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Perfect Pitch – Gift Aid raises plenty of questions for the experts

first_img  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis These are just some of the issues raised so far:* Gift Aid for challenge events (UK & overseas)* claiming Gift Aid on raffle tickets and additional donations* claiming Gift AId on tickets for a charity event* is a tick on a Gift Aid box sufficient to process that specific donation without providing further evidence to the charity?* what benchmarks exist in claiming Gift Aid?* is there easy and concise language to explain Gift Aid to donors?* can the admission fee to an event be split into admission fee and donation and Gift Aid claimed on the donation?* is a telephone confirmation sufficient for a Gift Aid donation or is a written confirmation also required?* what software helps keep Gift Aid accounting straightforward?* what is the minimum address details required from the donor?* is an employer’s address sufficient for an individual donor giving at work via a sponsorship form?* best practice on administering jointly made Gift Aid declarations* Gift Aid on voluntary contributions towards the cost of hosting an event?If these kinds of questions are causing problems for your charity then you can still register for Perfect Pitch – Gift Aid and come to find out the answers. Howard Lake | 11 November 2005 | News Delegates registering to attend UK Fundraising’s Perfect Pitch – Gift Aid are providing plenty of questions for the range of experts that will be speaking at the 29 November event.UK Fundraising’s Perfect Pitch – Gift Aid event now has over 100 delegates registered. To make sure the event serves the needs of the charities attending, delegates have been invited to send in their questions and concerns about Gift Aid. These questions will be shared with the presenters beforehand to make sure that the issues are covered and answered on the day.The questions and concerns cover a wide range of fundraising activities and demonstrate that the detail of Gift Aid is still not understood by enough charities. Advertisement Perfect Pitch – Gift Aid raises plenty of questions for the experts 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

BFP to close Midlands depot

first_imgBFP Wholesale will close its Tamworth depot at the end of the month in a move that could see 20 jobs cut.The closure comes after Lesaffre sold BFP Wholesale to private equity consortium Zimt Holding for an undisclosed sum in August.Nick Harris, managing director, told British Baker it was a “business decision” as the 14-year lease was coming to an end. Of 22 staff members at the depot, 20 have been told that their jobs are at risk. The depot represents a fifth of BFP’s distribution reach and its closure will create a gap in the Midlands. The company’s other depots in Leeds and Livingston to the north and Sevenoaks and Highbridge to the south will remain.Harris insisted that the company would not lose any of its circa 4,000 customers, which include Doughnut specialist Krispy Kreme and high street bakery Greggs, as they would instead be served by the remaining outlets.Harris said: “The Tamworth depot will be closing at the end of the month as the lease is coming to an end. We will service all of that business through the other four depots, categorically. There will potentially be job losses, though they have all been offered work within the business.”last_img read more

Hand-powered cooler

first_imgNo more wasted milk”The prototype cooling system our students developed,” he said,”would allow them to cool their evening milk and double theirproduction.”Using funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Challenge Grantand the Engineering Information Foundation, Kisaalita has ledclasses of cross-disciplinary student teams for the past twoyears. During the spring-semester class, the students work onprojects like the milk cooling system.”First I identify a problem overseas that affects a largepopulation,” he said. “Then the capstone-class students work as ateam to solve the problem.”In this case, the problem affects small dairy farmers in Uganda,Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. In Uganda alone, more than 2million farmers could benefit from the cooling system, Kisaalitasaid.”The problems farmers face in cooling their milk is very wellknown in these countries,” said Kisaalita, a native of Uganda.Small dairy farmers there milk their cows in the mornings shortlybefore the milk buyer picks it up. The problem is with theevening milkings.”The farmers’ evening milk isn’t picked up, and they have no wayof keeping it cool until the buyer comes back the next morning,”Kisaalita said. “These farmers are losing half of theirproduction.” Hand-driven, vaccum cooledAs a solution, Kisaalita and his students developed avacuum-driven cooling system. It’s hand-driven, and ice created undervacuum cools the milk.”We took the traditional, large, metal milk containers and builta second container that wraps around it,” he said. “Then thevacuum is used to create ice that lowers the milk’s temperature.”So far, the system has lowered the milk’s temperature by 5degrees centigrade and kept it there for 10 hours, he said.”The milk comes out of the cow at 37 degrees C,” he said. “If wecan drop it to 4 to 8 and keep it there, that would be afantastic feat.”The cooling system still has some kinks. “It hasn’t workedperfectly yet, but we’re working on it,” Kisaalita said. “Itshould take another year or two to make all the improvements weneed to make.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia engineering students have developed acooling system that could help farmers in developing countriesget more milk to the market.”Small dairy farmers in countries like Uganda and Kenya areliterally throwing away half of their milk because they don’thave the means to get it to market,” said William Kisaalita, anengineering professor with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.center_img Unit would quickly pay for itselfOnce completed, the cooling system should cost around $800.Kisaalita says the system would pay for itself through increasedproduction in eight months to a year.”If a farmer couldn’t afford a unit on his own, he could partnerwith two or three nearby farmers and they could share the cost,”he said. “Or there are milk buyers who are willing to lend thefarmer the money to buy the system. Then the farmer pays themoney back in milk.”Kisaalita says the UGA project has attracted interest from bothHeifer International and Land O’ Lakes, Inc.”These groups are very supportive of the project and have voicedinterest in helping fund future work,” Kisaalita said. “And thefarmers I have spoken with are eager for us to finish. They saythey wish we had it ready for them now.”Besides its use with milk, Kisaalita sees other applications forthe cooling system.”It could be used to carry perishable vaccines into villages,” hesaid. “And there are vendors who would like to use it to coolfresh fruit juices.”In the United States, the system has much more competition.”We haven’t found a market for it here because there are manymore economical options,” he said. “But I could see a specialinterest group, such as people who like to conserve energy, beingattracted to it.”last_img read more