TKR create history with successful title defence

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight wickets in a historic match, to become the first side to win back-to-back Caribbean Premier League (CPL) titles on Sunday night at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.The day belonged to the Knight Riders on the verge to their third CPL championship, win with victory from the toss. They gave the Warriors first strike and limited them to 147-9 from their 20 overs then charged to 150-2 with 2.3 overs to spare.Of course, the leading run scorer showed up to the party in a big way, smashing and unbeaten 68 which pushed the Trinidadians over the line.The top order didn’t fail last night, stepping up to the plate for the grand finale and putting their best foot forward in the circumstance.Denesh Ramdin (24) and Brendon McCullum (39) set the pace with a watchful opening partnership of 52 before the latter held out to Cameron Delport after hitting five boundaries and two maximums in the 24 deliveries faced.Ramdin was the next to fall when he found himself too far back in the crease and hit his wicket trying to score off Romario Shepherd. TKR were then, 87-2.Munro with his record aggregate of 567, returned to his usual dominant ways but Darren Bravo missed out on the action when he retired hurt for 4. Colin Ingram settled in alongside Munro and watched the fireworks from the other end.It was Munro’s sixth half century of the tournament, crafted off just 39 balls which included six boundaries and three sixes. He was later adjudged the Player-of-the-Tournament.The Warriors captain Chris Green and Shepherd accounted for the two TKR wickets that fell.Earlier in the night, backed by a boisterous crowd since stepping foot on the field, TKR got things rolling from the first ball as Ali Khan clean bowled Cameron Delport, no doubt sending a shock through the Warriors’ batting line up.Khary Pierre was excellent with the ball as he finished with 3 – 29 and was supported by the skipper Dwayne Bravo who bagged 2 – 30, while Khan, Fawad Ahmed and Sunril Narine removed one batsman each.Luke Ronchi tried valiantly to revive Guyana after his opening partner was removed for a golden duck, with a top score of 44 for his side. He slapped six fours and a maximum before he met his demise.Shimron Hetmyer looked good for his 15 but became another wicket for Ahmed as Warriors moved onto 52-2. Ronchi was the next wicket to fall with the score on 79, then Chadwick Walton (1) ended his miserable season at the hands of Pierre, two runs later.Jason Mohammed (24) and Sherfane Rutherdford (12) were not too effective with the bat either as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Green (5) and Sohail Tanvir (3) were removed early as well, but some fight did come from the lower order.Shepherd made 10 while Rayad Emrit was left not out on 14 along with Imran Tahir who had eight.last_img read more

Book: Bill Walsh endured difficult childhood en route to success with 49ers

first_imgIf Bill Walsh said it once, he said it 49 times during his first couple years as an NFL head coach:“You know,” he would say, “I didn’t get the chance to be a head coach until I was 48.”He said it so often and with such a wistful countenance that one had no choice but to assume he was haunted by his perpetual longing.It’s common knowledge that Walsh was devastated when the great Paul Brown passed him over for the head coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals. Walsh had served on Brown’s …last_img read more

Blue Jays giving Pillar the spotlight to himself in return to Toronto

first_imgTORONTO — Tuesday could have been the most important day of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays.Instead of generating excitement and creating a buzz around the franchise by promoting their top prospect, the Blue Jays are reserving the spotlight at the Rogers Centre for Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar.The No. 1 prospect in baseball, third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., is being billed as a franchise savior. But with Toronto electing to stash Guerrero in Triple-A, Tuesday is all about the …last_img read more

“One Africa!” says Gaddafi

first_imgLibyan leader Muammar Gaddafi isadamant that Africa’s power lies in its unity.(Image: ItnewsAfrica) A young Muammar Gaddafi during hismilitary days.(Image: Wikimedia)Khanyi MagubaneLibyan President Muammar Gaddafi, the newly appointed chairperson of the African Union (AU), has reiterated that Africa will only truly be powerful once it’s led by one strong government.At his appointment on 2 February during the 12th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Gaddafi was adamant that the power of Africa lies in its unity.“I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa,” he said after accepting his role as the new AU leader.Gaddafi said the united Africa would have a single military force and one currency. Africans would only need one passport and would be able to move around the continent freely.But African leaders may not be as ready for the move as the controversial Libyan leader thinks.During the first day of talks behind closed doors, member states fervently debated the “unity project”, which was on the agenda.In the end, as a compromise, it was decided that the African Union Commission – which overseas the work of the AU – would be transformed into an AU authority with a broader mandate, said the outgoing chairperson, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.“In principle, we [are saying] the ultimate is the United States of Africa. How we proceed to that ultimate – there are building blocks,” Kikwete said.Uniting Africa a step at a timeBriefing journalists about the new body on 2 February, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping said the new authority would deal with greater issues than the existing commission. “We are creating an institution with a bigger mandate, with bigger capacities, which moves us towards the goal of the union government.”Ping said that a unified continent, which would give Africa stronger bargaining power at international forums, has been a dream of several generations of pan-Africanists.The work of the AU authority would ensure a gradual process of integration and the strengthening of multilateral institutions as well as the strengthening and integration of the different regional economic communities across the continent.Some head of states, however, voiced their reluctance to relinquish power and opted rather to strengthen regional institutions before creating a continent-wide system.But despite the reluctance of some leaders, Gaddafi is optimistic that the move will materialise.He told delegates that so serious was he about his “unity project” that he expected the venture to be approved at the organisation’s next meeting in July unless, he added, the majority of member states were against the move.The main point of contention is how the unity government will affect the sovereignty of the 53 member states and economies of differing strengths, where some African governments are economically weak, and others strong.The member states have, however, made it clear that the issue is not whether a union government should be in place or not, but rather a matter of identifying the steps of how to get there and when it should happen.Timelines and the method for the integration process will be set out according to the Accra Declaration, adopted in 2007 at the 9th Ordinary Session in Accra, Ghana.The Accra Declaration expresses the AU leaders’ conviction that the ultimate objective of the AU is the United States of Africa.During this week’s intense summit, which was extended by a day to four days to accommodate all the outstanding issues, Kikwete gave his last speech as the chair, appealing to African leaders to put political greed aside and focus on improving Africa’s economic status.“Africa must be included in the search for global solutions to the current financial crisis.”Kikwete said more time needed to be dedicated to discussing a global solution to Africa’s under-development.He further stressed the need for Africans to seek a greater voice on global affairs and called on Africa to establish better working ties with European and Asian leaders.The Gaddafi administrationThe appointment of the infamous Libyan leader to the most powerful African body has been met with mixed reaction.The BBC spoke to Africans from different regions about what a Gaddafi-led AU would mean to the continent.Pius Serlorm Dzramado, a 28-year-old tailor from Accra, was not so optimistic about the move. “Gaddafi does not adhere to the principles of democracy in Libya,” he said. “For those of us who believe in advocating democracy in Africa, choosing Gaddafi as African Union chairman is not progress.”Dzramado said human rights abuses suffered by Libyans should have been enough to discourage the organisation to make the move.“There doesn’t seem to be much respect for human rights in Libya, so I don’t think Gaddafi’s own country is a good role model for the rest of Africa. As AU head, I can’t imagine Gaddafi will have the moral courage to speak out against human rights violations in other African countries.”Feras Al-Geblawi, a 29-year-old engineering student in Libya, is, however, of a different opinion. “Gaddafi is the bravest leader Africa has seen in the last 30 years. He always speaks his mind; he’s like a philosopher, very intelligent.”“There are some people who say Gaddafi is not a good choice as AU chair, claiming we don’t have a strong record on human rights. But I haven’t seen any injustice here.”Kenyan journalism student, 28-year-old Amos Marube, said he was not sure if the united Africa idea would work. “Gaddafi’s vision of a United States of Africa is far too ambitious; it will never happen,” he told the BBC.Marube said governments must first get their act together before thinking of uniting the whole of Africa. “He wants to unite the continent – but here in Kenya we are already so divided by tribalism. If African countries are unable to unite nationally and regionally, I can’t see how Gaddafi would be able to unite us as a continent.”At the helm of Libya for over 40 years now, Gaddafi is a saint to some, while he remains a villain to others.Dubbed by former US president Ronald Reagan as the “mad dog of the Middle East”, Gaddafi is known for his unchanging stance of African nationalism.He has been accused of taking part in acts of terror and his country suffered drastic United Nations sanctions after he refused to extradite two Libyans accused of planting a bomb in 1988 on Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded ever Lockerbie, Scotland and killed 270 people.Gaddafi finally admitted responsibility for the attack in 2003 and paid over US$2.7-billion to the families of the victims, initiating the end of Libya’s international isolation.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesAfrica catches investors eyes The African Union AU stands by Zimbabwe African leaders unite economies  Useful linksAfrican UnionThe government of LibyaAccra declarationlast_img read more

PVL men’s: Ateneo wins 6th straight at expense of La Salle

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ateneo chalked up its sixth straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after cutting down La Salle, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles, who are on their way to the quarterfinals, hiked their record 6-0 record while the Green Spikers hold the fourth spot with a 3-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Chooks-to-go Pilipinas yields to Palestine in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Bryan Bagunas unloaded 27 points on the sorry defense of UP while Madzlan Gampong and James Natividad combined for 26 points.Wendel Miguel led the Fighting Maroons with 17 points. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 16 points while Gian Carlo Glorioso added 11.Arjay Onia and Raymark Woo had eight points apiece to lead La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the first game, National University tripped University of the Philippines in four sets, 25-13, 24-26, 25-15, 25-17.The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 to stay at third place while the seventh-seeded Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-4. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Film Study: Texas Tech’s Offense Is More Than Just The Deep Ball

first_imgThe Oklahoma State secondary will have its hands full when the Cowboys take on the Red Raiders this Saturday. Texas Tech Quarterback Pat Mahomes II leads the nation’s No. 1 passing offense, and the junior is currently averaging 490 yards a game.The Red Raider offense is a downfield passing attack, but it doesn’t just consist of deep bombs and vertical routes.Yes, a typical Texas Tech game includes chunk plays like this.werAnd this.deepBut their offense as a whole isn’t driven by such plays. Rather, TTU accumulates most of their passing yardage on quick throws that get the ball into the hands of their talented receivers.Tech does have a quick passing game, but most of their short passes come on run-pass options like this one.tripsflatNotice how the receiver runs a quick flat route as opposed to a bubble route. The flat route is quicker and it gets more immediate yardage. The cornerbacks on the blocking receivers have to respect them as vertical threats and therefore do not jam them at the line, allowing the receivers to properly set up their blocks.sfadHere’s another example, this time with a crossbuck run play and out-go combination to the twins side. The receiver is left uncovered, and in a pass-happy offense filled with RPOs, this is practically giving free yardage to the Red Raiders.Not all route attachments stretch the defense horizontally; many of their RPOs feature quick-hitting routes downfield. Take this play, for example, that combines an inside zone with a slot skinny slant.slantTexas Tech uses these plays at least a handful on every drive. This is important because of how the OSU defense is structured. If you’ve watched the OSU defense closely this season, you might have noticed that they frequently align in their base nickel set with one or two receivers (depending on the formation) uncovered.ex1Leaving slot receivers uncovered, in many cases, is (as mentioned before) practically giving away free yardage. Even if the linebackers in the box have zone responsibilities in that area, they still have run-first responsibility, and because they have to respect the run threat of the RPO, will often not be able to get to the slot receivers in time if they are thrown to.If that’s what defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer & Co. decide to do to stop the deep ball, so be it. But they still have to be wary of the potential danger of the short pass.How will the OSU defense fare against the Red Raiders? Leave your predictions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (February 9)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Brad Underwood is not afraid of ChangeThis is tremendous on how Underwood flipped OSU’s season.The big difference this time around was that the antidote for Oklahoma State’s ailments wasn’t a spread offense or a lineup rearrangement. It was, however, a deviation from what Underwood had had success with in the past.  “You kind of have to get out of your own way,” he says. “It was about helping this team become the best it can be. And that’s my obligation.” [Yahoo]Music to these ears.Loss won’t LingerUnderwood doesn’t expect the Wednesday outcome to result in a Cowboy hangover or anything that might resemble the slump of January.“Boy, I sure hope we’re not that shallow,” he said. “You don’t go to West Virginia and win, and you don’t go to (OU) and beat a Lon Kruger team, without being a good basketball team.“I can’t say enough how good this league is. My goodness, you better not feel too sorry for yourself. You better strap it up and go. See you Saturday.” [Tulsa World]Oh yes we will.Move The College Hoops Season?May Madness?The riskier strategy is making it a one-semester sport. Ideally, it could make almost the entire season relevant nationally. It would certainly be true for early-season matchups, where titanic battles between blue-blooded, top-10 teams are commonplace. Far more common than in college football. But for basketball, games like Kentucky-North Carolina and Indiana-Kansas earlier this year barely registered for sports fans at large. [Sports On Earth]As proprietor of a college sports blog, I’m all in on either of these ideas.OSU and NCAA NotesNick Saban keeps going through offensive coordinators … Great Jordan Sterns interview here with CRFF (killing it on the interviews, guys!) … Gundy will probably name an OL coach by the end of the week … Yo … what?VCU allowed a go-ahead 3-pt FG with 0.4 seconds left in each of its last 2 games. VCU won both games. pic.twitter.com/r9wjhyGHgb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2017What You Missed On PFBHow Mike Gundy gets his team and coaches on the same page.Why is Oklahoma State not better at recruiting?Notebook on last night’s game.Wednesday night was a glimpse of what GIA could be again.More Stuff I’m ReadingWhat does Durant, OK think of Kevin Durant’s return? …last_img read more

Washington and Co. Teased Mason Rudolph About His SI Cover

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. However you feel about Sports Illustrated — and many of you have made it quite clear that you have very strong feelings about this — it’s undeniable that Mason Rudolph being a recent cover boy is good for Oklahoma State University.Mike Gundy said as much at his recent Cowboy Caravan in Tulsa when he called it a “big deal for OSU to be on the cover.” Rudolph of course downplayed the entire thing, but his teammates said recently they’ve given him some flak. James Washington may have been the ringleader.“We got on to him a little bit,” said Washington. “We always give him a hard time no matter what it is. But I’m happy for him. (We got on to him) for the pose. He’s not the type of guy to run 50 yards touchdowns … Sometimes he thinks he does. We gave him a hard time about that.”When he was reminded that Rudolph is running on the cover, Washington said, “Yeah, probably running out of bounds or something.”AdChoices广告The whole thing was pretty great. But it also points to a larger narrative — that Oklahoma State is getting all kinds of attention leading up to this season. Sports Illustrated, the Coaches Poll, CBS Sports All-American teams. The whole thing.“I say it’s good, but that was last year, not this year,” said cornerback A.J. Green of the love OSU has been getting from the media. “We have something more to prove and we’re coming for more this year than we did last year. It’s good and it’s a stepping stone, but it’s a block we need to step over.”I know Mike Gundy wouldn’t trade it. He’s all about leveraging whatever foothold OSU has in the national media conscience for the good of the future of the program. That’s part of the reason OSU is playing on Thursday and Friday evening to start the season.So no matter how all of this ends, this summer and lead-in to the fall have been fantastic fun. I just hope the wave doesn’t dissipate once the lights come on in September and October.last_img read more

Rallying the Troops: the Staff Plan for #GivingTuesday

first_imgThank key partners and sponsorsAlert the community to Day-of challenges and contests (especially if they change hourly)Inspire the community with Day-of rewards or incentivesAsk the community to GIVE and SHAREMention the Campaign Hashtag and URL Volunteer Event coordinatorIf your nonprofit is hosting a hands-on service event for #GivingTuesday, the volunteer service coordinator should be part of the war room team. Ask them to provide photos, quotes, and results from the volunteer activity that can be shared with potential supporters online and in email. Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever. Work hard, have fun, focus on your goals, and it will be a great #GivingTuesday! Set up a #Givingtuesday ‘war room’ so the team is all together in one place. There will be hard work to do and a party atmosphere will make a long day more fun.Consider these suggestions to elevate the excitement and spur the efforts of your staff and volunteers: Make #GivingTuesday an event for your team, and a win for those you serve. In just a few days #GivingTuesday will be here. Whether you’ve planned for months or just for a week or two, there’s one more thing you can do to make it a great day for your nonprofit.Organizations large and small can put their campaigns over the top on #GivingTuesday by creating a “day of generosity” that involves your staff, board, and volunteers. Plan a day of hard-working fun that involves your team in outreach and celebration as you hit milestones toward your goal.The recommendations below are targeted at a mid-sized organization, so scale the plan for your day up or down to fit your organization’s capacity. Make it a party! Provide special t-shirts, wristbands, hats or other swag if you have it. If you don’t, consider asking each team member to wear something in the colors of your organization’s logo to create that spirit of a team.Have food throughout the day.Have a first gift ceremony, where the team members contribute whatever they can to the campaign and put that total on the board as the “founders” gifts for the campaign.Take an UNselfie of each team member and one of the whole team together and post on social media.Have a visible tally board so everyone can see when you are getting close to key milestones Phone outreach teamYour phones can be the most powerful weapon on #GivingTuesday. You can organize an actual phone-a-thon of sorts, reaching out to supporters to thank them for past generosity and invite them to join your #GivingTuesday campaign. At a minimum, you should reach out to board members, key friends of your organization, and active volunteers to enlist their participation as givers or sharers.Donor supportAssign one or more people to be available to answer questions from donors should they arise.Social outreach staff The social team will be the ambassadors of excitement for the campaign. They will focus on: Covering the dayYour #GivingTuesday staff plan should cover a time period from about 8am to 10pm. The busiest donation periods are likely to be from 9am to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm, and these are the windows when you’ll want the most coverage.Suggested staff rolesLeaderAppoint a leader so campaign staff have a single point of contact for questions throughout the day. The leader should have a list of contact information for all staff and partners (include cell phone numbers and email addresses). He or she should be ready to address technology issues should there be problems with your online giving site. Have the phone number of your software provider handy in the event there is an issue. He or she may also be assigned as designated representative to talk with the media if there is press interest in your campaign.The leader (or a designee) should be ready with talking points highlighting the key aspects of the campaign. · Building excitement by posting content to social media channels.Engaging with followers, fans, tweets.Promoting key milestone content such as Goal Updates, Prize winners, media coverage.Alerting other staff to any social postings related to issues or questions.Forwarding any social postings from the media to the team leader.last_img read more

Lessons from N4G’s #GivingTuesday Award Winners

first_img‘Rookie of the Year’ for an organization new to the N4G Family: Our Little RosesLittle girls begging for food is an all too common sight in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in Central America. Our Little Roses (OLR) provides a full-time residential home for abused, abandoned and neglected girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, dedicated to transforming neglected girls into productive, joyful young women. The girls who arrive at Our Little Roses often come from overwhelming situations of abject poverty, physical or sexual abuse, abandonment and oppression.Our Little Roses new Executive Director, Cheryl Chapman, followed a legendary founder who recently retired after 25 years. Cheryl is not a professional fundraiser, but clearly she is a fundraiser at heart. Just six weeks ago, she decided that OLR needed a much improved online giving capability and she turned to Network for Good. She followed the NFG recommendations for best practices and geared up to launch her first-ever #GivingTuesday campaign. OLR’s straightforward, focused campaign was so successful that they were in the top ten for dollars raised among all N4G organizations!Key tacticsOLR focused on board activation and email outreach as core strategies for #GivingTuesday. They also highlighted the availability of NFG matching funds and bonus funds. Throughout the day they used their leaderboard standing as a reason to pump up their communication.Key elementsBeginning Thanksgiving week, OLR actively communicated with their board about the campaign, the opportunity for matching funds, and the importance of spreading the word about Our Little Roses to friends and family.On #GivingTuesday, OLR sent two emails, one in the morning and one in the evening.They actively marketed their leaderboard standing on Facebook throughout the day.A supporter was so energized by the success of the OLR #GivingTuesday campaign that he came forward on December 3rd with an unsolicited offer to match the entire campaign! Honorable Mention Most Donors: Harding UniversityHarding University is a liberal arts college in Arkansas with about 6200 students. With the growing popularity of giving days among colleges, the team at Harding has been thinking about launching a giving day. In November, they decided that #GivingTuesday would be a great day to test the concept.Key tacticsBranded campaign theme and visuals5 emails sent during the last 10 days leading up to and on #GivingTuesdayThank you email sent early on 12/3Fun contests launched during Thanksgiving week on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to build excitement for the campaignA video of their President sharing the goals of the campaign was shared on social channels and included in the email on Monday 12/2On #GivingTuesday, they posted on social channels at least hourly and asked faculty, students and staff to share activelyA #GivingTuesday giving area was set up in the student commons with tables, iPads, couches, donuts, balloons to spur spontaneous giving and sharing – and great picture opportunities. Most time on the Leaderboards without “Winning” a Category: Sankara Eye FoundationSankara Eye Foundation (SEF) is dedicated to eradicating curable blindness in India. Sankara has a big job: to provide eye health and surgery for the 55 million blind people in India. They are heavily volunteer driven with only 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff people.Key tacticsSEF participated in #GivingTuesday for the first time this year. They developed their campaign as one element in a year-long matching gift challenge. The campaign message centered around the concept that for less that the cost of a movie and popcorn, you can give the gift of sight. Hey also focused on the opportunity to earn extra funds by winning a category in the N4G Gives campaign as an additional motivator.Key elements“Thanks for providing 1.2 million free surgeries” email on the Monday of Thanksgiving week, highlighting opportunity to give on #GivingTuesdayOn the day of #GT, heavy focus on outreach through social channels, including individual channels of CEO and Development DirectorPublicized the campaign on portals of a couple of related advocacy organizationsRan a few targeted radio ads to build awareness for their campaignProvided hourly updates of their progress moving up the leaderboards Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever. Network for Good hosted a special #GivingTuesday campaign, N4G Gives, focused on equipping nonprofits with the tools and knowledge for #GivingTuesday success. The N4G Gives campaign provided free #GivingTuesday resources to the entire nonprofit community and special training and matching funds to nonprofits using DonateNow, our online giving platform. In addition to matching funds, we also recognized the leaders in 10 fundraising categories with special awards. Read about seven special award winners below and learn more about the top three winners in a previous post.Honorable Mention Most Dollars Raised: The Sikh CoalitionThe Sikh Coalition was founded by volunteers on the night of September 11, 2001 in response to a torrent of violent attacks against Sikh Americans throughout the United States. The Sikh Coalition is the largest Sikh American advocacy and community development organization in the United States. Today, the Sikh Coalition works toward the realization of civil and human rights for all people.Key tacticsThe Sikh Coalition built their #GivingTuesday campaign around a core tenet of Sikhism focused on the obligation to be generous. They “love #GivingTuesday because of the urgency created around a one-day campaign and the ability to inspire donors to give earlier in December.”Key elementsTwo emails really drove the campaign. On Monday, 12/1, they sent an email out focused on driving #GT donations in a general way. On #GivingTuesday, they sent an email focused on the story of the wife of a Sikh hate crime victim. They believe it was a powerful one-two punch and their results would support that.Then, on #GivingTuesday, the Sikh Coalition rallied their supporters around the competition of the N4G Gives campaign. They shared updates about their position on the leaderboard through social channels throughout the day.As they saw their position rising on the leaderboards, they asked a longtime supporter to add a match to dollars raised, which he did, and they were able to build significant momentum late in the day. (This willingness for a donor to come forward with matching funds on the day of a campaign with good momentum is something we have seen in many giving days around the country.)center_img Honorable Mention, Most New Recurring Donors: YogaSeed Collective Yoga Seed Collective is a group of community members who bring yoga to vulnerable and high risk populations that suffer from high rates of chronic disease, behavioral health problems and lack of accessibility to culturally sensitive services.Key tacticsYoga Seed focused its #GivingTuesday campaign on recurring givers at $15 a month. They believe that, while recurring donors may produce lower donations in December, the long-term impact of committed sustaining donors is more powerful in the long run. They even plan to refocus 2015 development efforts so that half their time is spent on communicating and collaborating with these dedicated supporters, instead of constantly asking for more.Key elementsYoga Seed focused heavily on social marketing for #GT.They created and shared a youtube video alongside thank you memes.One of the most creative campaign elements we saw were the personal graphics that Yoga Seed created for supporters, like the example on the right. N4G Staff Pick for Best Campaign: Badass Brooklyn Animal RescueBadass Brooklyn Animal Rescue (BBAR) won over the N4G team with their amazing campaign and straightforward mission: Saving badass dogs from idiot humans. BBAR is a nonprofit, all-volunteer dog rescue composed of a network of fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue sweet, adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern U.S. and get them adopted into wonderful forever homes.BBAR has grown through the commitment of its passionate volunteers and they recognized earlier this year that they need to define a strategy for sustainable funding streams. Recurring givers were identified as a key emphasis. And #GivingTuesday became the jumping off point for their first-ever planned campaign.Key tacticsWhat made the BBAR campaign special was that they brought together an actual rescue of 11 dogs from a shelter in Georgia (the #GivingTuesday dogs) with email and social outreach. They live tweeted and instagrammed the rescue of the 11 dogs while asking supporters to give, spread the word, and set up a recurring gift.Key elementsBBAR has built a “badass” website, so all outreach leading up to, and on the day of #GT, centered around driving people to the BBAR websiteThey did a series of emails and posts using #GT as the kickoff of year end, with the theme “Give a Little. Save a Life.”Emails stressed both one time and recurring gifts, and asked donors to consider making both a #GivingTuesday gift and to set up a recurring gift to start in January.  They had a meaningful number of donors who did both…it pays to ask!Online giving page was set up to support the visuals and strategy of the campaign, including an emphasis on recurring givingAdded a banner to their homepage driving visitors to #GivingTuesday donation pageCreated a Facebook event for #GivingTuesday and then paid for Facebook ads to drive people to the event/campaignEncouraged adopters to share #UNselfies with their Badass dogs Best Social Campaign: Collective Action for Safe SpacesFounded in 2009 as Holla Back DC!, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) has evolved from a blog to a dynamic organization that mobilizes the community to end public sexual harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area. It does this through both online and offline activism. CASS has only one paid staff member and a committed base of volunteers.Key tacticsCASS participated in #GT 2013 with a campaign that was put together in a hurry and had a good response but felt that they could do better. So this year, a core team met to plan a robust #GivingTuesday campaign. They read materials from experts like N4G and followed the recommendations for building a powerful campaign, with a heavy emphasis on social outreach. The result was that they quadrupled their results over 2013 and ranked 4th among all N4G nonprofits for number of donors on #GivingTuesday.Key elementsBeginning in October CASS shared messaging every Tuesday about their good work and the opportunity to support them on #GTThey scrubbed and segmented their donor list so that emails could be written with an emphasis on what was important to each audience12 people were trained to reach out effectively to their networks on #GTA phone bank pizza party was held to prime the pump and get people excited about #GivingTuesdayThey emailed before, day of and after #GivingTuesday, including a terrific Thank You email!They made effective use of social channels and reaped the benefits of training an outreach team to leverage their messagesThey raised more than $17,000 and exceeded their original #GT goal by 43%last_img read more