The people who matter more than donors

first_imgThis time of year, I spend too much time thinking about money – spending it, giving it, and getting people to donate it. Marketing right now in my mind is all about shopping, donating and fundraising. But an interesting book called Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most by Sybil Stershic, who was kind enough to give me a copy when I saw her a few weeks ago, reminds me there’s another truly important way to think about marketing other than spending and raising funds. And that is in terms of motivating and supporting our staff. They are the “People Who Matter Most.”Just as audience-focused approaches work magic in marketing and customer relations, they also do with our employees. In fact, as she writes in Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most, they are all intertwined, with “a direct link between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction, and between customer satisfaction and improved financial performance.” In other words, if we want money, we need to focus on our staff. She likes to say, “Explain, Train and Refrain” — explain how people’s jobs fit into the big picture and their role, train them to do great work and refrain from getting in their way.Here are some marketing principles I think belong inside our office, not just in our outreach:-Knowing and listening to our audience (not just donors, but the people we work with. We want to listen to what they say because it helps us understand how to motivate them — and to make them and us more effective)-Being authentic: Not just spouting feel-good HR drivel about the value of employees but really valuing them-Providing incentives: See Sybil’s thought on that below-Letting go a knee-jerk need to control our message: Just as we need to give our supporters the freedom to spread the word about us in their own language, we need to give employees the freedom to solve problems and serve customers/donors as they see fit. Look no further than United vs. Southwest or Macy’s vs. Nordstrom for the difference this makes.So what incentives does Sybil say work but don’t cost money? Research shows there are three:-Personal recognition for a job well done-A written thank-you-Public praiseSo don’t just thank your donors this holiday, thank the people around you.last_img read more

Great Example of an Advocacy Widget:, has a great widget available at their website. It is a great example of how to spread the word about your cause while inspiring others to take action! It is part of an awareness raising campaign about switching to CFL light blubs. Any user can customize the widget to give me the information by state, city, or zip code.The CFL Summit took place on February 22, 2007 and was held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San José, CA. The Summit, hosted by coalition partner Yahoo!Currently, there is a lot of attention on global warming and energy efficiency in the United States, and the Summit organizers believe that we can capitalize on this momentum to bring CFLs to the tipping point.It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL. This group of activists is formalizing an effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.” The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The website, built by Yahoo! is a tool to track nationwide CFL purchases by metropolitan area and state. Any organization can easily download the “badge,” which draws data from and creates a tracker on the organization’s website.It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL. We are formalizing our effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.” The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Source: read more

Show Me the Numbers: Can Group Fundraising Help You?

first_imgHighLowBenchmark Peter Deitz writes a blog called About Micro-Philanthropy and maintains Foik, a community Web site that helps individuals launch their own person-to-person fundraising campaigns. Deitz also works as a consultant to nonprofits and philanthropists interested in leveraging the power of social networks.Copyright © 2007 Peter Deitz. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. Average donation amount$55.00$30.00$43.30 In April 2007, a National Public Radio listener named Norman Bier learned that a women’s shelter on South Dakota’s Standing Rock Indian Reservation — one of the poorest Native American communities in the United States — had exhausted its funding and was facing an imminent suspension of services until new funds could be secured. To help the shelter stay afloat, Bier outlined a fundraising plan on political activism Web site Part of Bier’s plan called for the creation of a group fundraising campaign at ChipIn, an online service that helps networks of people collaborate to raise money.Bier created a ChipIn fundraising page called Pretty Bird Woman House, in which he described the shelter’s plight; he also built a fundraising widget (also known as a charity badge) that people could use to contribute funds and promote the campaign on their own sites or blogs. In addition, Bier kept a running diary at DailyKos detailing the campaign’s progress. Remarkably, in just two weeks, Bier’s campaign raised over $27,500 from 683 donors, and the women’s shelter serving Standing Rock Indian Reservation stayed open.As with playing the lottery, individual group fundraising success stories are not necessarily a good indicator of what most participants can expect. Not all of group fundraising campaigns raise $27,500 in 14 days — though most of them fare better than the average lottery ticket. Since overseeing a group fundraising campaign can demand a significant amount of time from your organization and its supporters, you may want to get an idea of just how much money you can raise before you take the plungeTo help you get an idea of whether group fundraising is worth your nonprofit’s time and effort, we’ve compiled data from five popular services, which you can use to estimate how much money your organization might raise through a typical campaign. We’ve also included information regarding how much a campaign is likely to cost in planning and processing fees, as well as tips for exceeding the group fundraising benchmark.Creating the Benchmark: Sources and MethodologyTo arrive at benchmark figures for group fundraising, representatives from five leading platforms were asked to contribute private statistics about the activity on their Web sites. Survey questions included:How much money did your Web site generate in donations last month and to date?How many group fundraising campaigns were created last month and to date?What is the average amount raised by a group fundraising campaign at your site?What is the average number of contributors per campaign?What is the average size of a donation?The five platforms were also asked to provide a subset of statistics on “successful” campaigns, meaning those that met their fundraising goals; those that raised more than $1,000; and those that stood out for their effectiveness in drawing many contributors.This article includes data from ChipIn, Firstgiving, GiveMeaning, SixDegrees, and Although these sites’ platforms differ in many respects, the five groups share two points in common:They permit anyone with an Internet connection to set up a group fundraising campaign on behalf of any 501(c)3 organization. GiveMeaning also permits individuals to raise money for registered charities based in Canada. ChipIn allows users to create group fundraising campaigns on behalf of any person or organization with a PayPal account.They help individuals spread the word about a campaign through social networking tools. All five platforms offer a feature that allows you to email your friends, family, and colleagues to solicit donations. Many of the platforms also give users the option to set fundraising goals, create fundraising widgets, and upload videos and images. (For more information about fundraising widgets, read TechSoup’s article Charity Badges: Turn Your Supporters into Fundraisers.)For more details on how the five platforms differ, please refer to About Micro-Philanthropy’s comparison chart.Note that group fundraising services and Fundable also share the aforementioned points in common. Both platforms were invited to contribute their aggregated data to this article but either declined to do so or did not respond to TechSoup’s invitation.Other group fundraising platforms such as GlobalGiving, DonorsChoose, Kiva, Justgiving, and serve niche communities and have therefore been not been included. Still others — including Bring Light, Changing the Present, Facebook’s Causes, LinkedIn for Good — are too new to have statistically significant aggregated data.The five group fundraising services agreed to share their private information on the condition that the platform-specific responses would remain anonymous. The data has been aggregated in order to produce cross-platform insights into the field of group fundraising as a whole. The benchmark figures for all campaigns can be contrasted with the cross-platform data on successful campaigns. Please note that these figures are not intended to be used as definitive statistics for all group fundraising services, nor do they reflect the performance of any one Web site or company.Benchmark Figures for Group FundraisingBier’s campaign to save Standing Rock’s women’s shelter averaged $40.36 per donation. That figure is less than the average donation amount reported per campaign by the five group platforms participating in this article.Since July 1999, ChipIn, FirstGiving, GiveMeaning, SixDegrees, and have helped nonprofits and individuals create 86,900 group fundraising campaigns. Collectively, these five services are responsible for over $44 million dollars in charitable giving; in April 2007 alone, they generated $3 million in donations through 1,720 group fundraising campaigns.The charts below summarize the benchmark figures calculated from the five platforms’ responses to the questions mentioned above. For each indicator of success — average donation amount, average amount raised per campaign, and average number of contributors per campaign — the highest figure, the lowest figure, and the benchmark have been listed.The benchmark figure is an average of all five platforms’ responses, and as a result, does not correlate to the midpoint between the high number and the low number.Benchmark figures for all group fundraising campaigns Average number of contributors per campaign26948157 HighLowAverage Four of the five contributing group fundraising platforms identified a subset of campaigns as successful. Successful campaigns were selected by one of three criteria: campaigns that met their fundraising goals; campaigns that raised more than $1,000; and/or campaigns that stood out for their effectiveness in drawing large numbers of contributors.Benchmark figures for “successful” group fundraising campaigns Commission on donations made7.35%0%4.4% Average amount raised per campaign$11,393.39$5,158.00$9,018.08 Costs in Planning and Processing FeesThe largest expense in planning a group fundraising event or strategy is the staff time needed to plan and coordinate the initiative. Nonprofits that do not invest time and energy in creating momentum for the event are unlikely to see substantial results.Supporters may need encouragement and sometimes help in creating their campaigns and telling their friends, family, and colleagues about the giving opportunity. Nonprofits should therefore plan on devoting as much — if not more — time to developing and implementing a group fundraising strategy than they would to a more conventional online fundraising campaign. See the section “How to Exceed the Group Fundraising Benchmark” for suggestions on how to develop and implement a group fundraising event.The second largest cost is the processing fees that the platforms charge for administering a group fundraising campaign. Each of the group fundraising sites has its own fee structure, which usually entails taking a percentage of the donated funds.For more information on the fees associated with each group fundraising platform, refer to About Micro-Philanthropy’s comparison chart.Benchmark figure for Processing Fees Average donation amount$149.00$36.16$57.44 Average amount raised per campaign$3,230.00$119.00$692.80 HighLowBenchmark Exercises to Help You Set Realistic ExpectationsNonprofit employees and fundraising consultants can use the benchmark figures mentioned above to set realistic expectations for their group fundraising event or strategy. A group fundraising strategy refers to the long-term steps taken to encourage supporters to create person-to-person fundraising campaigns on behalf of the organization. A group fundraising event refers to the short-term messaging and actions that result in campaigns being created.The following exercises serve as examples for how the benchmark figures above can be put to real-world use. Please note that these exercises are intended to produce ballpark figures; the actual results of your group-fundraising campaign will depend on numerous factors, many of which cannot be predicted or controlled.Exercise A: Determine the number of supporters who would need to create individual campaigns in order to reach an overall fundraising goal.Step 1: Ask yourself how much money the organization needs to fully fund a specific project or program?Step 2: Calculate the additional costs your organization will incur through a group fundraising service’s processing fees. (If you don’t know which site you’ll be using, multiply the amount you are trying to raise by the 4.4-percent average commission fee.) Add this number to the amount you are trying to raise to obtain the total amount you would require to fully fund your project.Step 3: Divide the total by the benchmark figure for the average amount raisedper campaign ($692.80). This step assumes that the average amount raised by each of your supporters will correspond to the benchmark figure for average amount raised per campaign.The resulting figure will correlate to the number of supporters who would need to create independent person-to-person fundraising campaigns for your organization to meet its overall fundraising goal.Example:Step 1: Overall fundraising goal: $100,000Step 2: Processing fees: $4,400Step 3: Total amount that needs to be raised: $104,400Step 4: Divide by average campaign total $104,400 / $692.80Number of supporters who would need to create a campaign: 151Exercise B: Determine how much your organization is likely to raise through group fundraising.Step 1: Ask yourself how many of the organization’s supporters are likely to volunteer their time and energy to create and promote a group fundraising campaign?Step 2: Multiply this number by the benchmark figure for the average amount raised per campaign ($692.80).Step 3: Deduct the amount of money your organization will have to pay in processing fees. (If you don’t know which site you’ll be using, multiply the amount you are trying to raise by 95.6 percent).The resulting number correlates to the total amount of money your nonprofit can expect to raise using a group fundraising platform.Example:Step 1: Number of individual campaigns: 75Step 2: Total amount raised through campaigns: $51,960.00Step 3: Subtract processing fees: $2,286.24Amount that can be raised: $49,673.76An organization can side-step the goal of encouraging supporters to create group fundraising campaigns on their behalf by starting the campaign themselves and emailing supporters with a solicitation to donate money.This plan would create dynamics that are similar to traditional online fundraising. The voice of your campaign would be the organization. The recipients of the solicitation would be existing supporters. As a result, this approach would produce results that correlate with the benchmark figures that have already been identified for traditional online fundraising.How to Exceed the Group Fundraising BenchmarkNonprofits that are ready to begin experimenting with group fundraising are encouraged to observe the following recommendations. These tips can be recalled through the mnemonic S.I.M.P.L.E., which stands for Strategy, Incentives, Message, Promotion, Luck, and Effort.1. StrategyMake sure that your organization has set realistic expectations for the amount of money it expects to raise through group fundraising and the number of supporters it expects to play an active role. Devise a long-term strategy and short-term plan for encouraging people to create group fundraising pages. Review the two exercises above to help identify your goals.For more advice on planning a groupfundraising campaign, refer to this ChipIn Widget Fundraising Case Study written by nonprofit technology consultant Beth Kanter.2. IncentivesA number of articles have demonstrated that providing supporters with incentives will increase donations and response rates to action alerts, and this also applies to group fundraising. Individual group fundraising campaigns are more likely to succeed if they have a deadline, as well as an organization, corporation, or sponsor that will match donors’ total contributions.For more information on the role that deadlines and matching funds played in Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees group fundraising event, read Katya Andresen’s blog posting titled Asking For Money Online: What Works.You might also consult Robert B. Cialdini’s article The Power of Persuasion: Putting the Science of Influence to Work in Fundraising.3. MessageNonprofits experimenting with group fundraising have two messaging challenges and must communicate with clarity and purpose. First, there is the messaging to your supporters inviting them to create group fundraising campaigns. Second, and more important, is the message that your supporters will relate to their friends, family, and colleagues through their group fundraising campaign.Make sure that you have given your supporters wording, images, and video that they may need to successfully encourage their personal network to contribute, which will ensure that they do not have to spend the time crafting promotional materials themselves. However, some of your supporters may wish to modify the message to better solicit donations, and you should feel free to allow them to do so.4. PromotionYour supporters will carry the burden of promoting their respective group fundraising campaigns by emailing their friends, family, and colleagues about the event, but you can help by suggesting additional tips that may increase the number of donations. Resources such as Firstgiving’s Best Practices guide and Network For Good’s Tips for Successful Person to Person Fundraising With Online Charity Badges may give your supporters other ideas that will help them publicize the campaign.5. LuckSome of your supporters will be more connected to large social networks than others. The more of your supporters that you encourage to create person-to-person fundraising campaigns, the more likely you are to find someone who can quickly spread the word to sympathetic audiences beyond his or her immediate social network. This leap into other communities requires a stroke of luck, as well as an easily understood project.6. EffortAlthough the mnemonic for these tips spells the word simple, devising a group fundraising event or strategy is anything but. You will find that a significant amount of your organization’s staff time and energy goes into helping the campaigns succeed. Nonprofit employees should be cautioned that sustained effort is the most important ingredient to producing exceptional results with group fundraising.Group fundraising is an exciting technology rising from the social-networking sphere, offering organizations a unique opportunity to reach new donors while still engaging the most steadfast supporters. If you can invest the time and effort necessary to meet the benchmarks referenced in this article, it might be time for your nonprofit to take its first step into the promising world of group fundraising.About the Author: Average number of contributors per campaign40416last_img read more

4 Nifty Tips for Building a List

first_imgKatya’s note: This guest post is by my talented colleague Rebecca Ruby at Network for Good. I want to share it because I often get asked, how do I build an email list?By Rebecca RubyA philosophical question: If an e-newsletter is powerful enough to move someone to action, but no one’s around to read it, does it make an impact? If not particularly mind-bending, this inquiry does bring up a valuable (seemingly obvious) point: You can craft a fabulous e-newsletter, send it out just the right number of times per year and impart some really powerful information, but you need to create an email contact list (an audience) at your organization to be effective. Here are four tips to get you started on the road to contact-information glory: 1. Make it easy, compelling and cool for your website visitors to give you their email addresses (yes, it can be cool). The majority of people visiting your organization’s website is there on purpose-they may have been searching for your organization in particular or simply shopping around for a nonprofit with your mission. Make the sign-up button easy-to-spot, put it “above the fold,” and make your form brief yet informative (you risk form abandonment if you require or ask for too many pieces of information). 2. Include “join our email list” everywhere you can. Once you have your online form, send people there from all directions: your homepage, the signature at the bottom of your email (your everyday contacts may opt in), and other places you have content sprinkled around the Internet such as blogs and social networking pages.3. Use the “people love free stuff” principle. Incentivize. You’re asking people to give you something (information), and they’re going to wonder what’s in it for them:•Set up a drawing.•Offer prizes to the first X people who sign up for your new e-newsletter or who sign up by Y date.•Show people that they’re making a difference and/or joining a community.4. Make it easy for your current subscribers to hook their friends. Promote your newsletter and gain new subscribers by asking current subscribers to forward your message along; consider including a “forward to a friend” link in your message. Keep in mind that you should always include a subscribe link in your newsletter so people who do receive a forwarded copy have an easy way to get their own copy in the future.last_img read more

A scarcity mentality leads to scarcity

first_imgI was having lunch with some of my favorite web designers the other day, and we got to talking about the scarcity mentality. They were especially irritated with unethical web designers that create websites that nonprofits can’t access themselves, so they could generate more business for their firms in perpetuity. They told the story of one nonprofit that hired them saying their last designer wouldn’t even give them high-resolution electronic files of the logo they’d designed — so the firm could charge the nonprofit each time it needed to do something with their logo. It had never occurred to that nonprofit to beware of that in their contract. While this made the firm money in the short term, the nonprofit was so irate they hired a new designer (my friends) and doubtlessly spread lots of bad word of mouth about that awful firm. Hoarding, secrecy and a spirit of scarcity are not good strategies.Then I saw this excellent point made by blogger Terri:The non-profit universe is set up so that everyone must compete for the same money. This prevents a lot of networking, partnering and coalition-building. I think this is a shame. Just as it is possible for me to invite you over for dinner without giving you my house, it must be possible for agencies and others to connect and interact in ways that increase the visibility, credibility and effectiveness of everyone.I love the dinner/house analogy, Terri. Well said.In addition to funding fears curtailing collaboration in our sector, I see information-hoarding as another bad phenomenon. I’m appalled by some funders, nonprofits and companies that serve our sector refusing to freely share what they know and learn. They don’t get that scarcity mentalities lead to more scarcity.I believe in giving away everything you can, in sharing information freely and in collaborating openly with others. While this sounds scary in a competitive world, it actually gets you more resources at the end of the day. When you’re generous with others, they usually end up reciprocating. You get absolutely amazing word of mouth and massive amounts of goodwill. When you join forces with worthy partners, you usually get more visibility and resources for both parties. When you act with integrity, you get more business. Really. I’m not saying there isn’t competition in this world. I’m saying how we react to it is critical to our success. We can fight over the same small patches of territory or we can try to band together for a bigger land grab. The rare disease organizations have done this with great success with federal funding. Newspapers have done this to great success, making online content free – they then get more traffic and therefore more ad revenue. Network for Good does this too with our Learning Center and free calls – we share everything we know about fundraising. And we’ve ended up with more nonprofits using our services, which has led to more revenue. Generosity has an excellent ROI.Parsimony pays back accordingly.last_img read more

4 Tips for Getting Proactive about Building Your Email List

first_imgMake it easy for your current subscribers to hook their friends. Promote your newsletter and gain new subscribers by asking current subscribers to forward your message along; consider including a “forward to a friend” link in your message. Keep in mind that you should always include a subscribe link in your newsletter so people who do receive a forwarded copy have an easy way to get their own copy in the future. A philosophical question: If an e-newsletter is powerful enough to move someone to action, but no one’s around to read it, does it make an impact?If not particularly mind-bending, this inquiry does bring up a valuable (seemingly obvious) point: You can craft a fabulous e-newsletter, send it out just the right number of times per year and impart some really powerful information, but you need to create an email contact list (an audience) at your organization to be effective.Here are four tips to get you started on the road to contact-information glory:Make it easy, compelling and cool for your website visitors to give you their email addresses (yes, it can be cool). The majority of people visiting your organization’s website is there on purpose-they may have been searching for your organization in particular or simply shopping around for a nonprofit with your mission. Make the sign-up button easy-to-spot, put it “above the fold,” and make your form brief yet informative (you risk form abandonment if you require or ask for too many pieces of information).Include “join our email list” everywhere you can. Once you have your online form, send people there from all directions: your homepage, the signature at the bottom of your email (your everyday contacts may opt in), and other places you have content sprinkled around the web such as blogs and social networking pages.Use the “people love free stuff” principle. Incentivize. You’re asking people to give you something (information), and they’re going to wonder what’s in it for them:Set up a drawing.Offer prizes to the first X people who sign up for your new e-newsletter or who sign up by Y date.Show people that they’re making a difference and/or joining a community.last_img read more

10 Principles Of Effective Web Design

first_imgUsability and the utility, not the visual design, determine the success or failure of a web-site. Since the visitor of the page is the only person who clicks the mouse and therefore decides everything, user-centric design has become a standard approach for successful and profit-oriented web design. After all, if users can’t use a feature, it might as well not exist.We aren’t going to discuss the implementation details (e.g. where the search box should be placed) as it has already been done in a number of articles; instead we focus on the main principles, heuristics and approaches for effective web design — approaches which, used properly, can lead to more sophisticated design decisions and simplify the process of perceiving presented information.Continue reading at Smashing Magazine. The geniuses at Smashing Magazine have put together a fantastic article on designing a successful website, including a list of ten principles of effective web design. This is a must read for nonprofit marketers involved in web projects.last_img read more

No Kitties or Puppies. HELP! (Step One)

first_imgView Step TwoOoh! Aah! Who can resist the cuteness of kitty or puppy photos like this one?Don’t feel silly for loving them. It’s human nature. In fact, photos like the one on this page are such tasty emotional candy that every bite takes folks one step closer to a donation.But if your organization can’t rely on kitty, puppy or baby photos most of the time (and that’s most of us), what can you do?Here are two practical, proven steps:Step 1: Consider what makes kitty and puppy photos so delicious and so effective for nonprofits.I’m no psychologist, so I turned to the Interwebs for the answer—and I learned absolutely nothing. That’s right. I couldn’t find any definitive research behind the why.What I do know is this:People share photos of their pets. It’s just what we do, the same way we share photos of our kids or gardens.We’ve been sharing these photos for a long time, way before Facebook and Instagram.Our families and friends share the same kind of photos with us.Even if you don’t have pets or kids, it’s easy to appreciate the cuteness of someone else’s. These images are upbeat and nonthreatening.Which leads me to this why-didn’t-I-think-of-it litmus test for compelling content from ActionSprout founder and CEO Drew Barnard:“Before you post anything, ask yourself, ‘Would I share this? Would I want this piece of content associated with my Facebook persona?’ If the answer is no, go back to the well and create or curate something new.”So, make sure your photos are something you’d share with your family and personal friends. And put this at the top of your “compelling content” checklist!View Step TwoWith refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at read more

Upgrade Your Fundraising Campaigns with Mobile Giving

first_imgThe nonprofit world is hearing a lot about mobile giving these days. Mobile giving is more than just a buzzword. It’s a tool that fundraisers can use to boost the performance of their fundraising campaigns, generating more revenue for their organizations.Mobile giving is even more powerful when it’s integrated into broader campaigns that include both offline elements (such as mailings) and wider digital elements (such as retargeted ads). In this article, we’ll share why mobile giving works so well, the trends you should take advantage of, and some ideas for integrating mobile giving into your campaigns.What is Mobile Giving?But first, what is mobile giving? And how is it different from online giving? Online giving refers to any type of giving that’s done via the internet. It’s a broad category that comprises many tactics and forms of giving.Mobile giving is a subcategory of online giving. Its defining characteristic is the use of a smartphone or mobile device. Each time a donor uses a mobile device to make a donation, it’s considered mobile giving. This form of online giving is a fairly broad category in and of itself, encompassing several tactics. Mobile giving includes:Gifts made by text (text-to-give)Gifts sent via email on a mobile device (mobile email)Gifts sent through mobile-responsive donation pagesGifts sent via mobile appsWhy Mobile Giving WorksNetwork for Good has found that mobile giving is responsible for 33% of all gifts on our customers’ donation pages. There are several reasons why mobile giving is growing. Consider these statistics from Nonprofits Source:25% of donors complete their donations on mobile devices.54% of nonprofit emails are read on a mobile device.51% of people who visit a nonprofit’s website do so on a mobile device.1 in 4 donors uses mobile devices to discover nonprofits they were previously unaware of.Modern life is fast-paced. As people juggle responsibilities, they’re on the go, and they’re taking the internet with them. Not only do a vast majority of Americans (77% of U.S. adults) own a smartphone, one in five American adults is a “smartphone-only” internet user—they own a smartphone instead of traditional home internet service.As reliance on mobile devices grows, new trends in giving have developed. If nonprofits are going to make the most of this fact, they need to focus on making it easier and faster for donors to engage with the organization and give on their mobile devices.Mobile Giving TrendsThe statistics speak powerfully about the wave of opportunity available with mobile giving. Let’s look at three specific trends that further demonstrate why a mobile giving strategy is so important for today’s nonprofits.Smartphones are everywhere.Smartphone use has skyrocketed in recent years and continues to rise. In 2011, only 35% of Americans owned a smartphone. Just six years later, that percentage jumped to 77%.Millennials give through their smartphones.Millennials are more tuned in to nonprofit work than previous generations have been at the same age. A whopping 98% of Millennials own a smartphone, and 37% have used a smartphone to donate.Mobile giving performance continues to improve.That mobile giving is a fast-growing trend is obvious when you look at mobile giving growth year over year. Today, 25% of donors complete their donations on mobile devices, up from 14% in 2015.Integrate Mobile Giving into All CampaignsWhile you can run mobile-only campaigns that are focused on the four forms of mobile giving described above, mobile giving is even more effective when it becomes a part of other campaigns. Easy ways to integrate mobile giving into your existing campaigns include:Add your mobile donation page URL or a QR code to email appeals, directing donors to your mobile-responsive donation page.Include your mobile donation page URL in your direct mail appeals, in case donors want to immediately check out your page on the way back from the mailbox.Advertise your mobile-giving app in publications and wherever you place ads.Include a text-to-give number on event swag.The potential for mobile giving to increase your fundraising revenue is significant. And since it’s growing so rapidly, nonprofits are smart to explore ways to integrate it into their campaigns. Simultaneously make the donation process easier and faster for your donors, while increasing the number of donations you receive.Download Network for Good’s eGuide, “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving,” to learn how to launch your mobile giving initiative today.last_img read more

4 Fundraising Roles Every Board Must Fill

first_imgSpend time on your mission and invest in an all-in-one donor management system today! Click here to try our nonprofit fundraising software for free.Click here to set up a live demonstration of our all-in-one donor management system. It’s not enough for your board members to simply make their own donation and call it a day. They have a fiduciary responsibility to your nonprofit. Whether they like it or not, fundraising is part of the deal when they agree to join your board. They don’t get the status without the effort. But you can make it easier for them by breaking down the different roles and playing to each board member’s individual strengths.Key Board Fundraising RolesAmbassadorThe Ambassador serves as a representative or promoter of your nonprofit. They invite friends, family, and colleagues to your events, host house parties, and share information on donors and prospects with staff. They are very comfortable talking up your organization.ConnectorThe Connector may not be as comfortable talking in front of a room full of people as The Ambassador, but their strength lies in getting the right people to your event. They provide lists of prospects for donor cultivation and solicitation; arrange meetings with individuals, corporations, foundations, or governmental agency that can provide new funding; and serve as a matchmaker between your nonprofit and their network.SolicitorThe Solicitor is your closer. They are willing and even eager to participate in major donor fundraising and/or making asks. Identify these board members and bring them along to as many luncheons and meetings as you can. Solicitors can also be good at finding you potential event sponsors.StewardIf the Solicitor is your closer, then The Steward helps nurture your donor relationships. Involve them in thank you calls to donors and supporters. As a non-staff member of the organization, they can learn more about the donor as a peer.There are still other ways your board members can support fundraising. From volunteering services to pro bono work to procuring auction items for events, don’t be shy about recruiting your board members’ assistance. Give them enough training and information and let them help you grow your organization.Develop a clear vision of what you want your board to do—and give them the tools to meet those expectations. Download How to Engage and Activate Your Nonprofit Board and turn your board into better fundraisers today! Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

From the Archives | Addressing Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings

first_imgPosted on June 16, 2017June 19, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Meeting the sexual, reproductive and maternal health needs of all women—including those among the nearly 64 million people who are currently displaced worldwide due to armed conflict, natural disasters or other crises—is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and SDG5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). While the global community has come together over the last two decades to better address the health needs of such vulnerable populations, more work remains to be done. All women have the right to quality sexual and reproductive health services and maternal health care—regardless of their location.The Maternal Health Task Force has curated the following list of resources about sexual, reproductive and maternal health care in humanitarian settings:1. Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive HealthDeveloped by the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises and partners, the MISP tool defines a set of priority activities that must be undertaken at the start of a crisis to ensure adequate provision of reproductive health care services. The MISP outlines five objectives, which include identifying an agency to implement the priority activities, addressing sexual violence, reducing HIV transmission, averting maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and preparing for sexual and reproductive health service integration into primary health care. 2. Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits for Crisis SituationsDeveloped by the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) with support from IAWG, the Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits are a set of 12 pre-packaged kits of essential medicines and supplies that complement key objectives of the MISP. Contents include condoms for reducing HIV transmission, clean delivery kits for safe birth, intrauterine devices and medical equipment for management of miscarriage and complications of abortion.3. Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (Field Manual)With insight from over 100 members of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations that constitute the IAWG, the Field Manual provides guiding principles and technical information in the following areas: MISP; assessment, monitoring and evaluation; adolescent reproductive health; family planning; maternal and newborn health; comprehensive abortion care; gender-based violence; sexually transmitted infections; and HIV. The Field Manual is available in English, French and Spanish.4. Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Training MaterialsBased at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the RAISE Initiative has published a number of training materials to improve reproductive health in emergency settings, including emergency obstetric and newborn care training, post-abortion care training and contraceptive services for crisis-affected settings training. The materials are available in English and French; contraceptive training materials are also available in Arabic.5. Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings ToolkitCreated by Knowledge for Health (K4Health), this toolkit consists of general service delivery resources and information, organized into sections related to reproductive health service delivery, family planning, maternal and child health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections and gender-based violence. Resources include publications from the Women’s Refugee Commission, IAWG, Population Services Bureau, UNFPA, World Health Organization (WHO), Reproductive Health Response in Crisis Consortium, International Planned Parenthood Federation, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), World Vision and other organizations.6. Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors Multimedia Training ToolThis multimedia tool, developed by the International Rescue Committee in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles, provides skills based medical instruction for providers treating sexual assault survivors. Grounded in competent, compassionate and confidential care principles, the tool is designed for individuals in low-resource settings and available in English, French and Arabic.7. UNHCR Statistics Database and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Centre for Humanitarian DataThe UNHCR Statistics Database features an interactive map documenting the number of refugees, asylum seekers, returned refugees and internally displaced and stateless individuals around the globe. This resource provides critical data, reports and other information to inform field operations in humanitarian contexts. In March 2017, OCHA will release the Centre for Humanitarian Data, which seeks to maximize access to and use of reliable, human-centered data in the humanitarian sector.8. Sexual and Reproductive Health During Protracted Crises and Recovery | Granada ReportDeriving from the 2009 global convening of reproductive health practitioners that was led by WHO, UNFPA and the Andalusian School of Public Health, the Granada report provides important guidance for meeting reproductive health needs in times of extended or protracted crisis or during the following recovery period. The participants reached the “Granada Consensus,” outlining the following priority steps for addressing reproductive health in crises: mainstream sexual and reproductive health in all health policies and strategies; implement the MISP using sustainable methods, contextualizing and adapting its components as needed; strengthen partnerships between humanitarian and development actors to bridge service delivery and funding gaps; and support and strengthen the capacity of national and local authorities—Have you used other resources related to maternal, sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings? Contact us and join the conversation on social media.Read more from the MHTF blog:Closing the Gaps of Maternal Health in Conflict and CrisisRestoring Reproductive Health Access for Millions in Boko Haram-Affected AreasThis post originally appeared on the MHTF blog on 9 February 2017.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

‘Pogba Out’ – Man Utd sign graffitied amid exit rumours

first_imgA sign outside Manchester United’s Carrington training ground has appeared to have been spray painted with the message ‘Pogba Out’ amid speculation over the midfielder’s future.The Frenchman has endured a testing time at Old Trafford since returning from Juventus in 2016 and faced further criticism in August when he missed a penalty against Wolves.Having been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Zinedine Zidane keen to take him to Real Madrid, Pogba’s long-term future at the club remains uncertain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? An image has now circulated on social media appearing to show a sign at the club’s training ground daubed with ‘Pogba Out’ in red spray paint.The picture comes at a time where it seems some fans are losing patience with the 26-year-old as United continue to stumble in their pursuit to return to former glories, with Pogba having previously suggested he wants a new challenge.Playing in the Europa League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, the club are desperate to get back into the top four and challenge for the title.However, after drawing 1-1 at Molineux, the Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace and already trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by five points after just three matches.Photo: ‘Pogba Out’ has been spray-painted on a sign outside Carrington #mulive [sun via @MUnitedFR]— utdreport (@utdreport) August 28, 2019As Pogba is one of the club’s star names, his performances are often under intense scrutiny, particularly when things don’t go to plan.Supporters and pundits alike were irked when Marcus Rashford stepped aside for Pogba to take the spot-kick at Wolves, only for Rui Patricio to keep out the attempt and ensure his side earned a point.Pogba was targeted with vile racist abuse on social media following the incident, while Rashford suffered similar treatment after hitting the post as the Red Devils missed another penalty against Palace.Solskjaer backed his player following the penalty furore and insisted that while abuse makes Pogba stronger, it must stop.”Paul’s a strong character and it makes him stronger,” he said. “When you speak to him, he’s fine and I just cannot believe we’re still sat here in 2019 talking about these instances.”Social media is a place where people – as Harry [Maguire] said – can hide behind fake identities, I don’t think it’s not down to me to change it but there are so many Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s on Twitter I know it’s not me!”We’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about the ones who spread this hate.”We need to protect individuals and protect people. When there are death threats and racism, they are serious incidents. Sometimes you get annoyed.”What can we do about it? Us as Man United, we’re not going to ban our players on social media, we have to spread the good word, because there is so much good we can use social media for but we have to stop those incidents.”United are back in action on August 31 when they face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.last_img read more

Guardiola fears serious injury for Laporte

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola fears defender Aymeric Laporte could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was carried off on a stretcher during his side’s 4-0 victory over Brighton.The French defender appeared to injure his knee during the first half of Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium after attempting to tackle Brighton defender Adam Webster.The 25-year-old stayed on the turf in obvious pain and after lengthy treatment had to be carried from the field and replaced by Fernandinho. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking after the game, Guardiola gave a gloomy assessment as to the severity of the injury and fears the former Athletic man could be out for some time.“I think he’s gone to hospital. It doesn’t look good,” Guardiola told reporters.“I don’t know right now what he has but we will know tomorrow. They’re diagnosing what he has right now.“I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He might be out for a while.”Laporte’s injury was the only negative on what was otherwise a comfortable afternoon for the Premier League champions, who eased to a 4-0 victory.Kevin De Bruyne gave City an early lead with Sergio Aguero doubling their advantage before half-time, shortly after Laporte’s departure.Aguero made it 3-0 early in the second half with his sixth goal of the season before substitute Bernardo Silva completed the scoring with 11 minutes remaining.Looking back on the game Guardiola said the scoreline was not a fair reflection and praised Brighton for their positive approach.“The game was tough,” said the Spaniard.“If we analyse the result it was 4-0, but it was tough. Few teams come here and play with such courage.“My players are good players and they made the difference – that’s why we won today.”Guardiola also took time out to praise Aguero, who has found the back of the net in all four games he has played this season.“From day one I’ve been impressed by Sergio Aguero’s commitment,” he added.“We need his goals, everyone knows it. Even on the days when he doesn’t score goals, his commitment is fantastic.“I’m happy for him and the team because he helps us a lot with the goals.”last_img read more

Ohio State’s Most Likely Loss, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_imgOhio State's Malik Hooker deflecting a pass.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Malik Hooker #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks up a pass against DeAndre Thompkins #3 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first half during the game on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)At 6-0 and with the No. 3 ranking in the AP Poll, Ohio State controls its own destiny in the Big Ten and national championship title race. But the Buckeyes have shown a penchant for losing at least one semi-random game per year. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at which game could be Ohio State’s first loss of 2019.ESPN’s Football Power Index has calculated the Buckeyes’ odds of winning their remaining games. Ohio State fans may be relieved to know that their team is favored in every remaining game.However, of the remaining six games on the schedule, there is one game where Ohio State is favored to win by less than 80-percent.Per ESPN’s FPI, Ohio State’s lowest odds of winning come in their home game against No. 10 Penn State. The Buckeyes have a 78.3-percent chance of winning that game. Penn State has thwarted Ohio State’s Big Ten title dreams once before. Back in 2016, Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley led the Nittany Lions to an upset win over the Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium en route to a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.Though Ohio State was ultimately knocked out of the Big Ten title race that year, they were still awarded a berth in the College Football Playoff.Can Ohio State avoid a Penn State upset on November 23?last_img read more

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor Addresses NFL Draft Decision

first_imgJonathan Taylor celebrates touchdown for the Wisconsin Badgers.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Jonathan Taylor has continued the proud Wisconsin tradition of running backs rolling up eye-popping numbers. The Heisman contender has 961 total yards and 18 touchdowns through just six games this season.Taylor is in his third year with the Badgers. He was similarly prolific in 2018, rushing for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he was just shy of that 2k mark, with 1,977 yards, as a freshman in 2017.He may not break 2,000 yards again, but that is largely because of how dominant Wisconsin has been as a whole. The Badgers defense is shutting teams down, and Taylor has been able to rest in a number of second halves.The team is winning its games by an average of nearly 38 points, with four shutouts in six games. A number of Badger backs, including the Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Gordon and New England Patriots’ James White, have gone on to solid NFL careers. Taylor isn’t shy about his pro aspirations.During a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, he said that the NFL is the goal, but he won’t make a decision on that jump to the pros until the season is over.Via 247Sports:“That’s the goal,” Taylor said. “That would be the goal, if everything plans out well. You can’t look too far ahead, but you know, of course everyone at this level would love to be there in February.”When asked directly by Eisen if this will be his final year in Madison:“You never know,” Taylor said. “You never know what can happen. That’s why we’ve got to take it day by day, game by game, and see where things lie at the end of the year.”Running backs tend to have a shorter shelf life in the NFL, and that may go double for Jonathan Taylor, who already has 766 touches through 2.5 seasons with the Badgers. It would make total sense for him to start collecting paychecks as soon as possible, but no college fan is going to complain if he decides that he wants to play his senior season.[The Rich Eisen Show]last_img read more

Casemiro: Bale has to play for Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro is adamant Gareth Bale has to play for the club this season having proven his worth repeatedly since joining from Tottenham in 2013. Bale reminded Zinedine Zidane what he is capable of with an assist in an impressive performance as Madrid opened their La Liga campaign by beating Celta Vigo 3-1.The Wales star had been tipped to leave Madrid after head coach Zidane said last month it would be better for him to depart the Santiago Bernabeu, where Bale has won four Champions League titles and a La Liga crown among other trophies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Bale – who was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League – now looks set to remain in the Spanish capital however, and Casemiro is clearly happy about that prospect.”He has given us titles, he’s scored in finals and he has a lot of respect from us all,” Casemiro said.”He has to play. He’s a great player and is very important for us.” Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois echoed Casemiro’s comments and declared Bale is a beloved member of Zidane’s squad. “He is an important player and played a great match,” Courtois said. “Everyone loves him and it is important that he plays for us. We are so happy with Bale.”It was a winning start to the season for Madrid, who survived a Luka Modric red card as they overcame Celta with 10 men away from home.Bale teed up Karim Benzema for the 12th-minute opener before Modric was sent off for catching Denis Suarez on the heel following a VAR review approaching the hour mark.Despite their numerical disadvantage, Madrid wrapped up all three points thanks to Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez, while Iker Losada netted a stoppage-time consolation.”Pre-season was not easy for us, there were games in which we did not play well, but we knew we doing things right,” Courtois said.”We feel good, today we showed that. We played a good game and we went ahead with 10 players. That is key. “We knew that in the second half they were going to press us. In the one-on-one with Aspas I did well, made a good save. I have good reflexes and I got a hand to it. That helped give the team real confidence. We did well today but it is a shame not keep a clean sheet. We need to keep it up and work hard. Now we focus on Valladolid.”last_img read more

Hernandez opens up on ‘complicated’ childhood

first_imgBayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez has opened up about the “complicated” childhood he had with his brother, Theo, after their father left his family.Lucas, 23, and Theo, 21, have not heard from their father, former Atletico Madrid and Marseille centre-back Jean-Francois Hernandez, since their parents split up over 16 years ago.Although the pair have followed in his footsteps by becoming professional footballers and spent time at Atletico, the World Cup winners have not tried to track him down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Lucas admits that growing up without a dad was not easy but believes they were better off without him because he did not love them.”I never tried [to contact him]. Of course, when I was young, I thought about where he could be and would have liked to know more about it,” Hernandez said in an interview with Goal and DAZN.”However, the more time has passed, the less that was part of my thoughts. I thought more about myself and my life when I grew up.”It finally became clear to me that he left because he did not love us. And if he did not love us, then it was better that he left.”I am 23 years old now and I was five or six years old [when he left]. It would now have been about 16 or 17 years since we have heard nothing more from him.”He added: “I don’t know where he is, what he does, whether he is still alive or not. Meanwhile I have started my own little family. Since he has not contacted us so far, he will not be interested – or he simply does not feel like joining us.”But Lucas counts himself lucky as he says his mother managed to fill both parental roles and did a fine job raising the two boys.”My mother, brother and I soon became a sworn trio after the split,” he added. “Theo and I always had a football with us – morning, noon and night. We played together all the time. My brother is my best friend, we are very close.“We never understood why he left. So we just grew up with our mother. She lived, worked and gave everything to us. We did not miss anything.Lucas Hernandez GFX“Now Theo and I have become professional footballers, so she can sit back and enjoy her life a bit.“She told us what happened: that they broke up. One day my father was suddenly gone, we never heard from him again.“Of course that was a bit complicated without a father at our side. But my mother has been very successful in fulfilling both mother and father roles.”My brother and I had a complicated, but beautiful childhood.”Hernandez continued: “My grandfather and my grandmother supported us financially so that we could live in a house and go to school.”That’s why I say that my grandfather is like my dad and my grandmother like my second mother. They have made the most of our economic efforts and helped us a lot with everything.”The France international left Atletico for Bayern Munich in an €80 million (£70m/$87m) move in July and has quickly become a regular starter under Niko Kovac.Hernandez says that he is proud to be a club record signing for the Bundesliga giants and is determined to show he is worth it.”After all that I experienced with my mother and brother when I was little, it makes me proud that a club pays such a large sum for me,” he said.”It’s not only pride, but also a responsibility. The transfer fees have recently become increasingly exaggerated. You pay incredible sums.”Because of all the confidence the club has put in me with this fee, it is up to me to repay it on the field and give my all. The club should also be proud of having spent this money on me someday.”last_img read more

Camas lineman Caadyn Stephen commits to USC

first_img Share: @MegWochnick (360) 735-4521 GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: September 4, 2019, 10:07pm Camas Papermakers Tags Camas lineman Caadyn Stephen commits to USC Senior had received offers from seven Pac-12 schools Camas opens the 2019 season Friday night hosting Lincoln of Tacoma.100% Commited!! Go Trojans #FightOn ✌🏼— Caadyn Stephen (@Caadyn) September 5, 2019 Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Caadyn Stephen, Camas High School’s 6-foot-6, 295-pound starting left tackle, gave a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California on Wednesday night. Stephen made the announcement on social media.Stephen made an official visit to USC last weekend. It was one of 12 scholarship offers, including seven from Pacific-12 Conference schools.Stephen is the second Camas lineman and third player from the team to verbally commit to a college program the past two months. This summer, right tackle Rush Reimer and punter/kicker Bryce Leighton verbally committed to Montana State.Stephen grew up in Alaska, and transferred to Camas in 2018 from West High School in Anchorage. He’s part of a Camas offensive line that returns four of five starters from its 5-5 season in 2018. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Affordable And Delicious Yakisoba From Hita City Oita

first_imgOita prefecture has the greatest hot spring output in Japan. We’d absolutely love for you to enjoy the hot springs, but if you’re on a trip, how about trying some of the area’s gourmet cuisine too? We would like to introduce you to a cheap and delicious dish from Hita city in Oita, the Hita yakisoba. This time, we visited a Hita yakisoba restaurant called Sankyū, so we will discuss the appeal of its menu, which, in the Oita dialect, is definitely “shinken ni” delicious!*”Shinken ni” means “really”.The Cheerful and Peppy Shopkeeper Comes to Greet YouBefore we talk about the Hita yakisoba, we’ll introduce the boss at Sankyū. As you can guess from the picture, this energetic and cheerful man lifts weights as a hobby. He puts the muscles he’s developed from weightlifting to good use in the kitchen, and serves up delicious food every day.What is Hita Yakisoba?Hita yakisoba noodles are not stir-fried like regular yakisoba. Instead, they are grilled on an iron plate until some of the noodles turn brown and crispy. Bean sprouts, onions and pork are mixed in with the noodles; while simple, Hita yakisoba also has a depth of flavor. These days, it is primarily becoming popular on the menus of rāmen restaurants in Hita city, and many places offer rāmen and Hita yakisoba as main dishes.This is How You Make Hita YakisobaNext we’ll explain how Hita yakisoba is made. The steps differ from making regular yakisoba, so we think it’s pretty interesting.First, boil the thick noodles in an iron pot. The point is to give them a quick boil until the noodles rise to the surface.Once the noodles float up like this, it’s time to move them to the hot plate.Before the noodles are ready, cook the pork in advance on the hot grill. Top the pork with the noodles, so that the pork is completely covered.Wait a little while, then spread the noodles out. You can see a little bit of pork peeking out of the center.After that, leave the noodles alone on the hot grill for a short while. Once the outer edges of the noodles start to curl up, check the bottom to see how far the noodles have cooked through.Once the noodles have browned, pour sauce on top. As the aroma of the sauce spreads, a burst of steam will rise from the yakisoba and make a wonderfully delicious sound. From here, it’s a rush of activity until completion.Next, top the yakisoba with plenty of bean sprouts, like this.Finally, mix the noodles and other ingredients together with several sharp motions. By doing this quickly, the sauce will evenly coat the noodles and other ingredients.The Hita yakisoba is complete. The Sankyū set comes with soup.Afterwards, Relax and Fully Enjoy Your Hita YakisobaAs you can see in the photo, the interior of the restaurant has raised tatami seating as well as counter seats. When stopping by with your family or in a group, the table seats are fine, but if you want to see the cook at work, we recommend sitting at the counter. When you visit Hita, by all means, try Hita’s staple yakisoba for yourself.Recommended articlesPost Earthquake Report: The Famous Beppu Hot Springs in OitaPost Earthquake Report: The Beautiful Onsen Town Yufuin, OitaBathe in a Sand Onsen at Beppu Kaihin Sunaba in OitaOita: Enjoy Local Products Steamed By Hot Springs!Enjoy a Walk through Oita’s “Little Kyoto” – MamedamachiInformationSankyū 三久Address: Oita Prefecture, Hita City, Kizanmachi 1-1Hours: 11:00-20:00Closed: Tuesdays, some irregular holidaysOther Languages: NoMenus in Other Languages: NoNearest Station: Hita Station (日田駅), JR Kyūdai Main LineAccess: 10 minute walk from Hita StationPrice range: Up to 999 yenPhone: 0973-22-2545last_img read more

Savor Barbecued Oysters In Winter At Fukuokas Kakigoya

first_imgIn recent years there has been an increasingly popular winter leisure trend of eating oysters inside tents called kakigoya.This article will introduce you to the joys of oysters at Kakigoya Miwachan, located at the Funakoshi fishing port in Itoshima, Fukuoka.What Are Kakigoya?Generally, kakigoya operate only in winter (from November to March), in tents and the like which have been set up at fishing ports. Though they are tents, they are hardy structures, and because gas ranges and charcoal fires are used inside, they are warm even in the winter. In these tents you can savor freshly caught oysters and other seafood, along with vegetables, barbecue-style. Many places allow BYOB, and families and groups can enjoy these places together. This lively group atmosphere is why kakigoya became popular.Depending on the port, kakigoya tents have different capacities. Some places can even fit a hundred people, so you can use them for big groups. In that case, we recommend doing some research online so you can make a reservation.Service at a Kakigoya1. Order Your OystersAfter entering, order your oysters first. Most places sell oysters by the kilo or by the bucket. At Kakigoya Miwachan, the oysters are 1000 yen a bucket, and generally contain about ten. You can order more if that’s not enough, but if it’s your first time, try ordering one bucket.After you order, you will be shown to your table, where a barbecue has been set up.The kakigoya will put out gloves, scissors and other necessary tools for you, so you don’t need to prepare anything special.Some places also provide you with outer garments, which will help you avoid getting your clothes dirty, so make use of them.2. Order Fresh Seafood TooSome kakigoya even have fish tanks inside the tent, and at places like these, you can also order sashimi and other fresh seafood.When you want to order more oysters or other seafood, choose something from the menu at the table.Since kakigoya are at fishing ports, this is your chance to eat some of the freshest possible seafood! Try out various treats like scallops (300 yen/pc), shrimp (350 yen/pc) and overnight-dried squid (600 yen/pc).3. Grill Your IngredientsIf it’s your first time, ask the staff for grilling advice. They will teach you some tricks for grilling, and how long you should grill certain foods.4. Bring Other IngredientsOne other way to enjoy kakigoya is bringing in some of your own food. Many kakigoya allow you to bring in rice balls and other simple food, so after you check to make sure it’s OK beforehand, buy some things at a supermarket. We recommend grilled rice balls.5. Don’t Forget to Ask About Recommendations!Ask the staff what they recommend. This kakigoya’s most popular item is oyster zosui, a seasoned rice porridge! Packed with the essence of oysters, this delicious dish will also keep your body warm!How to Enjoy KakigoyaWhen you visit a kakigoya, you’ll have a better time if you call ahead or check online to see if you can make a reservation and whether or not you can bring in other food. Kanto and Kansai have kakigoya you can experience, as well as dining establishments themed around the same concept, so by all means, enjoy kakigoya and have a winter barbecue with your family and friends!Read Also:Fukuoka Travel Guide – Visit One Of Japan’s Most Vibrant Cities!InformationKakigoya MiwachanAddress: Fukuoka, Itoshima, FunakoshiHours: 9:00-17:00 (closes when supply runs out)Closed: No fixed holidaysCredit cards: NoNearest Station: Chikuzen-Maebaru StationAccess: 15 minutes by taxi from Chikuzen-Maebaru StationPrice range: 1000 yen per basket, 300 yen for gasPhone: 092-328-0222last_img read more