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Face-to-face fundraising helps charities beat the recession

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 ottobre 2015

economia_4Face-to-face fundraising is a recession-proof technique with income levels from this source tending to grow during times of economic difficulty. So delegates to the Resource Alliance’s International Fundraising Congress heard today during the face-to-face masterclass, hosted by Daryl Upsall and David Cravinho. “Face-to-face fundraising is recession free – data from across Europe and South America shows this to be true. This is because it is about one human connecting with another, and in times of economic difficulty people recognise that others suffer and so want to help them,” said David Cravinho, head of regular giving at Unicef (Switzerland).“Contrary to popular opinion, a recession is absolutely the time to approach your board for more investment. The biggest non-profits in Spain have grown enormously since the recession, recruiting many thousands of new supporters through face-to-face,” said Daryl Upsall of Daryl Upsall Consulting International. This view was reflected from within the audience. A delegate from Australia said they had found the recession helpful for recruiting fundraisers as well as donors. When the national job market is difficult, it means there is a higher calibre of people willing and able to work as fundraisers, they said – adding that the more intelligent a conversation fundraisers have with donors means the stronger the relationship the charity can have with that individual. Retention of donors recruited via face-to-face channels can be challenging, added Daryl Upsall.
“Some organisations have very high attrition rates. However, attrition is going down for those organisations that apply the best retention practices,” he said. Speaking on the topic of donor retention was Rupert Tappin of Decaid Consulting who made a guest appearance at the masterclass. He presented his top ten tips for effective retention of donors recruited via face-to-face fundraising. These included:
1: Effective fundraising management: clean data, well-managed teams, realistic expectations, the courage to innovate and a willingness to question everything are essential.
2: Don’t neglect payment reconciliation. The back-end donor processing facilities are really important. Lots of donors can be lost due to payments not being properly collected by the charity. Equally, the quicker the first payment is collected, the lower the attrition rate.
3: Choose a great agency. Work closely with them as a genuine partnership and hold each other accountable for what has been promised.
4: Think about your recruitment channel and payment method: understand the metrics and most effective comparisons to make. Not all campaigns are the same and will provide different results.
5: Plan the donor journey: what you will send to whom and when – including those who cancel their gift. Listen to your donors – give them the opportunity to upgrade or downgrade their donation, or give them a donation holiday.
6: Communicate with the donor in the way that suits them best – not what suits you best (i.e. the cheapest option). Keep their needs at the forefront of your mind.
7: Consider short-term gain v long-term pain: the best long-term donor isn’t necessarily the cheapest. Consider cost per recruit with return on investment.
8: Match reality with what is planned: break the obsession with a one year cycle – the success of regular giving should be determined by performance over five years and longer.
9: Tell the story: Build up the donor’s knowledge of the cause and continue the story that they were recruited on to help retain the donor and strengthen their loyalty to your cause.
10: Break down internal silos, particularly between the finance and database teams. Internal knowledge and understanding of F2F is critical for effective continuity of donor relationship.

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Why the eurozone pay bubble is damaging recovery

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 agosto 2013


Recession (Photo credit: Anders V)

Although there has been much talk about the decline in real pay levels that resulted from the post 2007 economic decline, workers across the eurozone have actually fared better relative to their company’s fortunes following the downturn rather than during the period leading up to it. The sustaining of employee salaries through the recession has also hit company profitability and the level of re-investment in fixed capital. The Federation of European Employers reports … According to the latest figures published by the European Commission’s statistical agency Eurostat, in the first quarter of 2002 total employee remuneration in the eurozone stood at 60.4% of gross value added. When the downswing came in 2008 it fell to 59.2%. However, as the recession took hold and company value added fell sharply through the Autumn and Winter of 2008/9 employee remuneration climbed to 62.1% of value added. Since then remuneration levels have sustained much of their recessionary gains to stand at 61.1% of value added in the first quarter of this year.Gross fixed capital formation did not enjoy such a level of shielding during the downturn. In the first quarter of 2002 it amounted to 21.5% of gross value added. By the second quarter of 2009 it had fallen to 19.8%, but then it continued to fall to just 18.8% by the first quarter of 2013. Commenting on these developments during an online debate from his base in the south of France today the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers, Robin Chater, warned that ” If there is to be a sustained recovery during the eurozone, resources are going to have to be diverted away from employees back into long-term investments. Companies have sustained their positions by substituting labour for capital for far too long and that is exposing the European economy to increasingly capital intensive competitors in North America and the far east”.

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Property QuoteDirect Looks at Recession Consequences

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 maggio 2012

Firefox market share in Europe

Firefox market share in Europe (Photo credit: niallkennedy)

London, (PRNewswire) PropertyQuoteDirect has been looking at the effect that the recession has been having on us all, including those with multiple properties. For many of us the idea of not having to commute a long way to work every day seems like a fantasy rather than a reality. However, there are a small few who this is possible for as they own two properties; one for “home” and one for “work”. The “work” property usually being in a prime location enabling swift access to and from work. However, PropertyQuoteDirect has, in recent months, seen an increasing number of studio apartments and one bedroom flats come onto the market in central London compared to the usual amount expected.Joe de Vries, of PropertyQuoteDirect, a leading light in the property and landlord insurance industry, has offered reasons for the rise in smaller flats on the market: “An increasing number of people have, unfortunately, been losing their jobs as businesses are trying to keep afloat in the current economic climate. Many businesses have thus been cutting back in order to maintain their market share in favour of growth within the industry. This, inevitably, requires less staff. We’ve seen that people who have their second, Monday to Friday, home in the city no longer need it and are thus selling up in order to ease the financial blow that comes with losing a job.”
Many people are selling their “work” homes in order to free up some capital that could be used to renovate their “home” property. It is no longer affordable to make changes to a property and a substantial amount of money is needed, especially if family homes are to be sold at a good price. Many people who are looking to do this are finding their “work” asset proving to be quite lucrative and are selling without a second thought.As demand for these smaller properties greatly outweighs supply, prices have been forced up; this therefore means that now seems to be the best time to sell such properties. Another great way of making extra money is by renting out these “work” homes, of course this is only possible if commuting long distances is an option but if it is, then it may be worth it. PropertyQuoteDirect is part of Bedford Insurance Services. If you would like any more information, or to request a quote, please do not hesitate to visit the website.

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Growth Excellence Awards Banquet

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 maggio 2010

London The Awards ceremony will open on Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 at 6.30 pm with registration and champagne reception followed at 7.40 by welcome speech and keynote address, and dinner at 8 pm. The ceremony will be part of the Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference – a one-of-a-kind platform that allows visionaries to network, brainstorm, and share fresh perspectives about improving performance and driving growth. Despite the severe global recession, many top-achieving companies pushed through the economic challenges, continuing to accelerate growth for their businesses. These high performers redefined industry benchmarks and devised innovative strategies to stay on top of their markets. Most importantly, the leaders of these companies prove that even during tough economic conditions success and growth can be achieved through visionary leadership, best practices and competitive intelligence.Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference will provide all participants the opportunity to interact with these esteemed, future-oriented leaders. Through diverse interactive discussions, panels, and sessions company leaders will explore new ideas, practices, and solutions. They will gain valuable insight into restructuring growth strategies to achieve business success in today’s economic climate. By following the example of the inspirational award recipients, company leaders can learn from fellow professionals about how to effectively evolve and succeed in a tough environment.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit

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MBA programs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2010

In response to the large number of requests from MBA candidates, QS has extended their deadline for scholarship applications from 30th April to 15th May. This was done to give more MBA candidates the opportunity to apply for the maximum number of scholarships available from the $1.6million scholarship fund. Statistics taken from fifteen years of registration data collected from the QS World MBA Tour have consistently indicated greater levels of interest in MBA programs during times of recession. In response to this trend, QS has increased the number of scholarships available in 2010 as well as extended the application deadline. Zoya Zaitseva, Senior Operations Manager of the World MBA Tour said, “We know that more and more people are considering using the economic downturn as a chance to further their education and to put themselves in a stronger position on the other side of the recession. The majority of the MBA candidates around the world would like to get scholarships to help them pay for their studies, which is why we work with top business schools together to offer these opportunities.” The scholarships are designed to help MBA candidates who have already been offered a place for the 2010 intake at their chosen business school, and have attended a QS World MBA fair from 2009-2010. Applications are received online ( where they will need to answer a series of questions and submit the relevant application essay.

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Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 marzo 2010

In a recession, people dream of starting their own businesses (or selling the business they have built grown), but are daunted by harsh economic realities.  In How to build a business and sell it for millions (St. Martin’s Press; March 2010; hardcover), business attorney Jack Garson states that the long economic downturn is poised to give way to a major business acquisition spree by cash-rich companies.  According to Garson, “this is best time in decades” for those who have started, built and want to sell their own companies. How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions is a must-read for current business owners and those who dream of owning their own companies.  The book shows entrepreneurs how to conceive of, build, grow, and most important of all, sell a successful business. As the founding principal of Garson | Claxton, the prominent Washington, DC-area business and commercial real estate law firm, Jack Garson is an authority on building and selling businesses. He’s been inside some of America’s most successful boardrooms—leading and advising on countless $100 million dollar deals. He knows why few businesses succeed, and why many fail, all the challenges that occur on the way to sale. With How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions, Garson is sharing this knowledge for all those who own—or want to start their own company.

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The Prehistory of the Crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2009

susanne BoschBelfast until 7/8/2009 Exposed Photography  The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street. Susanne Bosch, Anthony Haughey, Daniel Jewesbury and Sinead McCann Project Arts Centre and Belfast Exposed have invited four artists with a common interest in the complexities of multi-cultural living to make new work for The Prehistory of the Crisis (II). This exhibition brings Susanne Bosch, Anthony Haughey, Daniel Jewesbury and Sine’ad McCann together at a time in history when economic recession underscores every cultural and artistic event taking place in Ireland, North and South. This situation is not just symptomatic of the recession that has hit many globalised economies since 2008. Ireland’s recession brings with it one of the most pronounced changes in fortune, and significantly, Ireland’s first major drop in productivity since the boom days – the swan-song of the Celtic Tiger. For Northern Ireland the credit squeeze, compounded by cuts in public spending, threatens the unfinished work of economic and social regeneration promised by the peace process. The Prehistory of the Crisis (II) will be presented simultaneously in Project Arts Centre in Dublin and Belfast Exposed in Belfast, split over the UK and the Republic of Ireland, yet united by the island of Ireland. The art works in each exhibition are related, but not identical, and we hope to build a web of discourse between these two exhibitions which can help to open a public discussion about migration and attitudes towards individuals or minority groups. The artists don’t propose solutions to these problems, instead they will attempt to cast the discussion in new light – abstracting and performing notions of power play and disempowerment, suggesting what the future may hold. They will give a voice to otherwise muted perspectives, and provide a window into scenarios and activities, allowing spectators to design their own response to the exhibition.  This exhibition was preceded by The Prehistory of the Crisis (I) at Project Arts Centre in 2008, which brought together four European artworks and artists, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin (FR), Jeanne Faust & Jörn Zehe (DE), Aernout Mik (NL), Andrijana Stojkovic (RS). Each of the artworks drew attention to the shifting attitudes towards immigrants (often within the contexts of various guest worker schemes), and the resulting clashes, conflicts or crises that have played a major role in defining ideas of culture within countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and France. (Image: Susanne Bosch)

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Difficult economic times

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 giugno 2009

Caritas Internationalis President, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, has called for greater global leadership to ensure that people honour their moral responsibility to help the poor in these difficult economic times.  Speaking at the closure of Caritas Italiana’s national convention, the Cardinal highlighted the need to take action on the economic crisis, poverty and climate change.  “In a world which is deeply divided between rich and poor, north and south, us and them, we need now more than ever common values and a global ethic which unites us as one true human community,” said the Cardinal.  He said that humanitarian aid must be used wisely, but warned that Africa would be hit hardest by the global recession. He also emphasised that Africa needed a “green revolution” to boost food security  “Development aid must have precise objectives which lead to long-term economic growth, governability and sustainable human development, as well as offering a quick and effective response to natural disasters and conflict,” he said.  Besides the economic crisis, representatives from Italian diocesan Caritas also discussed migration and Christian identity with experts and journalists at the convention in Turin this week.  They looked at how social, migration and development policies could be adapted during the current economic crisis. Participants also discussed how to stimulate church communities and civil society in this time of crisis.  “Immigration, security, the economic crisis and the ups and downs of globalisation all put the Church at the forefront of public attention on a frequent basis,” said Cardinal Severino Poletto, Archbishop of Turin, in his opening comments.  Bishop Giuseppe Merisi, President of Caritas Italiana, looked at ways in which diocesan Caritas could improve their pastoral activities and train people to face the challenges ahead.

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Press schedule for Tuesday, april 14

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2009

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, the Economic Daily Briefing, and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office.  These meetings are closed press. Later in the morning, President Obama will travel to Georgetown University to deliver a major speech on the economy. The President will discuss how each step his administration has taken to confront this economic crisis fits within his broader vision of how we move this economy from recession to recovery and ultimately to prosperity.  He will also speak about the significant work that remains to be done to get the economy moving forward once again. This event is pooled for television and still cameras and open to credentialed correspondents. The deadline to request credentials has already passed.

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Remarks by Obama at Strasbourg town hall

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2009

“I want to thank the Charge d’Affaires, Mark Pekala, and his wife, Maria, who were helping to organize us; Vincent Carver, who’s the Counsel General in Strasbourg. And I want to thank the Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, for his hospitality. The economic crisis has proven the fact of our interdependence in the most visible way yet. Not more than a generation ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that the inability of somebody to pay for a house in Florida could contribute to the failure of the banking system in Iceland. Today what’s difficult to imagine is that we did not act sooner to shape our future. Now, there’s plenty of blame to go around for what has happened, and the United States certainly shares its — shares blame for what has happened. But every nation bears responsibility for what lies ahead, especially now, for whether it’s the recession or climate change, or terrorism, or drug trafficking, poverty, or the proliferation of nuclear weapons, we have learned that without a doubt there’s no quarter of the globe that can wall itself off from the threats of the 21st century. I know it can be tempting to turn inward, and I understand how many people and nations have been left behind by the global economy. And that’s why the United States is leading an effort to reach out to people around the world who are suffering, to provide them immediate assistance and to extend support for food security that will help them lift themselves out of poverty. And as we restore our common prosperity, we must stand up for our common security. As we meet here today, NATO has still embarked on its first mission overseas in Afghanistan, and my administration has just completed a review of our policy in that region. Now, I understand that this war has been long. Our allies have already contributed greatly to this endeavor. You’ve sent your sons and daughters to fight alongside ours, and we honor and respect their service and sacrifice. So I understand that there is doubt about this war in Europe. There’s doubt at times even in the United States. But know this: The United States of America did not choose to fight a war in Afghanistan. We were attacked by an al Qaeda network that killed thousands on American soil, including French and Germans. Along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, those terrorists are still plotting today. And they’re — if there is another al Qaeda attack, it is just as likely, if not more, that it will be here in Europe in a European city. But we all know that time is running out. And that means that America must do more. Europe must do more. China and India must do more. Rolling back the tide of a warming planet is a responsibility that we have to ourselves, to our children, and all of those who will inherit God’s creation long after we are gone. So let us meet that responsibility together. I am confident that we can meet it. But we have to begin today”.


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President Barack Obama prepared for delivery

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2009

One of the challenges we have confronted from the beginning of this administration is what to do about the state of our struggling auto industry. In recent months, my Auto Task Force has been reviewing requests by General Motors and Chrysler for additional government assistance as well as plans developed by each of these companies to restructure, modernize, and make themselves more competitive. Our evaluation is now complete. But before I lay out what needs to be done going forward, I want to say a few words about where we are, and what led us to this point. It will come as a surprise to no one that some of the Americans who have suffered most during this recession have been those in the auto industry and those working for companies that support it. Over the past year, our auto industry has shed over 400,000 jobs, not only at the plants that produce cars but at the businesses that produce the parts that go into them, and the dealers that sell and repair them. More than one in ten Michigan residents is out of work – the most of any state. And towns and cities across the great Midwest have watched unemployment climb higher than it’s been in decades. The pain being felt in places that rely on our auto industry is not the fault of our workers, who labor tirelessly and desperately want to see their companies succeed. And it is not the fault of all the families and communities that supported manufacturing plants throughout the generations. Rather, it is a failure of leadership – from Washington to Detroit – that led our auto companies to this point. Year after year, decade after decade, we have seen problems papered-over and tough choices kicked down the road, even as foreign competitors outpaced us. Well, we have reached the end of that road. And we, as a nation, cannot afford to shirk responsibility any longer. Now is the time to confront our problems head-on and do what’s necessary to solve them.

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