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Wikipedia’s annual fundraising appeal is underway

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 7 December 2012 | News Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, explained: “Our fundraiser succeeds the same way Wikipedia does, with millions of people contributing what they can so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.”People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because they know it’s written for them. Our readers fund the site, which keeps us independent and able to deliver what they need and want from Wikipedia – exactly as it should be.”Appropriately the 2012 campaign features some of the service users: it is showcasing stories from Wikimedia editors, photographers and free-knowledge advocates from around the world who contribute to Wikimedia projects. 2011 appeal resultsThe 2011 annual appeal secured donations from 1.1 million people from almost every country on the planet who donated an average of $30. The campaign’s fundraising messages and banners were translated into over 100 languages by more than 1,000 volunteers.UK-based users of Wikipedia will notice fundraising banners across the site for the next few weeks. In the UK however it is not possible to give using Gift Aid because the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with tax exempt status in the United States. However, tax-effective donations can be made to to Wikimedia UK which is a registered charity in the UK.http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Wikimedia Foundation which runs various projects including the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia has launched its annual fundraising appeal. This is the organisation’s major appeal for voluntary donations and helps keep the Wikimedia projects available around the world in multiple languages at no cost. It also helps ensure that the sites never have to carry advertising.This is the US nonprofit’s ninth annual fundraising campaign and aims to generate $25 million. The funding helps pay for server infrastructure, improve the software that underpins the projects, and help increase the number of editors of the sites.For its other costs the Wikimedia Foundation turns to grantmaking foundations. Advertisementcenter_img  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Wikipedia’s annual fundraising appeal is underwaylast_img read more

Grow it Know it

first_imgAn award-winning interactive Clarke County school program that teaches students about science and nutrition is now underway in Barrow County, thanks to the University of Georgia.The Grow It Know It program, established in 2013 by the UGA Office of Service-Learning, UGA Cooperative Extension, UGArden and the Clarke County School District (CCSD), is designed to support teachers involved in farm-to-school programming.UGA alumna Alyssa Flanders, now a teacher at Russell Middle School in Barrow County, volunteered at Clarke Middle School when she was at UGA studying agricultural education. She helped in the school garden, growing fresh fruits and vegetables to offer in the cafeteria and helping students learn about agriculture and healthy eating.When she learned that Grow It Know It was expanding to counties outside of Clarke County, she jumped at the chance to work with the program again.“You can’t have a school garden by yourself. It really takes a village,” Flanders says. “You need expert knowledge, materials, construction, all the support you can get.”School gardens are living, breathing outdoor classrooms for students to apply what they learn in science classes to real life. Through Grow It Know It, students better understand animal science, wildlife management, mechanics and the many processes behind growing food and getting it on grocery store shelves.“You don’t only have a school garden that one or two teachers utilize, but a school garden that is part of everything you do at the school,” says Alicia Holloway, UGA Extension agent in Barrow County. “All the students and teachers utilize it, and the education isn’t just about gardening, but everything associated with it, like sustainability, health and careers in agriculture.”Andie Bisceglia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant coordinator for Grow It Know It, said the idea to expand the program beyond Clarke County began taking shape about a year ago. Holloway’s established relationships with the school’s teachers, local farmers and businesses made Barrow County a natural fit for the program.“When we received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we started planning and asking questions,” Bisceglia says. “Would the model work as well somewhere else? Could we spread it throughout the state?”In Clarke County, the Office of Service-Learning places AmeriCorps VISTA members at each of the four middle schools to oversee the Grow It Know It programs. This year, AmeriCorps VISTA member Joshua Truitt was placed at Russell Middle School in Barrow County.“After graduating, I was torn between teaching and extension work,” Truitt says. “This is the perfect fit for me because I get to work with kids and agriculture.”He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in agriculture and environmental education from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the spring of 2018. He recently helped the students in Flanders’ class use a drill to make raised beds for vegetable gardens. “It was my first time using a drill,” said eighth-grader Iyanna Green. “It was super satisfying to actually make something with my hands.”The plant beds will house spinach, chard, radishes and collard greens — vegetables that could be served in the school cafeteria. Flanders believes that students are more likely to sample healthy options if they are involved in planting them.“Now, more than ever, people want to know where their food is coming from,” she says. “It’s important to teach students that food doesn’t just magically appear at Walmart or Publix. It takes so much knowledge and resources to grow food properly and safely.”In October, the Clarke County School District was awarded the Golden Radish Innovative Partnership Award from Georgia Organics for its partnership with Grow It Know It in Clarke County middle schools. Diana Cole, a Barrow County school teacher involved in the Grow It Know It program, won the Golden Radish Teacher of the Year award. Georgia Organics is a statewide organization that raises awareness of the benefits of organic farming and connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.For more information about how UGA Extension works with school and community gardens, visit ugaurbanag.com.last_img read more

Anders Spinalators are the 25th Great Race Champions

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Anders Spinalators started out strong, took the lead after the third event and never looked back on its way to winning the 25th Great Race in Wellington Saturday. Temperatures were well into the 90s and it was smooth sailing for Anders and the crew. (see Great Race photo gallery here). Usually some adversity strikes and impacts the outcome of the race, and it struck the defending Great Race Champions Dore Enchies this year.The Enchies jumped out to a quick lead and led the first two events, and they were in second after the cross country portion, and that is when disaster struck. In the motorcycle portion of the race, a mechanical failure caused the Dore’s bike to stop running and the rider had to push the bike to the transition line. That put the Enchies in ninth place. They did manage to get back into third before the race ended.Placings after each race.“Everything has to go right,” said Jason Rausch, an Anders team member, after the race.Last year, Anders had a dropped spike, and a problem at the canoe exchange, and they ended up second.“It went real smooth,” said John Anders, team captain. “It was a little hot and that may have slowed times a little.”They both praised their horse that ran well. The run is long for a horse especially in hot weather.“If there is anyone in front of him, he will catch them,” Rausch said.Anders Spinalators takes back the crown.Anders winning time was 44 minutes and 30 seconds. Security State Bank Big Bucks were second at 46:40 and the Enchies were third at 48:30.Anders and Rausch said the hardest thing is getting a team together, and getting people committed to showing up and running, cycling, canoeing or any of the other 13 events.At one time Rausch ran a team but now he runs with the Anders team.Security State Bank Big Bucks finishes second.The Security State team got into second by the fourth event and held that position throughout the race.The race starts with a 360 yard sprint, followed by a three-quarter mile run, and then a cross country run. From there comes the Motorcross motorcycle event, followed by another three quarters of a mile run, then there is the mile and a half horse race, a bicycle run and two one-mile runs. From there there is a two-part canoe race, and the event ends with two running events.Team captains from the first five teams were also on hand to help start the race.The Great Race began in 1977, and took several years off before being revived in 2001.In recent years the Enchies and Anders Spinalators have dominated the race and over the past three years those two teams have finished first and second. The Spinalators won year before last and the Dore Enchies won the previous three. The Dore Enchies, formerly the Commodore Enchies, have won the event eight times since 2001 and in the top three three times. The Anders Spinalators have been in the top three each of the last five years. The Security State Bank Big Bucks have also been in the hunt recently, finishing in the top three two of the last four years.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Iowa Senate GOPers seek deeper income tax cuts

first_imgDES MOINES — On the first day of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, Republican leaders in the Iowa Senate called for more income tax cuts. Two years ago, the Republican-led legislature passed the largest state income tax cut in state history. Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny said it’s time to cut more.“We can continue to do more to simplify and make taxes lower, fairer and more efficient,” Whitver said yesterday during a speech on the Senate floor, “but the ultimate goal is to ensure that people who work hard for their money are going to keep more of it.”Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said state income taxes are gradually being reduced through the legislature’s 2018 action, but they’re still too high.“The more we can lower income taxes the sooner Iowans will be able to pay off student loans, buy a home, start a family, save for their childrens’ education or put aside money for retirement,” Schneider said during his opening day speech The top Democrat in the Senate called for guaranteeing paid family leave for Iowa workers. Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines said the state’s unemployment rate may be low, but too many Iowans who are working are paid too little.“Let’s raise the minimum wage and end welfare practices that prop up low-wage employers who trap Iowans in chronic poverty,” Petersen said in her opening day speech.House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City suggested he and other Democrats in the House will call for a significant increase in state spending on Iowa’s public schools.“Democrats understand that to build a better future and grow our workforce, we must educate the children and students of today to work and lead the state tomorrow,” Prichard said on the  House floor.In addition, Prichard said House Democrats will offer proposals to address Iowa’s housing shortage.last_img read more