A little seasonal Voluntary Sector Humour.
I'm taking a couple of weeks off blogging, I assume everyone will be taking a couple of weeks off reading.
See you all in the New Year!
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In July 2011 the Coalition Government published its Open Public Services White Paper, in which the Cabinet Office sets out its policy framework for how it wants public services to be owned, delivered and funded in the future, and the roles of the individual citizen and the state in this.
Trade flows, remittances, and foreign direct investment have all over the last decade grown much faster than aid. So have domestic tax revenues in virtually every country. The role of donors now is not so much to fill financing gaps across the developing world:
- We need to focus on the toughest problems (like the continuing challenge of child nutrition).
- We need to concentrate on promoting science, technology, innovation and ideas and building the evidence on whether they work.
- We need to help build the skills, capabilities, and institutions which help countries succeed.
Official aid globally has increased from $60 billion a year a decade ago to $120 billion now. Which is part of the reason, incidentally, why development progress has accelerated over the last 10 years.
Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.
You can use Contracts Finder to:
- Search for current contract opportunities
- Find out what’s coming up in the future
- Look up details of previous tenders and contracts
iZettle is a small card-reader that plugs into iPhones, iPads and a number of Android smartphones or tablets. It is designed for use by any small trader who can't afford the infrastructure needed to take credit card payments. You hand over your card to the stallholder - or plumber or window-cleaner - it is swiped through the device, and then you sign for your purchase. The merchant pays a commission of 2.75% a transaction, and the consumer gets to use their plastic rather than cash in new places...
iZettle was launched in Sweden a year ago, and according to the co-founder Jacob de Geer, it is now used by more than 75,000 small businesses and individuals in six countries. In Sweden, he told journalists at the launch, 700 blacksmiths are using the device. "It's bringing new merchants to the table. My ambition is to democratise card payments."
The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund)... kicked off its 16th year announcing more than US$8 million in grants to 12 local initiatives in 18 countries...To date, the UN Trust Fund has delivered more than USD 78 million to 339 initiatives in 127 countries and territories.
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We are a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
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In the research for this HowTo, a commenter mentioned a Facebook page called the Soi Dog Foundation. If you log into Facebook and follow that link you'll see three apps along the top: Adopt a Dog, Sponsor a Dog and Donate.
This is a new development in Facebook's use as a fundraising tool.
When asked how they did it, Soi Dog responded:
"These are apps we have written. It is not too hard to do so, but someone who knows HTML and has some technical experience is needed. If you have such a person around, get them to visit Canvas Tutorial and they can take it from there."
It's worth getting your organisation an IT savvy volunteer, as this area of Facebook fundraising is likely to continue to grow. Apps are the way of the (immediate) future.
Red Bow White Box has templates for Birthdays, Weddings, Indie Films, Theatre Projects, and Bands. There are even templates for support or help with Medical bills.
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This year’s Global Gender Gap Report claims that only 20 per cent of the world’s women hold some form of political power... Commissioned by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the report utilises a ‘framework’ that tracks differences in the resources available to women and men, in economics, politics, education, and health, and countries accordingly.
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By volunteering with VSO, you get to put your skills, energy and personal qualities to work helping people break out of poverty.
We’re currently looking for people from all sorts of backgrounds, from health and education through to engineering, IT and management.
We have placements in over 30 countries all over the world.
Volunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.
vInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them...Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities.
There is a common misconception that volunteering and being on benefits are not compatible. Actually the opposite is true: If you’re getting benefits, you can be a volunteer and, in nearly all cases, your benefits will not be affected.