This is what the experts think you should do in this stock market crash!

first_imgThis is what the experts think you should do in this stock market crash! Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild | Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Stock investing is an emotional endeavour at the best of times. It’s particularly hard to stay neutral when bear markets are ripping the heart out of your investment portfolio.Many are finding it hard to resist selling everything they own, swallowing their losses and heading for the hills right now. To these people, the thought of not only deciding to sit tight, but taking the opportunity to go on a dip-buying spree, is the thing that only the maddest of the mad would do.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This is where the successful investors stand out from those who generate mediocre returns. It can be hard to dampen your emotions and quieten the little voice in your head imploring you to ‘sell, sell, sell’. But it’s always those individuals who remain calm and logical who win in these situations.Great tipsAt times like this it pays to listen to what the experts have to say. And words from Mark Walker, managing director of Tollymore Investment Partners, should help to soothe your nerves. He said today: “Investing is not easy, not cosy and at times very uncomfortable. [However] if it doesn’t feel uncomfortable, you are acting consensually, and you are destined for average investment results. The only way to navigate these periods with sanity and resilience is to have a very long-term view.”Walker has the data to back up his glass-half-full take on the situation, too. He said that “the median market performance two years after a correction is 45%”. He added that “investing into corrections is how long-term investors perform better than macro traders and market speculators.”It often pays to take the plunge if you believe in a stock’s investment prospects over the long term in bearish times like these. The Tollymore MD added: “It does not mean that if you invest today the market will not go down further. And if the market declines further it does not mean investing today was the wrong thing to do…. It just means you didn’t pick the bottom.”More Sage adviceGoing on the offensive,when everyone else is losing their heads and selling everything in sight is a critical way to make big returns. It’s one of the reasons why a great many ISA investors have managed to make a fortune down the years.As the so-called Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett, said: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” Admittedly, it’s not a strategy that always pays off. After all, Buffett’s decision to buy Tesco shares when they collapsed back in 2012 is considered (by his own admission) to be one of his biggest professional mistakes.You don’t become one of the world’s wealthiest men by accident or by making poor decisions. Buffett’s personal wealth of $73.7bn (according to Forbes) suggests that this is a man that certainly knows what he’s talking about. And fortunately there’s a galaxy of great stocks that look massively oversold today and thus ripe for some dip buying. So get busy investing, I say, and realise your long-term investment goals.last_img read more


Stock market crash: This could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy cheap shares

first_img Enter Your Email Address The recent rally from the stock market crash of 2020 has left many investors sitting on the fence. And I can understand the sentiments leading investors to wait things out.The pandemic is unprecedented in modern times. The crashing of economies around the world is something new. And the threat of a second upsurge in the virus hangs heavy in the air.                 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Just like many other stock market crashesBut in some ways, this has been just like many other stock market crashes. The reasons are different – as they always are – but the outcome has been the same for stocks. And the uncertainties surrounding the outlook chime with the fears following prior crashes. Markets always seem to climb a wall of worry on the way back up.I only know one cure for overcoming the fear of investing, and that’s to invest. Indeed, some of the best investments we can make are when the outlook is grey and uncertain. When markets plunge, there’s an opportunity to buy good-quality stocks when they are selling more cheaply. And if you invest with a long time horizon in mind, buying cheaply can lead to outsized gains in the years ahead.So, I’d cast aside fears of a second dip in the markets and target shares backed by good businesses, right now. Such action could be a good way of avoiding what I’d describe as ‘fence-sitters’ remorse’. And it looks like former hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller could be suffering something similar right now.In 1992, along with George Soros, he shorted the pound and made billions. But this week, he told CNBC his return of 3% from the March lows has “humbled” him. Over the same period, America’s Dow and S&P 500 both shot up by more than 43%.It’s almost always a good time to invest in sharesIt seems that Druckenmiller formed an opinion during the crash and is on record as saying, “The risk-reward for equity is maybe as bad as I’ve seen it in my career”. But he acknowledged later that he underestimated the lengths the Fed would go to help support the financial markets. Indeed, I reckon governments everywhere have been throwing everything they can at the crisis, and it’s pushed share prices higher.Yet when we examine Druckenmiller’s reasons for avoiding stocks – just as they were at their cheapest – I reckon he was fearful or cautious, just like many of us. Even super-successful investors get things ‘wrong’ from time to time.But if you are investing for the long term – perhaps to build a pot of money for your retirement – it’s almost always a good time to invest in shares. I reckon one of the keys to building sizeable gains from shares and share-backed investments is to invest regularly, perhaps every month. Another is to compound your gains by ploughing dividends and gains back into your investments. A third is to invest for a long time. And a fourth is not to run scared when the markets dip. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stock market crash: This could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy cheap shares Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more


I’d buy this FTSE 100 growth stock for my Stocks & Shares ISA today

first_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Flutter Entertainment. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’d buy this FTSE 100 growth stock for my Stocks & Shares ISA today See all posts by Alan Oscroft Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 27th August, 2020 | More on: FLTR Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I walked past my local bookies this morning and saw some old guys shuffling in and out. Then I came home and saw how Flutter Entertainment (LSE: FLTR) is doing. There’s only one side of that divide I’d want to be on. While the punters have been picking the nags on which to punt their odd pound or two, the FTSE 100 company’s share price has been soaring. Despite an early pandemic drop, Flutter Entertainment shares are up 38% so far in 2020.The company, formed from the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair, released a first-half update Thursday. Revenue, aided by the acquisition of The Stars Group, rose by 49% from the first half of 2019, to £1,522m. Adjusted EBITDA gained 59%, to £342m.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Bottom line reported pre-tax profit fell 70%, to £24m, but that looks like an artefact of one-off accounting items. The firm spoke of charging separately disclosed items totalling £194m, up from £59m. It put this down to “an increase in the amortisation of acquired intangibles, as well as costs associated with the merger.“Reported EPS fell 81%, but the adjusted figure came in 29% ahead. Along with many other FTSE 100 firms during the Covid-19 slump, Flutter Entertainment has suspended dividends for 2020. And the final 2019 dividend was paid in shares.Acquisition debtThe growth in revenue and underlying earnings suggest to me there was no Covid-19 pressure on the dividend. But it does, perhaps, provide a plausible excuse for not paying out the cash in a year that has consumed a fair chunk of it in acquisition costs. Flutter’s net debt has ballooned. From a figure of £356m in 2019, at 30 June this year it stood at £2,899m. And to address part of it, the firm raised £813m in May through an equity placing.We’re looking at a net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA multiple (using an annualised earnings figure of twice the first half) of 4.2 times. That looks scarily high to me, compared to the FTSE 100 stocks I usually favour. But at this stage, it might not actually be too much of a problem. It’s a highly cash generative business, and that should enable Flutter to get its leverage down in the coming years. And deleveraging is one of the firm’s key goals.FTSE 100 dividendsNormally, I’d be concerned when a dividend-paying FTSE 100 company suspends its payments. And I really don’t think the Covid-19 crisis is anything like a good reason to do so. But Flutter Entertainment is very much in a growth phase at the moment, after a few years of consolidation in the gaming business.Because of that, I’d be happy to buy now and forego dividend income for a year or two, wanting to see Flutter’s debt coming down. Online gambling is a cash-generative business, and it has relatively low costs. And I can see Flutter maturing to become a top FTSE 100 cash cow in the years ahead. Who wouldn’t want some of that? 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I was right about the Saga share price in 2020. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img In the second half of last year, I was cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the Saga (LSE: SAGA) share price. However, as the year moved on, I became increasingly confident about the company’s prospects.In December, I thought City growth forecasts for the group were too pessimistic. On that basis, I believed the stock was undervalued, based on its long-term potential.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I reiterated this view in January, noting that Saga seemed to have drawn a line under its past issues.  Since then, the Saga share price has continued to increase in value. And I think the company’s recovery may continue throughout 2021. Recovery underwaySince the beginning of the year, shares in the over 50s travel and finance specialist have increased in value by 60%. Over the past 12 months, the stock has gained 74%. A lot has changed at the company since the beginning of last year. The pandemic drove the business to raise more money from shareholders. But there was a silver lining in this cash call.As part of the fundraising, Saga’s former chief executive, Sir Roger de Haan, took a significant stake in the company and returned to its boardroom as chairman.This was just one part of the group’s plan to reinforce its balance sheet. It has also renegotiated credit conditions with lenders, and it’s planning to raise more capital through debt. These initiatives should help dispel any concerns about the company’s financial position. With these problems dealt with, the business should be able to concentrate on reopening operations over the next few months. And, on this front, it seems the company’s customers can’t wait to get back to travelling.Saga share price boostThe company has two main business divisions. There’s its financial arm, which offers products such as savings and insurance. Then there’s Saga’s travel business. Like most travel operations, the pandemic has severely impacted this division. However, over the past 12 months, the company has continually registered high demand from its former customers for potential travel in the future. It noted in its latest trading update that the firm continues to “see strong pent-up demand for travel among our customers and remain well placed to deliver on this opportunity when the guidance on international travel changes.“This is the primary reason why I think the Saga share price can continue to move higher. As the economy reopens, customers look set to return in large numbers, which will help power the company’s turnaround.Risks and challenges That said, this is by no means guaranteed. The corporation is registering a high level of customer interest, but there’s no guarantee this will translate into bookings.There’s also a big question mark over how profitable the group will be when all the restrictions are lifted. Extra health and safety measures may push up costs. This could impact profit margins.At the same time, the group has a lot of debt. This may limit its ability to produce returns for shareholders in the medium to long term.Still, despite these challenges, I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today as a recovery play.  Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 21st March, 2021 | More on: SAGA Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images I was right about the Saga share price in 2020. Here’s what I’d do now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more


England video: O2 Inside Line

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eyes on the prize: Owen Farrell is game for a laugh on this week’s video insight into the England campInteresting insight into the England camp in this week’s O2 Inside Line. There’s a decent tactical breakdown of England’s win over Wales, the boys pumping some tin in the gym and the squad designate the funniest team-mate. Clue. Joe Marler is a multiple nominee…last_img


Bishops voice support for Gwich’in people in Alaska

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ General Convention 2018 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishops voice support for Gwich’in people in Alaska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Environment & Climate Change, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Three days ago, Native Alaskan Bernadette Demientieff appeared at a joint session of the 79th General Convention and spoke about the destruction of the Gwich’in way of life, now threatened by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.On July 12, the House of Bishops received “with open and broken hearts the witness of Bernadette Demientieff to the struggle and plight of the Gwich’in people” by unanimously passing Resolution X023.The Gwich’in “have been imperiled by the threat of drilling in the ‘Sacred Place Where Life Begins’” on the coastal plains of the wildlife refuge, the resolution said. In approving the resolution, the bishops also affirmed the Episcopal Church’s “historic solidarity with the Gwich’in people in opposing any drilling” in the refuge.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.Demientieff spoke on July 10 during one of three TEConversations held at joint sessions of General Convention, each focusing a specific priority: racial reconciliation, evangelism and care of creation.“We are not asking for jobs, not asking for schools, we are asking for the respect to live as we always have and keep our identity as Gwich’in,” she said in her appearance before the House of Bishops and House of Deputies.To the Gwich’in, the refuge is sacred. Their existence has for centuries depended on the Porcupine caribou, whose calving ground lies within the refuge’s coastal plain.Energy companies view the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, particularly its 1.5 million-acre coastal plain, as a potential oil and natural gas bonanza. This conflict has fueled for more than 30 years a contentious debate over whether this coastal plain should be opened to oil drilling or kept as unspoiled habitat.In December 2017, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans opened the refuge to oil exploration. In April this year, a first step was taken toward allowing drilling.Even in times of food shortage and starvation, the Gwich’in haven’t gone into coastal plain, which they consider “the sacred place where life begins,” said Demientieff. After high school, she drifted away from her Gwich’in identity, only to recover it later in life and use her voice to speak for future generations and the animals that cannot speak for themselves.The resolution, proposed by Bishop Wendell Gibbs of Michigan, also asked Episcopalians to “use prayer, advocacy, public witness and legal means to prevent the desecration of ‘The Sacred Place Where Life Begins’” and the destruction of the Porcupine caribou herd and the Gwich’in people.– Mike Patterson is a San Antonio-based freelance writer and correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. He is a member of ENS General Convention reporting team and can be reached at [email protected] Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC General Convention, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC By Mike PattersonPosted Jul 12, 2018 Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more


Charity marketing and the power of the post

first_imgCharity marketing and the power of the post AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 March 2007 | News  37 total views,  1 views today  38 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Emily Travis, Market Development Manager, Royal Mail, explains why the post continues to offer an essential tool for fundraisers, whether for direct mail or supporter magazines.Marketing presents a thorny issue for many charities. On one hand the charity sector is incredibly competitive with hundreds of worthy causes striving to connect with donors and build long term sponsorships, and charity marketing is one of the natural methods to build awareness of the cause. On the other, charities have to be incredibly careful not to be seen to be spending large amounts of money on advertising, lest donors believe organisations are being profligate with donations.To this end, mail has proved to be an extremely effective – and flexible – way to reach donors. We are also seeing new applications of mail, linking in with digital channels. To take a recent example, Save The Children ran a ‘thank you’ campaign through Proximity London to its valued sponsors at the end of 2006. It posted out a DVD of footage filmed by the volunteers on the ground at projects funded by donors and giving the children themselves a chance to express what a difference the money from Save the Children had made and how their lives have been changed. The charity requested recipients send the DVD back to them, so they could then send it on elsewhere and recycle the disks.Such was the response to the direct mail campaign that not only were most of the DVDs returned to the charity, but they also received a number of ‘thank you’ letters themselves, detailing how recipients had valued being able to see how their money was being used to help children around the globe.And it’s not just donors who can be targeted through the post. Charities need also to communicate with influencers on a preventative basis. An example is The British Heart Foundation’s Food for Thought Campaign, where a pizza box full of unappetising images of fast food was sent to teachers across the UK to educate children about the dangers of obesity. Research shows that as a result of the campaign children went home armed with the images and statistics and even educated their parents about healthy eating.Customer magazines are also proving to be a valuable communications tool for the third sector. Not only can they be produced very cost-efficiently, but the customer magazines answer a number of marketing objectives. The Association of Publishing Agencies (APA), the trade body for customer publishing, has found that customer magazines are not only able to raise awareness, but engender loyalty, as well as providing general information.Most importantly however they engage a reader’s attention as they are informative and entertaining. APA research has shown that readers spend on average 25 minutes with a customer title. In an age when time is becoming increasingly valuable and it is difficult for organisations to connect meaningfully with their audiences, this ability to engage is a key factor in the ongoing success of the customer publishing industry.Charity customer magazines now account for eight per cent of the total customer magazine market, and it’s easy to see why. Many organisations want to communicate regularly with their supporters to keep donors updated on new activities and demonstrate what donated funds are achieving.This regular contact also encourages continued support for the charity, keeping the cause front of mind. While customer magazines tend to be less glossy than their commercial counterparts and produced less frequently to reign in costs, they are no less effective a route to communicating charity news to recipients. A customer magazine is not simply a newsletter – it taps into the power of magazine publishing – providing the reader with entertaining editorial alongside the news, activities and details on charitable giving.For example, NSPCC runs a magazine entitled Your Family which was named Most Effective Non-retail Consumer Publication at last year’s APA Awards. Judges felt that the magazine effectively engages its audiences and cements the brand positioning of the NSPCC whilst utilising the format of a women’s weekly to promote good parenting through lifestyle features – a further example of how charities need to communicate on a preventative basis.NSPCC currently distributes its magazine through retail stores. However, many customer magazines are delivered through the post directly to recipients. This reduces the reliance on the right target audience choosing to pick up the magazine, and careful targeting ensures it gets into the right hands first time.This direct relationship also means that a charity can show it actively cares about its supporters post-donation as every magazine is individually addressed, adding a personal touch to the marketing process, which TV advertising and other broadcast media simply can’t achieve.As Royal Mail can deliver across the UK, no donor, or even potential supporter if a charity is on a recruitment drive, is out of reach, and the customer title can be integrated along with other marketing practices such as direct mail in a regional or national campaign.Mintel recently predicted that the customer publishing industry will be worth over £1bn by 2011, and it’s easy to see why. Many companies across a range of different industries have been persuaded as to the value of the medium by its ability to leverage the power of the magazine and engage with readers on a level unmatched by other media. In this respect the third sector is no exception given the difficulty in getting the message across and maintaining donor relationships. As such both the post and the customer magazine look likely to play a useful role in charity marketing for a long time to come.Emily Travis is Market Development Manager at Royal Mail 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. Tagged with: Individual givinglast_img read more


Giving Tuesday launches in the UK

first_imgThe event, hosted by Blackbaud Europe with support from Charities Aid Foundation, was chaired by UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake and streamed live via Blackbaud Europe’s YouTube channel.Watch the event[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRKX2DN-WE?t=9m13s[/youtube] Howard Lake | 18 June 2014 | News Tagged with: Giving Tuesday Individual giving 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  88 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img In the afternoon the campaign was shared with charities at an event which combined a presentation from Henry Timms and a panel session featuring some successful social media campaigns with insight from charity staff on the lessons they learned in making them successful.   Giving Tuesday, the international campaign to promote charitable giving on the first Tuesday of December, was formally launched yesterday.Companies and national press attended a morning launch at Downing Street at which Giving Tuesday founder Henry Timms unveiled plans for the campaign in the UK which will take place on Tuesday 2 December. Giving Tuesday launches in the UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more


Legislators attack treatment for opioid use disorder

first_imgBuprenorphine, the main active ingredient in the products Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Zubsolv and Bunavail, is considered one of the gold-standard methods of treatment of opioid-use disorder, commonly referred to as opioid addiction. Yet the Pennsylvania Senate is considering two bills that would act as barriers to that treatment.Bill SB 675 would establish state-level certification for buprenorphine maintenance therapy providers, requiring fees of up to $500 per provider and between 8 and 24 hours of training on the medication and on opioid use disorder. The fee would be paid for each provider that prescribes the medication. Because many clinics have multiple prescribers, these fees would stack up to create an insurmountable barrier for smaller clinics, especially those serving rural areas in the state where the opioid epidemic has largely burned communities in silence. The proposed requirements are also redundant, as the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 already requires special registration and training for prescribers of buprenorphine products. DATA 2000 itself already creates barriers to care, as it limits the number of patients who providers are able to treat.The second bill, still in committee in the House, would require 2.5 hours of therapy at a state-licensed treatment facility for a year. It would also require the prescribers and clinics to eventually wean people off the medication, with some patients being permitted to stay on longer if they obtain a waiver.Using diversion — the illicit trade, sale or gifting to other people — of buprenorphine was their reasoning for the two bills. Meanwhile politicians have decided to ignore the overwhelming evidence that comes from the medical and scientific community. They argue that while they understand buprenorphine has positive medical uses and has positive use in addiction/substance use disorder treatment, this diversion is so severe that they must put up these barriers. ‘Buprenorphine saved my life’We have to examine why people divert buprenorphine to others because it isn’t a drug that can actually get an opioid-tolerant person high. As a partial opioid agonist, it imperfectly fits the opioid receptors in the brain and therefore does not provide the traditional opioid effects of euphoria. Instead, it’s a drug that staves off the withdrawal and the cravings associated with long-term opioid use disorder. People are using it to keep themselves from having to go back to heroin, which has largely become tainted with the synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil. On this basis alone, diversion of buprenorphine serves a positive purpose. Even non-opioids now contain fentanyl and the highly deadly carfentanil, leading to more people becoming dependent on opioids than ever before. We’re at a moment when so many die of overdoses every single day, yet the state wishes to make it harder for people to get on life-saving medications. We need more buprenorphine in the hands of people who need it. In a worker’s world, buprenorphine (and methadone!) would be treated as another tool in the anti-addiction toolbox. It would be pushed as hard or harder than Vivitrol and ReVia (generic name: naltrexone); it would be seen as a life-saving medication like Narcan (generic name: naloxone); and, most importantly, its use would snowball and greatly undercut the opioid epidemic.Some argue that buprenorphine maintenance treatment is an addiction in itself, despite all the evidence that shows otherwise. House Representative Kerry Benninghoff said, “All you’re doing is trading one drug for another.” This is a pervasive myth that has only served to scare people away from getting treatment that could very well save their lives.Being dependent on a medication and being addicted to a drug are two very different things. We don’t say that a diabetic who needs insulin is “addicted” to insulin. Patients in buprenorphine maintenance therapy are kept on a stable dose that does not impair them or get them high; they aren’t engaging in the behaviors typically associated with “addiction.” The opposite is true. In many cases, patients on buprenorphine are not only recovering from opioid use disorder, but are leaving the addiction lifestyle behind as well. No longer do they engage in the destructive behaviors associated with opioid use disorder. Multiple studies have shown that the quality of life of patients improved on buprenorphine and that the treatment helped subjects decrease all drug use, except for tobacco.As socialists, as people looking to create a better world, we must be on the lookout for things which harm the most marginalized. And make no mistake, people with opioid use disorder are among the most marginalized, experiencing alienation, isolation and poverty.I’m a person who struggles with addiction, and I’m on buprenorphine and I know it saved my life. I know that the hundreds of thousands of others who use or have used it probably don’t wish to be forced off of it by paternalistic, so-called public servants who have outdated ideas on substance abuse and recovery. So what can we do? We can call attention to the issue by sharing stories and elevating the voices of people in recovery on this subject. We can also sign onto Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition’s letter to the Senate against SB 675, at paharmreduction.org/oppose_sb675. Lives depend on it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Trial adjourned of alleged killers of Carlos Quispe Quispe

first_img to go further Organisation Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News Receive email alerts BoliviaAmericas News June 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial adjourned of alleged killers of Carlos Quispe Quispe February 1, 2018 Find out morecenter_img The trial of the alleged killers of Carlos Quispe Quispe, journalist on Radio Municipal Pucarani, which had been scheduled to open on 18 June, has been adjourned to a later date. Jorge Borda, lawyer for the civil party to the case, said that the judge, Carlos Fiorilo referred to “other more urgent matters” to justify the adjournment. Carlos Fiorilo is the third judge on the case since the young journalist’s death on 29 March 2008. Two others were removed from the case for “bureaucratic reasons”.Reporters Without Borders expressed astonishment that the judge could have “more urgent” cases than that of a murder and said it shared the anxiety of Samuel Lima, legal advisor to the mayor of Pucarani, who said “It is deplorable that we have to adjourn the trial when it is essential to shed light on the circumstances of the death of our friend Carlos Quispe Quispe”.___________________________18.06 – Trial opens of alleged killers of journalist Carlos Quispe QuispeThe trial opened on 18 June of the alleged killers of Carlos Quispe Quispe, a journalist on Radio Municipal Pucarani, who died in the city of the same name in La Paz department, western Bolivia on 29 March after being beaten up by opponents of the mayor.The six defendants, charged with “homicide” and “membership of a criminal gang”, were all in court for the opening. Four municipal councillors – Edwin Huampo Espinoza, Basilio Poma Poma, Rufina Zerna Flores and Nicolaza Cruz Quispe – and Julio Quisberth Quispe and Efraín Ticonipa, two leaders of the Pucarani municipal ‘vigilance committee’, a body that oversees council activities. The parents of the murder victim and Jorge Borda, legal advisor to the mayor, who is a civil party in the case, will all be giving evidence. According to statements made by Borda to Reporters Without Borders, the journalist was beaten up by members of the vigilance committee, incited by the accused municipal councillors.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the opening of the trial as a first step in the fight against impunity and hopes that the court in Pucarani will determine the individual and collective responsibilities in the journalist’s murder.______________________________08.04 – Young journalist dies of injuries two days after attack on municipal radio stationReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Carlos Quispe Quispe, 31, a journalist working for a municipal radio station in Pucarani, a town 50 km outside La Paz, died on 29 March from the injuries he received two days earlier during an attack on the station, located within the municipal government compound, by opponents of the mayor.“Quispe is the first journalist to lose his life to the extreme political tension to which both state and privately-owned media – pro-government and pro-opposition – are now hostage,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The attack on Radio Municipal Pucarani that resulted in Quispe’s death was followed by attacks on two state-owned media in Sucre by radical groups hostile to the government.”The press freedom organisation added: “We hope that an investigation will quickly shed light on the circumstances of this tragedy, which should – now more than ever – persuade politicians to rein in their supporters in order to avoid chaos. This concerns above all certain opposition sectors whose intransigence is assuming dangerous proportions.”The attack took place as the Pucarani Surveillance Committee, a body with the job of monitoring the municipal government, was holding a meeting in La Paz with the locality’s community leaders to discuss the possibility of removing Pucarani mayor Alejandro Mamani, a member of the ruling Movement to Socialism (MAS), from office. The meeting took place in Mamani’s absence but leading government supporters and opponents from Pucarani attended.A group of demonstrators in Pucarani took advantage of the fact that hardly anyone was present in the municipal government compound to attack the Radio Municipal Pucarani studios.“They wrecked the radio station, where Carlos Quispe was,” municipal councillor José Guillermo Castillo told Reporters Without Borders. “They beat him very badly, inflicting serious injuries. Believing him to be dead, they fled as soon as the police arrived.” Quispe was initially taken to a hospital in Pucarani, but was transferred later the same day to La Paz because of the gravity of his condition. He died two days later and was buried there on 31 March.The victim’s brother, Juan Quispe, told Reporters Without Borders: “We request respect for our mourning. We count on the municipal government to monitor the investigation of this case.The Association of Journalists of La Paz (APLP) paid tribute to “an innocent victim of political in-fighting for the control of a town hall.” President Evo Morales’ new spokesman, Iván Canelas, who is himself a journalist, told Reporters Without Borders he would follow the case from the capital. RSF_en BoliviaAmericas Help by sharing this information News November 18, 2016 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bolivia Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exilelast_img read more