144 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Melanie May | 27 February 2018 | News Prashan Paramanathan, Founder and CEO of Chuffed.org said:“We’re a passionate group at Chuffed and being a social enterprise ourselves, our main goal is to raise the impact of the social sector, so we really go that extra mile to support our campaigners. This Crowdfunding Accelerator is the next step in that direction and we hope to see many charities, social entrepreneurs and social causes make use of this fantastic opportunity.”More information on the programme and how to apply is available on Chuffed.org. 143 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Crowdfund 360 and Chuffed.org are launching a crowdfunding accelerator for charities and social causes in London.The programme offers an eight-week programme helping successful applicants create everything they need to run a successful crowdfunding campaign in June.The Crowdfund 360 and Chuffed.org accelerator is open to charities, social enterprises, individuals and organisations with a social cause who want to raise over £2,000 through crowdfunding and are ready to commit to putting in the work.Fees apply but there is a 20% discount for all those who apply by 1 March and a 10% discount for specific networks, The fee for the programme varies according to how much projects are looking to raise:Projects aiming to raise less than £5,000: £330£5-10k: £440£10k-£20k: £500£20k+: £660The deadline for applications is midnight on 27 March and the programme will start on 19 April with the launching of campaigns at the beginning of June.The training will take place every Thursday morning at Impact Hub Brixton for eight weeks. Each week, participants will be taken step by step through the whole planning, strategising and creative process of preparing to run a crowdfunding campaign. This includes pitching, crowd building, visual storytelling, communicating the campaign. There are also two weeks reserved for peer feedback and expert 1:1 advice.By the end of the accelerator, participants will be ready to launch their campaign on Chuffed.org. Throughout this campaign period they will receive ongoing support from both Crowdfund 360 and Chuffed.org.Crowdfund 360’s Jes Bailey said:“Fundraising for a social cause can sometimes feel lonely and the possibilities to explore are endless. We provide a group support system and a clear strategy on how to run a campaign successfully so that your time is clearly managed for the highest return. We have run over 60 campaigns and clients appreciate the direction we give and templates allowing them to save time and energy for the other aspects of their role too. We stay with participants throughout the planning period and remain by their side for the duration of their campaign too.” Advertisement Tagged with: crowdfunding London Applications open for London crowdfunding accelerator 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.
toddarbini/iStock(MELBOURNE, Ark.) — Authorities in Arkansas are investigating a tractor accident that killed a 3-year-old boy.Police responded to a call in northern Arkansas on Monday afternoon and said they found the toddler unresponsive at the scene. First responders fought to administer life-saving efforts, but the child died a short time later, according to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.The department said he died in a logging accident on a property in Melbourne, Arkansas, about 125 miles north of Little Rock. It did not disclose the circumstances of the accident, but it said he’d been ran over by the tractor.Authorities have not released the boy’s identity because his family has yet to be notified.The toddler and his family received an outpouring of love on social media as county residents rushed to the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page to offer condolences.“Please remember to send up prayers for the ambulance crew and first responders while remembering the family, these calls deeply affect them also, thanks,” one Facebook user wrote.“I couldn’t even imagine having to respond to such a scene. Prayers for all responders, and prayers for the precious souls family,” another user added.The department’s post racked up nearly 1,000 comments, reactions and shares in just a few hours.Police did not offer details about the child’s connection to the property, and the investigation is ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Former President Barack Obama said Monday that “the world would be a better place if every country was run by women.”“Now women, I just want you to know you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us,” the two-term president said at an Obama Foundation event in Singapore.“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes,” he told the crowd.Obama, who served as president between 2009 and 2017, also told the Singapore audience that the world’s problems were caused by “old men not getting out of the way.”“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” Obama said, as reported by BBC.“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power,” he continued.The remarks will surely be seen as a betrayal to former vice president Joe Biden who served faithfully under Obama for eight years but is still yet to receive an endorsement from him. Perhaps Obama is signaling a third presidential run for Hillary Clinton.Biden, 77, earlier this month claimed he didn’t need Obama’s help, telling reporters: “Everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”But the former Delaware senator is lagging in key states such as Iowa ahead of its Feb. 3 nominating contest and has not raised the same campaign funds as other top-tier candidates.
“It was never in my head until he told me in San Diego … ‘Don’t worry. You’re on the playoff roster if you’re feeling any pressure about that,’” Ethier said. “I just kind of looked at him and said, ‘Thanks but I really wasn’t (thinking about it). I just wanted to get right again.’“That was the biggest thing for me. I guess, being selfish, I just wanted to be the player I was right before this happened. I felt like from last year and even the second half of the year before, I felt I played really well and had adapted to this new system of platooning.”Ethier’s post-season role figures to be limited to pinch-hitting against the right-handed arms in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen. It is something the 34-year-old Ethier says he is much better prepared for now than he was three years ago when Yasiel Puig had arrived and the Dodgers’ outfield became a time-share arrangement.“When you’re starting you have a certain way of gearing up and staying focused. You can’t do that when you’re pinch-hitting,” said Ethier who got advice on how to handle the role from two former players who excelled in it – Mark Sweeney and Marlon Anderson. “You have to be kind of easy-going, sloth-like as you can until it’s time for you to gear up. You can’t stay geared up for four, five, six innings for no reason.“You have to learn how to flip that switch, get that black cup of coffee in you and light up that little energy button for that one at-bat.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN FRANCISCO >> Andre Ethier figured he would be watching games in October. Just not playoff games from a major-league dugout.“Five weeks, six weeks ago I was sitting and watching my kids play flag football every afternoon and going to Camelback Ranch from 8 to 1 every day doing rehab,” the Dodgers veteran said Sunday. “I’d say I didn’t give up hope but I’d be lying. I did. There was a point there at the end of July, beginning of August … the rehab guys were dragging me along, pushing me along. I wasn’t saying it out loud but I’m thinking in my head, ‘Why am I even doing this? We’re just going through the motions to show we’re putting a good effort forward.’”After suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his shin during a routine Cactus League game, Ethier did not make his season debut until the 141st game. He made just 26 plate appearances down the stretch for the Dodgers, but manager Dave Roberts went to Ethier at Petco Park on Wednesday and told him he would be on the Dodgers’ post-season roster.It will be Ethier’s fourth consecutive post-season appearance and seventh in the past 11 seasons. Roberts said he liked the quality of the at-bats Ethier has had since returning and that’s why he wanted him on the Dodgers’ post-season roster. It is not where Ethier thought his lost season would end.“I give a lot of credit to those guys for dragging me along,” Ethier said of the Dodgers’ medical and training staff. “And also, Dave and the guys on the team texting me the last eight weeks, checking on me and asking how the progress is and saying they needed me even if they didn’t (Ethier laughs). I don’t know if they meant it but you’ve got to say it. They were saying it for the best. That was nice to have. I had a lot of guys rooting me along, cheering me along.“Like I said — six weeks ago I’m sitting on a field thinking I’m going to be watching my kids play flag football for the rest of the summer. Then four weeks later I was in a major-league game. How crazy that it happened?”Wood formLeft-hander Alex Wood could also find himself an unexpected invitee to the post-season. After starting the season in the Dodgers’ rotation, Wood encountered elbow problems and had surgery to remove bone chips in mid-July.He returned to pitch in July and held hitters to a .083 average (1 for 12 with four strikeouts) in four September appearances. That could be enough to get him a spot in the Dodgers’ post-season bullpen.“There was only one road to take and that was to rehab as hard as I could and try to get back. I had no expectations,” Wood said.“It was the longest I’d gone since I had Tommy John (surgery) in 2009 without pitching. I really was just happy to be back out there and pitching. I kind of had the mindset of ‘Whatever happens’ as far as the playoffs. I understood it either way, whatever they decide to do. I gave it my best effort down the stretch.”