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Mark Astarita joins Tobin Aldrich and Imogen Ward’s fundraising consultancy

first_img Mark Astarita OBE, Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross for 17 years, is to join Tobin Aldrich and Imogen Ward in their fundraising consulting and search practice.The former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising helped treble the British Red Cross’ income while he was there, and is one of the few UK fundraisers to be responsible for raising over £1 billion.SEE ALSO: Astarita calls on charity leaders to defend fundraisers and fundraising The fundraising consultancy he is joining, established less than a year ago, will now be renamed Astarita Aldrich & Ward (AAW). Its clients already include Macmillan, WWF, ActionAid, Leonard Cheshire Disability, The Children’s Society, Concern Worldwide and the Disasters Emergency Committee.Global fundraising hub for Red Cross and Red Crescent movementAstarita will build on his experience in the international Red Cross movement by creating and implementing a “global fundraising hub” for the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement. Based in the UK but available internationally, the tool will help build fundraising capacity and expertise through:• strategic input• data analysis and• global insight.Astarita, Ward and Aldrich will work with 190 societies around the world to create the service, and advise on the best people who can be recruited or developed to deliver the international movement’s fundraising vision.The hub will act as an internal consultancy service to all parts of the movement building fundraising capacity, people and products at national level and globally.Astarita will take up his new role in November. As well as the Red Cross and Red Crescent work he will also be involved in other AAW consulting and recruitment projects.He said: “I have long championed the building of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s global fundraising capacity. I passionately believe in giving other national Societies the tools to raise their own resources and in the process, inspire their populations to give. The opportunity to lead the Hub working with Imogen and Tobin is very exciting as is the opportunity to join their successful leadership consultancy”.Tobin AldrichPrior to becoming a consultant, Tobin Aldrich led the fundraising and communications functions for major charities such as Concern Worldwide, WWF, Sightsavers and National Deaf Children’s Society. Advertisement Tagged with: British Red Cross Consulting & Agencies  211 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 WATCH: “If you spend it you should be bloody proud of those that raise it”[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAD5pJrQfg[/youtube] Imogen WardBefore she set up Aldrich & Ward with Tobin in September 2016, Imogen Ward was CEO of an African children’s charity, Lessons for Life Foundation. She was previously Fundraising & Marketing Director of the emergency medical charity MERLIN (now part of Save the Children UK) and the Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). She has been a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising since 2013 and currently sits on the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee. 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. OBE for Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross (13 June 2015)Mark Astarita to continue to chair Institute of Fundraising (3 July 2013)Institute names award in honour of Gill Astarita (19 September 2008) Mark Astarita joins Tobin Aldrich and Imogen Ward’s fundraising consultancy  212 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 Howard Lake | 25 July 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Contactless payments security: Myth vs. reality

first_img continue reading » Over the last few years, the payments landscape has experienced many changes – shifting from standard magnetic stripe cards to EMV cards and now contactless payment methods. More and more merchants are beginning to embrace contactless and turn on their near-field communication (NFC) technology, allowing payments to be processed using tap-and-go payment options. And while convenience, speed, ease of use and merchant acceptance are all important factors impacting the use of this payment type, many consumers are concerned about the safety of contactless cards and other tap-and-go payment methods – including smart watches and mobile wallets.Contrary to what some consumers may believe, there are multiple layers of security throughout the traditional credit and debit payments systems that protect all parties involved in the contactless payment transaction. Read on for five myths surrounding contactless and insight into the reality of how secure contactless, tap-and-go payment methods really are:Myth: A contactless card may accidentally process a transaction while inside a wallet.Contactless technology does not work until the consumer removes it from his or her wallet and holds it in close proximity of the point-of-sale (POS) terminal. The close range proximity – 10 centimeters or less – is required in order for the contactless technology to respond to the POS terminal. Contactless payment methods use radio frequency to communicate. However, do not confuse that with RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology that also uses radio frequency but has a much longer proximity range of up to 5 feet. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury doubt for Europa League final against Arsenal

first_imgSarri was concerned about playing the game before Chelsea flew to Boston (Picture: AP)Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after limping off during a friendly victory over New England Revolution.Chelsea took on the MLS side in a post-season game in Boston, winning 3-0, with Maurizio Sarri raising concerns about playing the match so close to the final in Baku.And it appears Sarri’s worst fears have been realised as Loftus-Cheek hobbled off with an ankle injury.Loftus-Cheek twisted his ankle in the lumpy pitch at the Gillette Stadium, going off in the second half.ADVERTISEMENTRuben Loftus-Cheek on crutches after suffering a leg injury in Chelsea’s match vs. the New England Revolution tonight. #cfc pic.twitter.com/okxLi2XgL6— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 16, 2019 The Englishman has been a vital performer in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign and could now miss the final.AdvertisementAdvertisementLoftus-Cheek was pictured leaving the stadium on crutches, with his foot in a protective boot.Sarri praised the friendly’s purpose after the game, as the Blues were in America as part of their ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign. Advertisement Comment Loftus-Cheek appeared to suffer an ankle injury (Picture: AP)The Italian fielded a strong line-up, but again admitted the fixture was far from ideal with the Europa League final at the end of the month.He said: ‘Travelling so far away and returning Friday morning before a Sunday match is tough.’Ross Barkley scored a brace in the comfortable victory, with Olivier Giroud grabbing Chelsea’s second of the game.Sarri made six changes at half-time, with Loftus-Cheek one of the players to come off the bench.MORE: Chelsea make a decision over Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain’s futurecenter_img Advertisement Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury doubt for Europa League final against Arsenal Coral BarryThursday 16 May 2019 6:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShareslast_img read more

George Soros’ real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. (and NZ)

first_imgWashington Times 2 April 2014Family First Comment: “The pro-legalization movement hasn’t come from a groundswell of the people. A great deal of its funding and fraud has been perpetrated by George Soros and then promoted by celebrities. The truth is under attack, and it’s an absolutely dangerous direction for this country to be going in.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nzBillionaire philanthropist George Soros hopes the U.S. goes to pot, and he is using his money to drive it there.With a cadre of like-minded, wealthy donors, Mr. Soros is dominating the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate by funding grass-roots initiatives that begin in New York City and end up affecting local politics elsewhere.Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings.His spending has been supplemented by Peter B. Lewis, the late chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. and an unabashed pot smoker who channeled more than $40 million to influence local debates, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The two billionaires’ funding has been unmatched by anyone on the other side of the debate.Mr. Soros makes his donations through the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit he funds with roughly $4 million in annual contributions from his Foundation to Promote an Open Society.READ MORE: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/2/billionaire-george-soros-turns-cash-into-legalized/Government and pro-cannabis billionaire back drug conferenceNZ Herald 16 February 2009https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10556944‘Weed’ advocate can sponsor drugs event: PMNZ Herald 16 February 2009https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10557109last_img read more