Leafs close to final product, conclude preseason Tuesday against Rebels

first_imgAsk any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.last_img read more

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Sam Houston State Sweeps Weekly Football Awards

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week:  Jared Johnson, Sam Houston StateJohnson accounted for 382 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to help Sam Houston State knock off No. 5/4 McNeese State 38-22 and extend its conference home winning streak to 11 games. The sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie H.S.), set the Sam Houston school record with 190 rushing yards by a quarterback, which included touchdown runs of 73 and 67 yards. Johnson also threw for 193 yards with touchdown passes of 22 and nine years. Johnson helped orchestrate scoring drives of 75, 69, 76, 55 and 75 yards to help Sam Houston build a 35-7 lead through three quarters. Defensive Player of the Week:  P.J. Hall, Sam Houston StateHall led the Sam Houston State defense with 11 tackles, including five solo, in the Bearkats’ 38-22 upset win against No. 5/4 McNeese State. The freshman from Seguin, Texas (Seguin H.S.), had three tackles for a loss in the win. Hall was an integral part of the Bearkat defense that limited the league’s top-ranked offense in scoring and rushing offense to just 209 rushing yards in the game and only seven points in the first three quarters. Honorable Mention:  Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State; Davin Bovie, Nicholls; Ricky Wyatt, Central Arkansas. Honorable Mention: Ryan Adams, Southeastern Louisiana; Andy Wickman, Northwestern State; Ramon Coto, Jr., UIW; George Odum, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The Bearkats swept the weekly awards as freshman defensive end P.J. Hall earned his second defensive player of the week award of the season and sophomore kicker Luc Swimberghe was named the special teams player of the week.center_img Special Teams Player of the Week: Luc Swimberghe, Sam Houston StateSwimberghe kicked a season-best 44-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 in PATs in Sam Houston State’s 38-22 upset win against No. 5/4 McNeese State. The sophomore from Tyler, Texas (Lindale H.S.), kicked his second-longest career field goal with the 44-yarder. Honorable Mention: Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana; Michael Henry, Nicholls. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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South Africa to rally behind Bafana

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 22 June 2010 It’s going to be Football Tuesday in South Africa today, with business and political leaders, joined by former president Nelson Mandela and the International Marketing Council, calling for a massive show of support for Bafana Bafana ahead of their crucial World Cup match against France. Primedia, the Southern Sun hotel group and the International Marketing Council have called on South Africans to “paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team.” Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament. “The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” Sophie Masipa, marketing manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said on Friday. “‘Bafana Bafana, we believe!’ should be the war cry on Tuesday,” Masipa said. “Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th is us, the fans, and we must carry on playing our part.” President Jacob Zuma, for his part, has urged the country not to give up hope of progressing in the tournament. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on Saturday. “South Africans are already winners,” Zuma added. “The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor told the Sunday Times that Mandela and the Foundation wished Bafana the best of luck for their game against France, adding: “We assure you of our unwavering support.” Bafana Bafana, the IMC’s Masipa said, had in the past the past few weeks “done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks’ World Cup triumph. “With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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New Sites Offer Circle Recommendations for Google Plus

first_imgLooking for people to Circle on Google Plus? Several new sites have popped up with ideas for “suggested circles.” Unfortunately, Google Plus itself doesn’t offer a way for users to share Circles with their friends, so for now, manually reproducing these Circles is your only option. But for those who are willing to put in the time, you’ll be hitting that 5,000 friend limit pretty quickly.OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little about hitting the 5,000-user limit – but you’ll definitely find some new people to follow on these sites, especially if you’re interested in technology.With Circles, You Can Follow More People! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Google#Op-Ed#social networks#web sarah perez From the comments I’ve read on Google Plus, many of you out there are still using Google’s new social network a lot like Facebook when it comes to how many friends you add…err…”encircle.”In fact, one particularly controversial thread started this weekend by Digg founder Kevin Rose called out über-power user Robert Scoble for “using the Internet wrong.” Scoble was complaining about the noise on Google Plus, which struck Rose as ridiculous, given that Scoble follows 5,000 people.While personally, I think everyone should feel free to use social networks as they see fit, if anyone was really missing the boat regarding Google Plus’ potential, it was Rose, not Scoble. Although Scoble’s stress-testing often does hit levels “regular” users will never reach, on Google Plus, 5,000 people is not an inconceivable limit.Here’s why:Google Plus is the first social network that actually encourages users to follow more people, not fewer.On sites like Facebook and Twitter, adding too many friends turns your streams into a mess. Add real-time updating, and it’s impossible to even read the content as it zips by. There are workarounds for this problem – Facebook lists and groups, or Twitter lists, for example, but none are as elegant a solution as Google Plus’s Circles.The “Other” Dunbar NumberUntil now, typical social network user behavior was that, instead of over-subscribing, you would limit your friending activities to match your cognitive limits. In many cases, people max out at “Dunbar’s number,” or 150. According to Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford, human beings can hold only about 150 meaningful relationships in their heads.But here’s a side note to that oft-quoted research – Dunbar also said that human beings have the ability to recognize about 1,500 people. So why shouldn’t there be networks that tap into our ability to function in a wider community filled with familiar faces?Hello, Google Plus.Circle Suggestion SitesAs soon as Google Plus launched, Circle suggestion ideas popped up all across the network, as well as in the occasional blog post – like this one with a suggested Photographers Circle. Now we’re starting to see more formal efforts appearing. Although reaching the 5,000-person limit may be difficult for the average user, there are several new sites that may help get the creative juices following.For example, I’ve been enjoying Share This Circle, a site that offers everything from niche Circles like “Italians abroad” to more mainstream fare like “Authors” or “Celebrities.” In most cases, the Circles were curated externally, by individuals or other media outlets, but have been centralized here for easy access. If you have time to kill, it’s fun to dig around in these pre-made groups to see if there are people you missed, or Circle ideas you want to duplicate on your own.Do you have any great Circle ideas? Let us know in the comments! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Another new site, RecommendedUsers.com, groups techies into Circles like “Podcasters” and “Bloggers.” However, the categories on this site have too much overlap in some cases. We wonder why some bloggers are listed as “authors,” while others are “journalists” and others still are just “bloggers?”  It’s a little confusing. The site’s owner Alireza Yavari says that he’s updating the lists soon based on feedback, so hopefully they will be cleaned up a bit.And even more lists are coming, too, thanks to crowdsourcing. (You can see all the new categories in the dropdown list on the suggestions page.) Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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BCCI appoints Ravi Shastri as India’s interim coach for Bangladesh tour

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)on Tuesday named former cricketer Ravi Shastri as coach for the upcoming Bangladesh tour. Shastri will be assisted by B Arun, who will be the balling coach; Sanjay Bangar, batting coach and R Shridhar, who will be performing the role of a fielding coach.Shastri, who served as team director during the tour of Australia and the subsequent World Cup earlier this year, is a stop-gap arrangement for the short tour as the BCCI is yet to decide on a full-time coach to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose contract has ended.”BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has named Ravi Shastri as interim coach of the Indian team. This is for the Bangladesh tour and future decisions will be taken after this,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said.India will play one Test and three One-Day Internationals during the tour of Bangladesh starting June 10. Shastri represented India in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India and was part of the side, which lifted the 1983 World Cup.Shastri had travelled with the Indian team to Bangladesh in 2007 as cricket manager after Greg Chappell resigned from India coach’s duty following the World Cup debacle that year.On Monday, the BCCI inducted former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman  into the newly-constituted cricket advisory committee to guide the Board and the national team on various “progressive steps” needed for future challenges.”The president of the BCCI, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, has nominated Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman as esteemed members of the Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI, with immediate effect,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had said in a statement.advertisementSpelling out their role in the committee, the BCCI said the three legends’ guidance will be sought in preparing the national team for gruelling overseas assignments besides strengthening the domestic structure.last_img read more

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Ozil reaches Arsenal century against Milan

first_imgMesut Özil Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger in Milan Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:19 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Mesut Özil Arsenal Milan v Arsenal Milan UEFA Europa League Premier League Stats Having provided the assist for Aaron Ramsey during a crunch Europa League clash, the World Cup winner has now been involved in 100 Gunners goals Mesut Ozil has become an Arsenal centurion, with the World Cup winner having now been involved in 100 Gunners goals.The Germany international has reached that mark in 189 appearances, having moved to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in 2013.Arsene Wenger invested £42.5 million worth of faith in Ozil’s creative instincts and has been rewarded by his contribution across multiple competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 29-year-old has struggled for consistency at times, but his value to the Arsenal cause has rarely been questioned.He is one of few world-class talents in the Gunners squad and is looked upon to provide inspiration when it matters most.Ozil stepped up to that plate in a crunch Europa League last-16 encounter with AC Milan which had been billed as a make-or-break fixture for under-fire boss Wenger .Arsenal needed a result at the San Siro and their cause was aided considerably by a man who recently committed to a lucrative new contract .Having already teed up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to open the scoring against Milan, Ozil then repeated the trick in first-half stoppage-time as Aaron Ramsey doubled the away side’s advantage.That assist saw him reach a notable landmark, with a hand having been played in 100 goals.100 – Mesut Özil has now been directly involved in 100 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (37 goals and 63 assists). Maestro. pic.twitter.com/ZMHETXBVWi — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018 Arsenal will be hoping there are many more goals and assists to come from Ozil.Whether his efforts are enough to keep Wenger in a job is, however, open to question.The long-serving Frenchman has fallen under mounting pressure in north London, with Europa League success offering a final route to silverware and a return to a Champions League stage.last_img read more

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Lucky 15 for Kane as finals account opened

first_imgEngland Lucky 15 for Kane as England captain opens goal account at major finals Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England Tunisia World Cup 180618 Getty England Harry Kane Tunisia v England Tunisia World Cup The Tottenham striker drew a blank for the Three Lions at Euro 2016, but required just 11 minutes to find the target in a World Cup clash with Tunisia Harry Kane has scored his first goals at a major international tournament, with his efforts getting England off to the perfect start at World Cup 2018 in a 2-1 victory over Tunisia.The Tottenham striker has been a prolific presence at club level over recent seasons, collecting two Premier League Golden Boots.He headed to Euro 2016 on the back of one of those, but struggled at his first finals as the Three Lions flopped badly on French soil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Kane did fire in 13 efforts on goal as England toiled their way to a last-16 exit, but none of those found the target.The 24-year-old is unaccustomed to drawing a blank and has set about making amends in Russia.The Spurs star – who is England’s youngest captain at a World Cup – required just 11 minutes to open his account in a Group G opener with Tunisia.After seeing a towering header from John Stones cleared off the line, Kane’s predatory instincts had him waiting in the right place to tap home.That was his 15th effort on goal in major finals, with that figure proving to be lucky for a man who will be hoping that there are many more goals to come as England chase down a first senior title since 1966.1 – Harry Kane has scored his first England goal at a major international tournament, with what was his 15th shot overall (13 in the Euros, 2 in the World Cup). Skipper.#ENG #ENGTUN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018″It’s magic. So proud of the lads, it’s tough,” Kane told BBC Sport after the final whistle. “We played really well in the first half and could have got more, we deserved to be ahead.”I’ve not seen the penalty back but it didn’t look like one. Credit to the lads, we kept going. Absolutely buzzing.”England’s bright start against Tunisia saw them create several chances outside of Kane’s opener, with Gareth Southgate getting the response he wanted from an exciting young squad which has been freed of the pressure piled on previous teams at major tournaments.They were, however, to see all of that hard work undone just past the half-hour mark when Kyle Walker conceded a needless penalty and Ferjani Sassi converted from the spot.The Three Lions and their skipper were not to be denied, though, with Kane stooping to net his second of the game in stoppage-time.A priceless effort, which was just reward for England’s efforts, saw the Tottenham man reach 15 efforts for his country in just 25 appearances – with only an iconic frontman who won a World Cup Golden Boot in 1986 having bettered that record.15 – Harry Kane has now scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for England; the last player to score more in their opening 25 games for England was @GaryLineker (20). Company. #ENG #ENGTUN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018Kane is now very much in the hunt to land himself the Golden Boot at Russia 2018, with his brace against Tunisia placing him one behind Portugal’s hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo.England’s next outing will see them face Panama on Sunday, with it possible that a place in the last-16 could be booked in that encounter.last_img read more

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Southgate optimistic over Alli ahead of Belgium game

first_imgWorld Cup Southgate optimistic over Alli recovery for Belgium decider Stephen Creek 01:30 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) delealli-cropped Getty Images World Cup England England v Belgium Belgium England v Panama Panama The Spurs playmaker is recovering well ahead of the team’s final Group G test, according to his manager Gareth Southgate feels England’s qualification for the last 16 of the World Cup has taken the pressure off Dele Alli as he recovers from a thigh injury, but said the midfielder is “progressing well”.Alli played 80 minutes of England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their Group G opener but was an unused substitute for Sunday’s 6-1 victory over Panama in their second game.Ruben Loftus-Cheek deputised for the Tottenham playmaker as England romped to victory but Southgate indicated he may have the option of selecting Alli again ahead of their final group game against Belgium on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Dele is progressing well,” Southgate told reporters after the win over Panama. “He’s had an opportunity to train on the field today and we’ll know exactly how close for the Belgium game after [Monday].Frustrating to have picked up a slight injury on Monday Will do everything in my power to get back to full fitness asap! #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/o2NcIrwaxQ — Dele (@dele_official) June 20, 2018 “It takes pressure out of the decision for playing in that game but if he’s ready it’s a good opportunity for him.”Southgate added that the strapping on Kieran Trippier’s leg after the win in Nizhny Novgorod was not a major concern, saying: “Kieran was feeling a tiny twinge towards half-time but he came over and said he was absolutely fine.”last_img read more

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Social media resources for nonprofit communicators

first_imgposted by Caryn Stein, Director of Content Strategy at Network for GoodThe team here at Network for Good recently released two updated resources on social media: a Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Social Media Checklist. You can download both of these resources for free (registration required), and they’re focused on practical tips coupled with real examples to help you think about the best way to incorporate social media in your outreach. Here’s an excerpt from the guide:How can you stand out on social media? Think outside the box when presenting your stories via social channels. Here are a few creative ways to frame your content:• Invite your supporters on a journey. Take readers on a journey to your field sites, local outreach events and through video, photos and up-to-the-minute updates. Use a combination of formats to really capture the full experience.• Curate an exclusive exhibit. Have a collection of artifacts, illustrations or thank you notes from constituents? Show them off and let them speak for you.• Make your fans part of the action. Share a play-by-play of live events or behind the scenes activities with a virtual “back stage pass”.• Create a serial drama. Never underestimate the power of a cliffhanger — tell your story in installments over several days or weeks. Use hashtags, photo albums and landing pages to link the pieces together.Nonprofit friends in the DC area: don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn how to effectively use social media for social good (and network with your colleagues) at the Social Media for Nonprofits conference DC on Monday July 15, 2013. There are still scholarships available and you can also get $20 off registration with the code “N4G”.last_img read more

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New report: Are nonprofits missing the mark online?

first_imgThe new Online Fundraising Scorecard report from Dunham+Company and Next After points to some key areas where nonprofits may be falling short in their online campaigns. The study looked at 151 charities and rated the online giving experience in four main categories: email registration, email communication, donation experience, and gift acknowledgement. The full report is packed with interesting tidbits that should keep nonprofit fundraisers busy as they compare their own experiences to the benchmarks in this survey. Here are four tough questions that this study asks—ones that you need to answer as you evaluate the effectiveness of your online fundraising program:Are you making it easy to sign up for your emails?The Scorecard reports that 76% of charities made it easy to find their email sign-up form online, but 66% of those prompts offered little in the way of incentives for donors to sign up. To grow your email list and build relationships with potential supporters, make it simple for your fans to find your subscription box and sign up for updates. Be sure to frame your subscription options in a compelling way and make it clear to your readers what’s in it for them. Would the average person want to read them in the first place?Once they join your list, supporters expect regular, high-quality communications that fit their preferences. Follow up on your promise to your readers and offer email newsletters, updates, and alerts that have easy-to-read content and clear calls to action. Researchers found that 54% of emails from the nonprofits surveyed were not optimized for mobile, even though nearly half of email opens in 2013 were on smartphones. Even if donors could read the emails on their mobile devices, the study reported that 1 out of 3 organizations sent emails with multiple conflicting calls to action. For your emails to survive a crowded inbox, make them easy to read and easy to take action from, no matter where or how they’re being read.Are you making it easy to give to your organization online?Let’s make this simple: if you’re putting up roadblocks that prevent your donors from giving quickly online, you’re losing the battle. Sadly, only 16% of donation pages reviewed in the study were optimized for mobile viewing and 65% of organizations examined required 3 clicks or more to complete a donation (ack!). As donors have more and more options to give online, it’s critical that your donation process is fast, easy, and painless. (Tip: Download our donation page checklist for more ways to optimize online giving.)Do you have an amazing post-donation experience in place?We were glad to see that almost all (99%) of the organizations in the study thanked donors for their online gifts. However, researchers found that many nonprofits are still missing out on ways to further engage donors immediately following the donation. Just 27% of the groups in question offered donors a way to share the donation opportunity with their networks, and only 37% presented donors with more ways to take action and find out more about their impact once completing their gift. A donation confirmation is a great opportunity to keep that “helper’s high” going while the donor is feeling great about your work. Use this moment to reinforce that feeling and invite donors to become champions for your cause.Thanks to the folks at Dunham+Company and Next After for such an insightful report and the useful tips included with the findings. At Network for Good, we are pleased to offer online fundraising tools that help nonprofits confidently answer all of the questions above. Let us know: how do your organization’s online fundraising efforts compare to those reviewed in the study? Where could you use some help? Share your thoughts in the comments and we’ll offer suggestions and resources for your situation.last_img read more

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