NCVO launches campaign for new Charity Bill in 2003 Queen’s Speech Howard Lake | 1 October 2002 | News 52 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Law / policy NCVO The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched a campaign for a new Charity Bill which will implement the Strategy Unit’s recommendations on charity law as legislation to be introduced in the 2003 Queen’s Speech.The campaign was launched at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in Blackpool.Campbell Robb, NCVO’s Director of Public Policy, told delegates: “NCVO believes that it is essential, in the interest of preserving public trust and confidence in charities, that the recommendations announced by the Government’s Strategy Unit last week are enacted through a new Charity Bill in next years’ Queen’s speech. There can be no compromise and no delay. The voluntary sector must work to ensure that having come this far charity law reform makes it from the shelf onto the statute books.”The campaign is designed to achieve a new Bill that includes the statutory measures as recommended by the Strategy Unit report:• Charitable status to be dependent on evidence of public benefit• Reform of the Charity Commission to focus it on its regulatory role• An independent appeals mechanism with a suitors ‘fighting’ fundRobb added: “The Strategy Unit report gives the voluntary sector real hope of seeing the long overdue reform of our antiquated charity law. This opportunity must not be wasted. We must guard against this iimportant legislation slipping down the Parliamentary agenda and being lost amongst other legislative priorities.”The NCVO’s campaign will include generating concern about the current nature of charity law, raising awareness of the need for new legislation, and briefings for MPs, Peers and opinion formers.NCVO’s new Charity Law Experts Group, chaired by Lady Winifred Tumim, will hold its first meeting on 8 October to discuss the details of appropriate legislation.www.ncvo-vol.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy 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. 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the Black: The Art of Fundraising Howard Lake | 29 October 2008 | News
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 A coalition led by Salesforce.org is calling for philanthropists and charities to direct more thought into how measurement and responsible use of data can benefit society.The coalition, including Candid (formerly Guidestar), the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, New Philanthropy Capital, and Salesforce.org, have today (22 May) released Impacting Responsibly: a report designed to help charities, philanthropists and non-profits measure their social impact in a responsible manner.The Impacting Responsibly report aims to engage thought leaders in philanthropy and measurement and evaluation around a core set of impact-related themes ranging from capacity building, data privacy, to governance, and data ownership. More than two dozen contributors outline these key themes in greater detail, and identify issues and resources for those seeking further exploration.Many of those engaged in developing the report are discussing the topics addressed in Impacting Responsibly at the Good Tech Fest currently being held in Chicago (21 to 23 May). The coalition will then continue to discuss the findings of the report with the social sector throughout the year via webinars and presentations at conferences.It hopes that Impacting Responsibly will help to identify both key paths worthy of further exploration and help drive consensus for appropriate follow-up recommendations interested parties can take to further explore these topics.Brian Komar, VP Global Impact at Salesforce.org, said:“The impact measurement movement presents a unique opportunity to reimagine how to address long-standing sector challenges including diversity and inclusion, beneficiary feedback, onerous reporting, and transparency and accountability. Overcoming these challenges and seizing these opportunities, however, will not happen if left to chance.”Shena Ashley, Vice President of the Urban Institute, noted: Advertisement 396 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: data research Salesforce.org-led coalition urges action on social impact measurement “With the mainstreaming of measurement tools and approaches, more organisations have the opportunity to demonstrate what works and inform better policy and practice.” Melanie May | 22 May 2019 | News 395 total views, 2 views today 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.
Facebook + posts Twitter Colin Post TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printSeventeen points from forward Amy Okonkwo and stout defense from the Horned Frogs were more than enough as TCU defeated West Virginia to open Big 12 play, 62-48. The win improves the Horned Frogs to 11-1, the best start in school history.Okonkwo finished 3-of-6 from deep en route to 17 points, four rebounds and a block. She was also a leader on the defensive end, drawing three charges. The senior continued her strong play against the Mountaineers, averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in her five career games against West Virginia.Amy Okonkwo led the TCU offense in their defeat of West Virginia. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.West Virginia was struggling to stop the TCU offense and the Horned Frogs were dominating the Mountaineers on the defensive end. The 48 points scored by West Virginia were not only significantly below their season average of 80.1 per game, but that was also the Mountaineers lowest total of the season.On top of that, West Virginia shot just 32.1 percent from the field, extending TCU’s streak of holding teams to 40 percent shooting or less to 11 games.After the Mountaineers claimed a one-point lead barely 30 seconds into the game, the Horned Frogs never looked back. TCU used 10-3 and 16-0 runs to go up by as much as 20 in the first half. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 36-22 lead.The game was back-and-forth from there, with the Horned Frogs producing enough offense to maintain their halftime lead and cruise to victory.Center Jordan Moore joined Okonkwo in double-digits with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The senior also tied for a game-high three blocks. She has played a huge role in the Horned Frogs leading the Big 12 with 7.3 blocks per game this season.The victory gives the Horned Frogs eight-straight wins, tying for the second-longest win streak in program history.For the first time in over a month, TCU will head on the road for their next game to play Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 6. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Previous articleWomen’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a seasonNext articleMen’s basketball fend off Baylor’s late comeback bid, 85-81 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com ReddIt Facebook
iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — An arrest warrant will soon be issued for a Dallas police officer who shot and killed a man upon returning home from her shift and entering an apartment she apparently thought was her own, police said Friday.Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall announced at a press conference that authorities are in the process of obtaining a warrant for the officer involved, who has not yet been identified.“At the very early stages of this investigation, initial indications were that they were what we consider circumstances of an officer-involved shooting,” Hall told reporters. “However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be a much different and very unique situation.”The victim was identified as Botham Jean, who was 26 years old.Preliminary information suggests the off-duty officer was still wearing her police uniform after working a full shift when she arrived at the apartment complex where she lives south of downtown Dallas on Thursday night. That’s when she walked into “what she believed to be her apartment,” the police chief said.The officer, who is white, “encountered” Jean, who was black, inside the apartment. It’s unclear what the interaction was between them, but at some point she “fired her weapon, striking the victim,” according to Hall.The officer called 911 for help, and the responding officers administered aid to Jean at the scene. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he later died, the police chief said.Jean was a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, where he “frequently led worship for chapel and for campus events,” according to a statement from the school.“The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham Jean, who has meant so very much to us,” the statement said in part.At the time of his death, he was working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services firm with an office in Dallas.“This is a terrible tragedy. Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death,” the company said in a statement obtained by ABC News on Friday.The company said Jean was originally from Saint Lucia, an island nation in the Caribbean.The officer involved was not injured in the incident and was placed on administrative leave while the police department conducted a joint investigation with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office into what they initially thought was an officer-involved shooting, Hall said.The Dallas Police Department has since ceased handling the incident under its “normal officer-involved shooting protocol” and has invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation. A blood sample was also taken from the officer to test for drugs and alcohol, Hall said.The Dallas police chief said she’s spoken to Jean’s family to express her condolences and reassure them investigators are working “diligently” on the case.“Right now there are more questions than answers. We understand the concerns of the community,” Hall told reporters Friday afternoon. “That is why we are working as vigorously and meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of the case and the department is upheld. In doing so, we hope to bring understanding to the family.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A storm system continues to move through the South with strong thunderstorms and snow.On Wednesday, the storm brought severe weather to eastern Texas and a possible tornado near the city of Galveston.Damaging winds and large hail were also reported.Now, as the storm moves into the Southeast, severe weather is possible for Florida and heavy snow is forecast for north Georgia, the Carolinas, East Tennessee and into Southern Virginia.A winter storm warning has been issued from Georgia to Virginia, and some areas with high elevation in North Carolina may see up to 9 inches of snow in the next 24 to 36 hours.Another storm is expected to hit Thursday night into Friday in the West. With it will come more rain and mountain snow from Northern California to Oregon and Washington.A landslide threat will remain high during the next few days, especially in Washington state, around Seattle.An additional 2 inches of rain are possible with this storm and up to another foot of snow may fall in the Cascades and parts of the Northern Rockies.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Share via Shortlink Extended OpportunityThe March 31 reprieve applied to individual investors who realized capital gains from the sale of real estate, stocks or another venture from Oct. 4, 2019, through Oct. 2, 2020. Those investors originally had 180 days from when they realized gains. The deadline also applied to LLCs, partnerships and other business-related pass-through entities that realized capital gains in 2019.Pass-through entities that realized capital gains in 2020 have until Sept. 11 to invest in qualified Opportunity Zone funds to defer taxes.For investors to get the full 15 percent benefit of their capital gains from taxes, they would have had to invest in a qualified Opportunity Zone fund for seven years, by Dec. 31, 2019. Now, to get the 10 percent benefit, investors have until the end of 2021 to put their money in a fund for five years.In South Florida, where real estate prices have soared along with the stock market, investors have in recent months realized higher capital gains, sending them on the hunt for tax harbors to protect those profits. Some have chosen Opportunity Zone funds, and have benefited from the extended investment deadlines.On March 15, Coral Gables-based Driftwood Capital launched its second raise for two Opportunity Zone hotel properties. One was a dual Tru by Hilton/Home2Suites by Hilton complex in Fort Lauderdale that it co-developed, and the other was a Staybridge Suites in Wilmington, Delaware. Driftwood targeted individuals looking to reinvest their capital gains, with a minimum contribution of $50,000 each. Driftwood had planned to raise the money last year, but pushed the offerings back because of the Covid economy, said president and COO Carlos Rodriguez Jr.Investor response has been strong, said the firm’s chief commercial officer, Alejandro Navia.Since that launch, Driftwood has received 90 percent of the $7.4 million investment goal for the Hilton project — the remaining amount it needed. For Staybridge Suites — a conversion project — investors have contributed about half of the $10.5 million goal.“Seeing the success of these two, we may look at continuing on the asset-by-asset syndication or we may start testing out an actual [OZ] fund in advance of selecting out a few projects,” Rodriguez said.‘Golden handcuffs’Opportunity Zones — part of the 2017 federal tax overhaul — was created to incentivize investment in economically overlooked neighborhoods, but critics contend it largely allows for luxury development in affluent areas. In January 2020, the Treasury Department launched an investigation into who was benefiting from the program.As a candidate for president, Joe Biden expressed reservations about the OZ program, citing the need for stricter reporting requirements. As president, he has not addressed the issue.Attorney Logan Gans said imposing additional limitations could dissuade some investors.“We are not sure if projects for luxury buildings will get the same type of benefit or if there will be a change” to the existing law, said the Shutts & Bowen partner.Numerous firms have launched Opportunity Zone funds since its inception. The program got off to a slow start in part because of unclear regulations; those rules were finalized in December 2019. And while it hasn’t been as wildly popular as at first predicted, more than $12 billion was invested in OZ funds from January through August 2020, according to data from Novogradac.Fort Lauderdale broker Jaime Sturgis said properties in Opportunity Zones are not always an easy sell. A buyer looks at a property in an Opportunity Zone, considers using the program to help pay for upgrades but then bypasses the option, he said.Stumbling blocks include requirements that set a minimum threshold for real estate improvements. In some cases, owners believe those would lead to “over-improving” a property, said Sturgis, founder and CEO of Native Realty.Tru by Hilton/Home2Suites by Hilton in Fort LauderdaleSome investors are also put off by the 10-year hold period required for the full tax benefits, he said. Those rules were laid out to ensure investment is sustained in the designated communities and not used as a short-term tax dodge. But Sturgis said some “view the Opportunity Zones as golden handcuffs.”That was the case for developer Michael Swerdlow, who is building a 578-unit affordable housing project with a Target anchor store in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. He decided against taking part in the program, saying the return didn’t pencil out.“The investors are getting tax benefits, so you think that would result in a better deal for the borrower,” he said.The Opportunity Zones program is open to a wide range of business investments but a report late last year found that most of the money had gone exclusively to real estate projects.Inspired to investMiami-based PTM Partners, which focuses on Opportunity Zones investments and creates its own qualified funds, said it also reaped the benefits of the March 31 deadline extension.The company in September launched PTM Partners Opportunity Zone Fund II, with the goal of raising $250 million by the end of this year. It’s deploying the money in multifamily projects in Miami and northern Virginia, as well as a last-mile distribution center in New York. Fund II has begun deploying capital into projects.Six investors rushed to put their money into Fund II before the March 31 deadline, said Scott Meyer, PTM chief investment officer. He said the company “saw a significant inflow” of investment in the final week of March, but declined to say how much the fund has raised so far.Extensions “inspire people to invest,” said Reid Thomas of NES Financial, which administers Opportunity Zone funds, EB-5 investments and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. Thomas, the firm’s chief revenue officer, said the biggest surge from investors — particularly from Florida — was just before the new year, the previous deadline for full OZ tax benefit.For PTM’s real estate developments, Meyer said he, CEO Michael Tillman and Chief Operations Officer Nicholas Pantuliano put their own capital gains in the funds. The trio contribute 1 percent of the capital and serve as fund general partners.“The pandemic affected the whole economy and people weren’t comfortable making that investment in 2020,” he said. Now, Meyer added, “we definitely have seen more interest both on the fundraising side and deal flow as well. Deadlines prompt decisions.”Contact Lidia Dinkova Contact Katherine Kallergis Email Address* Email Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* DevelopmentOpportunity Zones Full Name* Message* Tags Opportunity Zone funds have seen a boost in recent months, including several in South Florida. From left: Ronald Fieldstone, Scott Meyer, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., Logan Gans, Stevan Pardo, Jaime Sturgis (Twitter, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt/The Real Deal)This is a critical year for Opportunity Zone investors.Real estate developers, property owners and funds have until the end of December to take full advantage of the federal tax-break program, but have also benefited from a Covid-related deadline extension. Though the coronavirus briefly paused Opportunity Zone investment nationwide, backers still poured billions into funds, enticed by the looming deadlines, rising stock market and more recently, an improving overall economy.Individual investors who had until Dec. 31, 2020, to defer their capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund got a March 31 extension from the Treasury Department.ADVERTISEMENTThat has passed but additional deadlines remain, including one in September and another at the end of the year. Real estate attorneys and OZ experts say the rush is on to meet those cutoffs so investors can reap all the tax benefits of the government program designed to encourage development in thousands of distressed neighborhoods across the U.S.“You bet they are rushing,” said Miami-based attorney Ronald Fieldstone, a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.Fieldstone represents developers of two branded hotels who created qualified Opportunity Zone funds in which investors have been using their capital gains to help bankroll projects. The flurry of money that came in before the March 31 deadline provided his clients’ projects with a boost.“They have investors ready to go and a backlog of people in the loop,” Fieldstone said.It was a similar story for attorney Stevan Pardo, who said the extended deadlines allowed two clients — developers who separately launched two Opportunity Zone funds — to increase their capital raise. Through affiliates, they are separately developing a rental complex in Miami and a branded hotel in Hawaii. Pardo, a former developer who is now a partner in Miami-based firm Pardo Jackson Gainsburg, said the additional time gave clients the chance “to accomplish what would have been difficult if not impossible” under the previous deadline.Pardo, who leads his law firm’s hotel, construction and litigation work, said there have been more inquiries from potential OZ investors in recent months compared to earlier in the pandemic.The Opportunity Zone fund backing the Hawaii hotel development aims to raise between $50 million and $150 million, with each investor required to ante up at least $250,000, Pardo said. The fund backing the Miami project has a fundraising goal of roughly $100 million. He’s confident both projects will reach their goals as a result of the extensions and improving economy.Read moreDriftwood, Merrimac close first Opportunity Zone deal in Flagler VillageMultifamily complex in Overtown Opportunity Zone hits market for nearly $12MLegal battle erupts over public-private Delray Beach project inside Opportunity Zone
Atlantic City Electric crews are pictured working on the lines at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue as part of the service upgrades. Atlantic City Electric will improve reliability in Ocean City by installing special equipment to reduce the number of customers affected by power outages.Reclosers will be installed for areas serving every 500 customers or fewer, so when an outage occurs outside of a substation area, fewer homes and businesses will be impacted. Instead of having a couple of thousand customers without power because of a pole accident, for instance, 500 or fewer customers will be affected until repairs are made.Installation of these reclosers will require service interruptions this winter as crews replace existing poles, transformers and wire. Contractors will notify customers before these outages occur. The work also will require road closings and detours around the blocks where work is taking place.For the week of Feb. 18 to Feb. 22, the tentative schedule (weather permitting) of service interruptions will be as follows:Monday: Central Avenue between 10th Street and 12th StreetTuesday and Wednesday: 17th Street between Asbury Avenue and Wesley AvenueThursday: Central Avenue between 17th Street and 19th StreetFriday: Central Avenue at 24th Street
Communities Minister Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds across the country the opportunity to join national youth groups like the Scouts, Police Cadets and Guiding.This will give more youngsters the confidence, skills and experience they need to realise their potential. Youth United Foundation, a charity established to support a coalition of 11 uniformed youth volunteering organisations has already offered over 1.5 million young people the opportunity to develop teamwork, leadership, self-confidence and communication skills through a series of activities.Government funding to date has helped train thousands of new volunteers with their member organisations including the Scout Association, Girlguiding, and St John’s Ambulance.The new funding will be used to promote integration through building a national network of youth integration champions and rolling out long-term approaches to developing lasting relationships between young people from different backgrounds.This complements the government’s ongoing work to improve integration including the recent launch of the Integrated Communities Innovation Fund, announced by Communities Secretary the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. Working in partnership with Sport England, the Innovation Fund will support projects that encourage integration including sport.Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Media enquiries Email [email protected] Youth United Foundation Chief Executive, Samantha Hyde said: Contact form https://forms.communit… The Youth United Foundation are delighted that funding of £250,000 has been awarded to support the work of the Integrated Communities Strategy in targeted areas of England. It will allow us to continue our work setting up new units and groups to which will contribute to the achievement of the government’s vision for building strong, integrated communities. We look forward to working closely with our Network and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to build on this success. This government is determined to ensure young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to go as far as their talents take them. Organisations such as the Scouts Cadets and Girls Brigade give young people unique and challenging experiences that help them unlock their full potential. With this funding, Youth United Foundation will be able to ensure that more young people have the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to become great citizens of the future. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG Further informationYouth United Foundation is a charity established to support the Youth United Network, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Network is a coalition of 11 uniformed youth volunteering organisations, including Girlguiding, the Scout Association, the Volunteer Police Cadets, and St John’s Ambulance.This announcement comes in the same week as the launch of new research from Youth United, “Social Integration: the role of uniformed youth groups”, which provides powerful evidence of that participation in uniformed youth groups increases integration.Funding for Youth United Foundation will support the objectives identified in the government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which closed on 5 June 2018. This includes encouraging social mixing amongst different groups and increasing opportunities for all young people to boost their talents.MHCLG provided £10 million for the Youth United Foundation’s Supporting Inclusion Programme which ran from April 2012 to September 2014 to increase the number of places in youth organisations in deprived areas, and £400,000 to the Youth United Foundation in 2017 to 2018 to support the Foundation’s core costs and test approaches to social mixing for young people. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Office address and general enquiries Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg