Facebook fundraising tops £1.6bn worldwide

first_imgSpeaking at a global roundtable of Facebook fundraiser creators in San Francisco, Fernando Pinho, its Founder, said:“We were one of the first charities to have access to Facebook Fundraising in Europe. It allows us to share the stories of the children we support with our community, and immediately empower each supporter to become part of our fundraising team, to donate and help to change a child’s life. The seed funding we needed, a community of passionate and active supporters, 25 thousand members strong, were all possible because of Facebook.”Anita Yuen, Head of Social Impact Partnerships Facebook, said: Advertisement Sheryl Sandberg with top fundraisers from around the globe including Fernando Pinho from UK based charity Take Me There. Tagged with: Digital Facebook social media  995 total views,  2 views today Facebook fundraising tops £1.6bn worldwide Melanie May | 19 September 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “It’s incredible to see our community mobilise around the causes they care about and raise billions for important projects worldwide. Birthday donations now sit at the very heart of that activity and it’s heartening to see a growing trend for celebrating in a more meaningful way. Over the past few years, Facebook has become a really powerful tool for fundraising, helping charities cross borders and reach supporters no matter where they are in the world.”  996 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Fundraising on Facebook has now raised over £1.6 billion for good causes worldwide, with half of that (£803 million) achieved through birthday fundraisers.More than 45 million people worldwide have now donated to or created a fundraiser on Facebook since the launch of its fundraising tools in 2015 – double the amount reported in November last year.Celebrities raising big sums include chef Gordon Ramsey, who raised £26,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital for his birthday last year, and Manchester United star Paul Pogba, who kicked off a clean water fundraising drive with Charity: Water raising £7,360 to mark his 26th birthday in March.UK charities that have benefitted from birthday fundraisers and donations on Facebook include Breast Cancer Care, which has raised over £1.8 million since launching on birthdays, and Alzheimer’s Society, which has raised over £1.2 million since launching on the platform.People can also create their own fundraisers for non-profits or personal causes or use the donate button to pledge their support, and big totals raised in this way include almost £6m for Cancer Research UK through Facebook’s fundraising tools in the past year alone, £2.7m for Help Refugees, and £2.5m for Movember.Please Take Me There has used £11,247 donated through Facebook to transport 681 children with cancer and living in extreme poverty to get the healthcare they needed. The funds paid for more than 1,700 journeys to and from hospital allowing children to be diagnosed and treated. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24last_img read more

Harvard Innovation Labs opens applications for startup accelerator

first_imgThe Harvard Innovation Labs announced this week that applications are open for Launch Lab X GEO, a virtual accelerator designed to help Harvard alumni-led ventures grow from pre-seed-stage startups to sustainable, disruptive businesses with real-world impact. “Since introducing Launch Lab X in 2018, we’ve seen how bringing together alumni-led ventures from diverse industries creates an incredibly vibrant and supportive community that elevates every member of the cohort,” said Matt Segneri, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “In planning the 2020–2021 Launch Lab X program, we wanted to make our alumni accelerator available to even more high-potential ventures from around the world, and design programming that would foster strong relationships in a virtual environment.”  Launch Lab X GEO is for Harvard alumni-led founders of for-profit and non-profit ventures across a wide range of industries. Ventures accepted into the Launch Lab X GEO will participate in a nine-month virtual accelerator that is based on four central pillars: Knowledge sharing — From designing a product roadmap to scaling culture, the Harvard Innovation Labs will connect Launch Lab X GEO venture teams with world-class advisors. Founder talks — Launch Lab X GEO venture teams will learn from leaders with incredible entrepreneurial stories. These talks will feature founders from a wide range of industries and backgrounds who have built and scaled successful startups. Alumni circles — Led by later-stage entrepreneurs and leaders within the i-lab, these lightly facilitated, informal conversations allow founders to share their entrepreneurial challenges openly. Pitch sessions — During these sessions, venture teams learn how to pitch with precision and heart, in front of a diverse group of accomplished founders and investors. In the spring of 2021, select Launch Lab X GEO ventures will present their work in the 10th Annual Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony, where winners will be awarded $100,000 in Bertarelli Foundation Prizes. “What sets the Launch Lab X accelerator apart is its focus on customization,” said Thara Pillai, director of alumni programs and engagement at the Harvard Innovation Labs. “Launch Lab X’s adaptive, milestone-based approach meets each venture where they are, and guides them through de-risking their business models, validating their value propositions, and building strong relationships with their customers, global alumni, and especially one another.”  Applications for Launch Lab X GEO are open through July 27. Information sessions will be held on July 7 and July 15. To learn more, visit innovationlabs.harvard.edu/launch-lab-x.  Read Full Storylast_img read more

Schwarz earns prestigious architecture award

first_imgArchitect David M. Schwarz was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at Notre Dame. The $200,000 award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Chicago on March 21, recognizes an architect whose work demonstrates classical and sustainable architecture in modern urban society.“My goal in establishing the prize was to recognize excellence in architecture that communicates enduring humanist values,” founder and chief investment officer of Driehaus Capital Management LLC Richard H. Driehaus said.Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize jury chair and Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said the award fosters the classical architectural principles of “permanence, durability, beauty, but also utility.”“In a world where all you hear is about constant change for change’s sake — a world in which fad trumps any sense of purpose — consumption is the rule of the day; waste is the outcome of that consumption,” Lykoudis said. “This prize basically values conservation of resources and of ideas and investment. Cities are investments in the future.”Schwarz, who is president, founder and CEO of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. in Washington D.C, said the award is “the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the kind of architecture I practice.”The Driehaus Prize is accompanied by the Henry Hope Reed Award, presented annually to a non-architect committed to the principles of traditional urban design and development.This year’s recipient, environmental health expert Dr. Richard J. Jackson, said architecture is closely related to the wellbeing of society and “has enormous influence on people’s health and happiness.”“When we build, when we create places, we should put people in the center of what we build,” he said.Schwarz said his firm always considers the impact of its designs on people and the community as a whole, both regarding sustainability and beauty.“We are very interested in having our design promote community,” Schwarz said. “Architecture can divide people or bring them closer together.”Some of Schwarz’s more notable designs include the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, Lykoudis said.Lykoudis said the value of classical architecture and the work of Schwarz and previous recipients of the award lies in its public appeal.“If a building is loved it remains,” Lykoudis said. “That’s the best kind of sustainability you can have.”Driehaus said that in recognizing Schwarz and previous laureates, the award complements the principles of the Notre Dame School of Architecture.“The prize rewards the same qualities in the practice of architecture that Notre Dame emphasizes in architectural training,” Driehaus said. “Educating young architects to build for long-term values, and recognizing those values where they appear in the work of mature architects, are two sides of the same coin.”Tags: 2015 richard h. driehaus, award to architect, david m. schwarz, david m. schwarz architects, Driehaus capital management LLC, henry hope reed award, Richard H. Driehauslast_img read more

In it to win it – Cassie Small gets ready for Nationals

first_imgNEW Campbellville Secondary School fifth former, Cassie Small, admits that she is not fully 100 percent ready for next week’s National Schools Championships (Nationals), having put her athletics on hold as she prepares for her CSEC exams. However the 17-year-old is still looking forward to see how it goes.“To be honest I wouldn’t say that I’m that fully prepared, I only started training a few weeks now, but I’m going in with a strong mindset hoping to do my best as always,” Small shared.Cassie Small“I don’t underestimate anyone but I am always confident in myself and as I always say I am in it to win it.”Small admits that it’s often hard for her to balance her athletics and her academics, but with high hopes for both areas, she tries to make the best of things as much as she possibly can.“It’s nothing easy balancing both track and studies and all these things, but hopefully I take it as far as possible,” said Small, who shared her aspirations of studying medicine, but also to take her athletic pursuits as far as she possibly can.Small will be representing East Georgetown (District 12) at the weeklong competition that will see rivalry in age-group swimming, cycling and track & field competitions. She’ll be in the Girls’ Under-20 category where she will have a packed week competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.This will be her first year in the Under-20 category, after exiting the Under-18 category last year with a gold medal in the 100m and silver from the 200m.However, the super upcoming Runners Athletics Club athlete is hoping to lean on the experience that she picked up earlier this year, which included her participation at the Penn Relays as well as a six-month training stint that she did in New York.She will also be able to lean on her five years of experience at Nationals. Small first began participating at Nationals in 2011, when she finally decided that she was ready to take her athletic skills seriously.But for Small her athletic capabilities go way farther back than that.“I’ve always been running for as long as I can remember. Every time I would get sent somewhere, or go to the shop I would run. My grandmother used to joke and call me “Running Brave daughter” because of how much I used to run all the time,” Small said.Although she did some running while she was young, it was Mercury Fast Laners athletics club coach, Christopher Gaskin, who finally convinced Small to take her running seriously and join his club, in 2011. She saw the fruits almost instantly.Then as a student of the Thomas Moore Primary, Small landed a place on the South Georgetown (District 12) team to Nationals, competing in all the sprints of the Girls’ Under-12 category. She copped gold in all three events.She has never missed a year at Nationals since, racking up quite the haul of medals along the way, and this year she’s very much looking to increase the tally.last_img read more

William Hill matches finance sector screening capacity with Accuity

first_img William Hill Plc has strengthened all components related to compliance and customer KYC operations by forming a comprehensive agreement with digital control risk solutions provider Accuity.Facing changing compliance and regulatory demands across all core markets, the FTSE betting group has appointed Accuity to ‘transform its customer screening approach with AI techniques’.The partnership sees William Hill install Accuity’s proprietary ‘Firco Insight’ platform as its lead KYC screening component.Updating stakeholders, William Hill detailed that its compliance and CS teams will be supported by a greater depth of tools and AI software, allowing the bookmaker to better evaluate customer behaviours and prioritise risks. Steven Armstrong, Group Director of AML at William Hill, said: “William Hill is always proactively looking for new ways to increase efficiency and enhance the experience of our customers. “Following a successful proof of concept, we could see that working with Accuity and investing in this technology would help us achieve greater financial crime screening accuracy, without adding to our manual workload.”Further operational benefits provided by Accuity will see William Hill reduce ‘false positives’ on customer screening from a ‘typical industry rate of 10-15% to less than 1%’, with the Firco Insight platform providing greater accuracy on customer name matching, risk assessment and prioritising alerts. Accuity developed its Firco Insight platform for high-risk / high volume financial services institutions for clients including Citadele, Deutsche Bank, Sterling Bancorp, Banco Postal and UNESCO.The partnership sees William Hill become the first gambling firm to uphold the same standard of financial crime screening as global banks.David Wilson, CEO at Accuity, said: “We are very proud of this project that marks a significant milestone for William Hill, Accuity, and the gaming industry. “By utilising entity resolution filtering and AI techniques to form an explainable, safe and high-performance screening program,  William Hill will achieve the same exceptionally high standards as the world’s largest banks. We look forward to working closely with the team at William Hill to deliver a new benchmark in customer screening for the gaming industry.” _______________________Global financial crime screening experts Accuity will host the next SBC Webinar on Thursday 9 July (14.30 BST): ‘Coming out of lockdown: Gambling, compliance, and the new normal’. Share Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

School anniversary celebrates the past

first_img“Celebrating 50 years is a milestone for us,” said Roy, who has worked at the school for a decade. “This district has great schools and teachers all around, but as a parent, I wouldn’t hesitate to put my kids in any classroom here.” The anniversary celebration is open to former Murphy Ranch staffers, parents and students. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kicking off with 1950s games like a hula-hoop contest, jump rope and a bubble-gum blowing competition. “Everyone’s very excited about it,” said Principal Chrys Verner, who has worked at the school for six years. “We started planning this at the beginning of the year, and our theme is, `Fifty Years of Excellence, One Student At a Time.”‘ A montage of the school’s current staff and students will be on display, and families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the hilly lawn behind the office. Fifth-grade parents will also be selling hot dogs, Verner said. Beginning at 1 p.m., the Alley Cats will perform and a sock-hop dance will take place during that time, Verner said. WHITTIER – You could say that in the 50 years since Murphy Ranch Elementary School opened its doors on the east side of Whittier, not much has changed. Unlike many sprawling, modern suburban schools, the unfenced, 360-student school prides itself on its small-town atmosphere. It’s a place where everyone knows everyone else’s name, says second-grade teacher Vickie Roy. Roy liked it so much, she enrolled her three children at the school, then moved into a house a few blocks away. Now she lives minutes away from several of her students. So it seems fitting that Murphy Ranch’s 50th anniversary celebration this weekend will take on that same small-town feel, complete with a family picnic on the school’s lawn and an old-fashioned 1950s sock hop. A presentation will also be made by former teacher Beverly Bradshaw, who was on staff when the school opened 50 years ago. Her granddaughter, Casey, is now a third-grader at Murphy Ranch. “We have a very strong community connection, even though many of our students live outside the school’s boundaries,” Verner said. For more information on the event, call the school at (562)947-9557. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img