Two million more Direct Debits to charities set up in 2013

first_img  73 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Bacs direct debit Individual giving regular giving Two million more Direct Debits to charities set up in 2013 Charitable giving by Direct Debit continues to grow, according to Bacs Payment Schemes Limited. The total number of Direct Debit donations to good causes grew from 56 million in 2012 to 58 million in 2013.The previous year saw growth as well, so from 2011 to 2013 the total number of Direct Debits being paid to charity has increased by four million, or around 7.5%.Value of Direct Debit donationsThe total amount pledged by Direct Debit has also grown, up by £110 million over the past two years to £1.1 billion in 2013.This growth is supporting by the findings of UK Giving 2012 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It reports that Direct Debit accounted for a third of total donations to charity by value, up from a quarter during the previous year.Causes generating most by Direct DebitSome charities and types of charity have been more successful than others at securing this kind of regular giving. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 13 March 2014 | News Educational charities secured the largest number of new Direct Debit donations at 6.7% in 2013, although this represented a value increase of only 0.1%.Animal charities on the other hand achieved a 5.2% increase in volume and a 4.8% increase in value.Old age charities achieved the best increase in total value at 9.2%, with a 3.4% increase in total donations.Health charities achieved a 4.6% volume and value increase. Environmental causes increased Direct Debit volume by 4.3% and value by 6.9%.Youth charities however suffered a decline, with volume down by 5.9% and overall value by 6.2%.Bacs’ charity sector specialist, Graham Callaghan, said: “This data again underlines the effectiveness and ease of Direct Debit as a method for supporting good causes, while we know that these type of payments are cost-effective for charities as they are cheaper to process than the likes of cash and cheque.”Bacs is currently running The Big Break campaign to promote Direct Debit and raise funds for charities. 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.last_img read more

New economy scoops the rest in fight for graduates

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article European companies used to attracting the cream of science and engineering graduates are losing out to so-called new economy employers.A survey by recruitment and consulting specialist Universum found that graduates are increasingly attracted to the telecoms industry.Nokia is now the employer most engineering and science graduates want to work for. Last year it was the eighth most popular choice.Andersen Consulting, which was ranked first last year, has fallen to seventh position in 2000.The survey questioned students at 63 leading universities in 10 European countries.Nokia has also increased its popularity among business students, moving from 22nd to fourth place this year.But McKinsey remains the top employer for this group of students, followed by Boston Consulting Group and Andersen Consulting.The Universum Graduate Survey 2000 – Pan-European Edition report concludes, “The rapid expansion of the telecommunications industry has not passed unnoticed among European students with the popularity of employers such as Nokia and Ericsson having risen greatly since last year’s survey.” It added, “It is the skyrocketing importance of the new economy that challenges the established order.“Telecoms, the Internet, and even entrepreneurship are appealing more and more to technically savvy students.”Fiona Forsyth, HR coordinator at Scottish software development company Real Time Engineering, said the graduate recruitment market continues to be highly competitive. She said, “We have put a lot of effort into our graduate recruitment campaign this year and as a result have succeeded in making seven offers.“Our experience is that things are pretty tough at the moment and other companies we know that other companies are finding the same thing.“We are all interested in finding out why it is so difficult.”www.universum.se New economy scoops the rest in fight for graduatesOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Complaints about proposal to name building after Thatcher

first_imgOxford alumnus Margaret Thatcher is at the centre of a new debate between University academics after plans to name a university building in her honour were revealed.Billionaire Wafic Saïd, who recently donated £15 million towards the construction of a new facility at the Saïd business school, told the Spectator that he hoped to name the building after the former Prime Minister, calling her a “lioness.”Whilst many Oxford academics have backed “The Thatcher Building” as a fitting tribute to the former Prime Minister, others have suggested that she is an inappropriate figure to honour.The dispute follows the decision of congress in 1985 to not award Thatcher an honorary Oxford degree due to her cuts to education. She became the first Oxford educated Prime Minister since the Second World War to be refused the honour and no incumbent has been offered one since.History Professor Robert Gildea emphasised that current Oxford academics should acknowledge the earlier decision of their peers, commenting, “As a young lecturer I voted against giving her an honorary degree because of her attack on higher education and I have not changed my mind since then.”He added, “Far from being a benefactor, Mrs Thatcher started the attack on the funding of higher education and began the process of marketization and privatisation of universities that has continued over the last 30 years,” concluding, “To name a building after Thatcher would be to legitimate those policies which are destructive of a university system which seeks to uphold its autonomy and the values of disinterested research, teaching and learning.”However Emeritus Fellow of All Souls Peter Pulzer, who led the opposition to Thatcher’s honorary degree in 1985 disputed this argument, telling Cherwell that he was “indifferent to the proposal.”Pulzer stated, “I thought, and still think, that the refusal of the degree in 1985 was justified as a protest against the policies of the government of which she was head.” He continued, “But buildings are named after all sorts of people, some of whom are controversial.“There’s a difference between a comment on policies at the time and a later memorial to someone who has left office. The new passage linking the two parts of the Bodleian is named after Gladstone. I’m an admirer of Gladstone, but many people hated him.”Dr Alice Prochaska, principal of Somerville College, where Thatcher studied chemistry, told Cherwell that Somerville were “always glad to hear of plans to honour her.” She added, “We already have a Margaret Thatcher conference centre at Somerville, so the Saïd building would be far from the first building in Oxford to honour her.” Thatcher has been an Honorary Fellow at Somerville since before she became Prime Minister.The student population has been equally as divided over the issue. Lincoln student Nathan Akehurst stated, “It comes at a time when Thatcher’s inheritors are busy packaging up and selling higher education, and the dons are absolutely right to attempt to force a Congregation vote. Honouring her with a building, especially when a Conservative-led government is in power continuing her legacy, is partisan and inappropriate.”Brasenose student James Norman opposed the plans, remarking, “Margaret Thatcher’s ‘legacy’ is indubitably associated with a whole nexus of negative and offensive actions undertaken during her ministerial career contrary to the socially progressive and inclusive stance which Oxford has been attempting to align itself with in recent years.”Thomas Adams, chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, said, “She is still a divisive figure and I understand why there has been opposition to these plans.“If students who would be using the new building are strongly opposed to it, those concerns are of course valid. Student concerns should definitely be taken into account and if opposition is high enough they should seek a new name.”Fergus Butler-Gaille also felt the plans were misguided, quipping, “It seems to me appropriate that such a vulgar and Mammon orientated institution as the Business school should appropriate the prophetess of monetarism for their ghastly new building.“However there is the added problem that the majority of the opposition is led by morons who simply have a non-thought out, knee jerk reaction to ‘Thatcher’. As a consequence, I am torn between dislike for Mrs Thatcher and the profound dislike of stupid lefty JCR types opposing this for the sake of it.”In contrast, History and Politics student James Johnson supported the suggestion, saying, “I believe the building should be named after Mrs Thatcher, the University should notice that Mrs Thatcher did a great deal for the country as well as making mistakes.“Academics from across the spectrum are wrong to paint this as a ‘right v left’ issue. Instead, the naming of the building should be about recognising and applauding esteemed figures from the University, about celebrating the fact that Oxford University produced such a leading figure as Mrs T.”He continued, “Mr Said has pumped £15 million into the project to profit the students of the University. Surely he should be allowed to choose the name of the institution?”Wafic Saïd, 72, helped to broker the Al-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, the UK’s biggest-ever export agreement. His £23 million gift in 1996 to establish the business school at Oxford was controversial and its opening in 2001 was marred by student protests.last_img read more

Happy wrapping

first_imgIn the last couple of years, wraps have really taken off, and you only need to look in the food sections of high street shops or garages to see how popular they’re proving with consumers as a convenient, tasty snack. From busy mums preparing school lunchboxes to late night kebab fans, following an evening in the pub, it seems the tortilla wrap is fast becoming the new sandwich.Recent independent research by TNS found that 68 million fajita wraps will be consumed in the UK over the next 12 months, and are most likely to be popular with 20- and 30-year-olds.A GUIDE TO WRAPPINGThere are two approaches for anyone in the baking industry looking to sell wraps: either go for the New York deli-style set-up, where customers decide what filling they want and the wraps are made up in front of them to order, or prepare them in advance, in the same way that supermarkets do.Discovery Foods has recently launched a guide for consumers on how to make wraps, and the most popular version, The Classic, is made as follows: cover a round wrap with, for example, houmous and roasted pepper or plum sauce and Hoisin duck; fold in from both sides, and then fold up from the bottom. Roll over from the bottom twice, to make a ’parcel’, press down to seal, cut in half with a sharp knife and serve.Another style that works well is The Commuter, named because it’s ideal for busy people on the go and, unlike a sandwich, the filling doesn’t end up in your lap. Simply place the filling on the wrap, and fold up once from the bottom. Then fold over the left and keep rolling until you have an upright ’cylinder’, which you can eat with one hand and ride the Tube with the other.EXOTIC INGREDIENTSCustomers expect wrap fillings to be anything but traditional, so something such as Cajun Chicken or Hoisin Duck offers a slightly more exotic ingredient, compared to the traditional British sandwich. In many ways it offers a food fusion where East meets West. Wraps are also great for sweet fillings, such as strawberries and cream during Wimbledon – a great a summer snack.Sandwich wraps have been with us in the UK for over a decade. In fact, it was Discovery founder and chairman James Beaton, who spotted them in San Francisco and first introduced them into the UK in the mid-’90s. To start with, even sandwich giant Marks & Spencer didn’t understand the concept, but within six months, Discovery Foods was selling half a million wraps a week.Reports of the death of the sandwich have been greatly exaggerated, and there will always be a place for it in the nation’s lunchboxes. But if Britain follows the rest of the world, wraps will continue to increase in popularity. nlast_img read more

Repel plant-eaters

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaDeer find roses, hydrangeas, hostas and day lilies delectable, much to the dismay of Georgia gardeners. Find out how to shoo them away on this week’s ‘Gardening in Georgia’ on Georgia Public Broadcasting Sept. 20 and 22. Show host Walter Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, makes no promises the brew will be a permanent repellant. But his homemade concoction, which starts with rotten eggs and hot sauce, would surely give a deer a stomachache. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.Fall blooms are colorful, but other things provide landscape color, too. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Mildred Fockele guides Reeves among several shrubs that have tiny blooms but marvelously colored fruit. ABG experts also show how to repot orchids.”Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on “Gardening in Georgia,” visit www.gardeningingeorgia.com.last_img read more