June 16, 2021

Charities have received over £32 million from dormant trusts

first_imgCharities have received over £32 million from dormant trusts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 “Community foundations are embedded in their communities and have years of experience working with local trust funds and philanthropists. Community foundations are helping to modernise old trusts and get them back into action – all at a time when our voluntary sector desperately needs financial support to get through this difficult crisis.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: dormant accounts  495 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5  494 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 6 July 2020 | News Charities have received a total of £32 million from dormant trusts through the Revitalising Trusts programme since 2018, it has been announced, with the programme now funded to run until 2021.The Revitalising Trusts programme is managed by the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It aims to help inactive or ‘ineffective’ charities either get back up and running, or redeploy their dormant funds to other good causes.The programme classes charities that have had no income or expenditure for the last five as inactive, with those that have spent less than 30% of their total income over the last five years classed as ineffective.Once identified as dormant, the Commission gives the trustees an option to accept support to help them get back up and running. Alternatively, the funds are redeployed to causes in line with the aims of the dormant charity or the trust is transferred to a local community foundation to be managed for the long-term benefit of local communities.The programme began in January 2018 and has contacted over 1,800 charities to date. The Commission has so far removed 179 charities from the register – 67 since lockdown – transferring funds to similar charities, to local Community Foundations or to UK Community Foundations, and revitalised 26 charities.It has now secured funding from DCMS until March 2021 and will target around 500 more inactive trusts in the year ahead.Baroness Stowell, Chair of the Charity Commission, said:“I am delighted that we have helped to release £32 million of dormant charitable funds. The charities, which for some time were inactive or ineffective, that have come forward willingly to assist with this important programme have done a great public service and we are hugely grateful to them. But this shared effort to revitalise charitable funds and deliver the donors’ intended benefit to society has the potential to go even further – and it’s needed now more than ever.“The Charity Commission is calling on trustees of charities that have funds and are inactive or unable to make the difference they once did or had hoped to achieve, to come forward now so that the charity money they hold doesn’t sit idle, but can be put to good use by other charities with similar causes supporting people and communities at this time of heightened need.”Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations, said: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jolly good ride by veteran Najair

first_imgVeteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair, at age 62, became one of the oldest jockeys to win at Caymans Park, this aboard the Oneil Markland-trained STIR IT UP in the ninth race over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy yesterday. STIR IT UP stormed though approaching the distance, disposing of the leaders FIRE ALARM and SWEET DIMENSION for an 11-1 upset, winning by four lengths. It was the second time in eight days that Markland, who is popularly called ‘Sweety Man’, was providing Najair with a winner, following the 35-1 outsider FIX IT UP over the round five course on December 15, Najair’s first winner in over three years. Najair, who started riding as an apprentice to the legendary female trainer, Eileen Cliggott, at Caymanas Park in 1967, joins David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie as the oldest jockeys to win at the park. McKenzie, who is still active in the saddle at 66, recalled that he rode his last winner four years ago at age 62 as well. And McKenzie was on hand in the vicinity of the Jockeys’ Room to congratulate Najair on his return. Trainer Markland, who also ran FIX IT UP in the race with an apprentice rider replacing Najair, said he was always confident that ‘jolly’ would get the job done. “Despite his age, he’s one of the fittest jockeys at the track. It’s all about self-belief and Najair is convinced that he has some good years left in the saddle,” said Markland. Smiling from ear to ear en route to the Jockeys’ Room – accompanied by the trainer – Najair, a father of three, said despite a rocky career, which included a number of suspensions mainly for anger management related issues, he still enjoys the thrill of victory. “They will have to carry me off the track … in another 10 years,” he jokingly remarked. Meanwhile, in the two other trophy races on the card, the Gary Subratie-trained BLUE DIXIE turned the tables on recent conqueror BUBBLING KITTEN by a head in the Sweet Ruckus Trophy. First past the post LORD EQUUS, in the Stewards’ Cup, was disqualified and placed second following a stewards’ inquiry and the race awarded to first-time runner SIR RAJA BABA, with whom he had interfered a furlong out.last_img read more

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Painting the town happy

first_imgVivacious Zenobia Baumgarten and her husband Herman (right) accept the prize for winning the Total Eco Pioneer Challenge. (Image: Total South Africa) A cheerful environment is more stimulating for young minds. Baumgarten’s church courses have been well attended. The colourful hand puppets are also used to educate children about issues such as HIV and tuberculosis, on a level to which they can relate.(Images: Zenobia Baumgarten) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette Stokes  Account director, Jenni Newman PR  +27 82 322 5162 or +27 11 506 7354 RELATED ARTICLES • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • SA artist revitalises Woodstock • A better SA, one baby at a time • Primary schools get a helping handJanine ErasmusZenobia Baumgarten is not only a woman with a zest for life, but she loves to share that zest with others.Baumgarten is the 2012 winner of Total South Africa’s Eco Pioneer competition – and a handy R20 000 (US$2 400) – for her use of natural and recycled materials to decorate her home. In her spare time she plays her part in the community by decoratively painting childcare facilities, no matter how humble they may be, and helping caregivers to more creatively keep their little charges occupied and educated. The Total Eco Pioneer initiative was launched at the end of October 2011 to coincide with the release of the company’s new ultra low sulphur 95 octane unleaded fuel.The campaign was run entirely through social media, and the six finalists were chosen from nominations gathered via Facebook and Twitter. Until voting closed on 31 January, fans were allowed to cast a vote a day for their favourite.Baumgarten fought off competition from a honey and beeswax initiative; a company that makes bricks for fuel from recycled paper; a bag-making venture; an eco-school; and a company that recycles waste into packaging.But in the end her quirky knack for transforming unlikely objects into interesting and useful pieces won the day.“Although we weren’t well off, I still wanted to be one better than the rich ladies,” said Baumgarten, wearing a brooch fashioned from a vintage cookie cutter, at the prizegiving ceremony in May. “We appreciate everything, especially the environment, so much more, and we’ve passed those sentiments on to our children too.”Doing unto othersBaumgarten and her family live in Bothaville, a Free State farming town located near the Vaal River. By her own admission, there’s not much around, no big shopping centres or busy retail districts, so she and her family have had to draw the most out of the resources around them.To make ends meet while raising their children, Baumgarten and her husband Herman used natural and recycled materials as well as their own craftwork to build and decorate their home.Her innovation caught the attention of the popular Tuis magazine and its English counterpart Home, both of which offer hints, tips and advice for the house, kitchen and garden. In April 2011 the magazines featured Baumgarten’s home on their covers and in a feature inside.Not content with beautifying her immediate environment, Baumgarten became driven to do the same for others in her community. She decided to focus on schools, and with her creative streak was keen on using paint to brighten these sometimes cheerless institutions, including the exterior and interior, and even the blackboards.“It probably stems from the fact that I love kids, and I was a nursery school teacher for four years,” she said. “It started with our little farm school, and when I finished it I thought I’d look around for others I could tackle. You don’t need a big sponsor or lots of money to be able to do something good.”Baumgarten soon found herself venturing into the nearby townships, where children are often cared for during the day in shacks that can’t be distinguished in any way from the hundreds that surround them.“The only way you can tell that it’s a nursery school is if there are lots of kids around,” she said. “But although these day mothers have had no formal training, they’re helping the working moms and they’re earning a bit of a wage.”She recalled one particular structure which was too small for all the children, and she told the lady in charge that she would gladly paint it if it was expanded. The next time she visited, the crèche was more than double its former size.“I’m sure that lady asked everyone around her to donate a piece of metal sheeting,” said Baumgarten,”but she managed to make it bigger.” The paint job was done, and the crèche given a new lease on life.Having a cheerful place in which to spend their day, said Baumgarten, gives the children pride and makes them feel like they belong, especially when they’ve had a hand in improving their surroundings.Caring for the caregiversInspired by the success of the décor project and wanting to do more, she began showing caregivers how to make enchanting hand puppets to entertain the children with songs and stories.“Many of these caregivers go out to homes and look after sick parents, as well as the children,” she said. “Now they even use the puppets to educate the children about tuberculosis and HIV, and the children get so wrapped up in the stories that they speak to the puppets as if they were real people – they identify completely with the puppets, and this helps them to understand why their mom and dad are sick.”She then held a few courses at local churches where caregivers could learn more educational techniques, and was thrilled to see men attending the second course.To date, she estimates she’s painted around 50 nursery and primary schools in the area – which is just about all of them. She carries all the costs herself, and asks only for help with the paintwork from the teachers, mothers or children. As if that wasn’t enough, Baumgarten has also secured a t-shirt sponsor which enables her to have t-shirts printed for each nursery school, to give the children more of a sense of unity.Baumgarten jokes that where other men might buy flowers for their wives, especially after a tiff, Herman will buy her paint.“And that works for me.”last_img read more

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South Africa’s Performance Improves in 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 07 January 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom. In terms of economic freedom, the Heritage Foundation indicates that with a world rank of 77/180, South Africa is 4th in the African region. The country’s over-all economic freedom score improved with 0.7 on 2017.General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “The index provides some insight into dimensions of the South African economic environment as the country continues to grapple with historical challenges, and the need to spur on entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable improvements for South Africa in 2018 include the improvement in the area of investment freedom, and judicial effectiveness. The latter is significant coming in a year where the administration of President Ramaphosa made investment a key focal area of its work.”South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of property rights which is up from 67.6 in 2017 to 67.7 for 2018; judicial effectiveness increased from 59.7 in 2017 to 65.9; fiscal health sees an improvement of +4.6 from  70.7 in 2017; business freedom advanced by +3.1 points from 62.0 in 2017; labour freedom improved by +1.2 in 2018 from 58.9 in 2017; and investment freedom significantly improved by +10.0 from 40.0 in 2017. Notable is South Africa ranks higher than two European nations, being – Italy (79/180), and Greece (115/180).“We are pleased with the upward trend of the nation’s competitive performance, particularly since 2018 saw a declining global competiveness of the economy, and South Africa also slipped into a technical recession during the first half of the year  which it moved out of after the economy saw a 2.2% rebound in the third quarter. It is therefore promising that South Africa, according to the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom, is ‘moderately free’ in terms of its economic activity. Economic freedom is about much more than a business environment where business flourishes, it has a far reaching impact on other aspects such as human development and the power of choice. Consequently, it remains imperative for South Africa to continue safeguarding openness to its market, government size and rule of law,” added Dr de Kock.On the global front based on the measurements of this index, the Heritage Foundation finds that the global average economic freedom score is 61.1, the highest score since inception of the index 24 years ago. At an aggregate level, of the 180 economies measured by the index in 2018 – 102 scored better, while the economic freedom scores of 75 got worse. In the case of South Africa it can be noted that the country is one of the 102 that improved its economic freedom score.Released on an annual basis by the Heritage Foundation, the Index of Economic Freedom provides insight into the extent to which governments enable an open and unrestricted economic environment for citizens and businesses to operate in.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Exit Activity Up 25% in 2010, as Signs Point to 2011 as “The Year of the IPO”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Exit activity is staging a comeback but capital netted lagged as large M&As and IPOs were still uncommon in 2010,” said Jessica Canning, director of global research for Dow Jones VentureSource. “While it isn’t clear if companies with blockbuster potential – like Facebook and Groupon – will come to market in 2011, there is a healthy IPO pipeline. Currently, 44 companies are registered to go public, up from 25 at this time last year.” Indeed, there has been much speculation about 2011 being the year of the “blockbuster tech IPO,” particularly following recent funding rounds by Groupon and Facebook.The report from Dow Jones VentureSource offers promising news, even if these “blockbuster” IPOs don’t materialize this year. “After holding back on acquisitions the last couple of years, corporations found themselves with a significant amount of cash on hand and the need make strategic acquisitions to maintain a competitive edge,” said Scott Austin, editor of Dow Jones VentureWire. “Combined with rising valuations that made investors and entrepreneurs more inclined to sell, M&A picked up – a trend likely to continue into 2011.”Photo credits: Flickr user John Manoogian Tags:#start#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts audrey watters Exit activity for venture-backed companies moved closer to levels seen prior to the recent economic downturn, according to figures released today by industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. 514 companies achieved liquidity in 2010, netting $39.3 billion, a 25% increase in exits from 2009.46 venture-backed companies went public in 2010, raising $3.4 billion. That’s a five-fold increase from the 8 IPOs that raised $903 million in 2009. M&A activity did drop off in the fourth quarter of the year, but overall it was ahead of 2009 as well, with 445 M&As raising $33.9 billion.While the number of exits and the capital gained through them were up, these figures still don’t match 2007 levels. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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API of the Week: Mashery API Discovery Hub

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Instead of a single API, this week we’re highlighting Mashery‘s new API discovery hub. The hub indexes APIs ranging from the The Guardian Open Platform to the Cheezburger Developer Network.And if you build something cool with one of those APIs, be sure to submit it to the new applications directory showcasing apps built by developers using Mashery-powered APIs.The company also launched a new API monitoring tool and released some open source Oauth diagnostic tools through its Github account.Mashery offers tools and services to help companies create and maintain APIs. Over 25,000 developers joined Mashery’s network in the past six months, bringing the total membership to approximately 95,000 members.Mashery competes with Apigee and Programmable Web.Disclosure: Mashery is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, as is Programmable Web’s parent company Alcatel-Lucent. Tags:#APIs#hack center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Related Posts last_img read more

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State of the Industry: Camera Operators & Cinematographers

first_imgHow much do camera operators earn? We’ve created an infographic of recent statistics showing the locations where camera operators and cinematographers earn the most.Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows a large disparity in the annual wages of ‘camera operators’ across the United States. Whereas the annual mean camera operator salary in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington, DC) is approximately $75,000, the average salary for a camera op in Idaho is more than half that ($32,110).Let us know your thoughts on the data! How does your state stack up?Share in the comments below![Click image for larger view or download]Note, there was not a distinction in the data between ”videographers’, ‘cinematographers’ and ‘directors of photography’ – it would appear that each of these titles has been lumped into a generalized ‘camera operator’ title. However, motion picture/video and television are broken up, giving some insight into the type of projects these camera operators work on.For more info see the Bureau of Labor and Statistics data on ‘camera operators’.last_img read more

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Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija seeks details on detention of minors

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija has written to the Centre and Jammu & Kashmir government on behalf of her detained mother and sought information on the number of detentions and arrests made in J&K since it was stripped of its special status in August.Ms. Iltija has specifically asked for information on the number of minors (under 18), children in the 12-15 age group and those under 12 years, who have been detained, arrested or placed under house arrest. She has also sought data on the detenus and undertrials moved to jails and detention centres in other States.Earlier, Ms. Iltija reactivated Ms. Mufti’s Twitter handle which had fallen silent after August 5. “Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of J&K, to whom this twitter handle belongs, has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated by myself, Iltija, daughter of Ms. Mufti, with due authorization,” she tweeted.last_img read more

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3 days agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federer

first_imgLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInjured Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri says there’s plenty he can learn from tennis icon Roger Federer.The Switzerland international, who is currently rehabbing an injury, watched Federer the Swiss Indoors in Basel.When asked what he can learn from Federer, Shaqiri told Blick: “So much!”You have seen, he is in a good mood. He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning.”It went very fast and I’m happy for him.”He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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