10 Insights To Help You Land A Job – The View From Management

first_imgRemember: You have a better chance of getting hired if you know how recruiters think and what they look for. Recruiters are usually the gatekeeper for hiring managers. A recruiter on your side can often make the difference between an unanswered email and an offer letter.This week we continue our series of conversations with recruiters, asking them 10 questions that will hopefully give you an advantage in your job search. We started with Sean Rehder, and last week we talked with Craig Campbell.  This week I offer my own insights. I will be using some of these answers to start broader discussions  in the Clearview Collection this year.I have been around recruiting and hiring a long time. It all started in 1987. I was a young kid, fresh out of college, determined to be a writer, making a small salary managing security guards during the swing shift at a manufacturing plant. Since that time I have been a part of recruiting and hiring in the retail, apparel, aerospace, construction, entertainment, high-tech, security and financial service industries. I have sourced and recruited sales people, security guards, janitors, bankers, executives, software engineers, accountants, recruiters, HR professionals and many others. And that has all boiled down to:The dumbest thing a candidate ever told me… “All I care about is the money” (quickest way to kill an interview)I go the extra mile for a candidate when… I feel that they can bring something unique and compelling to the position and the companyI prefer referrals because… As long as the referrer is someone I trust, it saves me time and lowers my riskThe best way to turn a bad interview around is…  Ask the interviewer for the top three ways that this position is going to help achieve the company’s goalsMy favorite source for great talent is… places no one else is looking (i.e. music schools for computer science talent)The optimal length of a resume is… There is none… but remember that the longer you go, the greater the chance of boring the readerWhen I read a resume / profile I look for…  A unique story about a person’s journey through the world of work and the insights they have gained from their mistakes I read the objective section of a resume because… The objective section is where you tell the story – experience are the plot points, education is backgroundI have never hired a candidate who…  I didn’t trustThe one thing I wish candidates understood is…. nothing ventured, nothing gainedIf you have other questions you would like me to ask please send them to jjhunter@gmail.com.last_img read more

$1 million prize money awaits Bengaluru FC in AFC Cup final

first_imgA whopping $1 million awaits Bengaluru FC in prize money if they manage to clinch the AFC Cup here on Saturday against Iraqi football club Quwa Al-Jawiya. The runners-up will bag half a million dollars.This is the first time an Indian club has made it to the final of an AFC competition. Previously, Dempo (2008) and East Bengal (2013) have reached the semi-finals of the AFC Cup.”The entire country is behind them. They have vindicated our decision few years back to give them direct entry and are now a template for other clubs to follow in India,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar told IANS over phone. (Also read: Bengaluru FC leave for AFC Cup final in Doha)Bengaluru FC, in their three years of existence, have won the I-League twice and the Federation Cup once.”I wish them all the very best. In my time with the AIFF (All India Football Federation), there hasn’t been a more important occasion,” added Dhar.Century-old Kolkata club Mohammedan Sporting SC sent a mail to Bengaluru FC officials wishing them luck.”The Executive Committee Members of the Mohammedan Sporting Club wishes you all the very best for the 2016 AFC Cup Final against Air Force Club,” the letter from president Sultan Ahmed read.”You have worked hard for this day. Believe in yourself and in what you can achieve, give the final match your hundred percent and put your best foot forward and we know you will come out with flying colours. Good luck to you.”Meanwhile, fit-again 20-year-old Udanta Singh is available for selection and will give coach Albert Roca option up front. The Manipur lad’s pace down the flanks is an advantage and he can be used as a substitute as well. (Also read: Bengaluru FC coach lauds hard-working Sunil Chhetri ahead of AFC Cup final)advertisement”This is the biggest match of my club career till now,” Udanta told IANS.Udanta was in the Qatari capital two years back with the Indian U-19 team under coach Colm Joseph Toal.”I have memories of that trip. I learnt a lot from there. I hope to deliver my best here as this is huge,” the striker signed off.last_img read more

SPORT-IND-KOHLI 3LAST

first_imgKohli preferred to play cards close to his chest when Kohli preferred to play cards close to his chest when asked whether India would include three spinners in the series opener. “The combination is something I will obviously not speak about at this stage. I wouldnt say England struggled, they played really well in the first game (in Bangladesh). The second game, Bangladesh played better in their conditions. We know England is a side that came to India last time and played well. Were not going to take anything for granted although were playing some really good cricket,” he said. “We want to focus on our strengths but you cannot ignore the opposition altogether. At the same time, you have to be confident in what you do as a team. Thats something weve focused on and thats one reason why weve been able to get the results we have in the last 12-14 months. “Thats something we want to continue, its about having a right balance of not getting too overconfident but at the same time, not giving too much importance to the opposition as well. We have to maintain that right balance.” For records, India had lost the last three Test rubbers against England but Kohli brushed aside past results between the two sides. “We dont think about those things, whats in the past, we cant go back and change it. We can only look forward to what we can do in the future, thats to play good cricket and express our skills to the best of our potential and play as a team. These things are created by people, their perceptions and their own thoughts,” he said. “As a team we treat every day as a new day, we treat every opposition the same, we treat every session on the field as an opportunity for us to perform as a team. That is something we have been able to. So I think this team has done really well and it is something we will keep looking to do in the future also.” Kohli hoped his premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will have a good series like he had against New Zealand. Ashwin captured 27 wickets and ran away with his fourth man-of-the-series award against the Kiwis. “Ashwin is obviously a world class bowler, we all know that. He is in good momentum. He has been bowling really well, bowling in the right areas. I just hope that he has another good series for Team India,” the skipper said. Kohli also refused to dwell much on his poor record against England in 2014. “I can put it simply as a phase in my career when I didnt perform very well. I just take it as a setback in my career, and not motivate myself in way that I have to prove people wrong or I have to do something special against a particularly opposition. Those things will not make any difference to me,” said Kohli. PTI SSR SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Women’s Hockey: Vandana Katariya to lead India in Test series vs Australia

first_imgAce forward Vandana Katariya was on Saturday retained as skipper of the Indian women’s hockey team for the Test series against Australia, to be played in Melbourne from November 23 to 30.Defender Sunita Lakra will be Vandana’s deputy in the 18-member squad announced by Hockey India (HI) here. (Also read: Hockey: India upset China to lift women’s Asian Champions Trophy)Rajani Etimarpu and Savita will continue to remain as India’s custodians while the defence line will be held by Deep Grace Ekka, Salima Tete, Rashmita Minz, Navdeep Kaur and Sunita.The midfield too remains unchanged from the victorious Asian women’s Champions trophy squad with in-form Rani, Deepika, Nikki Pradhan, Navjot Kaur, Monika and Karishma Yadav.The forward line will be formed by experienced Poonam Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Vandana, Preeti Dubey and Sonika.Upbeat and confident after the recent success at the fourth women’s Asian Champions Trophy where they beat China in the final in Singapore, the Indian eves are looking forward to make amends for the disappointing outing Down Under earlier this year prior to the Olympics.”After the Olympics, the team is playing with a fresh perspective and attitude towards the game. The recent win in Singapore goes to show that the team is eager to do well against best of the teams in the world and would continue doing well against Australia in their home turf,” Vandana said in a statement.”This will give us a lot of confidence going forward in the new Olympic cycle,” she added.advertisementSquad:Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani EtimarpuDefenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Salima Tete, Sunita Lakra (Vice Captain), Rashmita Minz, Navdeep KaurMidfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Navjot Kaur, Karishma Yadav, Rani, Deepika, MonikaForward: Poonam Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Vandana Katariya (Captain), Preeti Dubey, Sonikalast_img read more

Mumbai paddlers coached by North Korean ahead of nationals

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Ahead of the upcoming nationals, including for seniors, paddlers from Mumbai city and suburbs are benefiting from a month-long high performance table tennis training camp at the Khar Gymkhana from November 1.The intense training camp is being attended to by 28 players who are put through their paces with new training techniques laying emphasis on discipline, speed, fitness and receiving of serves by North Korean coach Jong Song An, along with top player Jong Hyuk Om.The two North Koreans have come through the recommendation of the national table tennis body, TTFI, said former eight-time national mens singles champion Kamlesh Mehta at a media conference here today.Mehta, connected with both city and suburban bodies of Mumbai in an administrative capacity, said Khar Gymkhana readily agreed to give their table tennis hall for the pilot project when he contacted them from Indore following a talk with TTFIs Dhanraj Chaudhary during the Central Zone major ranking tournament.”I myself had benefited from undergoing a stint under North Korean coaches who are very strict and lay emphasis on physical fitness and discipline,” said Mehta, adding the daily training session lasting six hours is split into morning and evening phases.”Our first experience has been very positive. The objective of the camp is not to make profit,” said Mehta who is also connected with table tennis promoting body – 11Even Sports – which is underwriting the extra expenses incurred.Some of the prominent juniors attending the camp are Ashlesha Trehan, Manasi Chiplunkar, Shaurya Pedneker, Dev Shroff and Sampada Bhiwandkar.advertisementAll of them said they are benefiting from the experience with Shroff saying his back hand top spin lacked power earlier and it has picked up in that aspect along with his foot speed.Four local coaches have also been roped in so that one coach is in charge six wards.According to Mehta, Mumbais Sanil Shetty had three days stint in the camp before going on to clinch the runner-up spot behind Anthony Amalraj in mens singles at the East Zone national ranking championship held in Aizawl earlier this month. PTI SSR NRB BS BS BASlast_img read more

Rooney tells Man Utd flops: You must do better!

first_imgWayne Rooney has offered his support to Jose Mourinho during a tough period for Manchester United, with underperforming players told to “stand up” and shoulder more responsibility.The 2018-19 campaign has been a testing one at Old Trafford thus far, with as many headlines being made off the field as on it.Rumours of divides within the Red Devils camp refuse to go away, with leading players such as Paul Pogba reported to have suffered a breakdown in their working relationship with their under-fire boss . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pressure has built on Mourinho as a result, with the Portuguese now having to fend off exit talk , but Rooney feels the man in charge has become “an easy target” for those refusing to question an inconsistent squad.United’s all-time leading goalscorer told reporters after his latest outing for MLS side D.C. United: “It’s tough [at Old Trafford], it has been a tough situation.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better. The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively.“It [the poor run of form] is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.Jose Mourinho easy target Wayne Rooney“I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players, ‘We have to be doing better’.“Personally I think he [Van Gaal] set us up brilliantly the way but we didn’t produce on the pitch so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”United returned to winning ways last time out, as they recovered from two goals down to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle .That success halted a four-game winless run, but the Red Devils remain eighth in the Premier League table with 13 points collected from eight games.They are already seven adrift of the title-chasing pack and have testing games to come at home and abroad after the international break against Chelsea and Juventus.Quizzed as to why Mourinho’s men have found the going so tough this term, Rooney said: “It’s a young team, different pressure, quite a lot of those players maybe haven’t faced this before and they maybe haven’t got the senior players which I had there as a young player to help in those difficult moments. There are not enough of them to help you through it.”last_img read more

‘Arnautovic situation created bad atmosphere’

first_imgWest Ham right-back Pablo Zabaleta has admitted that the speculation around Marko Arnautovic’s future at the club has created a ‘bad atmosphere’.Arnautovic has been continuously linked with a move to China in a search for bigger wages, but the Austrian put an end to all rumours last week by announcing his intention to stay at the London Stadium before signing a new deal .The striker missed the recent losses against Bournemouth in the Premier League and AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup during the period when there were whispers he was unsettled at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Zabaleta feels speculation around Arnautovic has caused morale at West Ham to drop after three straight defeats.”Honestly, I think so many situations off the field have been creating a little bit of a bad atmosphere,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports .”I’m not just saying that is the only thing – because we lost two (league) games. I remember in December, when we had a good run, you could see West Ham playing as a team.”In January, it’s been tough on and off the field, and the only good thing was the win against Arsenal.”But the reality is if you want to be a better team and be in a better position then you can’t go from beating Arsenal to losing three games against two mid-table teams and a smaller team in the FA Cup.”Manuel Pellegrini’s side have struggled recently and Arnautovic returned to the starting XI before limping off in the 77th minute as the Hammers were beaten 3-0 by Wolves on Tuesday.Argentine defender Zabaleta now just wants the transfer window to end so that everyone can focus on the task at hand as they chase a Europa League spot.”I can’t wait for February 1 and everyone is back on it again, we need commitment again from everyone,” he added.”I understand January is a difficult month for clubs, because you can have big interest in your best players. But Arnie was out of the squad for two games, he’s been the main player for us.”When you see so much speculation around the team, players moving on, or some coming in, that can distract a little bit with the atmosphere in the dressing room, it’s hard for the manager as well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lionel Messi statue in Buenos Aires broken in half

first_imgA statue of Lionel Messi in Argentina’s capital has been broken in half, with the player’s upper body, arms and head removed.The statue on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was severed at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.City Hall said they do not know who was responsible or the motive for the damage.”It was the victim of an act of vandalism,” the city’s culture secretariat said on Tuesday. “The city government is already working on repairs.”Lionel Messi’s statute before and after the damage. (Reuters Photo)The statue was unveiled in June shortly after Argentina lost the final of the Copa America Centenario to Chile on penalties, a defeat that prompted Messi to say he was quitting the national team.The Barcelona forward, who returned to international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is widely loved in his homeland.He does, however, have his detractors, notably those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have lost three major finals in two years, including at the 2014 World Cup.The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.last_img read more

VVS Laxmans NGO to be officially launched on May 5

first_imgHyderabad, Mar 31 (PTI) Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman?s NGO VVS Foundation, which helps underprivileged children in areas of education and sports coaching, would be officially launched on May 5.Cricketers David Warner, Yuvraj Singh and other prominent personalities will be present for the launch.The foundation has been in existence for the last two years and it is currently supporting 90 children and four IIT students, Laxman told reporters here today.A black tie-dinner (fund raiser) would be organised on May 5, he said. “The whole idea of this launch and fund-raiser on May 5 is to build a corpus and to support more (children),” he said.There will be two panel discussions on May 5 on the themes ?Future of Sports coaching in India? and ?Power of Dreams?.The discussion on ?Future of Sports coaching in India?, to be moderated by cricket commentator and writer Harsha Bhogle, would be participated by Yuvraj Singh, David Warner and Pullela Gopichand.The second debate on ?Power of Dreams? would be attended by Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao and south Indian actress Samantha. PTI SJR RS RMT SDMlast_img read more

Argentina sack coach Edgardo Bauza, line up Sevilla’s Sampaoli

first_imgTwice World Cup winners Argentina sacked coach Edgardo Bauza on Monday after a string of poor results in South American qualifying left them struggling to reach the 2018 finals in Russia.Media reports suggest Sevilla’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has never disguised his ambition to take charge of the national team and steered neighbouring Chile to the Copa America title in 2015, will step into the vacancy.”We’ve reached an agreement, we’ve told Bauza he’s ceased to be the national team coach,” the Argentine FA’s recently elected president Claudio Tapia told reporters after a meeting at the organisation’s Buenos Aires headquarters.Argentina, whose captain Lionel Messi has been banned for four matches for insulting a match official, are fifth in the South American group with four qualifiers remaining.The top four in the 10-nation group go through to the 2018 finals in Russia, while the fifth-placed country qualifies for a playoff against a team from Oceania.Bauza presided over eight matches, all 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with three wins, two draws and three defeats.If the AFA can successfully prize Sampaoli away from Sevilla at the end of the season, he would have until August 31 to prepare for Argentina’s next qualifier, a tricky trip to play Uruguay in Montevideo.Tapia has announced a news conference for Tuesday to give details of Bauza’s departure and his possible successor.The new AFA leadership made the decision to dispense with Bauza after Argentina were lucky to beat Chile 1-0 at home with a Messi penalty then lost 2-0 away to Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz last month.advertisementArgentina, who had Messi suspended before the Bolivia game, could be without their talisman in Uruguay and at home to Peru and Venezuela later this year unless they manage to get the ban reduced on appeal.If the appeal fails, Messi would only come back for the final, potentially decisive qualifier away to Ecuador at high altitude in Quito in October.Bauza was appointed last July by Armando Perez, who headed a FIFA committee that administered the AFA and prepared it for the presidential election that Tapia won last month.Messi had quit international football after Argentina’s second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties by Chile in the United States in June, having missed the opening spot kick in the shootout.Bauza persuaded Messi to return in August and the captain responded with a goal in a 1-0 home win over Uruguay on Sept. 1.The 59-year-old’s team were unconvincing, though, with draws away to Venezuela and Peru, losses to Paraguay and Brazil and a win over Colombia between September and November.Messi missed all but the Brazil and Colombia matches through injury.Sampaoli quit as Chile coach after lifting the 2015 Copa America but had just taken charge at Sevilla when the Argentina job became vacant last July after Gerardo Martino resigned.The AFA would have to pay a buyout clause to trigger Sampaoli’s release from Sevilla.last_img read more

Creating Publicity without a Big Media Buy

first_imgSource: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.” When looking for new donors, it might be tempting to spend your budget on a mailing or other form of paid advertising. But if you’re operating on a shoestring, you may not have the dollars to do any direct mail and ads to get noticed. In these situations, it’s better to be highly targeted and go deep than to have limited marketing resources that you spread very thinly over a wide area in kind of a scattershot approach.If you’re a small- to medium-sized organization with a limited advertising budget, there are other, thriftier options to get the most bang for your promotion buck:Do a member-recruit-a-member campaign to capitalize on the marketing power of those people who are most engaged with your organization.Find partners by thinking about who wins when you have a greater impact or have more people supporting you. For example, a mental health and substance abuse services organization might consider child advocates, the legal system and support groups for substance abuse to spread the word.Do some desk-side briefings with reporters. Get to really know some reporters in your community, so that when there are stories about your organization’s topic area, you’re the go-to resource.Consider blogs–the outlet that has changed the face of public relations. While you’re developing relationships with key reporters, you might want to take a look at some local community blogs that are pertinent to your organization. Host a conference call for bloggers. Become active on that blog itself by posting comments that relate to your issue.Bonus Blog Tips:If you’re not familiar with how to find blogs or bloggers, visit Technorati.com-a search engine for blogs. Try searching for your community’s name and your organization’s main issue. You may even search for your organization’s name to find people blogging about you.Also, in the Google search bar, search for “blog: the name of your organization,” and any people writing about your organization in blogs will be shown in your search results. Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundationlast_img read more

The Six Things I Wish I’d Known 20 Years Ago

first_imgThis is my October column for Fundraising Success magazine. Enjoy!I’ve been working for more than 20 years, and sometimes I wish I could go back to my younger self and share some hard-won wisdom. How lovely it would be to whisper in my young ear the knowledge that would save a lot of mistakes, tears and frustration. The only problem is, I wouldn’t have any of that knowledge without years on the job and life experience spent regularly, sometimes spectacularly, failing. I had to mess up and age in order to learn the lessons in the first place.While I can’t share the six things I wish I’d known then with myself, I can give them to you. Here are the six lessons I have learned over the years – and find myself learning over and over again. They are simple but also powerful. And oh-so-easy to forget.1. What I wish I had known about fundraising: We’re in the happiness business. Giving makes people feel joy – and brain science proves it. The act of contributing to charity activates the pleasure centers of people’s brains. When we give people the opportunity to help our wonderful cause, we make them happy. Remember: we’re not in the business of taking away money, we’re in the business of giving joy. What a great job we have.2. What I wish I had known about marketing: It’s not about us, it’s about our audience. This insight may be marketing 101, but it’s also gold. Every time I find a message underperforming or a partnership flailing, it’s inevitably because the work being done does not resonate with the other party’s priorities, values and perspective. I have to remember to channel my energy into understanding my audience above myself, and to speaking to my audience rather than to myself.3. What I wish I’d known about communications: Feeling first, facts later. There are no exceptions to the rule that we must awaken the heart to arouse the mind. We have to move someone emotionally before they will take in information — or act. We can’t spout information until we touch the heart. Speak to the soul so the facts have a fighting chance.4. What I wish I had also known about communications: Nothing beats a good story about one person. Including a good story about two, twenty or twenty thousand people. Research is clear: if we want to spark someone’s empathy and inspire a donation, we must tell the story of our cause through one person (or animal). We must give our mission a pulse and save the abstractions and statistics for another day.5. What I wish I had known about the message: Messengers matter. We can have a stellar message, but if you have the wrong messenger, it won’t matter. We’re in an era where faith in traditional spokespeople and marketers is at a historic low, and so people are turning to trusted friends, family, independent authorities and peers for their recommendations. That means we’re best off with messengers other than ourselves. Who can speak for us? What champions, leaders or community members can express reach out on our behalf? They matter more than our own words.6. What I wish I had known about life: Be generous when you’re hungry. Some of the best advice I ever heard was from Seth Godin, who said: “Be generous when you’re hungry. It’s difficult to be generous when you’re hungry. Yet being generous keeps you from going hungry. Hence the conflict.” I try to remember this every day. As I’ve said here before, here’s the refrain I created for myself: Generosity inspires generosity, so I’ll give when I’m hungry. It’s not what I need, it’s what I provide. I’m in the business of giving, not extracting. I’ll focus on the resources I have, not those I lack. I’ll care about relationships, not transactions. True partnership creates prosperity.What do you wish you’d known then?last_img read more

Peer To Peer Fundraising Software Extends Your Nonprofit Donor Base

first_imgPeer To Peer Fundraising SoftwarePeer to peer fundraising software is a dream come true for charity fundraising. Peer fundraising simply means to raise money online by supporters encouraging their friends to donate. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have famously raised millions over the last few years for everything from music albums to high tech devices.Social media makes it easier still, since supporters don’t even have to do much “asking.” They really only have to share your post, but it helps if they include a personal message to their friends. This is becoming more important with the increase in paid ads in social media feeds. Users tend to scan quickly over ads, so you want to encourage your supporters to include a personal message so their friends will stop and give your post their full attention.Peer to Peer Fundraising Software Designed for NonprofitsNetwork for Good’s GiveCorps crowdfunding software is designed to facilitate peer to peer fundraising for nonprofits. The basic principles are the same as those of other crowdfunding platforms, but charity fundraising differs from private funding in a few ways, so GiveCorps is tailored to meet the needs of the nonprofit niche.Easy OutreachNonprofit organizations have always depended to some degree on donations. Asking donors to help bring in additional contributions is a normal part of traditional charity fundraising, but peer to peer fundraising software makes it easy, and better yet, fun.Donors want to give in a way that will have the most impact. Good peer to peer fundraising software will make it easy to show just what their donations will do. Photographs of the work you do, and especially images of actual people that you have served, make a real connection with potential donors.Engaging TeamsTeam fundraisers are fun for participants and tend to be successful fundraisers because of the competitive element. Teams can be based on existing groups like sports teams, but can also be recruited just for the fundraiser. A big company may have a team within each department, but people in a smaller company can work together as one team and challenge a business competitor to outmatch them at charity fundraising. They get to indulge the instinct to compete, but there are no hard feelings in the end because it all goes to a good cause.Regardless of how well the teams do, your nonprofit wins because, in addition to the funds raised, everyone who participated is now a supporter. The team competition may become an annual event, but if not, some of the individuals are likely to do their own peer fundraising on your behalf next time you ask them to.To learn more about how your organization can leverage peer fundraising, download our free eBook, The Crowdfunding Craze. And, to learn more about Network for Good’s peer fundraising solution, GiveCorps, give us a call at 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

10 Creative Donor Thank You Ideas

first_imgAs an essential part of your team, donors deserve meaningful thank yous. All nonprofits know the importance of saying thank you, but often this acknowledgment is limited to a letter or email sent at the time a gift is received. Then the contact stops until the next appeal. But periodic expressions of your gratitude can do so much to build the relationship between your organization and your donors; especially when they’re thoughtful and unexpected. Use these ten ideas to spark your creativity and generate new ways to say thank you to your donors.1) A Welcome PacketA welcome packet is a wonderful way to greet new donors. Along with your thank you letter, you can include photos of your team, projects, or the community you serve. Share an impact story that illustrates the good the donor’s gift will create. Or even add a small token of appreciation. Welcome packets say thank you in a memorable way and simultaneously provide more information about your work and mission.2) Birthday CardsEveryone enjoys receiving birthday cards. People like to be remembered, and birthday cards communicate that someone cared enough to send a cheerful note. Sending well-wishes for the upcoming year shows donors how much your organization appreciates them.3) Donation Anniversary CardsA card sent on the anniversary of a particularly large donation or on the anniversary of when the donor first joined your monthly giving program creates a sense of family and partnership. Anniversary cards make donors feel like a true part of your team.4) Social Media Shout-OutsPost a special message, photo, or video on your social channels and tag a donor. Shout-outs are fun, create a sense of excitement, and encourage others to join in. They also promote peer-to-peer sharing, vastly extending your outreach. Share what motivated the donor to give and highlight the program or project they’re supporting. This type of thank you is ideal for donors who like public recognition.5) Donor Profiles in NewslettersDonor profiles are a great way to tell your donors’ stories and share the journeys that led them to be passionate about your mission. Profiles make donors feel honored and valued. And other donors will be inspired by their fellow supporters .6) Personal Thank You VideosPersonal, one-to-one thank you videos are a unique way to make donors feel special. These videos don’t have to be professionally-produced. Simply use a smartphone to record your video. Many smartphones have video editing tools built in, or you can use free tools like Soapbox to record and edit videos from your computer. Apple’s iMovie is another creative tool your organization can use if you have access to a Mac computer. For example, check out Network for Good’s recent Thanksgiving video to the nonprofits we serve.7) Handwritten Notes From Those You ServeA handwritten note from someone in the community you serve will be appreciated like no other form of thank you. These thank yous create a lasting impact because of their personalization. It also gives those who benefit from your work a chance to show their appreciation directly to your donors. Many donors keep handwritten notes for years.8) Thank You PartyWhile formal galas can be cost-prohibitive for smaller organizations, an informal thank you party can be just as significant. Get creative with your theme, plan coordinating activities, and purchase on-theme snacks. Or partner with a local coffee shop or restaurant to host a meet-and-greet happy hour. Many businesses will be happy to have the patronage and offer a discount on beverages or appetizers. Parties are the perfect way for donors to meet one another, share their enthusiasm for the work you’re doing together, and make new friends.9) Meet-the-Team EventMeeting your team in person will help create a strong bond between your donors and your organization. An informal coffee, picnic, or even something as simple as a tour of your office  will give donors a valued opportunity to meet you face-to-face. Meet-the-team events are a perfect way to thank long-term regular donors or major donors.10) Project Photo BookA project photo book is another impactful idea for donors. This type of thank you can take the form of a scrapbook or a printed book like those that Shutterfly produces. Include images of the project as it developed and share photos of the people or animals who benefitted. Photo books inspire donors and encourage them to continue their partnership with your organization.Expressing gratitude doesn’t have to cost a lot—even a simple handwritten  thank you note will mean much to your donors. The key is to make your thank yous meaningful and frequent enough so that donors know how valued they are.Read our 10 Creative Ways to Thank Donors guide to learn what makes a thank you meaningful to a donor, what to avoid in a thank you, and when to say thank you.last_img read more

Hummels, Muller & Boateng axed by Germany

first_imgJoachim Low has confirmed that Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller will no longer be considered for international selection.The three starred as Germany won the World Cup for the first time in 24 years in Brazil in 2014.But Low has confirmed that, in spite of their service, the Bayern Munich trio would not be considered for selection, with their international careers now appearing to be over. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “2019 is the year of the new start for the German national football team,” Low told Bild. “We want to continue the upheaval that we initiated at the end of last year.”Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will no longer be in the squad of the national team. It was important to me personally to explain to the players and managers of FC Bayern my thoughts and plans today.””They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success. They are great players who played for the national team at a great time. They have spent countless years for Germany and the national team.”I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together. In the national team, however, it is now important to set the course for the future.”We want to give the team a new face. I am convinced that this is the right step. In the year of qualifying for Euro 2020, we are sending a clear signal of renewal: the young national team players will have the space they need to fully develop. You have to take responsibility now.”Following their World Cup success, Germany’s crop of 2014 has struggled to recreate that form on the biggest stage.They were beaten by hosts France in the semi-final of Euro 2016 before being stung with a group-stage elimination at the World Cup in Russia, losing to Mexico and South Korea to finish bottom of their group. There had been calls for a shake-up of a team that looked to have lost its bite in Russia, and now those calls have been met with the axing of three of the squad’s most senior members.Team manager Oliver Bierhoff added on the decision: “Our job is to decide what’s best for the team on the way back to the top of the world.”We now want to consistently make the new beginning visible in the squad.”Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved great things for German football so far and will continue to do so in their club. I still feel very close to them and I’m grateful for the time together in the national team.”last_img read more

I let my racquet do the talking: Ankita on TOPS exclusion

first_imgBy Amanpreet SinghNew Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Kept out of TOPS, Ankita Raina has made a huge statement by pulling off consecutive wins over higher-ranked players in the ongoing Fed Cup, and the young Indian tennis player is hoping for just reward after letting her racquet do all the talking.In a surprise decision, the Sports Ministry had left out 25-year-old Ankita, the countrys top singles player from TOPS and added second-highest ranked Karman Kaur Thandi, doubles player Prarthna Thombare along with the seasoned Sania Mirza.AITA had said that national observer Somdev Devvarman had made the recommendations for players inclusion in TOPS and he felt Ankita has not shown any progress.In the ongoing Fed Cup, it is only Ankita who has won singles matches for India so far, while Karman and Thombare have not managed a single win.And Ankitas victories have come against players such as Yuliya Putintseva, who was ranked as high as 27 last year and played French Opens third round in 2017, apart from beating top-10 players at St Petersburg WTA event.Ankita, ranked 252, also beat Chinas world number 120 Lin Zhu yesterday to keep India in the hunt.After initial reluctance, AITA recommended Ankitas name for inclusion in TOPS but she is yet to be added in the list for financial assistance.”I am the countrys top player. I believe in working hard and my racquet is doing the talking. After becoming top player in India and doing well in WTA matches also, there was no reason for my exclusion.advertisement”I believe in working hard. I believe in God, he sees everything and I am sure justice will be done,” Ankita told PTI after her sensational win over Putintseva.AITA had also reasoned that Ankita has never won a National title and medals for the country. But she had won the National grass court championship in 2009 in Kolkata and last year won a silver in doubles with Thombare at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.Talking about her win today, the 25-year-old said, “It was an unbelievable match for me.”I was waiting for such a win and I am glad it came in India in Fed Cup. I was consistent and going for lines. I was doing it in practice but putting it in match is different.”Ankita said she has worked on her fitness and technique with her coach Hemant Bendre and trainer Gaurav Nijhon.”I was amazed with long points I have played in these matches. I have the belief that I can do it now consistently. I was practising it a lot but doing it in matches is special,” she said.Asked about the moment when she broke into tears along with her mother Lalita after the win, Ankita said, “It had to come out.”I belong to a middle class family. Only my family, especially my mom, knows the struggles I have faced. It was justified. It was like flash back moment. It (tears) had to come out.”Meanwhile, India captain Ankita Bhambri said a few calls were “ridiculous” during the Ankita-Yulia match.”She would have finished the match in straight sets if that ridiculous call was not made when she was up a break. Hats off to her that despite being down 1-3, she pulled it off. Its commendable,” said Bhambri.The Indian captain also believed that Indias doubles combination, especially Thombare, needs to “step up”.Twice India has come back in the ties but both times the team lost the decisive doubles matches.Bhambri also acknowledged that the doubles teams from China and Kazakhstan were far superior.”They were solid at the net. But we need to combine well. These girls do not play together on circuit but they need to step up.” PTI AT AH AHlast_img read more

Let love win over hate, says Cong in V-day tweet

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) With two red hearts, a white moustache and a saffron scarf, the Congress today posted on Valentines Day a sketch that sought to spread the message of love.The partys Twitter post showed the colourful sketch of a young girl and a boy holding a heart each and sitting dolefully on the two ends of an enormous moustache sported by a man who has a saffron scarf draped around his neck. The mans image is cropped.”This day and every day, we hope that love continues to win over hate,” the party said on its official Twitter handle along with the sketch.The tweet also carried the hashtag JanKiBaat.The message comes in the wake of an onslaught on the Saffron brigade by the Congress, which has accused the BJP and the RSS of spreading hate in society. PTI SKC BDSlast_img read more