Smartchange online system can save companies ’44 staff days a year’

first_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 13 April 2003 | News Technology charity smartchange reports that an online system for setting up and administrating a Volunteering and Payroll Donation scheme can achieve significant savings over a paper-based scheme.Companies can save up to an estimated 44 staff-days per year when compared to a traditional paper based scheme, say smartchange.The smartchange Giving System allows corporate employees to volunteer their time or make a payroll donation to a charity of their choice, directly from their company Intranet or via a call centre. Advertisement Smartchange online system can save companies ’44 staff days a year’center_img Launched two years ago, the smartchange Giving System provides any UK charity a free and simple method of getting their details onto the desktop of blue-chip corporate employees via their company Intranet and a call centre. These employees can then set-up regular payroll donations or volunteer their time to a charity within 3 clicks. Nasim Rashid, the smartchange Giving System Community Affairs Director says: “The smartchange Giving System was built to “take the pain away” of setting up a volunteering and payroll donation scheme. It is no surprise that it has provided our clients with a saving of 44 man-days per year compared to their previous paper-based schemes. “One of our objectives for this year is to further update the software to give our corporate customers even more savings and get closer to our goal of having a “zero-touch” volunteering and payroll donation system. This will greatly relieve the burden on overstretched HR and Payroll staff.” Tagged with: Digital Volunteering About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Rogare report reveals fundraising issues for Scotland

first_img Melanie May | 24 November 2017 | News Demand for fundraisers exceeds supply, so new and better recruitment processes and induction plans must be developed, with candidate packs that give greater insight into advertised roles.Charities should nominate an individual or a committee to take responsibility for ensuring data protection compliance. One of their first jobs should be to identify the lawful basis for processing activity in the GDPR, and to document this.Collaborations must be supported by improvements in training provision across the sector and recognition that achieving long-term financial sustainability through self-generated income requires investment. This can be nurtured by both national and local government through provision of training. Funders can also play a part, by permitting funds for capacity building in their grants, thereby recognising their role in helping charities’ long-term financial resilience.Because there is a lack of affordable professional development in Scotland, fundraisers in Scotland, at least in the medium term, will need to accept that the learning and development support for their charity will be limited. As a consequence, they will need to be proactive, to seek out opportunities and build their own personal brand.Mafe Marwick said:“The aim of this report is to identify and explore the main issues that affect fundraising practice in Scotland, and to offer recommendations to tackle these issues. We hope that the issues and topics developed in the report will resonate with readers, and will be a stepping stone for debate and discussion, and for fundraisers to work together in order to find solutions to the challenges identified.”The Critical Fundraising (Scotland) Report is the second in the series following the publication of Critical Fundraising (Ireland) Report at the Ask Direct Summer School in Dublin in August. Reports for the USA and Italy will be published in the spring of 2018 with work on a Canadian report about to begin. Tagged with: Rogare Scotland  304 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Fundraising in Scotland is being held back by a lack of country-specific research and analysis of giving trends and fundraising practice, and of affordable professional development opportunities, according to the latest report from fundraising think tank Rogare.Rogare’s Critical Fundraising (Scotland) Report, launched 23 November, was researched and compiled by a task group of Rogare’s International Advisory Panel, led by Scotland-based consultant Mafe Marwick. It found a need for more investment both by umbrella bodies and charities into research and analysis. It also highlights a lack of affordable professional development opportunities, which it states is leading to a lack of skilled senior fundraisers across the Scottish profession and difficulty in recruiting and maintaining high standards.The report says:“Umbrella bodies and charities themselves must invest in accessing and producing Scotland-specific research and analysis that enable learning and evidence-based decision making. Additionally, they must strive to provide a comprehensive programme of training and professional development tailored to the Scottish market and accessible to fundraisers of all sizes, stages and locations.”A number of other issues are also identified and developed in the report, including Scottish fundraising regulations, cuts in public funding, and the implications of the GDPR and other data protection legislation.The report makes 23 recommendations for tackling the issues including: Advertisement Rogare report reveals fundraising issues for Scotland  303 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurers

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Fannie Mae Launches 13th Re-Performing Loan Sale Next: Homeowners Bracing for Climate Change Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurerscenter_img Tagged with: flooding Hurricane Insurance Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurers Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago flooding Hurricane Insurance 2019-08-13 Seth Welborn Total losses from Hurricane Barry were expected to exceed $600 million, Insurance Journal reports. Additionally, public and private insurers paid out nearly $300 million according to the Aon Global Catastrophe Recap report.In a report earlier this year, CoreLogic reported that insured residential and commercial flood loss covered by the NFIP is estimated to be between $100 million and $200 million after Hurricane Barry, but 20% of residential flood loss is uninsured. CoreLogic states that uninsured flood loss is estimated to be approximately $100 million, while approximately 500,000 total residential and commercial property policies are in force through the NFIP.Wind losses, not covered by the NFIP, are expected to total between $300 million and $500 million. Insured flood and wind losses, excluding National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) losses, are between $300 million and $600 million.Craig Poulton, CEO of private flood insurer Poulton Associates, told Insurance Business that continuing to build in flood risk zones is “insane.”“As all of these named storms have proven in one way or another, we simply on a local level and a national level are not responding to the new reality,” said Poulton on Insurance Business. “We need to recognize that we have to stop putting lives and values in the way of storms, and in the way of flooding in particular.”Lawmakers are taking some steps to update the NFIP. For example, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is proposing an update to the Program which aims to address the multiple extensions the NFIP has undergone with a long-term extension plan.In her letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Michael Crapo and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Hyde-Smith puts forth several options to address affordability issues among low and middle-income policy holders and debt issues within the NFIP. Recently, the House Financial Services Committee unanimously approved two bills to reform and reauthorize the NFIP. H.R. 3111 would bring improvements to the NFIP appeals process, accountability, and transparency of claims process in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and H.R. 3167 would reauthorize the NFIP for five years and includes numerous reforms to increase affordability, mapping and modernization. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 13, 2019 974 Views last_img read more

Disgust over discovery of illegal dumping in Newtowncunningham

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Previous articleInishowen League Results 17/02/19Next articleAthletics – Mark English wins his 6th National Senior 800m title News Highland Pinterest By News Highland – February 17, 2019 WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Disgust over discovery of illegal dumping in Newtowncunningham Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter Pinterest Concern has been raised over the illegal dumping of household items in Newtowncunningham over the weekend.Household appliances, children’s toys, car parts and other materials were dumped at Quay Shore sometime within the past 48 hours.Councillor Paul Canning says he has been in contact with Donegal County Council with the view to getting the rubbish removed from the local scenic spot.He says there are items within the hoard that could help identify those responsible:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Fast-track manager scheme fills staff shortages at Tesco

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Fast-track manager scheme fills staff shortages at TescoOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today Supermarket giant Tesco has undertaken an accelerated leadership trainingscheme in a bid to plug skills gaps. Judith Nelson, Tesco’s UK stores HR director, told delegates that in theearly part of 2002 10 per cent of the chain’s shops were without a storemanager. In response, Tesco decided to put 50 people through leadership training –which normally takes a year – in just 12 weeks. “We needed a radical approach because of our vacancies,” she said.”We had to find 50 people to start the course in six weeks, and needed arobust assessment process to get the right people. “We wanted people who would make great store managers and potentiallymove up to become directors.” Tesco, supported by DDI, assessed 200 candidates at a half-day assessmentcentre, and then put 47 successful applicants through a 12-week residentialprogramme at a cost of £1.5m. The company is tracking the progress of the fast-tracked managers to seewhether the investment was worth it. From an idea first presented at Easter 2002, Tesco managed to have themanagers in place by September, and reduced store-manager vacancies to singlefigures. However, Nelson said, they did made one mistake – not asking them to bemobile. Some locations now have more trained managers than stores. The danger of this, she said, is that those without stores may become boredand move to the competition. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Hoboken mayoral candidate files ethics complaint against opponent

first_img ×Councilman Michael DeFusco Councilman Michael DeFusco HOBOKEN – Hoboken mayoral candidate and Councilman Michael DeFusco filed an official ethics complaint against mayoral candidate and At-large Councilman Ravi Bhalla on Oct. 16.The complaint stems from a 2014 vote Bhalla cast in favor of a redevelopment plan of NJ Transit’s Hoboken Yards property.The possible conflict is the law firm Bhalla works for, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhart & Fader, was paid over $168,000 that same year by their client NJ Transit.New Jersey’s local government ethics law states no local government officer or employee shall act in his official capacity in any matter where he, a member of his immediate family, or a business organization in which he has an interest, has a direct or indirect financial or personal involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment.“Hoboken residents deserve to know that their elected officials are free of any conflicts and only have their best interests in mind when they make decisions, but Ravi Bhalla has proven again and again that he can’t meet that standard,” said DeFusco in the press release. “A long-time elected official and attorney like Bhalla should know better than to expose himself and Hoboken taxpayers to this kind of liability.”“This is yet the latest desperate political stunt by Mike DeFusco, who is earning a well deserved reputation as the most negative campaigner in the history of Hoboken,” said Rob Horowitz, spokesperson for Ravi Bhalla for Mayor. “Filing a complaint about a nearly unanimous vote from three years ago, just three weeks before Election Day speaks for itself. The facts are Councilman Bhalla has never represented NJ Transit and since he is not an equity partner, he did not and does not personally benefit in any way from the firm’s representation of NJ Transit, which are on personal injury cases having nothing to do with Hoboken politics and government.”Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, who has endorsed Council President Jen Giattino for mayor, filed a complaint on the following day on Oct. 17 with the Hoboken City Clerk and Corporation Counsel’s offices stating that DeFusco has violated Hoboken’s local laws which limit political contributions from PAC’s and committees to $500.For more information on that complaint go to read more

News story: New Government Chemist appointed

first_imgDr Julian Braybrook will take up his position today (Friday 1 June), taking over from Dr Derek Craston, who became the Government Chemist in 2008.Dr Braybrook is currently Director of Measurement Science for the National Measurement Laboratory at LGC, a life sciences research and testing company. He is responsible for the science strategy and partnership development of metrology and regulatory analysis programmes, in support of the UK National Measurement System.Commenting on his appointment Dr Braybrook said: I am truly honoured to take up the position of Government Chemist. I am excited to build on the successes of Dr Craston and uphold the standing of this important role. Since joining LGC in 1988, Julian has carried out a variety of roles delivering and managing national and European analytical research innovation and contract service solutions, for a wide range of chemical and biotechnology applications. He holds several national, European and international positions informing standards generation and application, as well as government and commercial policy and practice.Julian has a degree in Chemistry from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge for research into novel contrast agents for magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. He has an honorary DSc from Kingston University London for his contributions to chemistry. He is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem FRSC).The Government Chemist role was created in 1909, to ensure the Laboratory of the Government Chemist could work independently of the Inland Revenue department (which provided staff to the Laboratory) and the Board of Customs and Excise (which controlled it). Nowadays the Government Chemist oversees the statutory function of referee analyst, resolving disputes over analytical measurements, particularly in relation to food regulatory enforcement.It is fundamental to providing an independent voice for sound analytical measurement science and preventing miscarriages of justice. The Government Chemist also promotes analytical science and technology, and provides advice to government on policy, standards and regulation based on research carried out by him and his team.last_img read more

New manager for Wrights

first_imgWrights Food Group has appointed a new business development manager, bringing its team of food innovators to five.Toby Patrick joins from Aryzta Food Solutions – formerly Delice de France – where he was a business development chef working across four national brands and new product development. Prior to that he was a sales manager for Brakes where he worked on developing new business and product innovation.During his career, which includes catering management and a spell in the Territorial Army running a field kitchen in Basra, Iraq, Patrick has gained a broad range of experience, working with different ingredients and developing new ranges for the foodservice sector. The recruitment follows the appointment of business development chef Ian Jennings earlier this year – Patrick joins a team of four development chefs at the company’s Crewe headquarters.Patrick said: “The brand stands for quality, which is so important when developing products for major UK brands. We can be working on up to 50 ideas for new products at any one time, so I’m looking forward to the challenge and opening doors for new business opportunities.” In July popstar Olly Murs paid Wrights Pies a visit in his home town of Stoke, and took to social media to praise the bakery.last_img read more

Peach State bonds run deep for Logano, Ragan, Sorenson

first_img “We don’t race each other any differently than we did back then,” said Logano. “We raced each other clean, but hard. Nothing dirty, but we raced each other hard. It was an unofficial title, likely created more in fun than in hopes it might strike fear into the competition. “For three people from the same state, let alone three that grew up racing Legends cars from the same area …” “We all lived in Georgia at the time, and we’d go up to Charlotte and run the (Summer) Shootout,” Joey Logano, youngest of the three, said. “And we were called the Georgia Gang. We’d try to go up there and kick everyone’s butt in Charlotte.” Sprint Cup trio grew up on Legends Car circuit as ‘Georgia Gang’ Although they’ve move upward and onward, they haven’t totally drifted apart. And they continue to race each other the same way they did when each was first starting out. Reed Sorenson, a product of Peachtree City, had the edge in experience, the first of the trio to begin to progress through the racing ranks. David Ragan, son of a former NASCAR Cup driver and native of Unadilla, was the oldest, although by only six weeks or so. Logano was the Connecticut Yankee, hailing from Middletown, yet he quickly became a fixture inside the small circle of friends once his family relocated to the Peach State. Then again, any little advantage helps. But all three? Bandoleros and Legends cars. Not necessarily a feeder series for NASCAR hopefuls, but a steppingstone just the same. And while Sorenson, also 27, is winless in Cup, where he has five career top-fives and 15 top-10s, he is a four-time winner in the Nationwide Series. He currently drives for The Motorsports Group in the Nationwide Series, although he filled in for the injured Michael Annett and Richard Petty Motorsports for seven races earlier this season. “We always hoped and believed, and certainly it was our dream that we would continue to progress up the ranks … to NASCAR racing”—David Ragan But it was the early years that laid the foundation. “When you go to a Legends car race in Georgia, you wouldn’t think, ‘Oh, three of those guys are going to be Cup racing someday,’” Logano said. Sorenson, who began competing in Legends cars in 1998, scored 84 career wins in the series and was the Atlanta Motor Speedway track champion in 1998-99 and ’01. On Thursdays, the racing moved back to Atlanta. “And then on Saturdays, we’d all race somewhere too,” he said. “In any type of racing series, to be able to be on TV, and for people to see you running well and winning races … that was non-existent for a series (until then),” Sorenson said. “That’s probably one of the biggest things that helped me, to be able to go out there and win races, and have it be on TV where people could see it.” Ragan, 27, scored his second career Cup win earlier this year at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, driving for Front Row Motorsports. “The chances of that happening aren’t very good, slim to none,” Sorenson said. “Just because of how many people race all over the country. By 2009, the dream had become a reality as all three were competing full-time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Imagine three youngsters competing in the same sport, on the same playing field, two and three times each and every summer. The kids grow up, grow apart, and perhaps one from the group continues to excel. “You’d never say that. So that’s pretty cool.” Ragan, the son of former Cup driver Ken Ragan, won the first Bandolero race held at AMS, while Logano holds the distinction of winning a record 14 consecutive feature races at AMS in Legends competition. As they watched Sorenson continue to move up through the ranks, “that certainly gave myself, and I believe Joey, some confidence that if we could continue winning as we moved up, there would be some interest in us,” Ragan said. “And that’s ultimately what happened. That the races were televised was a factor in helping each of the three continue to move up the ladder. That, and the fact that each was highly successful. “We always hopes and believed, and certainly it was our dream,” Ragan said, “that we would continue to progress up the ranks … to NASCAR racing. “We were pretty close, especially in the summer when we would travel up to Charlotte for 10 weeks (to race) on Tuesday nights,” he said of competing regularly with Ragan and Logano. “I think Reed really led the way by going doing ASA racing, (then) he signed on with (team owner Chip) Ganassi. That kind of showed us, ‘Hey, we need to go run some ARCA cars or we need to run some ASA series and try to get on with a team.” “We were really fortunate that we hit it at a good time back in the mid- to early 2000s, where the economy was strong, teams were spending a lot of money on new young development drivers, and there was a wave of some of the older drivers that were retiring. So it was a perfect storm back then. Logano, 23 and driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, is a two-time winner in the Cup Series. He has 19 career Nationwide Series wins as well. “I remember I pushed David to his first Nationwide Series win at Talladega; I pushed him across the line. That was kind of cool.”By 2009, the dream had become a reality as all three were competing full-time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.last_img read more

Wilco Reveals Their Solid Sound Festival Lineup

first_imgWilco’s Solid Sound Festival will return to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA from June 23-25! The lineup, of course, features two nights from Wilco as the top billing, playing two nights, but also includes Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Robert Glasper Experiment at the top.The full lineup includes Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, KEVIN MORBY, Joan Shelley, Big Thief,  Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, Jeff Parker Trio, John Hodgman’s Comedy Stage, The Shaggs, Max Hatt / Edda Glass, Gustafer Yellowgold, The Nels Cline Four, On Fillmore, Quindar, The Autumn Defense, and Tweedy.You can see the full lineup below, and head to Solid Sound’s official website for further details.last_img read more