crunch derby with Inter four days later.Roma, meanwhile, will need to pick themselves up quickly after a second consecutive defeat ahead of a daunting trip to Napoli next weekend.74′ AND @davidecalabria2 MAKES IT TWO!!!! Il raddoppio rossonero con un gran gol di Davide!!! Dai ragazzi!!!!! ️ #RomaMilan 0-2 pic.twitter.com/1tvqQquMrI — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Roma started with a spring in their step and tested Gianluigi Donnarumma – celebrating his 19th birthday – twice inside the opening 10 minutes through Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti.Milan soon settled, however, and largely kept their hosts at arm’s length for large swathes of the first half.When Roma did threaten, Lorenzo Pellegrini was at the heart of it. The 21-year-old midfielder had a penalty appeal waved away before flashing a shot wide of Donnarumma’s right-hand post as the half ended goalless.In stark contrast to their tepid first-half display, Milan started the second period with verve and swagger and were rewarded with the opening goal after just three minutes.Cutrone found Suso on the right and then stormed into the box to meet the Spaniard’s teasing cross with an impudent flick past Alisson for his sixth Serie A goal of the season.48′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! Patrick!!!!CUTRONEEEE! Vantaggio rossonero! ️ #RomaMilan 0-1 pic.twitter.com/raTN3gmnax — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Perotti then drilled a long-range effort just wide as Roma attempted to restore parity, while Alisson had to be alert to parry over Franck Kessie’s powerful drive as Milan looked to double their advantage.The shackles were well and truly off Milan’s players after Cutrone’s goal and Hakan Calhanoglu should have at least tested Alisson with a low drive just before the hour, instead dragging it wide.Substitute Nikola Kalinic should have wrapped it up with 20 minutes remaining but was denied by a smart one-handed save from Alisson.The Croatian made up it for it soon after, though, playing in the marauding Calabria who coolly clipped over the onrushing Roma goalkeeper for his first ever Serie A goal.Roma rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game in the closing stages as Milan – who could have had a third late on through Fabio Borini – comfortably held firm to register a memorable win. Key Opta Facts:- AC Milan have won an away league match against Roma for the first time since October 2011.- Patrick Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four Serie A games. His strike on Sunday was Milan’s first shot on target of the match.- Davide Calabria has scored his first goal for AC Milan (42 apps in all competitions).  read morelast_img read more

Mourinho: Liverpool is just another match

first_imgManchester United Mourinho: Liverpool is just another match for Man Utd Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 22:46 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool José Mourinho Videos Passions will be high at Old Trafford on Saturday when Man Utd host the Reds but it is just another game for the Portuguese Manchester United’s Saturday showdown with Liverpool is no more important than their forthcoming cup clashes against Sevilla and Brighton and Hove Albion, according to Jose Mourinho.One of English football’s bitterest feuds returns to Old Trafford on Saturday, with two points separating second-placed United from Liverpool in third in the Premier League table.Mourinho’s trophy-laden career has taken in stints with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid – bringing him into direct contact with some of European football’s biggest rivalries. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Nevertheless, he claims he remains unbitten by the derby day bug.Asked whether he had a greater understanding of the United-Liverpool rivalry ahead of his fourth stab at the fixture, the Portuguese told reporters: “I still don’t know because in my mentality every match is the same and I’m not very good on that culture of this match is special, this rivalry is special.”I never looked to AC Milan as the biggest rival, I never looked at Atletico Madrid as the enemy, I never looked at Arsenal as the big rival.”For me it is just a big match with two historical clubs, not just in England – in the world. I still don’t look to some matches as a special opponent. It is a big match because we are speaking about some big clubs.”We have three matches now – Liverpool, Sevilla and Brighton. If you ask me if I could choose one to be the most important, I can’t choose.”The most important is Liverpool because it is the next but the other two are knockouts. I don’t think the fans are happy if I say Liverpool is the biggest match of the season and Sevilla is not a big match.”Everyone wants to go to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals. Is Brighton less important than the Liverpool match?”Jose MourinhoMourinho’s tactics in the drab 0-0 draw at Anfield last October drew widespread criticism but he was predictably keen to give the views of pundits the short shrift.”Some of the guys with an opinion, they couldn’t resolve their own problem when they were managers,” he added.”They give opinions like it looks like they have solutions for everything but it’s not like that”But they are in a position where they can give opinions about everything.”With a full schedule of European action to watch this week, the United boss managed to avoid delving into any build-up to the Liverpool game.”Sometimes I read, sometimes I don’t; sometimes I listen, sometimes I don’t,” Mourinho commented.”This week I was more focused on enjoying the Champions League and Europa League and preparing my match.”last_img read more

Arsenal get CSKA Moscow in Europa League

first_imgArsenal Europa League draw: Arsenal pitted against CSKA Moscow in quarter-finals Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 20:09 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin, Arsenal Shaun Botterill Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Milan Milan The Gunners will travel to Russia as they bid to win the competition, ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig and Marseille Arsenal have been drawn to face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals.Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid, who are the favourites to win the competition along with the Premier League outfit, have been paired with Sporting CP in the last eight. The other ties see RB Leipzig tackle Marseille and Lazio face Salzburg.The Europa League now looks the Gunners’ most realistic chance of reaching the Champions League next season, as they lie 12 points shy of fourth-placed Tottenham, though they face a Russian side that dumped out Lyon from the competition on away goals at the last-16 stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Arsenal beat Milan 5-1 on aggregate over two legs, winning 2-0 in Italy and 3-1 in north London.CSKA lie third in the Russian league table, level on points with second-placed Spartak Moscow, and eight points behind leaders Lokomotiv.Atletico thumped Lokomotiv over two legs, winning 8-1 on aggregate, while their quarter-final opponents, Sporting, beat FK Viktoria Plzen 3-2 on aggregate, despite a 2-1 second leg defeat.RB Leipzig overcame Zenit St Petersburg, while Marseille beat Athletic Bilbao. Lazio defeated Dynamo Kiev, and Salzburg beat Borussia Dortmund.These fixtures will be played on April 5 and 12.The Europa League semi-final draw will take place on April 13, and the final will be played on May 16 at Groupama Stadium in France.last_img read more

QB Comparison: Zach Smith Will Once Again Be an Underdog against OSU

first_imgComp.3137 QB2BSandersSmith Yds/Att10.87.9 Pct.73.867.3 TD62 Rating211.6142.2 INT01 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Rushing Yds160-9 Att.4255 The Cowboys end their nonconference slate with a familiar opponent, heading roughly 70 miles east to face Tulsa. When it comes to this weekend’s QB battle, Spencer Sander’s counterpart will also be familiar to OSU fans.Zach Smith is two games into his eligibility at Tulsa, but he came to the Golden Hurricane 10 with Big 12 starts under his belt at Baylor. Last January, Smith joined head coach Philip Montgomery — who recruited him as the Bears’ offensive coordinator —  and sat out the 2018 season due to transfer rules.Let’s see how Sanders and Smith stack up from a numbers standpoint through two games. Yds453436 Recruiting MatchupAs a high school prospect, Smith was the prototypical pocket passer at 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds. The three-star quarterback from Grandview High School ended his career among the Top 10 Texas passers of all time with 10,217 yards and 113 passing TDs.247Sports ranked Smith as the No. 16 pro-style passer in the 2016 class and the No. 58 overall prospect from the state of Texas. Of course, across the field will be a former four-star recruit and the No. 8 dual-threat QB in 2018 and the 17th-ranked Texas prospect in Sanders.Up-and-Down StartAfter an up-and-down performance in a loss to Michigan State in the opener, Smith rebounded in a win at San Jose State going 21-of-28 for 283 yards and a score. Smith will make his home debut as Tulsa’s QB at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Saturday.At Baylor, Smith had one meeting with Oklahoma State, but it’s probably one he’d like to forget. He and the Bears were OSU’s Homecoming guests in 2017 in a game the Cowboys won handily 59-16. Smith mustered just 127 yards on an abysmal 39.3-percent completion rate, had zero touchdowns and threw an interception. But this is a new team and an untested defense that he’ll face from Oklahoma State.Who’s Got the Edge?I’m going to have to go with Spencer Sanders on this one. Though he is much less experienced — and much less tested — the Cowboys QB has already shown that he’s got the type of God-given athletic talent that experience can’t teach. Spencer’s got a ways to go when it comes to experience, and we’ve yet to see him face a legitimate defense, but I think he has another big nonconference game, and gets the edge over Zach Smith. Total QBR83.5 (14th)71.2 (35th) Rushing TDs00last_img read more

How World Cup brought enemies Iran & USA together

first_imgWorld Cup How the World Cup brought enemies Iran and USA together 20 years ago Ives Galarcep 19:55 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Iran 1998 World Cup Ben Radford World Cup United States v Iran Iran v Spain Iran United States Spain When Iran faces Spain on Thursday, it will be come exactly 20 years after the most politically-charged World Cup match of all time Politics have stayed out of the spotlight for most of the first week of the 2018 World Cup, but when Iran faces Spain in Wednesday’s 2018 World Cup showdown in Kazan, Russia, it will arrive just a day before the 20-year-anniversary of the most politically-charged match in finals’ history.Iran and the United States have had a complicated and often hostile relationship for the better part of the past 40 years, so when the two countries were placed in the same group for the 1998 World Cup, political overtones immediately surrounded the match.”We’re not going to let politics play a part in this,” then-U.S. coach Steve Sampson said in the lead-up to the match. “We want to show that what we want coming out of this match besides a positive result was that the two countries are able to compete, meet each other on the field, compete effectively, and afterwards exchange jerseys as a sign that this is hopefully a start of what can be a new relationship between the countries of the United States and Iran.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The build-up to the match coincided with a thawing of relations between the two nations, which had been adversaries since the fall of the U.S-backed Shah of Iran following the Islamic Revolution in the country in 1979.That, coupled with a hostage crisis that saw 52 American diplomats kept captive in the Tehran-based U.S. embassy for 444 days, led to a complete ceasing of all diplomatic relations between the countries.The two nations find themselves in that same position today, but there was a brief period of improved relations that coincided with their World Cup meeting. That historical backdrop made the 1998 World Cup match in Lyon, France a politically-charged event, one that even drew threats of protests and required a larger-than-normal police presence.Despite the distractions, and the history between the countries, players from the two teams joined together to take a group photo before the match, a moment that made a big impression in both countries and around the world.”We talked about taking the picture together, and we asked everybody how they all felt and all the players were all for it,” then-U.S. midfielder Tab Ramos told Goal. “We all thought that this was sports, and whatever happens in politics that’s obviously off the field. We want to make people happy and make people cheer, so we took the picture together.”The United States wound up losing to Iran on the way to an awful showing at the 1998 World Cup. Three losses in three matches doomed the Americans to a last-place finish in Group F, with Germany and Yugoslavia proceeding to the last 16. This led to the departure of Sampson, who was eventually replaced by Bruce Arena — though, coincidentally, another candidate in the running for the job then was current Iran coach Carlos Quieroz.”We were a little bit afraid of their counter,” Ramos recalled of the match, which finished with the Iranians winning 2-1. “That was a good Iran team. We had the ball more, but I think on the counter they were really dangerous and eventually they got us. If anything, we were dominating the game but unfortunately they caught us and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”USA Iran 1998 World CupThe result was a historic one for Iran, marking its first World Cup victory, a feat the Iranians didn’t match until they defeated Morocco, 1-0, in their 2018 World Cup opener. The 1998 victory led to celebrations in the streets of Iran, not only for the first World Cup win in the nation’s history, but because it came against a country long seen as an enemy of Iran.As bad as the 1998 World Cup was for the United States, one of the few bright spots was the sportsmanship shown in the match against Iran, a display that eventually helped lead to the two countries playing each other in a friendly in the United States in 2000.”Maybe we did have a little effect on the political climate getting better,” said Ramos, who is in Russia at the World Cup working as an analyst for Telemundo. “When you’re a player that’s not really what you do, but if you can help people understand each other and come together it feels good to do that.”Not only did the nations play each other in a friendly, two members of the 1998 Iran team that defeated the Americans wound up playing in the United States in Major League Soccer. Iranian forward Khodadad Azizi spent the 2000 season with the San Jose Earthquakes, while defender Mohammad Khakpour played with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1999, where he was teammates with Ramos.”(Khakpour) was the nicest guy, and one of the few foreign players who I visited his house for dinner, and he came to my home for dinner,” Ramos told Goal. “We develped a really close relationship and I think it started that day in 1998.”last_img read more

World Cup: Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0

first_imgUruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0: Centurion Suarez strikes to send La Celeste, Russia through Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:55 6/21/18 Luis Suarez Getty Images Russia are into the next round of the World Cup, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia out, after Uruguay earned a Group A victory. Luis Suarez booked Uruguay’s place in the World Cup knockout rounds, marking his 100th international appearance with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.Uruguay’s result also means hosts Russia, who have won their opening two Group A matches, are through to the next phase with one fixture to spare, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both out of the tournament.Saudi Arabia gave a far better performance than they produced in their 5-0 loss to the hosts but a poor mistake from replacement goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais handed the South Americans the winner in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar A corner from the left taken by Carlos Sanchez was missed by the keeper, with Suarez on hand to knock home and become the first Uruguay player to score at three World Cups.With Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men unable to create a clear chance, Saudi Arabia are without a win in 12 World Cup matches and in danger of finishing bottom of their group, as they have in all three previous appearances.Russia and Uruguay, though, can look forward to a likely second-round meeting against either Portugal or Spain, depending on the outcome of Group B’s remaining contests.Luis Suarez – the first player to score at three different editions of the #WorldCup for @Uruguay! pic.twitter.com/B2xfSuZd47— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Suarez became Uruguay’s sixth centurion and the Barcelona forward saw an early effort blocked.Saudi Arabia initially showed far greater defensive resilience following their hammering at the hands of Russia, only for Al Owais – who replaced Abdullah Al-Mayoof in the side – to gift Uruguay the opener in the 23rd minute.A left-wing Sanchez corner was completely missed by Al Owais, giving Suarez a simple close-range finish into an unguarded net.8/15 – Luis #Suarez has been directly involved in eight of Uruguay’s last 15 #WorldCup goals (6 goals, 2 assists). Appetite.— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 20, 2018Fernando Muslera had to tip over a long-range drive from Hattan Bahebri, who then missed a fine chance in the box, as Saudi Arabia responded well to falling behind.The flat feel of the game continued after the interval with both sides struggling to build tempo in hot conditions at the Rostov Arena.Sanchez and Suarez wasted half-chances to extend the lead for Uruguay, who also won their opener against Egypt 1-0 thanks to a set-piece goal, defender Jose Gimenez heading home a late winner.Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals at the World Cup and it could have been 15, Martin Caceres heading over in the 68th minute from another Sanchez delivery.Although Pizzi’s side had plenty of the ball in the closing stages there was no route to goal as Uruguay held firm easilySterner tests await Uruguay and Russia in the last 16, though, with Group A’s qualified nations set to face off on Monday in Samara to decide who secures top spot. Key Opta stats:- Saudi Arabia have now been eliminated at the group stages in four of the five World Cup Finals they have participated in.- Uruguay have won all four of their World Cup matches against Asian opposition.- Uruguay have now kept back to back clean sheets in the World Cup for the first time since a run of three in 2010.- Luis Suarez has been directly involved in eight of Uruguay’s last 15 World Cup goals (six goals, two assists). read morelast_img read more

Messi stressed & unhappy at World Cup – Zabaleta

first_imgWorld Cup Messi stressed & unhappy at World Cup, says Zabaleta Harry Sherlock 15:32 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Argentina Lionel Messi Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria The right-back sympathises with his friend, who has flattered to deceive at the 2018 tournament, with Argentina on the verge of elimination Lionel Messi is “unhappy” at the World Cup, with the pressure of Argentina’s hopes at the tournament weighing on his shoulders, according to his former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta.Messi has struggled in Russia thus far, missing a penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw with Iceland, before struggling in the stunning 3-0 defeat to Croatia.Argentina’s qualifying hopes are subsequently on a knife edge, with Jorge Sampaoli’s men facing a do-or-die clash with Nigeria on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And Zabaleta, who won 58 caps for Argentina, believes too much is expected of the Barcelona superstar.”The happiest I saw Lionel Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 – he scored a hat-trick against Brazil in New York, and he played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face,” he wrote in his BBC Sport column.”His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game on Thursday. To see Leo looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry.”He is my friend as well as my former team-mate and I felt really sorry for him. It is very unusual to see him like that, but it was a sign of what was going on in his head.”At times like this, there is a huge pressure on him because people expect too much, and for him to do everything for the national team.”I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us. As a player myself, I know that if you go into a game and you don’t really enjoy it then it is very difficult to play well.”Argentina’s game against Nigeria has an extra importance due to the fact that it may be Messi’s last ever game at a World Cup.Messi is 31, and has yet to taste World Cup glory – he has only won an Olympic Gold Medal for his country, back in 2008 – with Zabaleta believing that baggage from previous failures weighs heavy.Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia World Cup 2018 210618“I think it is getting harder for Leo to play for Argentina. He turned 31 on Sunday so he is getting older and sometimes, mentally, you can feel tired as well,” he added.”Part of that is down to his history with Argentina. This team has lost the past three finals they have played – the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.”In Argentina, that is not enough. For some people, and for parts of the media, you have to win – just reaching the final is not acceptable.”So losing three finals in four years has been tough mentally and psychologically for everyone in that team, especially Leo.”It is hard when people in your country treat you like a loser. They see him winning trophies every season with Barcelona – so they expect him to do exactly the same in the national team.”last_img read more

Guardado: Neymar exaggerates fouls

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar likes to exaggerates fouls – Guardado Chloe Horswill 01:57 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) neymar-cropped Getty Images World Cup Mexico Neymar Brazil v Mexico Brazil Mexico’s midfielder has raised the temperature ahead of an all-Americas clash by suggesting his rival is fond of going to the ground Andres Guardado has called on the referee to watch Neymar closely when Mexico take on Brazil in the World Cup last 16 because he “likes to exaggerate fouls”.Neymar thought he had won Brazil a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last week, but the decision was overruled with the help of VAR, referee Bjorn Kuipers instead deeming it a dive.The Paris Saint-Germain forward also drew criticism for his reaction to a strong challenge from Adem Ljajic in the Selecao’s victory over Serbia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Guardado has subsequently urged the officials to keep an eye on Neymar in Samara on Monday.”We all know who Neymar is, but it isn’t up to me or my team to judge him, but the referees and FIFA,” he said. “Now there’s VAR they need to watch his style and know how to manage it.”We know he likes to exaggerate fouls, throw himself on the ground a lot, but that’s his style of play and the person who needs to stop that is the referee, not us.”Guardado feels optimistic of reaching the quarter-finals, despite Mexico having failed to beat Brazil in any of their four previous encounters at the World Cup.”There’s no greater memory than making history with a fifth match. We’re different players in terms of the mental aspect, but we know we’ll be judged by whether we get through or not,” he added.”What greater motivation could you need when we face off against the five-time champions in the game of our lives? It’s the perfect scene.”It’s the biggest game of our lives.”last_img read more

Transfer latest: Benzema set for Serie A switch?

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Benzema set for Serie A switch? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Transfers Primera División Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Benzema set for Serie A switch?Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign striker Karim Benzema from Real Madrid, AS reports.While the 30-year-old is a target for the ambitious Italian side, there are fears his €8.5m-per-year (£7.5m/$9.9m) contract may prevent a move.Meanwhile, Madrid will only sell for upwards of €50m (£44m/$58m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Wilshere ‘willing to go abroad’ after Arsenal exitJack Wilshere has admitted that he is “willing to go abroad” as he weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal as a free agent.Several clubs are said to be keen on acquiring the England international, with interest from across Europe complementing that being shown in the Premier League.Goal has revealed that Serie A champions Juventus are not among his suitors, but Turkish heavyweights Fenerbahce are reported to be keen.Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool keeper hints at summer exitSimon Mignolet has suggested that he could leave Liverpool this summer in search of regular first-team football.The Belgium international, who is currently at the World Cup, slipped behind Loris Karius in the pecking order at Anfield towards the latter end of last season.Mignolet was on the bench for the final 16 games of the Premier League season and did not play at all in the club’s run to the final of the Champions League.Read the full story on Goal! Leeds make Chelsea starlet first signing of Bielsa eraChelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan, becoming the first signing since Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment as coach.The former England Under-21 international had spells at Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Vitesse, where he won the KNVB Cup in his second campaign.Baker spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, making 14 appearances in all competitions and scoring two goals.Read the full story on Goal! Southampton to move for Barcelona defenderSouthampton are ready to splash out €12m (£10.6m/$14m) on Barcelona defender Marlon, according to Sport .He spent a year on loan at Nice in Ligue 1 last term but was sent back to Camp Nou a year early after failing to impress in France.Nevertheless, Saints are ready to splash out on the centre-back, who has caught the eye of West Ham, too.Juve demand €85m for PjanicJuventus will hold out for at least €85 million (£75m/$99m) for Barcelona target Miralem Pjanic, reports Tuttosport . The Blaugrana have turned their attention toward the 28-year-old as a replacement for Andres Iniesta, but he will not come cheaply. Despite reports that Pjanic has already agreed personal terms with Barca, a move to La Liga is far from a certainty. Everton nearing £25m Tierney dealEverton are closing in on Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, according to The Mirror.The Scottish champions do not wish to sell the versatile defender, but feel they cannot refuse an offer of £25m.Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester United are all monitoring the 21-year-old.Mina’s strong World Cup driving price upBarcelona have been pleased with centre-back Yerry Mina’s strong World Cup because it will drive up his price, according to AS. Despite only arriving from Palmeiras in January, the Colombian international is not in Barcelona’s plans moving forward. With the Blaugrana looking to sell or loan the 23-year-old, his two-goal performance with Colombia in Russia will give them more leverage in negotiations with other clubs. Chelsea wish-list includes Bailey, MartialLeon Bailey and Anthony Martial are just two of the names on Chelsea’s summer wish-list, according to the Evening Standard. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been working on securing a number of targets, with the club already bidding £35 million (€40m/$46m) for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.The club are also keen on Jean Michael Seri and Jamaal Lascelles, with incoming manager Maurizio Sarri also likely to target a number of his former Napoli players. Suso offered to MadridThe agent of AC Milan midfielder Suso has offered his client to Real Madrid, according to S port .The 24-year-old is expected to be available for around €40 million (£35m/$47m).Suso’s chances of moving to Madrid are higher because of the club’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui, who coached Suso with Spain’s youth national teams. Sevilla and Dortmund battle for Ben ArfaSevilla and Borussia Dortmund are both looking to land Hatem Ben Arfa as a free agent, according to Mundo Deportivo. The midfielder is preparing to leave Paris Saint-Germain, where he fell out of the club’s plans entirely last season. In addition to the Spanish and German clubs, Ligue 1 sides Lyon and Saint Etienne are also keen on the 31-year-old.  Chambers nears new Arsenal dealDefender Calum Chambers is in advanced talks with Arsenal over a new contract, reports Sky Sports News.  The 23-year-old has failed to lock down a regular role with the Gunners, but new manager Unai Emery is high on the former Southampton man. Chambers has been capped three times by England at senior level. Valencia want Fosu-Mensah on loanValencia are looking to land Manchester United full-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan for next season, according to  Marca .The 20-year-old made his first-team debut for United in 2016 but has yet to establish himself with the squad, spending last season on loan at Crystal Palace. The arrival of Diogo Dalot could make playing time more difficult to come by for Fosu-Mensah next season. West Ham near €15m Marlon dealWest Ham are closing in on a €15 million (£13m/$18m) deal to sign Barcelona defender Marlon, claims Sport. The 22-year-old has only made one appearance for the Blaugrana since signing from from Fluminense for €6m two years ago.  Marlon spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Nice, where he made 27 appearances. City beat Spurs to Ipswich starletManchester City have signed 16-year-old Ipswich Town attacker Ben Knight, reports The Telegraph.  City held off a late charge from Tottenham and have landed Knight in a deal worth £700,000.Knight is considered an undersized creative forward with excellent technical ability. Newcastle land Ki Sung-yuengNewcastle have announced the signing of midfielder Ki Sung-yueng as a free agent. The South Korea international was a free agent after leaving Swansea City following their relegation from the Premier League.Read the full story on Goal! Krkic demands stymie Revs moveStoke City attacker Bojan Krkic’s salary demands prevented a move to MLS side New England Revolution, reports journalist Frank Dell’Apa.  The 27-year-old spent most of 2017-18 on loan with La Liga side Alaves, but is still on the books at Stoke, who were relegated to the Championship last term. According to the report, the Revs could return for Krkic.Bou set for Racing Club returnTijuana forward Gustavo Bou is set to make his return to Argentine football with former employer Racing Club, reports  Ole . Bou is fondly remembered by Racing fans after forming a strike duo with Diego Milito that took the club to the 2014 Primera Division title. And with the departure of Lautaro Martinez to Inter, La Academia have moved to bring him back to Avellaneda on a one-year loan deal.last_img read more

Solskjaer excited to work with ‘world’s best’ De Gea

first_imgNew Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited to begin work with goalkeeper David de Gea, even joking he may have to take part in finishing training to test the Spaniard’s skills!De Gea has been the brightest spark for United in recent seasons, particularly under Jose Mourinho.While signed by Sir Alex Ferguson, De Gea has developed into one of the world’s leading goalkeepers in a period of uncertainty in United, under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer is the fourth manager – fifth, if one is to include caretaker boss Ryan Giggs – to have De Gea at his disposal since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, and the former treble winner is excited to work with the Spaniard.”We have the best goalkeeper in the world,” he told MUTV.”He’s been there for eight years and he’s still a young goalkeeper developing. It’s fantastic for me to come in and have him.”Maybe I’ll have to do some finishing training to keep him in check!”Solskjaer scored 126 goals for United across 366 appearances, including, of course, the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford would have been six and one respectively at the time of United’s triumph in Barcelona.Jesse Lingard Manchester United 2018-19Solskjaer worked with Lingard in Manchester United’s reserves, and is looking forward to a reunion with the attacking midfielder.”I gave him [Lingard] his debut in the reserves away at Burnley,” he added. “Within two minutes that little tiny kid goes in for a 50/50 with a massive centre back and the little kid absolutely clattered him.”I thought you have a chance. He showed me he had something.”The new United boss, meanwhile, says he is a big fan of Rashford, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise at the club.”I watched him [Rashford] when he was younger. He was really young. I’ve followed him closely and it’s great to see him where he is now.”Solskjaer will take charge of his first match on Saturday as the Red Devils take on his former side Cardiff City.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Is Salesforce.com right for your Nonprofit?

first_imgThis document is meant to be a short starting point for nonprofits to make a decision if Salesforce.com is a good choice for their nonprofit. It will give some introduction to what Salesforce.com does, and the benefits and risks involved in using it.What is Salesforce.com?Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) is a San Francisco company that makes an online database available to nonprofits. The database is very flexible, and that allows a nonprofit to use Salesforce.com for tracking donor management and other activities.The Salesforce.com Foundation, which has overseen the donation of Salesforce.com cash, staff time, and products, currently donates 10 user licenses of Salesforce.com to any qualifying charitable organization.What can Salesforce.com do?Salesforce.com can help nonprofits keep track of the people they work with, and all the work they do with them. Salesforce.com can be:A centralized contact list of all the people and organizations you work withThe place for prospecting and tracking donations, grants, memberships, and volunteeringThe system for tracking just about any of your other program-related work: canvassing, phone banking, events, tabling, outcomes and evaluation, etc.Salesforce.com allows you to easily track important communications you have with people:It can be a shared contact list for your organization, accessible via the web or directly within OutlookIt makes it really easy to record communications and meetings, again directly from Outlook or via the webYou can cross reference communications to people and also to donations, grants, or other thingsSalesforce.com has powerful querying and reporting tools:The information you enter can easily be used to help you make organizational decisionsWith the built-in report builder that requires no coding, users can build and share reportsDashboards that display report information in charts and graphs can give EDs and Boards compelling summaries of your workSalesforce.com likes to share:Your information can be made available to your other technology systems (as appropriate) through relatively straightforward codingInformation from your other systems can, just as easily, be brought into Salesforce.comLots of affordable services, like email blasting systems, currently integrate with Salesforce.comWhat can’t Salesforce.com do?Salesforce.com, like all software, has limits:Salesforce.com isn’t an accounting system. You can purchase connectors to products like Quickbooks, but accounting functions aren’t handled by Salesforce.com.If you are doing very complex donor management, Salesforce.com may not have the functionality you need to be successful.What are the benefits of using Salesforce.com?Low Cost: Salesforce.com is very inexpensive to useNo server, no one to maintain the server–all you need is a browserNo monthly cost for using the system–Salesforce.com donates 10 user licenses to every nonprofit. That’s a $15,000 per year donation. Centralized Data: You can do most of your work in one system.Handle people who play many roles in your organization–donor, volunteer, board memberSupport the unique work you do that most other systems can’t support Accessible and available: All you need to use Salesforce.com is a web browser and Internet access.It’s accessible from anywhereIt’s secureIt can talk to other modern applications Deal with Change: Salesforce.com can easily change as you doCreate new fields with no coding in a mater of minutesAdd support for new ways of working at very low costcenter_img What are risks I should consider about using Salesforce.com?Access to the system is donated:It’s like they’re paying your rent–donation is only given for a 12 month period and is up for renewal every yearThe company/foundation could go away, and end your donation. At this time this appears unlikely, but because they are donating a service rather than a piece of software, it’s a real riskThey have your information on their servers, it’s not on your computersThe USA PATRIOT Act forces them to comply with any legal government request to see your data, just like your ISPWhat are the costs associated with using Salesforce.com?Salesforce.com needs to be setup to get it to work right for you. This work is best done by a consultant familiar with Salesforce.com. Depending on complexity, the cost will range from a few thousand dollars, to tens of thousands. After that, your ongoing monthly cost to use Salesforce.com can be $0. You’ll need someone to administer your Salesforce.com system after it’s installed. This could be a user on your staff who is good with databases, or a dedicated IT person, depending on your needs.Is Salesforce.com right for my organization?Salesforce.com is a great database option that all organizations should consider because of the incredible benefits.Source: http://www.onenw.org/toolkit/is-salesforce.com-right-for-your-nonprofit Modern: Salesforce.com is cutting-edge softwareConnect your information to your website, email blasting, and other systemsConnect your information to published data: address enhancement, legislative district lookup, etc.Updates just happen about four times a year without any work for the Userlast_img read more

What Makes a Great Donation Page

first_imgDonordigital has a fascinating new study you can access from their home page. It reveals the results of lots of testing of various donation pages. They learned:· Size DOES Matter: Bigger donate buttons helped convert more donors· Color Can Matter Too: Vividly colored donation buttons had varying levels of impact on donation page conversion· Less Is More: Removing unnecessary fields from personal information forms significantly increased conversion· Remind people (nicely) why they want to donate: Polite header copy yielded better conversion than a more forceful call-to-action· Test, Test, Test: Donation page testing can help improve YOUR organization’s online revenue!Check it out. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re raising money.last_img read more

Post your ideas, get advice

first_imgJust wanted to let you know that I’m a guest advisor over at Ideablob this week. You can post your ideas there anytime and receive advice from folks with a lot of business savvy.Ideablob.com is an online community where small business owners and social entrepreneurs (including nonprofits!) are sharing business ideas in exchange for feedback, advice and votes from the community. Advanta, one of the nation’s largest credit card issuers (through Advanta Bank Corp.) in the small business market, awards a $10,000 monthly prize to the best eligible idea, as determined by the votes of the ideablob community.last_img read more

How to Defend Your Nonprofit Marketing Budget

first_imgIf you’re not tracking, or not tracking well, here are some tips to get started: Build definition of measurable objectives into your marketing planReinforce your colleagues’ understanding of the value of marketing, and its support for your work by including them in your planning process. That’s the best way to ensure expectations are clear and establish a broad understanding of how marketing contributes to programmatic and organizational success. It’ll never work if you’re the only marketing cheerleader.Track on an ongoing basis, to enable quick course correction, rather than waiting till the end of a campaign.Harvest the low-hanging fruit — the tracking data that’s inexpensive and easy to get and understand. Analytics your Web site, blogs, e-newsletters and mobile phone campaigns is a great way to start. Dive into Google Analytics today if you’re not already analyzing these channels. Lots to learn, for free.But readers, whatever you do, don’t just give in to a proposed budget cut for your department. Consider the options with as much creativity as you bring to your marketing work. Then shape your strategy and come back with a creative solution that will let you and your colleagues continue to build the bottom line necessary to carry out your mission. Tracking should include: Direct Marketing (online and mail):Response rate.Dollars earned per dollar spent (return on investment, or ROI).Media relations:Development of media relationships.Coverage by media type (newspaper, magazine, Web, broadcast).Actions that result: Increase in donations, volunteers, new program participantsPublic Speaking:Number of speaking engagements and presentations (and audience count and feedback). About the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.center_img Nothing’s more important now than ensuring your organization’s leaders get that cutting marketing back now is a BAD MOVE! No program succeeds without participants; no service lasts without users; few organizations stay healthy without a strong donor and volunteer base — and marketing is the way that these groups are reached, engaged, retained and motivated to act.Challenge your organization’s leaders NOW if they’re shying away from investing in marketing. If they do, your nonprofit will really suffer longterm. That’s what you have to point out — as diplomatically as possible. And far better than just talking about it, you have to prove it.Rather than taking a defensive position when faced with budget cuts, proactively respond to your leadership’s challenges with either or both of these proposals:Leave our budget untouched, and we will increase X by X in the next fiscal year. Even better, if you will increase our budget by X percent, we’ll increase X by an additional X percent.Let the marketing and communications team work with the current budget for the next two years, and we’ll deliver an X percent increase in revenues (donor and/or earned income) in that time.But to make good on your promise, you have to craft a plan tying marketing work directly your goals, and track the impact of every effort before, during and after the work to enable ongoing course correction. Otherwise, you might as well throw your marketing resources out the door.Arm yourself with as many hard stats and success stories as you can. Talk about what colleague and competitive organizations are doing, and what you’ll lose if your organization retreats now. Show your case, always more effective than telling it. But do it now, proactively. It’s the only way to prove the value your efforts contribute to your organization.last_img read more

Building Trust and Transparency

first_imgBe genuine. More than likely you’re pretty passionate about what you do. Make sure that’s imparted to supporters in your communications–your organization’s accomplishments are not just numbers; they’re stories. Think about how you can be authentic!Being genuine, authentic and transparent is unrivaled in importance. (Seth Godin lists it as one of the pillars of success!) Tell the whole story. Times are tough for all of us; be sure to recognize how important and appreciated their support has been. How have the times affected your constituents (those you’re working to help)? How have they affected your organization? Paint the full picture of what a difference your donor made. Show where the money goes. Sending a thank-you note? Composing your latest e-newsletter? Be sure to include information about where those donor dollars went! The last thing your supporters want is to feel that their money was sucked into a black hole of administrative costs. We’ve entered a Catch-22 of sorts these days: Constituents need our organizations’ programs, support and mission activities more than ever, but the nationwide belt-tightening is affecting our donors. (Don’t worry: They’re definitely still giving — especially online!)So how do you keep those donations flowing? What’s the one piece of the puzzle you need to remember to fit in to continue to cultivate those supporter relationships?Trust. Sounds a bit touchy-feely, right? But think about it: Your tax money that went into the first bailout package — where did it go? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? What about your trust in other financial institutions? And consider this: Over the past few years, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NPR and the Association of Fundraising Professionals have all touted how little faith American donors have in U.S. charities specifically.Here are a few key ways to be transparent and build trust with your donors (so they continue to support you!): Get specific! How many scholarships did you fund? What dog found a home instead of a kill-shelter? Who’s the volunteer you affected by giving the opportunity to work with children? Sure, pie charts can be delicious… I mean, informative… But make sure you’re showing people real change–not just facts and figures.last_img read more

One Fool-Proof Way to Make Donating Easier for Donors

first_imgLet what’s behind the button shine.You’ve come this far in your journey to make it easy for donors to donate; don’t lose them in the home stretch. Make sure you donation page doesn’t subscribe to any of the seven deadly sins of donate page design:Scary, long forms with unnecessary fieldsMultiple non-giving optionsLong text, weird formatting, reversed-out typeAmateurish-looking designLayout that is not intuitiveNo security or privacy policy linksNo address or phone number Don’t have a customizable donation page or donate button at all? Find out how DonateNow can help you raise more money.BONUS TIP: Include a link to donate in every communication you send out! Put a link in your email signature. Include your donate button in your email campaigns. Make sure your website is listed on any offline communications, too. When interested supporters visit your site, they’ll have no trouble completing their donation! Put it “above the fold.”No, we’re not newspaper folk, but the term carries some weight in online design: Above the fold is a concept in Web design referring to location of an item near the top of a Web page which can thus be viewed in a browser without scrolling. Get the most bang for your button buck–let your non-scrollers have easy access to your button. At Network for Good, we love donate buttons. Big, bold, juicy, bordering-on-obnoxious donate buttons.Sadly, during an informal survey of more than two dozen nonprofit websites, we found tiny, buried buttons gasping to see the light of day and clicking action. Why does this matter? Research shows that size DOES matter: Bigger donate buttons help convert more donors!Here are three surefire ways to get your button noticed and increase your online donations: Make it big.Visitors to your website should be able to find your donate button in two seconds or less. If it’s a tiny text link at the footer of your site, how can on-the-fence (or even die-hard) donors find it? Not making your button prominent can imply that your organization doesn’t need individual gifts. (If that really is the case for your nonprofit you can ignore all this button talk and go enjoy a nice s’more with the time.) Here’s an example of what we consider a BIG button:last_img read more