Talented Texas Cornerback Starrland Baldwin Names OSU in Top Schools

first_imgOklahoma State has made the initial cut for three-star cornerback Starrland Baldwin of Cy Falls High School in Houston, Texas. Baldwin’s list, which he narrowed from 16 to 12, included Houston, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Iowa State, LSU, Utah, Nevada, Penn State, TCU, West Virginia and of course Oklahoma State.Baldwin is the younger brother of linebacker Trey Baldwin, who spent just one season with the Missouri Tigers before transferring two months ago to the University of Trinity Valley. According to 247sports, the elder Baldwin is a 2018 prospect — so his recruitment could intertwine with Starrland should he drum up Division I interest again.The 5-foot-10 cornerback exploded recently on the recruiting trail, going from two non-Division I offers to 16 — with the Sooners, now the presumptive favorite to land his services — jumping on the train with his first offer.In speaking with Scout recently before trimming his list, however, he indicated a final decision may be months away.“I want to take my time with it and make sure that I make the right decision and get my mom up to a couple of visits,” Baldwin said. “The last couple of visits have just been me and my mom, so I want to make sure to get her on some visits and see what she likes.” 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

Conte: My dad told me off for lack of passion

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte: My dad told me off for lack of touchline passion Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss got a telling off after the club’s worst defeat of the season and spoke about developing Eden Hazard into an even better player Antonio Conte has revealed that his family worry about him when he tries to contain his excitement on the touchline during Chelsea games, even being told off by his father after one particularly passionless display.Chelsea suffered one of their worst defeats during Conte’s reign at the start of the month as they went down 4-1 to Watford, leaving the coach on the brink of losing his job.And Conte has admitted that he faced criticism from more than just fans and the press after that game, as his family grew concerned over his timidity on the side of the field. 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 Three good performances have subsequently stabilised things at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s side now sit fourth in the Premier League, and the coach vows he will be as vocal and wild as usual as they gear up for an intense end to the season, if only to make his father happy.”My family start to worry if they don’t see me [being passionate],” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “They start to worry because it means I’m not happy. They don’t recognise me. A lot of time I start the game with this idea to try to enjoy the game, to stay sat down.”To enjoy the game in this way is not the same for me. It is not the same for my players, it is not the same for the fans, or for my father. My father watched the game against Watford. He said ‘oi, I didn’t see you with the right hunger, the right passion. You finished the game with your voice. That’s not for you.’ “Maybe in the future when I become older, for sure, I have to try to stay more calm. To live the game more relaxed but I think also that this is my thing. To stay on the touchline and push my players, to push myself. This is the result because I won something in my life. “You have to know that my first owner when I started to play football was my father. He was the owner, the coach, the kit-man, he drew the lines [on the pitch]. I spent my life from the start, my life on the pitch. To follow the team of my father, for this reason.”I think we have to thank him for this passion that I have for this sport. I started very young. In my first season I was assistant coach. I remember in some games, I shouted more than the head coach, a lot of the time, at the end of the game I said sorry because [I shouted so much]. But this is my way to live the game. In the future, I hope to be more relaxed and enjoy and to sit and watch the game.”I think you must have passion in every game. If you play against Barcelona or you play with a low team. It doesn’t matter, honestly I don’t think my passion against Watford was less. For sure, it was a strange night for everyone.Tiemoue Bakayoko Chelsea Watford 05022018Troy Deeney David Luiz Watford Chelsea“I don’t think that my passion was less, my passion must always be the same way when we play against an important team or a team that’s less important. In that moment I am alone. I don’t see what happens on the other bench, I don’t see what the other manager does.”In that moment I am alone. There’s the pitch, my players, the game. I don’t see what happens because my focus is only on the pitch. It is great this for me. After the game, if we win, I think there is great peace in myself. This is the moment that I find the peace completely, in my mind and body.”I am tired but when we win it is the best moment for me. I enjoy that moment. I know that probably the time is two hours or three hours to enjoy this moment, especially if we play every three days, but then start to think and I prepare for another team.”When we lose, I prefer to stay inside. I think after the game it is not good to speak, especially if you are angry, it is dangerous. It is very important to be calm and not be sad. Take one day, two days to recover and then restart.”Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has gone on to make 40 appearances already this season for club and country, despite missing the start of the season due to a broken ankle. Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, ChelseaHe has played in three different positions this season for Chelsea  and is the club’s top scorer with 15 goals.However, Conte still believes that his star man has another level to get to despite being impressed with his recent displays, pointing out Sunday’s game against Manchester United as a good chance to show his quality.”I think this type of game is the perfect game for top players because they want to show something,” he added. “Especially in these games. Eden is performing well. He is scoring, he can score more, he can improve things.”He has the possibility to improve his level, to work very hard with and without the ball, to help his team-mates. At this level you need all players to play with the ball and without the ball, to help the team with and without the ball. “I think at this point, it’s important for the coach to try to speak to improve on the pitch and during the training sessions. To have conversations about how to reach another level but it is very important, you must be yourself to have this ambition, this will to do this.”last_img read more

Wenger: I can live with Arsenal being worse this season

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger: Arsenal worse than last season but I can live with it Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 17:38 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The under-pressure Frenchman says he will take stock of things at the end of the season but is trying to keep everything in perspective for now Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal have taken a step backwards with regards to their form last season but said he can “live with the reality” of it.The Gunners missed out on the Champions League last term for the first time in 17 years and may well do so again unless they win the Europa League. Currently, they are 13 points shy of a top-four spot in the Premier League, while they exited the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest and lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.While many supporters made their apathy clear by staying away from Thursday’s 3-0 loss against Manchester City, the manager appears at ease with the situation. 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 “This season is worse than last season because last season we won the cup and we made 75 points,” Wenger admitted.“I don’t deny that, but we’ll analyse that at the end of the season. Don’t worry, I can live with reality. At the moment, we lost a cup final and we lost a big championship game.”Wenger also dismissed suggestions that he is failing to adapt his tactics for different opponents.“It’s not true,” he said. “I try to find solutions where the team feels comfortable and confident. Overall, I believe that at the moment it’s difficult but we also have to take a little bit of perspective. We played against a team who is not only top quality but in full confidence at the moment.”Arsenal face Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday before travelling to Milan for the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 clash with the Italian giants.last_img read more

Koscielny backs Wenger amid Arsenal blame game

first_imgArsenal Under-fire Wenger backed by Koscielny amid Arsenal blame game Chris Burton 17:57 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League An alarming slump has serious questions being asked of the Gunners, with those on and off the field being forced to shoulder responsibility Laurent Koscielny insists the Arsenal squad remain fully supportive of Arsene Wenger, with players having to shoulder as much responsibility for an alarming slump as an under-fire manager.Four successive defeats, and eight reversals in 13 outings across all competitions, have seen some serious questions asked in north London.Wenger has largely bore the brunt for a sorry run of form, with the long-serving Frenchman seeing calls for him to step aside intensify as the Gunners have become firmly stuck in a rut. 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 He has, however, vowed to stay put and turn things around, with Koscielny adamant that everyone at Emirates Stadium is pulling in the same direction and reluctant to point the finger of blame.The France international defender told reporters: “Of course we are behind the manager. The players have the responsibility on the pitch, the boss has responsibilities too and we have to be together.“It is difficult to say if it is his fault or our fault. The club are together and we need to stay together.“Everything outside our bubble, we don’t think about. The boss is here to give his best for the club. He has been here for 20 years and has always loved the club, the players have as well. But yes, as a period it is difficult so we need to stay together and fight.”Arsenal put in another disappointing display during their last outing against Brighton, and Koscielny acknowledges that they have to raise their game for crucial fixtures to come – starting with a Europa League last-16 encounter with Serie A heavyweights AC Milan on Thursday.Arsene Wenger Laurent Koscielny supportHe added: “We know we are in a bad situation a bad period, we tried but nothing is with us.“We tried to fight and play football but you could see the confidence is very down. We miss a lot of things during the game against Brighton but we need to push more again and again. The confidence will be back slowly.“We know we need to win to have a little bit more confidence in us. We lost a little bit of our quality but we need to stay united.“It is a bad period but we need everyone who like this club – players, staff and fans – to be together and to fight to stay the highest we can. You need to put your head down and work. Just like this, we could be back at the top.“We will fight until the end of the season.”last_img read more

Danilo not surprised by Madrid victory

first_imgManchester City Madrid were never dead – Danilo not surprised by PSG slaying Dom Farrell 08:43 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Danilo - cropped Getty Images Manchester City UEFA Champions League Manchester City v Basel PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid PSG Basel The Brazilian spent two seasons at the Bernabeu before moving to Manchester City, and he laughed off suggestions of his former club’s decline Danilo insists anyone who wrote off Real Madrid before their comprehensive Champions League defeat of Paris Saint-Germain was foolish to do so.The Brazilian full-back left the Santiago Bernabeu last July to sign for Manchester City and joined his former team-mates in the quarter-finals on Wednesday – a 2-1 home defeat to Basel for Pep Guardiola’s side somewhat academic after a resounding 4-0 triumph in the first leg.Danilo featured as a substitute in Madrid’s 2016 Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid and was part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad as they retained the trophy in Cardiff against Juventus last season. 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 Big-spending PSG were seen as a significant obstacle for a side off the pace in LaLiga this time around but goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro sealed a 2-1 win at Parc Des Princes on Tuesday, rounding off a 5-2 aggregate victory.”Only those who didn’t know Real Madrid could think they were dead,” Danilo told reporters.”Madrid have won the last two cups and those people said there were dead. Madrid have history, fans and you have to respect them.”Nevertheless, the 26-year-old would have no qualms over runaway Premier League leaders City being paired with the 12-time European champions in Friday’s quarter-final draw.”This is our goal, to fight with the big teams,” he added. “We are working day by day to get big things.”It’s going be difficult and we are going to face big teams from now but we keep working to achieve big things.”We can’t choose which one we play against, so we have to be ready and try to win.”last_img read more

Getting personal

first_imgFour months ago, talented blogger Britt Bravo tagged me for a meme. The meme was on media consumption. What’s a meme? It’s a contagious idea or unit of cultural information that one person can convey to another – like a joke, proverb, fashion, etc. In this context, as described by the Daily Meme, it’s a list of questions that you saw somewhere else and that you decided to answer yourself. Britt had a list of questions she answered about media consumption and wanted me and other bloggers to also share personal favorites in terms of reading, music, etc., as she had on her blog. I told Britt I’d reply, but that I wanted to post on the whole concept of memes because I didn’t think you, dear readers, were exactly dying to know what magazines I read. In fact, to be honest, my first reaction to ‘memes’ was that they were were not that interesting. I suspect you come to this blog to learn about marketing rather than my personal preferences about other topics. Then I started to wonder… maybe I was wrong (and we all know THAT is such a rare occurence).In all seriousness, I think there is a good reason memes like this thrive and spread. Our desire to connect is profound. Our tendency to search for common ground is strong. The personal is fascinating – and powerful. That means that when we support something, including a cause, we want to know and understand the people who are part of it. The people who work there, the people helped, the people who support it. That’s why it’s so important to put a human face on our work.I recently advised a few nonprofits that have amazing staff – specifically, groups of lawyers that run around protecting threatened lands – to put those people at the center of their story. A “green swat team” is a more interesting than an “advocacy project.” I’d like to know about that swat team, and I’d support them.An incredibly successful recent campaign with Barack Obama that several readers wrote me about (thanks, Samantha and others) was all about the personal. Barack is raising a lot online, and one of the more interesting appeals offered dinner with Barack to four random donors who gave any amount in a certain time period. Good idea.So here’s the type of meme I’d like nonprofits to consider — Who’s the most unusual staff member at your organization? What’s the thing they’re most proud of accomplishing? What is the most surprising story of someone you’ve helped? Can you humanize your work and the things you make better in this way? I think we should. We create connections and common ground through the personal.In that spirit, I read both the New Yorker and Us Weekly cover to cover. I like Made to Stick and Beyond Buzz for marketing reading. Waiting was the best fiction I’ve read lately. Big Love is my favorite TV viewing. And Death Cab for Cutie is recommended for your iTunes.last_img read more

MHTF Terms of Reference Finalized

first_imgMany thanks to all who contributed valuable time and energy to the drafting and reviewing of these Terms of Reference. We look forward to applying these guidelines to an exciting work-plan, which is now under development. We will post more on that in the coming weeks.Share this: Posted on April 14, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force Terms of Reference ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: I am pleased to post the final MHTF Terms of Reference (PDF, 68kb) which will be used to guide our work over the next three years. This document outlines the ways in which the MHTF will operate to achieve its goal and objectives, and describes the niche that the MHTF aims to fill in the expanding global response to improving the health of mothers everywhere. This document is the result of extensive research and consultation with an array of maternal health experts around the world, and it was the subject of a launch meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. in late February 2009. (Download the report — PDF, 60kb — of that meeting.)last_img read more

Inspired by Half the Sky? Check Out EngenderHealth’s Online Reader’s Companion!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 1, 2009August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During the past month, I’ve been reading Half the Sky, a new book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that features stories of women who have overcome extreme adversity—sexual violence, poverty, illness, and fistula—not only surviving, but charting a new course for themselves and their communities.It’s a testament to the power of every individual to make a difference in the world—and at the same time, a reminder of how far we have to go to achieve equality. As we all know, one of the most telling examples is the stubbornly high rate of maternal mortality in many parts of the world. Maternal health features prominently in the book and is highlighted as one of the crucial areas needing concerted action.Expanding on this and other central themes of Half the Sky, EngenderHealth has created a Reader’s Companion. Chapter-by-chapter, the Companion offers diverse perspectives, interviews, stories, and facts, drawing on our expertise and experience around the world. In it, you can hear the voices of those working on the front lines of global health and development, and of the women and men who are beating impossible odds and improving lives in their communities. Check it out and spread the word…Share this:last_img read more

Neymar makes first competitive start since injury

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar makes first competitive start since metatarsal injury as Brazil open World Cup 2018 campaign 01:54 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil 2018 Getty World Cup Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Neymar The PSG star lines up alongside Willian and Gabriel Jesus in attack as the Selecao start a quest for global glory against Switzerland Neymar will make his first competitive start since February after being named in Brazil’s starting XI for their World Cup Group E opener against Switzerland.The 26-year-old sustained a fractured metatarsal while playing for Paris Saint-Germain, putting his World Cup participation in some doubt.However, the world’s most expensive player made a scoring return to action in friendly wins over Croatia and Austria prior to Brazil’s arrival in Russia, and lines up alongside Chelsea’s Willian and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in a menacing front three. 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 Philippe Coutinho is joined in midfield by Barcelona team-mate Paulinho and Real Madrid’s Casemiro, while there is no place in the squad for Manchester United-bound Fred, who is recovering from an ankle injury.Switzerland, meanwhile, will be looking to Xherdan Shaqiri for inspiration – the Stoke City man was the last player to score a World Cup hat-trick before Cristiano Ronaldo’s treble against Spain on Friday.Brazil boss Tite admitted in the build up to the game that Neymar is not yet 100 per cent following an injury-enforced absence, but he has backed the PSG star to shine on the grandest of stages.He said: “Neymar is not 100 per cent yet.”But he is very privileged physically, his sprinting capacity and his speed is really impressive, he hasn’t lost that. He’s not 100 per cent yet. But he’s good enough to play very well.”last_img read more

Bayern start new Bundesliga season against Hoffenheim

first_imgBayern München Bundesliga 2018-19 fixtures: Bayern Munich open against Hoffenheim as Borussia Dortmund kick off RB Leipzig Goal 19:29 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bayern Munich Bundesliga Getty Bayern München Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig The reigning champions kick off Niko Kovac’s era in charge against Julian Nagelsmann’s team while Lucien Favre’s Dortmund have a tough away game Bayern Munich will begin their Bundesliga title defence under new boss Niko Kovac against Hoffenheim.The fixtures for the 2018-19 season were released on Friday, with the reigning champions kicking off the campaign on August 24 when they welcome Julian Nagelsmann’s team, who finished third last season, to the Allianz Arena.The Bavarian giants have not failed to win their first league game of the season since 2011, when Borussia Dortmund went on to win the league. 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 Hoping to challenge Nico Kovac’s team this term, Dortmund have a tough start to new boss Lucien Favre’s reign when they host RB Leipzig, who are without a coach since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s departure.Last season’s runners-up Schalke have an away trip against a Wolfsburg side that rescued a place in the top flight via the relegation playoffs.The 2. Bundesliga champions, Fortuna Dusseldorf, will take on Augsburg at home in their first game, while runners-up Nurnberg go to Hertha Berlin.The first of the Bundesliga season’s headline fixture – Der Klassiker – between Bayern and Dortmund in early November at the Signal Iduna Park, before they meet again in Munich in April.Bayern are once again the favourites to win the title and will be hoping they can end the season with a party in front of their home crowd with a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt, while Dortmund visit Borussia Monchengladbach.Bundesliga 2018-19 opening fixtures Date Game Kick-off time (BST) Aug 24 Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim 7:30pm Aug 25 / 26 Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig TBC Aug 25 / 26 Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Leverkusen TBC Aug 25 / 26 Hertha Berlin vs FC Nurnberg TBC Aug 25 / 26 Werder Bremen vs Hannover 96 TBC Aug 25 / 26 Freiburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt TBC Aug 25 / 26 Mainz vs Stuttgart TBC Aug 25 / 26 Wolfsburg vs Schalke TBC Aug 25 / 26 Fortuna Dusseldorg vs Augsburg TBClast_img read more

Creating the Constituent-Centric Organization: The Benefits of Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)

first_imgMany organizations struggle with a fragmented view of their supporter base because data about constituents is spread over many different places. Paul Hagen, former Forrester Research Senior Analyst and founder of Hagen 20/20, argues that moving towards an integrated view of constituents helps organizations save time, improve revenue, and increase the impact on mission.About Paul Hagen: Paul Hagen is the president of Hagen 20/20, a consulting firm that provides business strategy & planning, technology strategy & selection, project/program management, and coaching services to nonprofit organizations, green and “CleanTech” businesses, and social enterprises. Paul has over 20 years of strategy, technology, marketing, market analysis, channel development, and project management experience.last_img read more

The best presentation deck I’ve seen all year

first_imgAttention nonprofit marketing and fundraising friends: This is amazing stuff from Kelsey Ruger, who is a self-descried accomplished software architect, designer and information architect and Director of Technology and Creative Services for Pop Labs. He can also be found at themoleskin.com . If you know me, you know I believe in the corporate eye for nonprofit guys (hence Robin Hood Marketing). This takes a fresh, thought-provoking approach to skilled sales – and how it relates to selling your cause.If you’re looking for inspiration this Friday, check it out. And if you want more, please, PLEASE check out this. A free training by Andy Goodman, a once in a lifetime experience, thanks to my colleagues at Network for Good. He will get your creative juices going, I promise. Sales Eye For The Non-Profit GuyView more documents from Kelsey Ruger.last_img read more

5 Steps to Getting Your (Donation) Ducks in a Row

first_imgStay in touch (or get the communication ball rolling): Get in the email marketing game, or step up the game you’ve already got. Your organization has needs this holiday season. Generous donors in all their generosity are looking to make a difference and they need to hear what tangible impact they can make. Build your email list. Send a couple of killer appeals. Thank over and over. Feeling writer’s block?Download “7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising & Communications” >> Plan like you’ve never planned before: Develop your campaign plan. The holidays and year-end fundraising lend themselves to resulting in great fundraising results. All of the basics are right there: a sense of urgency, natural deadlines and a captive audience in the spirit to act. Need to dust off your campaign-planning hat?Download “Fundraising Campaign in a Box” >> As the end of the year comes barreling toward us, it becomes increasingly important to a) continue to breathe, and b) get our fundraising priorities organized-to get our metaphorical “ducks in a row.”Starting now, your ducks should be:Quacking their way to fall and holiday fundraising success for your nonprofit.Playing games like “Duck, Duck, Email Marketing Campaign.”Making way for donations great and small to cross the street to your organization. (Make way for donation-lings?… Too much of a stretch?)Doing regular button audits on your home page to make sure your link to give is prominent. (C’mon, I dare you to determine a duck equivalent for home-page audits.)Stepping away from our ducky donation euphemisms for a moment, let’s get down to business. When we say “get our ducks in row” as it relates to fundraising, we mean that nonprofits have to cover the basics first. Here are the five most important first steps you can take to make the most of the upcoming two and a half months: Follow these steps and we’re sure your donors won’t be flying south for the winter. Put out the online welcome mat: Collect online donations, and ask for them front and center. We’re not advocating for you to can your direct-mail plans. Or to lock the front door of your fundraising event. But because we hold online fundraising near and dear to our hearts, we want to make sure you’re being bold (and dare we say, aggressive?) in your online presence. Not sure where to start?Download “25 Steps to Fall and Holiday Fundraising Success” for pointers and pay particular attention to steps 4-8 >> Ensure people know how to find you: Update your “contact us” page. One of the hardest-working but most underrated pages of any Web site is the “Contact Us” page. It hangs in the background, behind more glamorous pages, ready to impart the most basic but essential of information about a nonprofit. As you continue to send email works of art and engage your supporter base, make sure donors know there are real people on the other side of your marketing. Looking for a few pointers?Read “Tips for an Effective Contact Us Page” >> And, last but not least, get social online: Engage your supporters who are using social media. We love social networking, too. We do. But, you’ll notice this is Step 5 instead of Step 1. This is your bonus duck-the one you engage when the rest of your basic presence is set and ready to go. If your supporters are rocking Twitter and Facebook, by all means you should go meet with them there. Just keep in mind that social networking for social networking’s sake is not strategic. What is strategic? Utilizing the new functions and features of Causes!Learn more by downloading the training materials from this Nonprofit 911 call led by Matthew Mahan of Causes >>last_img read more

How to Adapt Now to the 6 Trends Changing the Fundraiser-Donor Relationship Forever

first_imgThursday, November 12 at 1 p.m. EasternFundraising with an Affinity Card Program Date TrainingRegistration Find out in my free training next week. And check out all the free teleconferences at Network for Good in the coming weeks! We’d love to have you join us. Fundraiser’s Confidential:How to Adapt to the 6 Trends Changing the Fundraiser-Donor Relationship Forever Tuesday, November 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Tuesday, December 15 at 1 p.m. EasternBuilding a Dynamic Grantseeking Calendar for 2010 Tuesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. EasternIs Your Story Big Enough? Uncover the emotional spark that turns current and potential supporters into true believers.last_img read more

Maternal Mental Health on GlobalMama

first_imgPosted on February 4, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We have a new post up today on our Medscape blog, GlobalMama, called “Addressing maternal mental health.” Be sure to check it out! Also, take a look at Audrey Prost’s presentation from the Global Maternal Health Conference on maternal mental health.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Trying to Keep My Feet on the Ground

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.In 2011, I have resolved to try to travel less. I feel like I have spent too much time moving around, especially in the air, and need to reconnect with stability. Of course, I had to start the year by flying back over the Atlantic on my return from Christmas in Texas.Before going transatlantic, I stopped by the east coast where I had a chance to sit down with women’s health luminary Jill Sheffield.If you don’t know Jill, she is the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action against maternal death. I attended the Women Deliver conference last summer and it blew me away. Picture thousands of important people from pretty much every country coming together to discuss how we can prevent maternal death and disability. It’s an absolutely electric conference and Jill is at its very core.I admired her passion for maternal health as a member of the audience at Women Deliver, but it wasn’t until the Global Maternal Health Conference in Delhi, where our Young Champions of Maternal Health program was launched, that I had a chance to meet this maternal health thought leader in person. On my way back to Europe, I stopped into the Women Deliver offices in Soho, where Jill gave me a full 90 minutes of her energy and insight.It’s rare to see such unbridled passion collide with such keen intellect. Jill is a force for women and has the rare gifts of personality that can move mountains, which she has put into action by mobilizing people and resources on an unprecedented scale that spans the entire globe. We had the kind of conversation that left me breathless and determined to work harder and longer to make maternal death and disability an injustice of days past.When I returned to EHAS in January, some of the work started last year has been put on hold for more immediate organizational needs: resources and structure.I had a chance last year to take a proposal-writing course at the Foundation Center in New York City. This class proved incredibly valuable for me and I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned with the EHAS team. The EHAS program model is so well designed and so impactful that attracting resources should be relatively straightforward. The idea is to create processes that allow the EHAS team to be proactive in search of resources rather and opportunistic or reactive.The EHAS team is a small group of staff and a large group of globally distributed volunteers. With new funding coming in and surely more to follow, EHAS will need to ensure that the structure of this highly committed group of changemakers is ready to scale. To accomplish this, I am working with several members of the team to complete a study that will present recommendations on organizational restructure. The idea is to make sure that the roles and responsibilities of the positions in EHAS are best designed to fit the organizational objectives and high growth potential.While I have a ton of experience with this kind of work in the private sector, the process in this instance is dramatically different. We are not attempting to cut staff in a down economy, but rather to redefine positions for improved performance and scalability. It’s a fascinating and detailed process that I am very much enjoying.Best of all, I have not left the ground the entire month. My body is confused, but adjusting and I hope to maintain my terrestrial existence until April, when I fly to Peru!FOR PICS – I didn’t take any of Jill (sorry), but there is a great picture of her at this linkShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more