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Facebook launches a donation system for not-for-profit organizations in Europe

Facebook launches a donation system for not-for-profit organizations in Europe

The social network has promoted an initiative to provide charitable fundraising tools in sixteen countries across Europe.

Collecting donations is one of the most frequents tasks for NGOs and not-for-profit organizations. Facebook knows this and because of this has launched a fundraising tool for not-for-profit organizations in Europe. This is due to the success achieved in the United States in helping the organizations which raised funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and which managed to collect 10 million dollars. In this regard, Facebook has enabled in 15 countries the option of adding a Donate button to the Facebook page of not-for-profit organizations.

By doing so, by the end of October NGOs can sign up and start using this tool to raise funds through the social network. Facebook offers three tools to collect donations: fundraising through the Donate button, collecting donations during a live broadcast on Facebook Live and empowering people who want to offer their support through Facebook fundraising. 

The most important instance is the one in which live broadcast tool is envolved. People or pages that have been verified by Facebook can add the Donate button directly to their live broadcasts to raise funds for an NGO. Some of the organizations already involved in this new initiative are Caritas Spain, Save the Children Spain, UNICEF France and Movember.

This donation system has been launched in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Luxembourg, Austria and Finland.


                                   
Fuente: Adweek

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We are launching an Open Call for Web Projects in the Technology Field!

We are launching an Open Call for Web Projects in the Technology Field!

Following the calls for Sport and Health, the aim of this new grant is to design a modern web page for a technology organisation.

The iWith.org Foundation has launched an “Open Call for Web Projects in the Technology Field”. The grant aims to design a new web page for an organisation with projects within the technology sector. The goal of the programme is to help organisations in the technology field make the most of the opportunities that the Internet offers, creating the world we want to live in. The project is funded by Ukon Cherry Ltd.

The basis of the call is as follows:

Who can apply?

Amongst the organisations that can apply to the programme are NGOs, associations, federations, foundations, cooperation and development organizations, etc., with links to the technology field.

What’s the objective

Helping organisations in the technology field to make the most of the opportunities that the Internet offers, especially in the environment of web communication.

What does the selection process involve?

  • First phase:  a personalised guidance session will be held by the iWith.org Foundation with each of the selected applications. The needs of each organisation will be analysed in this first encounter and the best applications will be assessed to design the web page.
  • Second phase: recommendations and proposals will be presented.
  • Third phase: the iWith.org Grant Committee will select one of the projects that have been given guidance to design the web through the Open Call.

What will the winning project receive?

The creation of the website includes: web hosting and programming in Abcore Cadí, freedom of design on Responsive templates, training of administrators, web communication tools such as newsletters, events or press release services, as well as support. The selected project will receive support at no cost until 2021.

For more information on the Open Call, please use the link below. Applications can be made through the following form.
 


                          

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Instant payments for charitable initiatives

Instant payments for charitable initiatives

The Verse application allows making payments and appeals to donors in the time it takes to send an SMS. Some NGOs and non-profits are already using it.

Make a donation as if you were sending an SMS. That is the ultimate aim of the Verse App, a new application which lets you make quick payments and without any fees. In line with this, Verse has collaborated with charitable initiatives and aims to promote the use of the application in non-profit organisations. For example, all proceeds from the launch party of Verse Events were donated to the CEAR organisation, which protects the rights of refugees and leads social awareness campaigns.

Verse is free to download, and simple to use. The first step is creating an account - register with your mobile number and link the account with your credit card in order to send money to any of your contacts. After that, you can send or request money by simply entering the recipient's mobile number. The accumulated balance on Verse can be transferred directly to their bank account. Additionally, Verse donates €5 for each new user that registers on the application and makes their first donation.

Along with online donations, the app can also be used to create events and split expenses. Organisations like the Turkana Eye ProjectNeed Ü and the Pedriatic Cancer Center project have already used the platform to promote their activities. For more information about what they do, check the Verse blog


                      

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20 places left on the course “Communication Strategies for Youth Projects”!

20 places left on the course “Communication Strategies for Youth Projects”!

The objective of this open and free course is to analyse and present good practices in the field of social communication during the implementation of youth projects in the Programa Erasmus Plus. 


The course “Communication Strategies for Youth Projects” aims to analyse and present good practices in the field of social communication during the implementation of youth projects in the Programa Erasmus Plus

Firstly, the training will give the youth workers the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of communication, through complementary materials and through the participation of their co-workers during the different sessions. Secondly, the course will allow the participants to share knowledge and to communicate with each other.

In order to achieve these aims, the following tasks will be undertaken:
  • Present the theory of dissemination (communication) of results of youth projects and write a reflection. 
  • Reflect on the good practices in the dissemination (communication) of the results in the field of the youth projects implemented under the Programa Erasmus Plus.
The training participants will receive theoretical and practical information regarding the three thematic blocks:
  • Communication strategies for Erasmus Plus projects.
  • Target audiences for the communication strategies of the Erasmus Plus projects. 
  • Communication tools and resources for the Erasmus Plus projects. 
 
For more information:

Location: Aula de la Dirección General de Juventud situada en la calle Calàbria 147 (Barcelona)
Price: Open and free
Places: 20
Languages: Catalan or English 
Registration form: Click here
Deadline for registration: 9th October 2017 
 

             

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Honoring the Bright Life of Sr. Jean Pruitt: A Message from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

Honoring the Bright Life of Sr. Jean Pruitt: A Message from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

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It is with shock and tremendous sadness that I received the news that Sr. Jean Pruitt, the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa, passed away recently. When I met her at the GNRC Fifth Forum in Panama City this May, she was as full of joy, humor and vigor as ever. She has dedicated her entire life to the children for Africa. Her work for and with children has touched countless lives and inspired people like me all around the world.

I first met Sr. Jean, who has run the Dogodogo Center for street children in Tanzania for decades, at the GNRC First Forum in Tokyo in 2000. Thanks to her support, we were able to invite street children served by the Center to the Conference of Children for Coming Generation that we held in Japan in 2000. The presentation made by Mr. George Daniel, one of the street children from the Center, inspired all the participants, including me, and after that, I personally exchanged letters with him for a while.

Sr. Jean was the very first person to translate our vision for interfaith cooperation for children through the Global Network of Religions for Children into specific, grassroots action to change children's lives in Africa. She organized the East and Southern Africa Network of Religions for Children (ESANRC), the first regional GNRC network in Africa, soon after the GNRC's inauguration in the year 2000 and served as the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa until Dr. Mustafa Ali, who is now GNRC Secretary General, assumed the position in 2003. She also served as Chair of the Local Hosting Committee and contributed to the successful GNRC Fourth Forum held in Tanzania in 2012. Following the Fifth Forum this year, she has been active in following up on the commitments in the Panama Declaration. Sr. Jean was a bright light, and that light she gave will continue to shine in all of our work. 

On behalf of Arigatou International, let me express my sincere condolences to her family, Maryknoll sisters, and to the GNRC Tanzania. We all mourn her and remember her for her tremendous contribution to the GNRC, and to the well-being of children in Africa and around the world. 

Farewell, Sr. Jean. We will miss you. Rest in peace.

Keishi Miyamoto

President, Arigatou International


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