Feeney has reservations about Giving Pledge

first_imgFeeney has reservations about Giving Pledge Tagged with: Ireland Major gift Speaking in Dublin last week, Chuck Feeney, one of the world’s major philanthropists, has told Irish journalist Conor O’Cleary that he has some reservations about The Giving Pledge, the effort by Warren Buffett together with Bill and Melinda Gates to persuade wealthy Americans to commit at least half their fortunes to charity.“I support it, but it doesn’t go far enough,” Mr Feeney said in an .Feeney, who made his money from duty-free and who is the leading philanthropist in Ireland, is unique among donors in that he has already committed all his wealth to the Atlantic Philanthropies foundation.“Giving While Living makes it clear, The Giving Pledge doesn’t,” Mr Feeney said.Mr Feeney said that last year be had attended the first gathering in New York initiated by the Gates and Buffet to elicit discussion among a small group of philanthropists about how to encourage greater giving among those with huge wealth. Although he was invited to participate in The Giving Pledge at its public roll-out, he declined. He said that he didn’t feel he need to join formally, since he had already donated his entire fortune. “Nevertheless I support the initiative”, he said, “with which some 35 wealthy individuals and couples are now associated, and I remain open-minded as to how I might contribute to its further development and the ensuing process.”He is not convinced that the Giving Pledge will translate easily into “productive philanthropy”, not least because of the issues of spouses and family members objecting to “the signing away of half the family silver by well-meaning people of wealth”. He added that he suspects little is actually happening since the wealthy individuals made their public pledges.www.atlanticphilanthropies.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 November 2010 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Former SL Green exec Isaac Zion joins Acram Group

first_imgFrom left: Isaac Zion with JMC Holdings’ Matthew Cassin (left) and David Taylor (right) (Photos via SL Green; JMC) A former SL Green exec is making moves.Isaac Zion, who had served as co-CIO for the real estate investment trust, has joined Acram Group, a New York City-based real estate firm formerly known as JMC Holdings. He’ll join Acram’s two executives — JMC founder and managing partner J. Matthew Cassin and partner David Taylor — as a managing principal at the firm.Zion left SL Green in July as the REIT was bracing for the impact of the pandemic and cut some corporate staff. His departure was reportedly unrelated to the layoffs.Read moreSL Green’s co-CIO leaving firmSL Green preparing $1B coronavirus cushionJMC lands $51M to buy NY REIT’s Lenox Hill office building Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message*center_img His connection to the team at Acram goes further back to around 2005, when the three all worked for Tishmen Speyer. The friendship continued after that, Zion said, and he was an early investor in JMC when it launched in 2011.“I’ve always relished working with Matt and David as they were building their business,” Zion said. “The good thing is we think of things differently, so we complement each other really, really well.”JMC’s current 2.5-million-square-foot portfolio — including office, multifamily and industrial properties — spans a wide geographic area, with holdings in the tri-state region; Dallas, Texas; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Under the new partnership, the company aims to expand in more markets such as Colorado and Florida, partnering with investors such as family offices and institutional fund managers, Cassin said.“We’ve got a nice geographic mix, we’ve got a nice asset type mix, and we want to continue to grow both those aspects of our business,” he said.In February, the firm plans to break ground on a new 550,000-square-foot office and retail development in Pittsburgh, Cassin said.The pandemic caused unprecedented disruption in the real estate market and the broader economy, but the three real estate executives’ combined 60-plus years of industry experience equipped Acram to navigate this downturn, Zion said.“We’re always going to be very thoughtful about picking our specific spots to invest in,” he said. “It’s about picking your spots and making an appropriate bet.”Contact Akiko Matsuda Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateOffice Real EstateSL Greenlast_img read more

What’s in a name: Senior Vice President Of Community Impact

first_img continue reading » When Heather McKissick joined University Federal Credit Union($2.6B, Austin, TX) in 2013 as vice president of human resources, she brought a deep knowledge of not-for-profit leadership and community affairs. For the past five years, she had been CEO of Leadership Austin, a nonprofit dedicated to civic engagement and community leadership. Before taking on the chief executive role, McKissick had been a volunteer there for more than a decade and became an honored community leader in her own right.When UFCU created a new role to focus on the cooperative’s community impact, McKissick was a natural fit. That role has grown into a senior vice president position with a broad scope and long-term goals geared toward making a positive — and significant — impact on the communities UFCU serves.Here, McKissick talks about marrying business with service, developing the perfect skill set for the role, and measuring long-term success. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak

first_img Tweet Share Share Photo credit: stmaryswestmelbourne.orgI was looking by chance at a program on the Discovery Channel some time ago, dealing with Swaziland, a small landlocked society in southern Africa. Swaziland is a society, the narrator said, that’s totally organized around hierarchy and deference. Everybody defers to somebody above them. At the top is the king, and the result is a permanent and compliant acceptance of the status quo.The TV presentation I heard that night recurred to me as I prepared to say something on today’s gospel. How so? In this way — When Jesus healed the deaf and the dumb, he literally healed people who couldn’t hear and couldn’t speak; just as when he healed the blind, he healed those who literally couldn’t see. But the healing can be taken in another sense, metaphorical but no less real. We are capacitated to see and to speak, and that also includes seeing and speaking for ourselves, and taking responsibility for our situations.These possibilities are not gifts, conceded to us by anyone. They are part of our birthright (natural and baptismal) as human beings and Christians.One may say that citizens who have their eyes open and speak for themselves is the essence of a democratic system. On the other hand, many people prefer not to see sometimes what’s there, or what’s plain for everyone to see; and they refrain from speaking from a variety of reasons, including deference. They don’t want to be regarded as trouble makers, or, more simply, they don’t want to seem out of step before people who know them. One finds the same situation in religion, and yet Christianity originated with a very special kind of trouble maker. Let’s take a recognizable example of ‘trouble-making,’ common to us in the Church. Sometimes people come to me to complain about some procedure in some parish or some priest for that matter, and I tell them: I am the wrong person to complain to. Go to the priest in question, and speak directly to him. Speak for yourself; or go to the Archbishop; he can do what I cannot. But they do neither, and you see what’s going on. They want the benefit of complaining but not the responsibility of speaking.The history of social benefit or social development includes contributions by individuals who saw things that other people preferred not to see, and spoke not only for themselves but for others. When things change for the better, we call such persons prophets. We give them a special designation, but they are often no different from people like us; they just have more courage.Democracy means the possibility of dissent. You don’t have to agree with everything any government or indeed anybody says or does, and you shouldn’t be afraid to say so. History shows examples of societies where people didn’t speak, or were afraid to speak, until every other right apart from freedom of speech was taken away from them. These things always work cumulatively. Things are taken away one thing at a time; people are afraid to speak one occasion at a time.Jesus was not afraid to say things as he saw them. Recall the altercation between himself and the High Priest just before the crucifixion. Jesus is just responding to the questions posed by the High Priest; but a guard finds him too forward, and strikes him. Jesus replies: “If there is something wrong I what I said, point it out; but if there is no offense in it, why do you strike me?”Here we have Jesus himself providing a good example of not being deaf and dumb, when it was perhaps in his interest to play deaf and dumb. He doesn’t fight anybody. He simply speaks and says his piece. That ability was the miracle he accomplished for the man in today’s reading. He opened his mouth. It was left to the man – as it remains left to us – to choose how, when and whether or not to speak.By: Fr. Henry Charles PhD 91 Views   one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak by: – September 10, 2012last_img read more

Fair Haven Transportation Plan Crosses the Finish Line

first_imgBy Jay Cook |FAIR HAVEN – Walking and biking have long been prized in Fair Haven’s small, riverside community. And now active outdoor enthusiasts are expressing satisfaction that a years-long initiative aimed toward widespread roadway safety is complete.For years, Fair Haven has been pushing for safer streets, said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. On any given school day during the warmer months, up to 700 students commute via bicycle to the local school and back home. Lucarelli and fellow Two River mayors zealously pushed for the inclusion of bike lanes along Ridge Road and eventually accomplished that in 2015.It was a goal that became urgent for the borough after two tragic deaths on its roadways from biking accidents. Shrewsbury firefighter Cole Porter died from his injuries after his bike collided with a referee in the 2013 Tour de Fair Haven bicycle race, and borough councilman Jerome Koch died a day after his bike collided with a vehicle on River Road in 2014. Since 2011, the Dept. of Transportation says there have been six other bike and pedestrian accidents in the 2.1 square-mile town.This week, the borough Planning Board formally approved the Fair Haven Active Transportation Plan. The detailed, layered plan lays the groundwork for roadway and safety improvements to further protect Fair Haven’s biking, walking and jogging community.“Talk to the folks that grew up in this town,” Lucarelli said this week. “It’s exactly what they did back then, there were just a lot less cars. It’s not something that’s new to our lifestyle. I think it’s integral to the lifestyle that attracts people to Fair Haven.”The project and report were funded by the state Department of Transportation and assisted by Rutgers University and WSP USA, a civil engineering firm. Lucarelli asked residents and stakeholders to take part in the process to provide insight.One of those residents was Gail O’Reilly, a Fair Haven resident of 27 years and a former professional city planner. For those who use the Route 35 Cooper’s Bridge to and from Red Bank, she is the advocate who ensured the bridge had bike lanes when it was replaced and rebuilt years ago.“There is a longstanding level of support and a high level of expectation for this topic here in town,” O’Reilly said this week when talking about the plan.As noted in the introduction to the transportation plan, Fair Haven residents were surveyed in 2016 about their thoughts on the borough’s existing roadway amenities. The report found that 75 percent of all students in town go to school via bike or by foot, and two-thirds of respondents said they would walk or bike more in town if pedestrian and biking facilities were improved.In this map of Fair Haven, areas for new sidewalks designated “higher-priority” are shown with a solid blue line, and “lower priority” new sidewalks are shown with a solid orange line.A widespread plan for improving all of those options was addressed in the study. Among the proposed improvements are installing sidewalks, mostly in residential neighborhoods where some don’t exist, and enhancing pedestrian crossings with new features like additional signage, with lighting and striping crosswalks at all intersections. The plan also highlights constructing sidewalk bump-outs and installing speed humps and other traffic calming initiatives. More noticeable and identifiable bike lanes throughout the community were also highlighted, considering the high usage of the existing ones.The plan will help map out what improvements can be made to different roadways over the next decade and beyond.“To not only be able to travel safe within the borders of our community, but to make connections beyond those borders, that would be a very lovely outcome,” O’Reilly said.Input from the community was invaluable, Lucarelli noted. In addition to a few open houses to present updates and information, an online “wikimap” tool was launched for residents to mark up the locations in town which concerned them. Ninety-one users left 25 comments on the map, with River Road coming up as the most discussed portion.Both O’Reilly and Lucarelli agreed River Road poses the most challenges from a safety standpoint. Known as County Road 10, it was noted as having a Level 3 and Level 4 bicycle stress level, the two highest possible in the report.Six pages in the final Fair Haven Active Transportation Plan list the cost estimates and different traffic calming or roadway improvements that could be implemented in Fair Haven.For Lucarelli, establishing safer roads is paramount.“Everybody’s primary concern is the health and welfare of our children,” he said. “This serves to reinforce what their rights and obligations are, just as it is to serve the motorist.”This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Duanvale, Fire FC in opening clash of Trelawny Division One football competition

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Six matches are down to be contested on the opening weekend of the new season of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Major League, with the clash between Duanvale and League newcomers Fire FC grabbing the most attention today.Duanvale were in the running for the title last year, but faltered close to the end, which allowed Clarks Town to steal a march on them and lift the title. Clarks Town are now competing in the Western Confederation Super League.Fire FC are stepping up in class after lifting the Division One crown last season and will want a good start to life in the Major League.Duanvale, on the other hand, will feel they have the edge, especially since they will be playing on familiar turf at the Duanvale Sports Ground and will be keen on kicking off the season with a victory.In the other matchups today, Holland FC tackle Bunker Hill at Elleston Wakeland Centre, Spicy Hill host Kinloss at Georgia Sports Ground, and former champions, Harmony, meet Classic United at Bounty Hall Sports Ground. All matches will kick off at 3 p.m.Early favourites Baca Star United will bow into action tomorrow against an expectedly tough Daniel Town FC at the Elleston Wakeland Centre, while Coopers Pen host Rio Bueno in the day’s other fixture, also at 3 p.m.The 12-team league is broken down into two zones, with teams in each zone playing each other twice, after which, the top team on points in each zone will play for the mid-season trophy.The competition continues thereafter with the cross-zone matches. Teams in zone one will play those in zone two once, after which, the top four with the most points will contest the semi-finals.Today’s matchesn Holland Utd vs Bunker Hill SCat Elleston Wakeland Centren Duanvale FC vs Fire FC atDuanvale Sports Groundn Spicy Hill FC vs Kinloss FC atGeorgia Sports Groundn Harmony FC vs Classic Utd atBounty Hall Sports GroundTomorrow’s gamesn Baca Star Utd vs Daniel Town FC at Elleston Wakeland Centren Coopers Pen vs Rio Bueno at Coopers Pen Sports Groundlast_img read more

How To Reverse Engineer Your Startup

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success Many of today’s most successful businesses got their start without an apparent business model in mind (I’m looking at you, Facebook). But while drifting around for years as a free service without a clear path to profits might work for some businesses, it’s not a road that’s going to lead most startups to a good place.That’s the clear message from Dave Lavinsky advocates in his new book Start at the End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster by Reversing Their Business Plan. A serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies, both Web and product-focused, Lavinsky is now cofounder of Growthink, a consulting firm that claims to have helped more than 500,000 entrepreneurs identify opportunities and grow their businesses. His reverse engineering approach has useful lessons Whether your business is just getting off the ground or in the early years of startup evolution.Essentially, Lavinsky told ReadWrite, smart entrepreneurs start by defining the goals they want to achieve and working their way backward to arrive at the steps necessary for success. You might think you’ve already defined your goals, but Lavinsky is looking for much more detail than the vague goals created when businesses are formed.Stereo Vision StatementsStart by creating two vision statements:One customer-focused (which most of us are familiar with)One from a business perspective, which is what sets Lavinsky’s ideas apart.This vision includes not just your general business goal (Selling your company? Going public? Creating a business that spans three generations?), but also the financial metrics and business assets you’ll need to achieve that goal. In other words, if you want to sell your business, how much do you want to sell it for? $40 million? Then what are the financial metrics (dollar revenues, percent market share, dollar EBITDA, financial health ratios, etc.) that will get you there?Once you’ve determined these visions, Lavinsky shows you how to assess the opportunities available to you; set annual, quarterly and monthly goals and milestones; and track your progress.Pivots Are Part Of The ProcessLavinsky is well aware that the road to success is rarely smooth, and you might need to pivot before you hit your goal. “There are several roads you can take to your destination,” he says. “Pivoting is about choosing the best road for you and your company.”When you pivot, Lavinsky explains, you’re changing your business model based on feedback from your customers and your market. “Because the new model is based on actual market data – as opposed to the “hunch” you had when you launched your company – it’s more likely to resonate with customers and yield more success than your previous business model.”Sounds good, but how do you know when it’s time to pivot? “If you’ve been ‘spinning your wheels,’ then it’s time to pivot,” says Lavinsky. “If you’re continuing to work on your business and try new things, but without realizing the results you want, at some point, you need to come to the conclusion that either you’re not executing properly, or your business model is flawed.” In the former case, it’s time to bring someone in to help you execute; in the latter, it’s time to pivot.Start at the End details several methods for identifying possible pivots and picking the best one for you, including:SO Analysis: identifying your strengths and opportunities. “You’re only going to build a great business if your business plays to your existing strengths, so make sure it does,” explains Lavinsky.Ansoff Matrix: the Ansoff Matrix helps determine the best new opportunities to pursue. Most important, it shows that any new opportunity targeting your current market (since you know and understand those customers) has a higher likelihood of succeeding.Judge vs. Market Criteria: “When selecting a pivot, make sure the market is ripe for it,” cautions Lavinsky.Pivoting is not something to take lightly, and you can’t do it every month, Lavinsky warns. “You need to pivot wisely and dedicate your company to pursuing it for a set period of time-perhaps six months or more.”If you decide pivoting is right for your business, you need to adjust your business plan accordingly. “Most importantly, in your plan, determine how you will execute on the pivot, such as who will be responsible for what tasks and goals.” It’s also crucial to establish weekly, monthly and quarterly goals and milestones, Lavinsky says, and to constantly gauge your performance against these milestones.Good Stuff At The EndPerhaps not surprisingly, one of the most useful sections of Start at the End comes near the end. “Multiplier Tactics” offers real-life approaches to turbocharge your business. My favorite example? The woman who had never worked in her late husband’s business until he left it to her, but then doubled its profits in a year by asking the managers to do more of the 5 things that worked best and less of the 5 things that worked least.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… rieva lesonskycenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#StartUp 101#startups last_img read more

Congress rejects Punjab unit chief’s resignation

first_imgThe Congress on Saturday rejected the resignation of Sunil Jakhar, who had resigned as the party’s Punjab chief after losing to BJP’s Sunny Deol on Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, saying he should continue to steer the grand old party with his “astute leadership”.“You have submitted your resignation as president, Punjab PCC. Congress party does not accept your resignation and you are expected to carry on the good work as usual,” a letter issued by Congress in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari said.She also asked Mr. Jakhar to continue steering the party with his able guidance and astute leadership. When contacted, Ms. Kumari reiterated Mr. Jakhar has been asked to continue in the post.Mr. Jakhar had sent his resignation to then party president Rahul Gandhi, a day after the Lok Sabha election results were declared on May 23. He lost the Gurdaspur seat to Mr. Deol by a margin of 82,459 votes. Won bypoll in 2017He had won the seat in bypolls in October 2017. It had fallen vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had described Mr. Jakhar’s resignation as “totally unnecessary”. On Saturday, he welcomed the Congress decision, terming it in the party’s interest as the former MP is a “seasoned grassroots leader” in Punjab. He said Mr. Jakhar has done immense work on the ground and built a strong party cadre. In a communique, Ms. Kumari said Punjab Congress workers have “always drawn inspiration and confidence” from Mr. Jakhar’s “informed and compulsive style of leadership”. She asked Mr. Jakhar to be the voice of the party in taking the liberal and secular credentials of the grand old party to each and every door. “The Congress and its leaders would keep raising their voice against the tyrannical policies of the oppressive [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi regime,” she added.last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool midfielder Henderson: Salah thrives off critics

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Henderson: Salah thrives off criticsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah thrives from his critics.The Egyptian has quietly gone about his business this season after an incredible 2017/18 campaign, having bagged 14 goals from 22 Premier League games.However, Salah has been accused of diving at times this season, but it is something that Henderson believes motivates the nifty attacker.”He will do things that some fans might not see that often but they should enjoy him because he is world class,” the midfielder told UK newspapers.”It was a penalty, a clear penalty. There’s nothing to talk about that.”In terms of Mo, I would think away grounds would be appreciative of what they see. The things he does, I’m sure he is a joy to watch.”If they try to put pressure on him, they will only make him better. It won’t bother him. He’s so strong, I know he is.”The more people are against him, the more he will want to prove them wrong. I’m not worried about that. When he goes to away grounds, people should appreciate him. He will do things that people want to see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hungarys president signs into law disputed new labour rules

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labour rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European standards. It doesn’t put workers* rights at risk, he added.Protests against the policy and other measures of Prime Minister Viktor Orban*s government have been taking place for over a week. There have been occasional clashes between protestors and police.Ader said any concerns about the changes to the labour code “cannot be a barrier to the workers* blessed Christmas, a peaceful time between the two holidays and a calm new year.”The Associated Presslast_img read more