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Prospect Research Workshop

first_img A one-day introductory workshop on prospect research will be delivered by leading researchers, Rebecca Funnell of Telos Research and Robin Jones of Milestone Research, in London on  Thursday 14th November 2013.Prospect research is crucial in helping fund-raisers identify and profile likely sources of funding.  If you are considering incorporating prospect research into your fund-raising activities, or you are a fund-raiser who needs to do your own research into your prospects, or if you are a newly-appointed prospect researcher, this course is for you.There has never been so much information available to us, so much so that it can feel overwhelming.  With this in mind, Rebecca and Robin will guide you through the myriad sources of information to give you the most efficient approach and the best resources. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 September 2013 | News Prospect Research Workshop This day will focus on researching high net worth individuals, but will also be useful to trust and corporate fund-raisers, as for all but the most structured giving frameworks, the best route into a funder is usually through an individual.At the end of the day you’ll go away armed with the tools to draft your own research plan and the knowledge of sources you’ll need to face your next fund-raising research challenge as well as a useful handout, including a sources list.  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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

Colson Whitehead, literary chameleon

first_imgColson Whitehead ’91 has gained a reputation as a literary chameleon, deftly blurring the lines between literary and genre fiction, and using his uncanny abilities to inhabit and reinvent conventional frames in order to explore the themes of race, technology, history, and popular culture that continually resurface in his work. In a country where reading habits and reading publics are still more segregated than we often care to admit, his books enjoy a rare crossover appeal. His first novel, “The Intuitionist,” is a detective story that regularly turns up in college courses; the zombie thriller “Zone One” drew praise from literary critics and genre fiction fans alike; “Sag Harbor,” about black privileged kids coming of age in the 1980s, was a surprise bestseller. In an era when commercial pressure reinforces the writerly instinct to cultivate a recognizable “voice,” his astonishingly varied output, coupled with highly polished, virtuosic prose, makes Whitehead one of the most ambitious and unpredictable authors working today.Beyond the books, Whitehead swims effortlessly in the hyper-connected moment: he maintains an active presence on Twitter, where his sly and dyspeptic observations on the curious and the mundane have gained him a devoted following. A sampling includes sagacious tips for the aspiring writer—“Epigraphs are always better than what follows. Pick crappy epigraphs so you don’t look bad”—and riffs on Ezra Pound: “The apparition of these faces in the crowd / Petals on a wet, black bough / Probably hasn’t been gentrified though.” In the pages of The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, he has wryly dissected contemporary mores and the light-speed metamorphoses of language in the age of social media. In a widely shared essay from last year, he parsed the current attachment to the “tautophrase,” as in “you do you” and “it is what it is.” Or Taylor Swift’s popularization of “Haters gonna hate.” Swift makes an easy target, of course, but Whitehead takes aim at the rhetoric of those in power too, and the narcissism in our culture more generally. He’s more gadfly than moralist, but there is a Voltaire-like venom to his sarcasms. “The modern tautophrase empowers the individual,” he observes, “regardless of how shallow that individual is.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

iTunes U collects, distributes educational media

first_imgStudents can access Notre Dame on iTunes U by visiting itunes.nd.edu and selecting the “Launch iTunes U” icon.  Turner said several professors from the College of Science and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) have used iTunes U to supplement audio and video resources with in-class work. He cited chemistry professor James Johnson and FTT professor Ted Mandell as two consistent contributors to the database. While the initiative is still in the initial stages of its development, Flory said the response has been positive, and members of the campus community are interested in viewing the available materials and contributing to iTunes U. “I think this provides another channel for us to tell Notre Dame’s story and share the intellectual community that we have here,” said Julie Flory, associate director for the Office of News and Information.  Cockerham said the public component of iTunes U is geared toward helping the University “broadcast its image outward” for alumni and prospective students, but that the private component to be accessed with a NetID and password is more student-oriented.“The hope is that this whole iTunes U project will give us a start towards an open courseware system,” Cockerham said. Universities such as Stanford and MIT have lectures and other course materials available online, he said, and iTunes U could be a helpful tool for students to use outside the classroom to catch up or review information. Cockerham said while student knowledge of the program is limited, he hopes to see it expand in the near future as the more “student-centered” aspects are developed.  “Once the private side is established, we will especially be able to reach out to clubs and student groups so they can begin to use iTunes U,” he said. “The Last Lecture series that has been promoted by student government is something that I would like to watch,” Cockerham said. “Now I can go and find something on iTunes that I missed.”center_img Launched in October 2009, the Notre Dame iTunes U database now provides students, faculty and alumni access to more than 1,000 video and audio files, said Paul Turner, academic technology services manager for the Office of Information Technologies (OIT).Apple engineered iTunes U to collect and distribute educational media to students and teachers at universities around the world, according to the Apple Web site. Turner said student work has been critical to the initiative and undergraduate projects contributed to about 50 percent of the development of iTunes U. Cockerham said the challenges in launching iTunes U mainly stem from the difficulty of assembling content from all over campus into a central location, as well as monitoring the content that will be presented on the site. “Professors like [iTunes U] because they can put all of their video and audio in one place in a way that is more efficient than Concourse,” Turner said. “And students like it because it is easy to sync up with iTunes for course material.” Popular downloads have included the Last Lecture series sponsored by student government and the videos from the Student Film Festival. “I think that the student body will appreciate having access to recordings of events on campus,” campus technology chair Casey Cockerham said. “I want to continue to challenge students to step up and be a part of the ownership of this project,” he said.last_img read more