Call for support from government for Irish Philanthropy

first_imgCall for support from government for Irish Philanthropy A symposium at the US Embassy in Dublin aimed at highlighting what can be learned from the American philanthropic experience has heard a call for the Irish government to develop more supportive public policies.US ambassador Thomas Foley listed a number of tax policies that would encourage the expansion of philanthropy, including excluding charitable donations from the 50 percent of income and €250,000 per year caps on tax relief, allowing tax deductions for gifts other than cash and abolishing VAT for charities.The symposium was attended by representatives from the philanthropic world in Ireland and major foundations and charities from the United States such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Harvard Foundation.Mr Foley identified five elements that must be present if philanthropy is to thrive – a generous culture, financial capacity, philanthropic infrastructure, supportive public policy and supportive public attitudes.Mr Foley acknowledged that the US model might not be exactly right for Ireland but he said the challenge was to develop policies that best support the growth of philanthropy in Ireland. 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: Funding Ireland Howard Lake | 25 February 2008 | News  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more


Are you ready for more flexibility, more guidance?

first_imgOn Thursday, the NCUA finalized regulations eliminating the 5% aggregate limit on fixed assets for federal credit unions.  It also established a single time period of six years from the date of a property’s purchase for an FCU to at least partially occupy the premises.  These changes would have been important enough on their own, but there is even more going on here than meets the eye.When NCUA first proposed doing away with its fixed asset rules for FCUs, it proposed replacing them with a requirement that credit unions implement a fixed asset management program (FAM).  Commenters , including the Association, welcomed NCUA’s willingness to do away with the nettlesome fixed asset cap but expressed concern that the FAM requirement would end up being almost as burdensome to credit unions as the existing regulation.In an example of the impact that comment letters can have, particularly when a three-member board is divided, NCUA eventually agreed to not only do away with the fixed asset cap but to eliminate the FAM requirement.  This might sound like incredibly dry stuff, but it is yet another indication that NCUA is fundamentally re-examining its regulatory approach away from prescription towards greater flexibility in complying with safety and soundness mandates.  The preamble states that the amendments reflect the Board’s recognition  that it should give credit unions relief from a prescriptive  limit on fixed assets but it stressed that investments in fixed assets  “are, and will continue to be, subject to supervisory review.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Your Choice of Frame Determines Your Results

first_imgYou can decide that you feel awkward meeting new people. You can decide to worry that you won’t know what to say and that you might embarrass yourself. Or instead, you can decide that you are curious to learn about and from other people. The frame you choose here will determine your outcome when you are in a situation where meeting new people is necessary.Maybe you believe you are lost, and you are not sure of what you are supposed to be doing. Is it enough or too little? Should  you be somewhere else doing something else? Instead, you might choose to be an explorer, accepting that you don’t know where you are going, but relishing the chance to explore. You might be the person clearing the undergrowth for those who are following you, reporting back on what lies ahead.You might want to believe that you are a failure, that you aren’t successful, that you haven’t done what you should have done by now. You can choose, however, to see your scars as experience. The experiences that left those scars are what have prepared you for your next endeavor. It could be that experience of persisting after having failed is exactly why you are ready for your next attempt.Wherever you find a negative frame, a positive frame is possible. What you see as a detriment may be reframed as empowering.Even though other people may have infected with you with a belief that something is negative, you can just easily decide to find someone else who has framed that negative is a positive.Your picture might look like someone else’s picture, but the quality of your results in business and life are not a result of the picture. Your results are dictated by the frame in which you decide to place your picture.last_img read more


PBA D-League: Balanced Wangs-Letran clobbers AMA

first_imgLATEST STORIES PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran gave a glimpse of what the future holds for the Knights in the NCAA as it easily dispatched AMA Online Education, 93-75, for its first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.Bong Quinto led the balanced attack for the Couriers with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while Bonbon Batiller got 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Michael Cañete held the fort for the Titans with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter chimed in 13 in the loss.The Scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH JP Calvo added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, Christian Fajarito tallied 11 markers and nine boards, and Alex Mandreza had 10 in the victory.Wangs coach Jeff Napa couldn’t be happier with how his retooled team performed in its conference-opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m happy with the results, but I have to say that there’s still a lot of things we could work on as a unit,” he said.The Couriers slowly built a 12-point cushion, 38-26, in the second quarter before opening the floodgates and never looking back, leading by as much as 21 points numerous times in the fourth frame.center_img Read Next MOST READ Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


10 months agoArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavon

first_imgArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to launch a bid for Boca Juniors winger Christian Pavon.The Sun says the Gunners have the 22-year-old Argentine in their sights for the New Year and contact has already been made with his club.However, Boca have quoted a sky-high fee for Pavon, who has been dogged by hamstring trouble which handicapped him in the Copa Libertadores final.Emirates boss Unai Emery is a big fan and wants Pavon to give his attack even more edge.He can play in the Arsenal system and is faster than most players in the Spaniard’s squad.Boca are braced for a bid close to their asking price for Pavon and have fended off other Premier League clubs as they try to get their money. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoArsenal boss Emery full of praise for ‘angry’ Guendouzi

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery full of praise for ‘angry’ Guendouziby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery was full of praise for Matteo Guendouzi after Sunday’s 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa. Guendouzi marshalled the Gunners midfield, showing an attitude and maturity beyond his 21 years. Speaking after the game, Emery said he was pleased with Guendouzi’s “anger”.He said: “With Matteo, last year when he came here he progressed and he is progressing. Really I like that spirit he has, he has talent but above all his attitude, his energy, his commitment and his behaviour. “He’s one player who is angry when he is not playing but I like that. “I like that player because when they are angry they are asking you to play, when you decide that they play today they know they have a commitment to give what you need and he is one player, he is improving. “I want to be calm with him, he is humble and continuing improving and growing up with us.” last_img read more


NB sex offender faces new charge after being placed in special care

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A convicted sex offender is facing a new sexual assault charge after he was placed in a special care home for people with disabilities.Andrew Michael Douglas, 29, pleaded not guilty in provincial court in Saint John, N.B., Thursday.Douglas was a resident of Joann’s Special Care Home at the time of the alleged incident.Joann LaPointe, the owner and operator of the home, which provides care and supervision to individuals in need of special assistance, says the provincial Department of Social Development assesses the suitability of residents.“They tell me if I’m allowed (to have a resident),” she said. “I don’t think they told me enough. I believe they only told me part of it … it’s sure an eye-opener for everybody.”Douglas was placed on the sex offender registry in 2011 after he posed on the Internet as a young girl, then contacted a 10-year-old girl on Facebook and tried to convince her to expose her breasts.When the 10-year-old refused to expose herself, Douglas told her he would create a website about her and put her phone number on it.The Crown prosecutor said at the time that the 10-year-old girl was not the only person targeted and that Douglas had tried to get other girls to expose their breasts while he was posing as the 13-year-old on Facebook.The court was told that Douglas has developmental delays and was not as responsible as he would otherwise be.In 2016, Douglas was given an 18-month conditional sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in a parking lot, and weeks later was ordered to serve 60 days in jail related to a common assault against a woman.A pre-trial conference in the new case is set for July 4 while the two-day trial is set to begin Aug. 17.Police say he has been remanded in custody.Saint John police Sgt. Chuck Breen says a complaint was lodged against Douglas on March 8 and he was arrested March 14.He said officers arrested Douglas in the court building while he was there regarding another matter.Breen said he cannot recall another case where a registered sex offender has been placed in a special care home.“I’m not saying it’s never happened before but it’s just not something I’ve run across,” he said.The Department of Social Development said in an email it can’t comment on specific cases that are before the courts.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more



Angelina Jolie Addresses UN Security Council On Syria

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday warned that the international community must do everything possible to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in the Middle East before it becomes irreversible.Angelina Jolie addresses the Security Council on the continuing conflict in Syria and the humanitarian and refugee crisesCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“The situation in the Middle East is a cancer that risks spreading and metastasizing. If things continue this way, we could see future developments spin out of control, independently of our will and with increasingly dangerous global consequences,” he warned in an address in New York to the UN Security Council.The High Commissioner said the regional spillover effects of the Syrian conflict were taking on dramatic proportions. “Fourteen million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq. Security threats to neighbouring countries are growing. As a result, we have been observing a steady deterioration in the protection space for Syrians trying to escape the conflict,” Guterres said.He added that UNHCR was seeing a growing fatigue on the part of the hosts and, in some areas, harsher policies imposed on refugees. There were increasing tensions between communities. Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies like UNHCR and the World Food Programme struggled to meet needs. Many, desperate to escape, were risking their lives on Mediterranean crossings.And dangerous coping mechanisms were on the rise, he said, with more and more families forced to send children to work or marry off their teenage daughters. There are also reports of refugees resorting to survival sex to make ends meet.Guterres said that only a political solution could end the suffering, but stressed that so long as that remained a distant prospect the international community must do all possible to prevent the crisis spiralling out of control. “First, some immediate priorities must be addressed: providing more humanitarian aid to refugees and vulnerable host communities, and stopping the horrific loss of life in the Mediterranean,” he stressed.“Second, there has to be massively increased support to the neighbouring countries. The funding announced in Kuwait last month to support the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan is an important signal of hope and must now be disbursed quickly. But it is also essential for the structural investment programmes presented by the host governments to receive development funding from the international community.”The High Commissioner called for a rethink of development cooperation policies to help host countries cope better with the extra burden.Thirdly, the High Commissioner said, “We have to recognize the increasingly protracted nature of this refugee crisis. UNHCR’s ultimate priority objective remains voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity, in line with what most refugees prefer. But we have to recognize that for Syrians, this option is not immediately in sight.”“In the meantime, neighbouring countries will require adequate help to manage the vast economic, demographic and fiscal impacts of the refugee influx,” he noted, while adding: “With more support across the region, we could help turn refugees’ situation around from one of dependency and unsustainability to one where their economic self-reliance becomes an option, allowing them to also contribute to the development of their host societies.”But Guterres predicted more bad times ahead. “One thing is clear: the situation in the region has become utterly unsustainable. After Iraq became so dramatically engulfed in the Syrian conflict with the attacks on Mosul and Tikrit last year, I do not know where the next disrupting shock will take place. I only know that it will come, and that things risk getting even worse,” he said.Meanwhile, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt, who has made 11 visits to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Turkey and Malta since the crisis erupted in March 2011, told the Security Council that the United Nations was failing the people of Syria.“So on behalf of Syrian refugees, I make three pleas to the international community: The first is an appeal for unity. It is time for the Security Council to work as one to end the conflict, and reach a settlement that also brings justice and accountability for the Syrian people,” she said.“Second, I echo what has been said about supporting Syria’s neighbours, who are making an extraordinary contribution,” Jolie Pitt added. “If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety.” The Special Envoy said her third plea was for a greater response from the international community to the barbarism of those inflicting systematic sexual violence.“We also need to send a signal that we are serious about accountability for these crimes, for that is the only hope of establishing any deterrence. And I call on member states to begin preparations now so that Syrian women are fully represented in future peace negotiations, in accordance with multiple resolutions of the Security Council.”Source:UNHCRlast_img read more