Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations [amzn_product_post]Readers will gain a real idea about how to go about improving their fundraising from individual donors, and an understanding of what is needed to make it work, in terms of people, techniques and mechanisms, relationships and resources, and the involvement and commitment required throughout the organisation.last_img read more

The Face of Hunger in North Texas

first_imgTwitter TCU 360 Staff Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices TCU 360 Staff Facebook ReddIt printCarmen Rafferty spends the second Friday of every month in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church of Hurst. She is not there to attend religious services, but to pick up food from a mobile food pantry.Rafferty is one of hundreds of people who come to fill a shopping cart with food. Fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and meat are unloaded and spread out on tables for people to take home at no cost.More than one third of households reported making choices between food and other living expenses every month.Rafferty worked for 23 years at DFW Airport, but health issues forced her to retire two years ago. She receives Social Security benefits, but the money isn’t enough to pay all of her bills.For Rafferty, asking for help wasn’t always easy.“I am a working person and I didn’t believe in depending,” Rafferty said. “At the beginning you feel humiliated, you feel diminished and you struggle by yourself.”A friend introduced Rafferty to the mobile pantry and now she comes every month. The food allows her to make her Social Security benefits last a little longer.“I learned it’s not bad to need, to ask for help,” she said. “I feel so good because I’ve met beautiful people here. The people are loving and they embrace us, not like we’re less.”Rafferty’s story is not unique.More than 300,000 of Tarrant County’s almost 2 million residents aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from. It’s what hunger experts call “food insecurity.”“I think there’s a misconception that we don’t have hungry people in Tarrant County and it’s absolutely not the case,” said Anita Foster, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for Tarrant Area Food Bank. “The reality is there’s hunger in every single ZIP code in the United States of America.”Foster said 25 percent of Tarrant County’s hungry are children.“It’s an invisible issue, but it’s very real,” she said.Even though the economy has improved since the Great Recession in 2009, many working families still aren’t making enough money to keep up with the cost of living, according to a study by Feeding America.Families facing food insecurity said they needed an additional $17.38 every week just to buy groceries and other household goods. This is an increase from the amount of money needed by families to buy food during the Great Recession, according to the study.Underemployment, stagnant wages, and rising costs of living are some of the contributing factors to the growing need among the food insecure.The Working PoorMany people believe only the homeless or unemployed receive assistance from the food bank, when in fact many of those who come to Tarrant Area Food Bank are employed full-time or even working two jobs, Foster said.Over one third of Feeding America clients report that they have visited a food pantry for more than 28 consecutive months on average.“The reality is that they’re working poor people who just don’t have quite enough to make ends meet at the end of the month,” Foster said.More than half of the households who receive assistance from Tarrant Area Food Bank have a household member who worked for pay in the last 12 months, according to Feeding America.“The working poor are those people who are between the minimum wage and living wage,” said Bennett Cepak, associate executive director for Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Minimum wage is $7.25. You cannot feed a family of two or three, and live in an apartment, maintain a household and do all the things you need to do on $7.25. That is not a living wage.”Food banks were originally created to be used for emergencies or on a short-term basis, but now the majority of people who come to the food bank have jobs that don’t pay enough to feed their families.Assistance from the food pantry helps to meet the needs of working families, said Sharon Logan, who comes to the food pantry each month to pick up food for her neighbors who recently moved to Hurst from Iraq.The family of four came to Texas to escape unrest in the Middle East, but Logan said the transition hasn’t been easy.“He was a very successful banker in Iraq, but now he’s working at the airport just to make ends meet,” Logan said. “That’s why this food has really been helpful. They don’t have to spend the very little money that they have for food.” SeniorsSome people can’t make it to the food bank to pick up their groceries — like Toddi Frizzell, who is unable to leave her house.Nationwide 10.2 million seniors face the threat of hunger, according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.The 67-year-old lives alone and can’t drive. She is a year-long uterine cancer survivor, but a lack of mobility makes it hard for her to carry groceries.“The bus is right around the corner, but I just can’t walk that far anymore and lug all that stuff,” Frizzell said.Instead, she receives meal deliveries each day from Meals on Wheels, a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides food for people who are homebound.The meals have helped Frizzell regain her appetite and keep her diabetes under control.“When I came out of the hospital, I had just basically stopped eating and they were going to put a tube in me,” she said. “Now I eat, and I like what I eat. The meals are all for diabetics and it’s food that I wouldn’t be able to go out and afford.”Frizzell is one of the 845,776 seniors who are threatened by hunger in Texas, according to Meals on Wheels. Texas ranks fourth-highest in the number of seniors who go to bed hungry in the United States.Older Americans are prone to hunger for a number of reasons, including immobility, health issues, the high cost of medication and a fixed income.Tarrant Area Food Bank serves more than 50,000 individuals in a typical week and about 52,000 households in a typical month.“They’re in that position where they’re having to choose between rent and food, or medication and food,” said Micheline Hynes, chair of the Tarrant County Food Policy Council. “A fixed income doesn’t necessarily mean poor, it just means that if the car breaks down or if there’s a large medical bill, they can find themselves in difficult times.”Hynes said that many seniors find it hard to get the assistance they need.“Seniors are proud of what they’ve accomplished in their life and they don’t want to show that they can’t take care of themselves,” Hynes said. “They also underutilize services intended for them. A lot of times, the people who need the resources the most don’t know about them.”That was the case for Frizzell, who said she knew about Meals on Wheels but didn’t think she qualified for the program. While receiving treatment for uterine cancer, she learned that she was eligible to receive help.Longer life expectancies and an aging baby boomer population means the number of seniors facing hunger is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years, according to a study by Feeding America.Food DesertsThere are 13.5 million people in the United States with low access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthful food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.These people live in food deserts.Food deserts are largely caused by a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets and other healthy food providers.“In some of our communities, even right here in Fort Worth, we have entire ZIP codes that don’t have a grocery store,” Foster said. “People have to travel a great distance to get groceries and it’s often from a neighborhood where people have to take public transportation, so it’s not as easy to do.”There are 11 ZIP codes in Tarrant County that are considered food deserts, according to a study by the Tarrant County Food Policy Council.Some grocery stores have a difficult time finding investors because it is challenging to prove that they’re going to make a profit in low income areas, said Lauren Swonke, registered dietician.Fruits and vegetables provide vital micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, said Swonke.“We have a food system that’s driven primarily by economics. While that works most of the time, sometimes there are areas that are underserved for a variety of reasons,” Hynes said.Instead of grocery stores, low income areas are often populated by fast food chains or convenience stores, neither of which typically offer fresh produce.“We call those food swamps because food is available, but it’s not the nutritious food that you would like,” Cepak said.Eating highly processed foods on a long-term basis can have harmful health effects, Swonke said.“They’re setting their body up for a more pro-inflammatory, pro-disease environment,” Swonke said. “They are going to be more likely to develop things like diabetes, hypertension, cancer.”One way to increase access to fresh produce in food deserts is the creation of community gardens.Gardeners are free to plant whatever they like as long as the plants are non-toxic and the gardener uses organic gardening methods, said Merkle.Instead of walking miles to the nearest grocery store, residents can go to the community garden to access fresh produce from free community plots, said Denise Merkle, president of the Fairmount Community Garden.The Fairmount community garden has more than 70 plots. Most of the plots cost $55 each year to rent, but a few are free for public access.“If someone wants a tomato, they can have a tomato,” Merkle said “That is really lacking in food deserts.”Other gardens, such as the Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Garden, donate their produce to local food pantries.“I really like the idea of providing affordable or free produce to people who otherwise might not be able to buy it, or might be buying ramen noodles or something else at the store,” said Kelsey Shaban, a volunteer at the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s community garden.Volunteers harvest up to 200 pounds of produce each week at the Tarrant Area Food Bank community garden.It’s crucial that people realize the garden is a way to get nutritious food to people in need, said Merkle.“I can’t speak to the number of people who would be much hungrier if they didn’t have the community garden,” Merkle said. “But I know there are a number of people who do eat from their plots and there are some that have been gardening to feed themselves because it’s necessary.”For now, Rafferty, Frizzell and thousands of others will continue to use the resources available to them so they don’t have to go to bed hungry.Visit the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s website for more information about food pantries and other resources in Tarrant County. 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Ginsters uses technology to bring bakery to classroom

first_imgStudents studying the Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design (MPD) can now gain access to Ginsters’ Callington Bakery without leaving their classroom, thanks to online video conferencing technology.Using free Skype communication software, pupils are able to talk directly to staff at Ginsters and look around the bakery as part of course projects and assignments. The new Diploma in MPD targets students aged between 14 and 19 and mixes practical and theoretical work on food manufacturing and product development, including at least 10 days’ work experience.“At Ginsters, we have worked with schools and colleges in Plymouth and Cornwall for many years. But we noticed that visits were decreasing year-on-year. It seems that new challenges associated with taking a class of young people on a visit were responsible for this reduction. These included transport, health and safety, financial and time-tabling issues,” said Chris Schaffer, bakery training and education co-ordinator at Ginsters. “We didn’t want this to affect our ability to help schools, especially with the new work-relevant requirements of the Diploma in MPD, so we decided to use Skype. Now, thanks to this technology, we can give students access to our facilities and the expertise of our staff.”Schaffer, who has signed up to become an employer champion for the Diploma in MPD, has also developed an educational website to support Ginsters’ activity.last_img read more

James Harden: ‘You don’t have to like watching me play, but I know a lot of people that do’

first_img“That’s fine, you don’t have to like watching me play,” Harden told ESPN on Saturday. “But I know a lot of people that do.”Harden went on to say he “appreciate(s) the haters” and uses the negative talk as motivation.  Related News NBA wrap: Paul George scores 45 as Thunder come back to beat Rockets “They motivate me to be better than I was the year before. That’s what it’s about,” Harden explained. “You’re always going to have somebody who doesn’t like what you do or downplays what you do or can’t relate to you. Which is fine. Nothing against them, but that’s a part of life.”I don’t have nothing to prove to anybody. When you know you’re comfortable within your own self, and you go out there and be yourself every single night and every single day, that’s pretty cool.”Harden’s teammates acknowledged the 29-year-old guard’s recent performances have been nothing short of impressive as he now stands at 29 straight games of 30-plus-points after the Rockets’ 117-112 victory over the Thunder on Saturday. James Harden has faced scrutiny from fans as he continues to climb the ranks in the NBA and produce one of his best season’s yet.The seven-time All-Star and defending MVP is fully aware of his haters, but he has one simple message for the critics. “Man, just respect what he’s doing,” Chris Paul said of the criticism Harden receives. “Guys who play in this league know how hard that is to do that night in and night out. … If everybody else could do it, they would.”Austin Rivers added: “I’m surprised that people don’t like watching him play. … We live in a day and age where everybody likes one-on-one moves, crossovers — I mean, you would think people would love watching him.”Harden is making a strong run to bring home another MVP this season as he has led the Rockets to a 32-23 record, averaging 36.6 points and 7.8 assists on 44.2 percent shooting.last_img read more