Friday, October 31, 2014

US-China Institute :: calendar :: china philanthropy summit

US-China Institute :: calendar :: china philanthropy summit: "The Summit brings together over thirty top experts and philanthropists to examine the state of philanthropy in China today and consider how to build on this progress in the future. Scholars from leading U.S. and Chinese universities and institutions will present their latest findings from 13 research projects. And roundtable discussions will feature seasoned American and Chinese philanthropists and the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

Yang Peng, former President of the One Foundation and Holly Chang, Founder and President of the Golden Bridges Foundation, will be the keynote speakers for the Summit. For the full agenda, please see the conference website here.
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#GivingTuesday signs up 400 partners with just over a month until the big day

#GivingTuesday signs up 400 partners with just over a month until the big day: "Some 400 UK-based charity and commercial partners have now signed up to #GivingTuesday – a global campaign to inspire charitable giving.
Launched in the US in 2012, the campaign was created as a chance for people to ‘give back’ after the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two big festive shopping days after Thanksgiving"



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post: "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information.

The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people's disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday."



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Cayman charities: Opening our hearts — and wallets :: Cayman Compass

Cayman charities: Opening our hearts — and wallets :: Cayman Compass: "The efforts of Mr. Haines and his supporters may be the singular act of charity this year in Cayman (It certainly must be the most grueling physically), but they aren’t the only people in Cayman in a persistent “giving mood.”

As always, people throughout the Cayman community continue to demonstrate extraordinary generosity and dedication to their own cherished causes. This becomes particularly evident as the breezes turn brisker and the Christmas season approaches."



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Got your hand on your nuts? Calgary group challenges others to partake in testicular-cancer campaign | Metro

Got your hand on your nuts? Calgary group challenges others to partake in testicular-cancer campaign | Metro: "The #feelingnuts campaign, created by United Kingdom brothers Simon and Andrew Salter, already claims to have reached more than 720 million people and has seen participants ranging from Hugh Jackman and William Shatner to pop sensations One Direction and Miley Cyrus.

The concept is simple and aims to follow in the waves created by the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which saw millions pour cold water over their heads in a bid to fundraise this past summer. Those wanting to campaign for the #feelingnuts cause simply must take of themselves gripping their crotch area and promote it."



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Contactless micro-donation scheme Penny for London 'could raise £5.5m'

Contactless micro-donation scheme Penny for London 'could raise £5.5m': "A micro-donation scheme launched today will allow commuters to donate up to 10p to charity each time they use contactless debit or credit cards to travel on public transport in London.
The scheme, Penny for London, was launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and could raise up to £1.8m for the charities involved if 100,000 people sign up in 2015, its developers predict.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Is China’s philanthropic system finally taking shape?|Zhang Yuwei |chinadaily.com.cn

Is China’s philanthropic system finally taking shape?|Zhang Yuwei |chinadaily.com.cn: "Chinese pianist Lang Lang (left) holds a painting, titled The Paradise of Amitayus, with artist Biang Ben for the auction of the painting, which is worth $100,000, at a fundraising event for Lang Lang's foundation in New York on Friday. Zhang Yuwei / China Daily 
After Chinese pianist Lang Lang performed for the 69th anniversary of the United Nations in New York last Friday, the world-renowned artist held a fundraising event that night at UN headquarters for his foundation that aims to help young music lovers.
The 32-year-old artist hosted some 100 guests, including Sandy Weill, American philanthropist and a former chief executive and chairman of Citigroup, at the UN and raised $1.15 million for his foundation."



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Overseas aid fund worth £30m open to small and medium-sized charities

Overseas aid fund worth £30m open to small and medium-sized charities: "Applications are open for a £30m British overseas aid fund run by the Department for International Development and aimed at small and medium-sized charities.

The UK Aid Direct fund will be made available for charities working in the developing world. It has a focus on charities targeting the Millenium Development Goals, and will particularly welcome applications with a focus on sexual and reproductive heath and rights."



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Film of the week: Wear it Pink 'at home, work and play', by Breast Cancer Campaign

Film of the week: Wear it Pink 'at home, work and play', by Breast Cancer Campaign: "Donors are encouraged to celebrate all things pink today and help to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear it Pink day.

Last year a healthy £2.1m was raised in the UK from Wear it Pink day – which in turn helped Breast Cancer Campaign to fund pioneering research across the country."



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Film of the week: Wear it Pink 'at home, work and play', by Breast Cancer Campaign

Film of the week: Wear it Pink 'at home, work and play', by Breast Cancer Campaign: "Donors are encouraged to celebrate all things pink today and help to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear it Pink day.

Last year a healthy £2.1m was raised in the UK from Wear it Pink day – which in turn helped Breast Cancer Campaign to fund pioneering research across the country."



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The government is failing on its promise to consult the sector when preparing policy

The government is failing on its promise to consult the sector when preparing policy: "ert Massie looks at the Compact, the agreement between the government and the voluntary and community sector.
Around two decades ago, the Deakin Commission made a recommendation that “a ‘concordat’ be drawn up between representatives of the government and the sector, laying down basic principles for future relations.” The Labour Party was thinking on similar lines and when it came to power in 1997 it supported the development of that document - the Compact.
But now two of the principles on which the Compact is based - the agreement of government to allow time to consult the voluntary sector, and to recognise that the sector has a right to campaign - have been so undermined that a new structure to support the Compact is required."



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Cambodia: Charity Closes After Scandal - NYTimes.com

Cambodia: Charity Closes After Scandal - NYTimes.com: "The Somaly Mam Foundation, which worked against human trafficking and sexual exploitation, has closed five months after its founder resigned amid allegations of broad deception. "



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com

Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com: "Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children.
A visit to a poor Thai village alarmed Mr. Akio. Now his Japan-based charity EDF-International helps thousands of children across Southeast Asia."



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Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme

Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme: "There is an “overwhelming case” for an early review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme because most of the charities it was aimed at either do not know about it, cannot understand it, or are not eligible for it, a group of umbrella bodies has said.

The Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising and NCVO together conducted a survey of charities to find out their experience of GASDS and found that the smallest charities are “struggling to work out if they qualify” or to use it. They published a joint briefing last week which summarises the results of the research."



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Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post

Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post: "A couple of superheroes and a US president took to the streets of Central yesterday.

But Superman, Captain America and Barack Obama were hardly noticed as they raced among the other fancy-dress entrants in this year's Central Rat Race."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail)

Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail): "ROWERS took part in a gruelling 12-hour fundraiser to support the county’s sick youngsters this week.

Staff and leisure members at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, in Milton Common, took part in a sponsored rowathon for Helen and Douglas House. More than £150 was raised by the team of about 50 rowers on Wednesday."



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Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch

Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch: "Uber has expanded People’s Uber, its ridesharing pilot program, to more cities in China today, following its August launch in Beijing. People’s Uber is now available in Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.

People’s Uber matches car owners with people looking for a lift. Unlike Uber’s other options, UberBLACK and UberX, riders are only expected to pay enough to cover the driver’s basic costs, like gas or tolls."



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Voluntary sector sees “revolving door” of staff, says report

Voluntary sector sees “revolving door” of staff, says report: "The voluntary sector is experiencing a “revolving door” of staff with employee turnover levels at a post-recession high of 22 per cent, according to a People Count Third Sector Report released today by Agenda Consulting.

The survey involving 71 UK third sector organisations, found that staff departures were are up from 18 per cent at the height of the recession in 2011."



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Voluntourism in Nepal | The National

Voluntourism in Nepal | The National: "In recent years, more and more visitors to Nepal have begun to include community service in their itineraries. When I planned a trip to the landlocked South Asian country, I decided to follow suit.

Twenty volunteers from Australia, the United States and Asia convened at the Kathmandu Peace Guest House in the heart of Thamel Bazaar the night before we left for our assignment. The trip was organised for our group by International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), a New Zealand-based organisation set up by Dan Radcliffe in 2007, which collaborates with a local registered partner (such as the Kathmandu-based Hope and Home) to provide education, community development and medical and wildlife conservation travel programmes in about 30 different countries."



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