Giving Campaign Wales launches free Gift Aid toolkit

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  26 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 18 March 2004 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Giving Campaign Wales launches free Gift Aid toolkit The Giving Campaign Wales has launched a free Gift Aid toolkit for charities in Wales, to provide treasurers, fundraisers and charity trustees across the country with all they need to know about Gift Aid.Gift Aid – Made Easy is a comprehensive guide, in Welsh and English, launched to help charities increase their income by up to 28%, simply by making more of Gift Aid. Jonathan Brown, Director of The Giving Campaign Wales, said: “It’s staggering to think that Gift Aid is now worth nearly £10 million to charities across Wales, and over 6,000 organisations in the region are already benefiting from the scheme. However, there are too many organisations not yet tapping into this tax break. As an extra source of ongoing, un-restricted funding in an increasingly competitive fundraisingenvironment, this is money that no charity can afford to miss out on.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Taylor rues another derby defeat

first_img Sunday’s high-octane clash at St James’ Park looked to be heading for a first goalless draw since May 1990 when Adam Johnson settled it with a 90th-minute winner, his third goal in as many visits to Tyneside. Victory was little more than the Black Cats deserved after creating the better chances throughout the game, but it arrived with the Magpies on top and pushing for a winner of their own. Taylor said: “We can’t believe it. We were looking at the clock and thinking it would be a draw. “We were just looking to see the game out. “Maybe we got a bit carried away. Sometimes you have to shut the back door. It came from our own set-piece so we only have ourselves to blame. “I just can’t believe it’s another season that we have been beaten.” Newcastle went into the game desperate not to set a new record for consecutive Tyne-Wear derby defeats and knowing they had a debt to repay to their fans after losing to last two editions on their own pitch 3-0. On a day when both sets of fans put aside their fierce rivalry momentarily – the travelling supporters joined in the 17th-minute applause for John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines disaster, and their Newcastle counterparts acknowledged their efforts in raising more than £33,000 for a memorial 16 minutes later – the home side started as if they meant business. However, the initial flurry, during which a Black Cats defence shorn of the services of specialist full-back Anthony Reveillere – he had damaged a calf muscle during the warm-up – was at sixes and sevens, failed to produce tangible reward and Gus Poyet’s men responded in concerted fashion. As Sebastian Larsson and Jordi Gomez started to gain the upper hand in the middle of the field, Steven Fletcher clipped the crossbar with a side-footed effort and Connor Wickham forced a good save from rookie keeper Jak Alnwick, who did not wilt in the heat of the derby atmosphere. Gomez and Johnson both passed up glorious opportunities to give the visitors the lead, but in the meantime, Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon needed every bit of his 6ft 8in frame to get to Ayoze Perez’s 63rd-minute shot as it curled towards the top corner. But with the clock running down, Johnson held off Moussa Sissoko inside his own half and then set off towards the Gallowgate End goal, finding Fletcher before making his way into the box to dispatch substitute Will Buckley’s lay-off from the Scotland international’s pass. Taylor, who had two stitches put into a head wound after a nasty collision with the post as he denied Fletcher a certain goal, was left to rue a lack of cutting edge at the other end of the pitch. He said: “We had the chances. Everything was at the keeper – straight at him. Two or three yards either side of him is a different ball game. “We are gutted with that, but Adam Johnson is a top-class player and he proved that today.” Devastated defender Steven Taylor has admitted Newcastle had only themselves to blame for an unprecedented fourth successive derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Steelers offense 1…pitiful

first_imgCincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis separates center Kyle Cook (64) and Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 20-10. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)The Pittsburgh Steelers offense went from being terrible against the Tennessee Titans to pitiful against the Cincinnati Bengals. If they don’t find some kind of way to score points they will be in big trouble this weekend against the Chicago Bears.The Bears have looked very impressive in come from behind wins of 24-21 over the Bengals and 31-30 over the Minnesota Vikings last week.Bears’ Quarterback Jay Cutler has been very impressive, but the key for the Bears is can he stay healthy for an entire season. He has been injury prone, which led to coach Lovie Smith being fired despite a 10 win season.The Bears have a very balanced offense with one of the better ground games in the league to go with the passing attack. And of course they always have a solid defense.Cutler was 28 of 39 for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Vikings, with his main two targets being wide receiver Brandon Marshall who had 7 catches for 113 yards, and tight end Martellus Bennett who had 7 catches for 76 yards, including the game winning catch and touchdown.The ground game complimented the passing game beautifully with Matt Forte picking up 90 yards on 19 carries.Even though the Steelers defense has played outstanding ball they will be thoroughly tested against the Bears potent offense. And if the Steelers fall behind early it may be lights out because it will be hard to come back on this defense.As for the Steelers offense, they have only been able to score 17 points in their first two games. The wide receivers haven’t been able to get open, they are dropping balls when they do, or Ben Roethlisberger is missing them. So far they haven’t even been close on the long ball.The ground game is non-existent picking up less than 80 yards in two games. Blame it on the offensive line. Blame it on the running backs. Blame it on the receivers. Blame it on the quarterback. They are all at fault.One thing for sure is the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball had better fix something or this 0-2 is going to stretch out to 0-3, 0-4, 0-5…We could easily go into the bye week 0-4.The young Bengals, 1-1, are expected to battle the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division title, with the Steelers looking more and more like the 0-2 Cleveland Browns. Maybe the Steelers will win a game this season.The Bengals are solid on both sides of the ball with emerging young players blended in with a few veterans. They should continue to get better as the season progresses with these young players merging together. They actually look better than the Ravens, who are having to make some major adjustments with the departure of some key players, Ray Lewis in particular.The Steelers will face the 0-2 Vikings after the Bears.last_img read more

Honoring Youth Leaders at GRuB June 12

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by GRuBGarden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is celebrating the “GRuBuation” of its 19th youth cohort on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at its West Olympia farm. Students come to GRuB struggling in school and/or dealing with hunger. In GRuB’s youth program, they work hard on the land and with one another to grow good food, meaningful relationships, and opportunities for a better future. They lead groups of volunteers and hundreds of younger children on farm-based field trips, speak to local city councils and service clubs, build backyard gardens with families with low-incomes, grow thousands of pounds of fresh food for local seniors and food bank clients, and much more.According to educator Bell Hooks, learning is about “imagining possible futures.” It is also about relationships; classrooms are microcosms of our larger society. The problems youth face aren’t just theirs, but those of our families, communities, and society as a whole. When young people grapple with inherited injustices, it shows up in the classroom. When young people imagine and act on solutions to these problems, it shows up far beyond it.The problems we collectively face are huge. They sometimes feel insurmountable. And yet– to paraphrase Kim Gaffi, GRuB co-founder, there is nothing more valuable to a gardener than a big pile of compost. There is also no one better-equipped to solve a problem than a person who has lived through and reflected on it. GRuB works to harness the fertile ground of our community’s challenges and wisdom of its youth to create opportunities for growth and transformation. Kyle Parker, current GRuB Youth, says, “GRuB gave me a chance to prove that I’m not a nobody, but I am a somebody.” The parent of another current student expresses excitement that their son is “learning lots in a place he feels valued. At least once a week he comes home excited to share something that he has learned.”“I remember that GRuBuation for me as a youth was an opportunity for me to reflect on the growth I had seen in myself and my peers over the last year in the program, and I got to hear from others how they had seen me grow,” shares Mallorie Shellmer, GRuB’s Pollination and Operations Coordinator and program alumna. “It really meant a lot to have a space to share and celebrate all of our team’s work that we had done together, and having so many people from the community there made that work and growth feel even more important.”“Magic and transformation happen at GRuB in our youth programs. GRuBuation is a wonderful time to pause, celebrate, reflect, and hear from the most important voices in our youth work: the students,” says Wade Arnold, GRuB School Lead Educator and youth program alumni. “We’re approaching our 20th year of providing teens a special experience, and I’d love to see the community support us in perhaps the most dire time in this generation to empower young adults by nurturing them, hearing them out, and empowering them to bolster this community.” Please join us at 2016 Elliott Ave NW for GRuBuation. Carpooling, bussing & biking are strongly encouraged.GRuB is a community-based nonprofit located in Olympia, WA, recently named Nonprofit of the Year by Thurston Economic Development Council. Its mission is to grow healthy food, people, and community. Its vision is of an equitable world where we are all nourished by healthy relationships, resilient community, and good food. Each year, GRuB directly engages approximately 650 Thurston County residents of all ages in relationships-based programming around food and agriculture. Visit for more informationlast_img read more