Join the race to excellence: Register for THINK 18

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “In a world where everything is moving so rapidly, simply being fast isn’t enough; you have to be faster than anyone and everyone. Accelerate until you’re at the front and move fast to stay there.” – Jeff Lerner, owner and CEO of XurliHow fast does the digital world spin? Consumer expectations, technological breakthroughs and a culture of change demand a constant whirlwind of innovation and action. Yet, it’s never been more critical to develop a deep understanding of where the world, your members and your organization are heading.It’s a race to excellence.Join us at THINK 18, the premier credit union innovation conference, May 7 to 10, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. This year’s theme, “The Race to Excellence,” will fuel an action-packed four days of all-star keynotes, lively dialogue and debate, and collaborative strategizing in an unparalleled setting of natural beauty. continue reading »last_img read more

Historic American Chestnut Trees Acknowledged with Special Monument

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin2 Submitted by Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park A special monument will be unveiled at Mills & Mills Memorial Park in honor of two of the largest and oldest living American Chestnut trees in the Unites States. The public dedication ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 20 at noon and will include Don Trosper, a descendant of the Trosper family, President of the Tumwater Historical Association Corinne Tobeck, and Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet. Premier Memorial, a leading supplier of cemetery and public memorials graciously donated the new monument.Towering more than 80 feet tall, the two trees were planted by original settlers of Tumwater who brought chestnut seeds from the east coast.  In 1846, Jesse Ferguson planted the two trees on 320 acres he claimed on the Bush Prairie. Today, the trees symbolize the legacy of early Tumwater, one of the first settlements in Washington.“We were so pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with historians, descendants of original settlers, community members, the mayor’s office and Premier Memorial to recognize the significance and legacy of these American Chestnut Trees,” said Todd Shifflett, General Manager of Mills and Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park. “It is truly remarkable that they still stand tall and healthy more than a century after being planted,”Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in Tumwater. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 2,000 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence to celebrate a life like no other. For more information, visit read more

Watch: How Steve Smith took the art of leaving the ball to a new…

first_imgAdvertisement 4bfk8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd5hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eurv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bx8vdWould you ever consider trying this?😱27ydmCan your students do this? 🌚apy5xRoller skating! Powered by Firework Aussie superstar Steve Smith is one of those players who digs in deep and refuses to throw his wicket away no matter how challenging the circumstances are. Smith has been the stand out player for Australia in the ongoing Ashes tour, having already scored centuries in both innings of the first Test. And in the second test, not only did he just frustrate the England bowlers, Smith also entertained the fans with some sumptuous leaves.Advertisement During the third day of the second Ashes Test in Lord’s, Smith came out to bat earlier than expected when Australia had lost both their openers. The Kangaroos were then in deep waters as the score quickly changed from 60/2 to 71/4. With the former Australian skipper hanging on at one end of the crease, the English bowlers, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad hatched a single plan, take the ball away from the him as much as possible. Adding to their misery, the right hander refused to chase those deliveries and went on leaving them. But he left those balls in such a manner that the commentators in the gantry failed to hold back their laughter. His antics were even shared on the official Facebook page of England cricket after stumps. The short clip contains Smith with his hilarious leaves along with a great overlay of sound work.Advertisement Watch the amusing video here:Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Prince Albert Raiders re-assign winger to Nelson Leafs

first_imgThe 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence U18 squad last season, finishing the season with 53 points.Prince Albert coach and GM Bruno Campese played his minor hockey in Nelson before going on to a successful career in the WHL.This is the second player Campese has sent to the Leafs.Earlier this season, towering defenceman Cody Paivarinta was sent to Nelson to develop for another shot at the WHL. The Abbotsford native has five points in seven games with Nelson.Nelson plays three games this weekend, two at home Friday (Castlegar) and Saturday (Spokane) before completing the set Sunday in the Sunflower City against the Rebels. The Nelson Leafs appear to have landed another diamond in the rough compliments of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.The Raiders have re-assigned 16-year-old left winger Dylan Williamson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise after the Calgary product played in five exhibition games.last_img read more

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Shaq and David West engage in cheesy exchange on Twitter

first_imgOn Tuesday morning, the three war horses retreated to … “Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture, a little of the glory yeahWell time slips away and leaves you with nothing, mister, but boring stories of …”— “Glory Days,” Bruce SpringsteenDavid West has been retired from the NBA for more than a year. Shaquille O’Neal last played in George W. Bush’s second term.Steve Kerr hung up his sneaks in 2003. But he has forged a second NBA career as a coach. A really successful coach.last_img

Jock to grace South African screens again

first_imgThe animated 3D Jock is the centralcharacter of the new film. (Image: Jock Animation) Jock as depicted on the cover of theclassic South African story. (Image: A Jock of the Bushveld route marker,which leads tourists along the trailhe and Fitzpatrick used to travel. MEDIA CONTACTS • Andy RiceJock Marketing+27 11 447 5236 / 5283 RELATED ARTICLES • SA-set sc-fi satire huge hit in US • Kruger park marks 100 years • SA short film makes festival finals • New Afrikaans film a hitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s beloved canine icon Jock of the Bushveld has again been immortalised on film, this time in an animated 3D version which, if director Duncan MacNeillie has his way, is set for international distribution.MacNeillie will travel to Los Angeles at the end of November 2010 to present the film to Hollywood film studios and independent distributors. With the recent successes of local films such as District 9 and Tsotsi paving the way, he hopes to wrap up an international distribution deal before he returns.MacNeillie knows Jock well. He directed the first film adaptation of the story, released in 1986 at the height of one of the most turbulent periods in South Africa’s history. It starred Jonathan Rands as Percy Fitzpatrick and boasted a soundtrack, composed by veteran Keith Hutchinson, which featured another South African icon, musician Johnny Clegg.Clegg’s theme song for the film, Great Heart, has become a national favourite and nowadays is a popular choice for inspiring South African sporting teams to glory. Great Heart does not feature on the new soundtrack, although Clegg is involved.Because the world was largely boycotting anything South African in the 1980s, overseas audiences were denied the chance to see a film that could hold its own against any Hollywood production of the day.Determined to see Jock get the global recognition he deserved, MacNeillie decided to try again when the time was right.Another version was made in 1995, without MacNeillie’s input – this one introduced an American character to enhance its global appeal, and also had a happier ending, which pleased foreign audiences, but didn’t sit well with South African cinemagoers.The right timeA few years ago the director felt that conditions were right for revisiting the story, and set up production company Jock Animation to bring his vision to life.The animated version follows the same story line as the live motion films, but this time around the animals get to tell the tale.Animation has given the producers more versatility, and in the new version viewers will get to know Jock’s mother Jess; dainty poodle Polly; Snarly the mongrel, Jock’s rival for Polly’s heart; George the baboon; Pezulu, a noisy rooster; and many more characters.In October Jock Animation confirmed the participation of Canadian superstar Bryan Adams as the spoken voice of Jock. Local actors include former radio show host Jeremy Mansfield, poet and presenter Bongani Nxumalo, and actors Sylvaine Strike, Terence Bridgett, Michael de Pinna and Michael Richards.MacNeillie also approached no less a figure than Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, asking him to be the voice of the spiritual leader Tata. The Arch agreed and has already recorded his part, as has Adams.Marius Brouwer, who worked on the official Fifa 2010 World Cup album, composed the score and was in charge of music production until he fell ill in September. Keith Hutchinson has since stepped in to fill the gap.Adams, Clegg, local songbird Nianell and Craig Hinds of popular rock group Watershed have all worked on individual songs for the film.Andy Rice, head of the film’s publicity company Jock Marketing, introduced his Oscar-winning brother Sir Tim Rice to the film. The lyricist, famous for his work on The Lion King and Evita, was enchanted by the film, and contributed lyrics to the six main songs on the soundtrack.Production started in 2007 and is scheduled to wrap in December 2010, followed by the local release in March 2011. This date may change, depending on international distributors.Those who sobbed into their tissues at the end of the 1986 release will be comforted to know that the new adaptation also has a happier ending, which paves the way for a sequel.Family favouriteFor decades South African children have grown up with the true story of the brave Jock, a Staffordshire bull terrier with the heart of a lion, who roamed the South African bushveld with his owner Sir Percy Fitzpatrick in the late 19th century and became a legend in the process.Born in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, Fitzpatrick was the son of Irish immigrants. His father died in 1880, forcing the young man to abandon his studies to support his mother. The gold rush of the late 19th century was an attractive opportunity, and Fitzpatrick left home in 1884 to seek his fortune in the goldfields of the Eastern Transvaal, now Mpumalanga.Here he worked as a storeman, journalist and then transport rider, guiding heavily laden ox-wagons along the route from Lydenburg, known today as Mashishing, through Graskop and Barberton, to Lourenço Marques, which is now Maputo in Mozambique.On a trip in 1885 Fitzpatrick saved the runt of a litter of Staffordshire bull terrier pups from drowning – this little dog was to become his faithful companion and a great hero. The pair’s footsteps can still be traced by following the set of Jock of the Bushveld wayside markers, which are placed along the old Delagoa Bay route used by transport riders. Markers can be seen in places of interest such as Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest, along the Malelane-Skukuza and Malelane-Crocodile Bridge roads, and Barberton.Many years later Fitzpatrick entertained his children with bedtime stories of his adventures with the loyal dog, and was eventually inspired to put pen to paper. The book, titled Jock of the Bushveld, was published in 1907 and has not been out of print since.Fitzpatrick eventually settled in Johannesburg and entered the corporate world, turning later to politics. A spell of activism between careers saw him arrested and tried for treason for his part in the Jameson Raid of 1896, which was meant to incite British expatriates to rise up against the South African Republic government of President Paul Kruger. He was sentenced to two years in prison but was released after just a few months.He received his knighthood in 1902 while serving as the British government’s official advisor on South African affairs. After the formation of the union of South Africa in 1910, Fitzpatrick became a member of parliament.He died in Uitenhage in today’s Eastern Cape province and is buried north of the town, near Addo, at a place called the LookOut. The site, which overlooks the Sundays River valley, is a national heritage monument.His name lives on not only in his classic book, but also in the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010, and the Percy Fitzpatrick Award which is awarded annually to the country’s best English children’s book.To buy Jock of the Bushveld, published by Maskew Miller Longman, go to read more

Two can’t miss webinars: Dan Heath and Guy Kawasaki!

first_imgNetwork for Good has two amazing webinars coming up – and (as usual) they are free with registration.*Nonprofit 911: How to Get More Followers on Social Media w/ Guy KawasakiThursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. EasternWhy isn’t your hashtag everywhere? When’s the best time for a Facebook status update? What does it mean when someone +1’s you on Google +? How come no one liked your picture, story, update, tweet, share, friendship, etc? You might be caught a social media slump!Tune in Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern to hear tech and social media expert Guy Kawasaki lead a free presentation giving nonprofits the insider scoop on garnering support via the most popular social media platforms.Register here.Nonprofit 911: The Decisive Organization: Building a Culture of Better Decision-MakingMonday, March 25 at 1 p.m. EasternBest-selling Switch author Dan Heath’s done it again! Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work hits shelves next week. He’s going to stop by and pre-release the most helpful decision-making practices to the Network for Good audience via a Nonprofit 911 webinar on Monday, the 25th at 1 p.m. Eastern. Join Dan Heath as he makes it easier for your organization to make that sound decision. Bonus: Dan will be giving away a free copy of his new book to 10 lucky nonprofits on the call.Register here.*If you can’t make the date for Guy Kawasaki, sign up anyway. You will get a recording of the webinar afterward! Dan Heath’s session is live only, so we won’t be sending recordings.last_img read more

5 Ways to Use Stories to Increase Donations

first_imgThere are infinite ways to tell your nonprofit stories, but do you know which ones will lead to more donations? Check out these great tips shared in our free webinar, How to Use Content to Boost Your Donations. 2. Share stories on your blog.Blogging is a great way to grow your online presence, establish credibility, and increase your reach. You can highlight specific constituents, volunteers, staff, and board members—you can even let them write their own stories. Tying your blog to your website makes these testimonials, updates on upcoming events, and ongoing campaigns easy for visitors to access without receiving direct communication from you. 4. Turn donors into advocates with nurturing emails.Nurturing emails are a great way to consistently share your stories. Send welcome emails after a friend signs up for your blog, or deliver a series of emails to build anticipation once a guest signs up for an event. The goal is to familiarize people with your organization, explain how you’re being successful, describe what you want to accomplish, and share stories of successful fundraisers. Make what you’re doing human and relatable to inspire people to fundraise and advocate for your cause. 5. Revamp your annual report.After your annual report is published, do you know how many people are actually reading it? Chances are it’s not many! Because your annual report contains the proof, data, and impact of your mission, you should do everything possible to make people want to read it. Make it beautiful (forget endless columns of small black text), shareable (does it include great pictures and Twitter icons?), visual (do you have infographics and appealing charts to make your content easy to digest?), and accessible (is it easy to understand, and does it fit on your website?). Making your annual report more creative will encourage people to read it, share it, and donate in support of it!Want to learn more about how telling your stories can lead to better donor involvement and more money? Download the on-demand webinar presentation, How to Use Content to Boost Your Donations. 3. Tie donor actions to numbers.This might not sound like a story, but trust us, it is! Close the loop for your supporters by letting them know exactly what their donation will give someone else. Will it mean two pairs of shoes, a warm meal, an immunization? Donors love to know where their money is going and what impact they’re making on someone’s life. Including a visual makes the story of a donation more compelling to a potential donor. Many organizations are hesitant to make a video; it can be expensive, time consuming, and technical. But it can also be easy and inspiring. Connect with your viewers by telling them an easy-to-follow short story that centers on just one or two people. Focus on the quality of the story and engaging your viewer, not on making a super-high-quality video. Your supporters know you’re not Hollywood, so your video doesn’t need to be as technically savvy. 1. Tell personal stories through video. last_img read more

Nonprofit Branding Done Right Raises More Money

first_imgWhen it comes to updating nonprofit branding, there can seem be more questions than answers. Questions like:Will rebranding increase donations?Will rebranding make it easier for us to convey our organization’s impact and value?Is now the time for us to rebrand?We finally get answers to these million-dollar questions in The Rebrand Effect: How Significant Communications Changes Help Nonprofits Raise More Money (free download here).This eBook from nonprofit communications agency Big Duck is based on the results of a national survey of 350 nonprofit organizations that rebranded within the last 10 years.For the study, Big Duck defines a comprehensive rebrand as developing or changing four or more of these elements:Brand strategyOrganizational nameTaglineLogoKey messagesElevator pitch.A limited rebrand includes three or fewer of these elements.Here are the highlights of this study and what they may mean for your organization:The Good News: Nonprofits that Rebrand Raise More Money.According to the study, most organizations invest in rebranding in hopes of connecting more quickly and firmly with individual donors and prospects. Statistics show those hopes are the reality for many organizations.Fifty percent of organizations surveyed reported revenue growth, with the greatest increase seen in individual giving. This success rate is particularly striking since many participating organizations were in the process or rebranding, or had done so within the last one to two years, so felt it was too early to assess the impact of those changes.Organizations that Comprehensively Rebrand See Greatest ROI.More than half (56%) of the organizations that completed a comprehensive rebrand saw revenue increase, compared to 41% of organizations that implemented limited rebranding.And the impact of comprehensive rebranding exceed revenue gains. The survey found that organizations making more comprehensive changes are likely to see these additional wins:Greater audience participation, from program registration to activism.Improved staff ability and confidence to communicate effectively about the organization, its impact, and value.More media coverage.Several Factors Influence Rebrand Results.The data shows that results stem from more than the rebrand itself. Organizations that rebrand with any or all of these elements already in place are far more likely to get to goal:New, clear organizational focus or strategic plan (within last 12 months)New leadershipStaff and leadership committed to advancing branding and communications changes.In other words, these factors lead to relevant and robust rebrands. If your organization has any or all of these success factors in place, rebranding may well deliver significant value! Dig into the full report from Big Duck to learn more about if, and how, rebranding done right is likely to move the needle for your fundraising efforts.Bonus: Nonprofit branding is important so don’t ignore it. Are you reflecting your brand in all aspects of your giving experience: Events, donation pages, emails, and peer-to-peer campaigns? If not, we can help. Talk to a rep to learn more.last_img read more