EDM Media release National Fundraising File

first_imgEDM Media release National Fundraising File  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Tagged with: Individual giving Howard Lake | 26 February 2007 | News List management specialist EDM Media have released The National Fundraising File, a list of “highly-responsive individuals” profiled from charity donors who have given to more than one charity. All have completed a detailed questionnaire, and been identified as likely to respond to charity direct mail appeals.EDM Media say that the file is “ideal for large-scale campaigns, major donor appeals or regional mailings where the file offers high volumes and good roll-out potential”.EDM Media’s Operations Director, Lisa Neville said: “Based on the top performing profiles of charity multi-donors who have given to more than one charity, this National Fundraising File gives our clients the freedom to target specifically for their campaign needs – whether regular givers or cash donors.“For the first time, smaller charities can access the kind of profiled selections that traditionally only the larger charities could use. Larger mailers can also benefit from the uplift of a profile based on multi-donors who have a proven propensity to respond to direct mail.”From the file clients can select from major donors, legacy prospects, regular givers, cash donors or charity raffle players. They can overlay by type of cause supported: third world, medical, animal, children, religious and environmental causes. Further demographic selects are also available.  36 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more


Science in the mix(er)

first_imgIf eating is universal, science should be too. That’s the underlying premise behind “Science and Cooking,” which was the topic of a HarvardX lecture offered at the new Harvard Ed Portal in Allston on Wednesday.Addressing a mix of Allston-Brighton residents and University affiliates, Robert Lue, faculty director of the Ed Portal and of HarvardX, proposed that theory as he welcomed the overflow crowd to the airy facility on Western Avenue, which is designed in part to bring HarvardX content to the community.The free event, Lue explained, was dedicated to “breaking down the barriers between science and the humanities,” exploring the connections “between the fundamental physical sciences and eating.” Specifically, he talked about how everyday cooking can illuminate basic principles in physics and engineering, and vice versa.“There have long been classes on the discoveries of new stars,” said Michael Brenner, elaborating on the theme. The Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics and Harvard College Professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) then pointed out how the next step has been missing. “But there haven’t been intellectual exercises asking: Why does that delicious dish work? How does that happen?”These questions were at the heart of a 2008 guest lecture by innovative chef Ferran Adrià, Brenner explained, sparking what has since become an immensely popular Harvard course. (The open online version will once again be offered in June.) Along with his colleagues David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, and Pia Sörensen, preceptor of “Science and Cooking,” both at SEAS, Brenner offered an introduction to the course as a kind of intellectual amuse-bouche. Although the multiple celebrity chefs who play a major role in both the live and the online class were absent, the three offered a lively tag-team approach to the subject, mixing lecture and lab work and illustrating their points with M&Ms, marshmallows, and a sprinkling of sweet equations.The M&Ms — the peanut variety — were central to Weitz’s presentation on packing. “You might think of it as not really important,” he said. “But packing is what keeps me up at night.” With handfuls of the roughly spherical candies, he illustrated a basic principle of packing: that spheres can only be packed to about 64 percent of a container’s total volume. Describing this as “one of the most widely studied and most poorly understood problems,” he added, “you can calculate this, but you can’t say why it is.”But what does packing have to do with cooking? That question was briefly put on hold for a discussion of surfactants, which sit at the interface of air and liquid and allow bubbles to form. Using audience volunteers for some adventures in whisking, the lecture turned a little messy. But with the help of an immersion blender, soon Weitz was demonstrating how that packing equation — only this time, with bubbles as opposed to candies — plays into the making of a mayonnaise or a meringue.The role of all those bubbles — or, specifically, the air inside them — came into play again as Sörensen brought out a container of liquid nitrogen and bags of marshmallows. Winding up the hour, the three discussed heating, cooling, and supercooling, and how these affect the states of everything we eat and drink. Why, asked Brenner, can you thaw a frozen egg white back into liquid form but can’t uncook one? That question, along with so many others, piqued the audience’s appetite for more.“There is science in food,” said Brenner in conclusion. “If you understand that when you cook you are trying to follow a simple physical principle, it makes you a better cook. It allows you to make things you couldn’t make before.”“Marvelous,” was the verdict of Brighton resident Patty Sutliff. “I’m looking forward to taking the [online] course. I’ve always thought of cooking as science,” she added. “I mean: bread rising!”last_img read more


WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY WINS TOP ADVENTURE COLLEGE CONTEST FOR THE FIFTH TIME

first_img Geoff Cantrell, Public Communications Specialist at Western Carolina University shared his thoughts on WCU’s victory. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE 2020 WINNER Amidst this backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and world class rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year. Cantrell:I would say three things: “Over a half-million votes poured into Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure Contest — the most ever in its seven-year history. Once again, Western Carolina rallied its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to a decisive victory. WCU boasts a premier location for outdoor adventure—with world-class whitewater, climbing crags, and hundreds of miles of trails in national parks and national forests surrounding the campus. It also offers outstanding outdoor education and adventure opportunities, such as Base Camp Cullowhee. Most importantly, perhaps, Western has a dedicated, outdoor-minded campus community that promotes and celebrates adventure. It’s not surprising that WCU has captured its fifth Top Adventure College title. They’ve definitely earned it. “–—Will Harlan, Editor in Chief BRO: Votes hit record numbers for our annual Top Adventure College Contest this year. Over half a million! How does it feel to be a part of the biggest voting year yet? Once again colleges and universities in the contest were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure, and once again WCU’s strengths shown through above the rest. BRO: What makes WCU stand out from the rest? What is its greatest and most unique quality? BRO: What percentage of the school’s population participates in taking advantage of WCU’s ideal outdoor surroundings? Second, opportunities. Base Camp Cullowhee, the university’s outdoor programming organization, offers equipment rentals, events and programs, recreational trips and experiential education services. Student clubs and organizations also provide outdoor excursions for members. Then there’s the topnotch curriculum available. Among the academic programs offered by WCU of interest to students pursuing careers in the outdoors are forest resource management, hospitality and tourism management, natural resources conservation and management, and parks and recreation management. Cantrell: Wow, that is a tremendous response, and good for Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Winning the online poll shows that Western Carolina University participates and is proud of our outdoor adventures, our campus, and the region. BRO: How has WCU grown since the first year they won? center_img And third, involvement. WCU supports regional outdoors-based travel, tourism and industry, and the entities that are destinations for residents and visitors alike. For example, on Oct. 10, WCU will hold an Outdoor Economy Conference as the region’s premier outdoor industry and networking event to support businesses and entrepreneurs. Western Carolina University has further proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the outdoor community. The Catamounts have earned the title of Top Adventure College for a fifth time in our annual Top Adventure College Contest, edging out a solid effort from last years winner Lees-McRae College. Cantrell: Potentially, everyone. We know from invitations to participate and other publicity, students, faculty and staff are engaged in birdwatching, organic gardening and more vigorous pursuits like hiking and mountain biking. When the weather warms, students stretch out in a hammock at WCU’s Electron Garden on the Green, a solar power-generating facility and green space on campus with a multifunctional design that includes outdoors relaxation. There are academic programs that utilize the outdoors, like recreational therapy, geology, and Cherokee studies. Some training and exercises that are outdoor-oriented take place indoors, like our climbing wall and kayak roll clinics. So, really, enjoying the outdoors is an individual thing in how you choose to participate. Then you can find a group or network to pursue it if you’d like. First, location, location, location. The Cullowhee campus is in a natural setting that has many great things to offer, with a short list including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, Chimney Rock and Gorges state parks, DuPont State Forest and numerous lakes, rivers and creeks. There’s a natural environment for practically anything you want to experience. Cantrell: If you had to point to only one activity or event that brings everyone together and is representative of this university and its connection to the outdoors, it would probably be the Tuck River Cleanup. On Saturday, April 13, the 35th annual cleanup will take place, with hundreds of volunteers expected to raft or walk along the Tuckaseigee River between Cullowhee and Whittier, collecting litter and debris. It is believed to be the nation’s largest single-day effort to remove garbage from a waterway. BRO: What outdoor program is WCU most proud of? BRO: Describe what downtime looks like for an outdoor enthusiast at WCU. Cantrell: Entering the 2018 fall semester, WCU for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years has increased in both the size, with an 11,639 fall enrollment to be exact, and academic qualifications of the student body. University officials attribute the enrollment surge over the past several years to several factors, including several high-demand degree programs, new and renovated residence halls and dining facilities providing the type of amenities demanded by today’s students, and as you might have guessed, the campus’s mountain location and access to outdoor adventure activities. One reason that WCU is revered as a top outdoor college is its proximity to renowned outdoors adventure havens like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Cantrell: Downtime? What downtime?last_img read more


In spite of language barrier, Lefebvre serves as SU leader

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments The risk of having to deal with the innocent jokes of her teammates was enough to keep Noemie Lefebvre from saying too much. She just didn’t feel her English was good enough. At least not yet. ‘A few girls that were with me my freshman year, they were making some funny jokes about me,’ Lefebvre said. ‘They thought I was a mute or something, I didn’t talk a lot.’ What a difference two years can make. The junior outside hitter from Quebec has found a way to be a quiet leader, and in the process she has become more than just a key component of Syracuse’s winning season — she leads the team in kills (275) and digs (224). Lefebvre no longer has to worry about listening to the jokes about her English, but instead provides the worry to opposing defenses every time she goes up to make a kill. First coming to Syracuse, everything was new to Lefebvre. The country. The people. The language. Everything. The French-speaking freshman was in a new environment. There wasn’t much time to adapt to her new life, having to learn how to balance classes with volleyball all at once.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The language barrier remained her biggest challenge. In Quebec, she took English classes that served as her only exposure to the language. Not exactly enough to feel confident about moving to a new country. ‘It was just not my first language,’ Lefebvre said. ‘I didn’t start at the bottom, I had a good base. I had English classes just as much as (American students) take French classes. But how much do you remember from that?’ It wasn’t that she didn’t know the words or how to put together a clear sentence. It was that she thought in French, and often when she said something in English, it just didn’t come out the way she wanted it. That led to the comments by her teammates. But all that’s changed now. No more comments, no more having to worry about saying something wrong. The culture isn’t new anymore, and her role as a leader is defined. Lefebvre has gone from the quiet freshman to a go-to hitter on the court. ‘She can be your go-to hitter,’ Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘We can rely on a few people to get a point, but you know Noemie is going to keep the ball in play and get a kill most of the time.’ For the first time, Lefebvre said she came to Syracuse completely focused, knowing what her role would be in Syracuse’s offense. She’s got the language down and knows what Big East volleyball is all about. ‘After last year, the big difference was that I just felt more comfortable with the team,’ Lefebvre said. ‘I was really coming to Syracuse comfortable in the environment, ready to step up and contribute to the team.’ When Lefebvre makes a kill, it’s impossible to miss. Her jump and devastating smash have become synonymous with the Orange’s dominating season. Defenses on the other side usually can only watch the ball come to a hard landing on their side of the court. Lefebvre has the ability to instill fear in other teams. They aren’t expecting the 5-foot-9-inch hitter to have that much power, that much accuracy behind her shot. And she does it left-handed, playing on the left side of the court. ‘They’re not used to seeing that,’ Hayley Todd, an outside hitter, said. ‘Usually, lefties play on the right side. Even though they may watch film on it or something like that, it’s completely different when you’re playing.’ The joking about her English, the adjustment to a new environment and having to balance her new life are all in the past for Lefebvre. There’s nothing else to figure out. This season, all she had to do was come in and be the player she knew she had the ability to be. That’s what she’s done. ‘It was a set of mind I had this year coming in,’ Lefebvre said. ‘This year, I felt it was my role to step in a little more and contribute a little more than I have been in the past.’ [email protected]center_img Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more


Boeheim, Pitino reflect on Smith’s legacy at North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ After longtime North Carolina head coach Dean Smith died at 83 on Sunday, fellow Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and his former assistant Rick Pitino joined in paying tribute to Smith.Both reflected on his innovation and Boeheim, when prompted, looked back on his first and only win against Smith. Pitino, who was Boeheim’s assistant at Syracuse from 1976-78, credited Smith for the advent of the “four corners” offense as well as his humility.“He was the best in our game, but you would never have known it in the way he carried himself,” Pitino said on Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference. “What always impressed me about him was the way he carried himself.“There was no internet, there was no Twitter, there was none of that — not that Coach Smith would ever have been tweeting. That’d be the last thing in the world he would ever do. But he just stuck out.”Boeheim, who went 1-3 in his career against Smith, got his first Final Four berth in his first win against the UNC great. In the 1987 Eastern Regional final, his second-seeded Orangemen beat Smith’s top-seeded Tar Heels, 79-75.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were a great team and we played a great game,” Boeheim said later on the teleconference. “We played one of the best games that we have ever played, really, in the final of the Eastern Regional.”Boeheim passed Smith as the winningest coach at a single school with his 880th win when the then-No. 2 Orange beat then-No. 12 Georgetown in overtime on Feb. 8, 2012.At the time, Boeheim said he was upset about the game – SU was outrebounded by 18 – and not concerned with the milestone. On Monday, though, he reflected on Smith’s legacy.“I think he’s one of the great, great coaches of all time, and he really established one of the best college basketball programs in the country,” Boeheim said. “Very innovative coach and way ahead of everybody else really in terms of his approach to basketball and the game, really. A giant in the game of college basketball.” Commentslast_img read more


Knicks fined $50K for violating NBA’s media policy

first_img Knicks welcome RJ Barrett to Madison Square Garden with emotional tribute video The Knicks have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s media policy following the NBA Draft, the league announced Monday.NBA rules state that teams must allow equal access to all members of the media, but during Friday’s post-draft conference, the Knicks barred the New York Daily News from joining the conference. NBA stopped using term ‘owner’ in favor of ‘governor,’ Adam Silver says According to the league, the Knicks have “agreed to comply with NBA Media Access Rules moving forward.”The team released its own statement after the fine was announced, calling the situation a misunderstanding. Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: LA billboard woos ‘King of SoCal’ for Clippers “The Knicks acknowledge that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy, and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite only event,” the statement said. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.” It’s not the first time the Knicks — specifically team owner James Dolan — and the media have had a public fued. Dolan recently prevented New York Daily News writer Stefan Bondy from calling in to a teleconference, saying some media members had it out for the team.”There are certain journalists, right, that, you know, actually wish ill will towards the team,” Dolan said in March, via CBS Sports. “They don’t want to see the team win. They don’t want to see the team be successful. They have their own personal axes to grind. They come in with the intent of, I mean, they’ve never written a positive story about the team.”The Knicks made headlines by selecting Duke star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday and acquiring the 47th pick, Ignas Brazdeikis, in a trade with the Kings.last_img read more


UN body names Messi responsible tourism ambassador

first_imgThe 30-year-old is the leading scorer in La Liga this season with 29 goals and is also the all-time top marksman in Spain’s top flight.He is also the top scorer in the history of Barcelona and Argentina. Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | The UN World Tourism Organization said Monday it has appointed FC Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi as an ambassador to promote responsible tourism.“During my travels I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as other ways to see the world and this is very enriching,” Messi said in a statement released by the Madrid-based United Nations body announcing his nomination.“I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism,” the five-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award added as the body steps up its campaign to minimise harm tourism can cause to the environment and historical sites.The UN body defines “responsible tourism” as tourism that “helps maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe”.World Tourism Organization chief Zurab Pololikashvili said it was a “great honour” to have Messi promote “the positive values and benefits that tourism represents.“Messi is a unique sportsman and an example of how willpower and constant work yield good results,” he added.last_img read more


OK Tire back on top of Nelson Mixed Slopitch League in 2015

first_imgOK Tire lost to Unknowns in the 2014 finale.OK Tire advanced as the top seed last season before getting blasted by Unknowns in the final.This time around the final score would be different as OK Tire took the title from The Competition.Louie’s, now OK Tire, won the title in 2013.Unknowns, edging out regular-season champion Total Chaos in the semi final round, defeated Molson Finley’s to win the B final while DeVito’s Cardinals defeated Ripping Giraffe for the C-Division Crown.Trailing 2-1, DeVito’s Cardinals scored two five-running frames to blow open the tightly played contest. Louie’s did not win the Nelson Mixed Slopitch title in 2014.However, with a new name Louie’s, now OK Tire, defeated The Competition 20-15 to capture the 2015 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.The seesaw battle came down to the final inning with OK Tire leading 20-13.The Competition was able to stage a bit of a rally, but was only able to muster a pair of runs.The Competition advanced to the final with a thrilling 7-6 extra-innings win over Uptown Tavern.last_img read more


Match-fixing allegations overshadow day one

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea yesterday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.The governing bodies for the sport and the Tennis Integrity Unit issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode, at a hastily convened news conference at Melbourne Park.Kermode said tennis authorities “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason, or isn’t being investigated”.Djokovic later responded to a question about an approach ahead of a tournament in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2007.”I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said. “Of course, we threw it (the approach) away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.PREVIOUSRUMOURS”Unfortunately, there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talks, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.”Djokovic was an up-and-coming player at the time, not winning the first of his 10 major titles until the 2008 Australian Open.”It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport, honestly. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”Djokovic said he thought the allegations related to matches from almost 10 years ago, and didn’t involve active players.Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner and former leader of the player council, agreed the allegations likely weren’t new but remained “super serious”.”I would love to hear names,” Federer said. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff, and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?”It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it.”Serena Williams was on court preparing for her opening 6-4, 7-5 win over No 34-ranked Camila Giorgi when Kermode was holding a news conference to respond to the fixing allegations.The 21-time major winner said there was no hint of match fixing on the women’s tour.”I play very hard, and every player I play seems to play hard,” she said. “As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but, you know, historic.”last_img read more


Men’s Basketball Signs Three

first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s basketball head coach Darian DeVries has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.Joining the Bulldogs for the 2019-20 season will be Nate Ferguson, Issa Samake and Joseph Yesufu.Ferguson is a 6-foot-7 forward from Lemont, Ill., Yesufu is a 6-foot guard from Bolingbrook, Ill., and Samake is a 6-foot-7 forward currently enrolled at nearby Grand View Christian.Samake, who is originally from the African nation of Mali, led Grand View Christian to the Iowa 1A state championship last year while averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. “We love Issa! He is a terrific young man who is just scratching the surface of his basketball abilities,” DeVries said of Samake. “He is a local guy that our community will enjoy watching grow over the years within our program. Issa is the definition of a ‘flip-up’ guy. As a guard, you can flip the ball up anywhere close to the rim and he will be able to get it and throw it down. He will be able to add much excitement to our offense with his athleticism and help improve our defense as well.”Ferguson averaged 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season at Lemont High School while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three-point range. He helped his team finish with a 19-9 record to earn conference runner-up and IHSA Class 4A Regional finalist honors. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Nate join us,” DeVries said. “He is a guy that can impact our team in multiple ways both offensively and defensively. He has great instincts on defense regarding being in the right position to make plays; and offensively, from being a great passer to the ability to knock down shots. He has a versatile skill set that will hurt defenses in more ways than one. The Ferguson’s have a history of Bulldogs within their family, and we are glad they decided to add one more!”Yesufu posted 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season to help Bolingbrook High School win 22 games.”Joe is an outstanding young man who comes from a great program at Bolingbrook High School under Coach Rob Brost, who has coached multiple Division I players,” DeVries said. “He has a skill set that extends beyond the basketball floor. He is an incredibly hard worker, unselfish, disciplined, tough, and a winner. He is an incredibly humble young man and we are excited to add someone to our program who embodies those intangibles day in and day out. On the floor, he will be a great addition to our backcourt. He is a great ball handler and can make shots. Joe is the best of both worlds from a basketball and a team culture perspective.”last_img read more