Greater London Fund for the Blind invites applications

first_img Advertisement Greater London Fund for the Blind is inviting applications for funding through a refreshed Programme Fund, open until May 2019.The Programme Fund exists to support organisations who work, or wish to work, with blind and partially-sighted people within the M25 area. With new funding criteria and application guidelines, GLFB hopes that this fund will provide much needed support for innovative new programmes and vital existing services. Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of GLFB said: “We’re aware that fantastic work is going on across London, but too often this work faces an uncertain future. We wish to enable the people who are working creatively in our communities. We also wish to engage organisations which deliver specialist services which may not be accessible for those who are blind or partially-sighted.‘We therefore welcome applications both from the sight-loss sector and from organisations working in homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and a range of other critical areas who wish to ensure that they can reach and empower blind and partially-sighted people.”Applications should be for work which addresses one or several of GLFB’s priority areas in 2018/19:Improving access to education or employmentSupporting wellbeing and mental healthSupporting independenceWork with minority groupsEye care and prevention of sight lossSupporting blind and partially sighted people facing additional challenges (including, but not limited to, those facing domestic violence, homeless people, refugees, care leavers, parents and carers).The programme is rolling, but remaining quarterly meeting deadlines are:6th February 20198th May 2019 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.  103 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  104 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Greater London Fund for the Blind invites applications Tagged with: Funding London Howard Lake | 23 January 2019 | Newslast_img read more

A Different kind of charity

first_imgMathiba MolefeThe mothers from Tales of Learning are just one group that have benefitted from generous donations made through the Different Donations initiative. (Image: Different.org, via Facebook)In a bid to help maximise the impact of non-government organisations (NGO) across the country, life insurance firm Different Life has started a crowd-funding initiative called Different.org to help fund NGO running costs and help these organisations continue their great work.The insurance group covers all running costs for the initiative so all funds donated to Different.org by generous individuals and businesses make their way to your chosen organisations.Donors are given the option of choosing which of the many listed organisations working in partnership with Different.org will receive their donations.The company allows its policy holders to donate through their monthly instalments. This Different Donation option allows your generosity to continue beyond one simple act of kindness. This is the source of the largest portion of donations collected by Different Life.The organisation reportedly donates the policy-holder’s first monthly payment to a charity of their choice, after which the yearly anniversary payments are also donated to the selected charity throughout the period in which the customer holds a policy with Different Life.According to the organisation’s website, more than R4 million has been donated to organisations on the Different.org roster. As more clients sign up, the number and variety of charities will grow.Organisations like The Diepsloot Foundation, Joint Aid Management, the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Fix Forward have benefited greatly from the Different Donation option and through direct donations to Different.org from people who don’t hold policies with Different Life.Watch The Different Donation:GET INVOLVEDLike many of the generous donors who have helped Different.org reach some of the funding targets they had set out, you too can play a part in helping improve someone’s life for the better.If you would like to make a donation to one of the many organisations working in partnership with Different.org, you can have a look at their projects page and choose a cause close to your heart from the list provided.The projects page also allows you to track the progress being made in meeting the targets of each project, allowing you to make the right choice.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

2015 Ohio election results: Marijuana bill up in smoke

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in and Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to legalized marijuana in Ohio.The overall election results were viewed as a victory by many.“By voting for Issue 2 and against Issue 3, Ohioans have also expressed the belief that our state’s chief governing document belongs to all of us, not just a select few who wish to use the constitution to guarantee their own financial gains,” said Cliff Rosenberger, Ohio Speaker of the House. “I applaud these results and believe that this was a big win for the state of Ohio.”The sound defeat of the estimated $25 million marijuana legalization campaign in Ohio, though, does not mean that the issue is going away. It will likely be put before voters again in the future. Issue 3 supporters said work on a new effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio has already begun.Opponents of Issue 3 are hoping that, in the meantime, a number of issues with the measure can be corrected before legalized marijuana returns to the Ohio ballot. Issue 3 would have: legalized recreational and medical use of the drug; allowed only 10 wealthy investor groups to grow and cultivate marijuana for sale by changing the Ohio Constitution; and created conflict between state and federal law, as it is still illegal to sell and use marijuana nationally.“The proponents are rushing to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes as well as medical. Only four states and Washington, D.C. currently permit recreational marijuana use. Let’s learn from them how it affects the crime rate, addiction, businesses, employees and the economy before we rush to join them,” said the Ohio Farm Bureau in a statement on Issue 3. “The proponents won’t tell you that even if marijuana is legalized in Ohio, it is still illegal under federal law to sell and use marijuana. Passing the marijuana ballot proposal would create a business structure in Ohio that could be jeopardized by the decision of a new administration to enforce federal law.”Issue 2 was crafted partially in response to Issue 3 making it onto the ballot. Issue 2 protects Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”Issue 1 had broad support from both political parties to amend the Ohio Constitution and change the process that is used to draw state legislative districts. Issue 1 creates the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission that will draw legislative districts according to new standards and take partisan politics out of the redistricting process, adding transparency. The passage of Issue 1 protects against gerrymandering by requiring at least two votes from each party in order to approve a district plan. Otherwise a temporary plan is put in place and the commission must reconvene to redraw it, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau.last_img read more