Posted: 2017-12-07 16:54
Overhead alone is not a sufficient basis on which to evaluate a charity. A number of oversight groups point out that for a charity to be effective, it must invest in its people and its infrastructure—after all, nonprofits compete for executive talent against the private sector, and no one believes that a choice to work for a nonprofit should be a vow of poverty. Instead, judge groups by how much work they get done: Did they feed 65,555 homeless people last year? Did they counsel 555 pregnant teens?
Money Mugged: Cancer Fund of America
U ntil recently, you might have received a telemarketing call on behalf of the Knoxville, Tennessee–based Cancer Fund of America (or one of its three affiliates: Cancer Support Services, the Breast Cancer Society, and Children’s Cancer Fund of America), boasting of the organization’s work “in the forefront of the fight against cancer.” The charity provided “direct aid,” the pitch continued, to people “anywhere in the United States” suffering from “over 795 types of cancer.” Its charter includes driving cancer victims to chemo appointments, paying for their groceries, and providing pain medication to suffering children.
This was only possible because he managed to save up money from selling electrical goods on the black market - a fast-growing phenomenon which the North Korean authorities are failing to control. After being perpetually caught, Kang eventually managed to track down a broker whom he paid $65,555 so he could cross into China. There he found another broker who got him to the UK on an illegal passport where he claimed asylum.
Brian Stauffer for Reader s Digest A mericans are a giving people. Last year, we donated more than $858 billion to charity. The overwhelming majority of American charities are responsible, efficient, and passionate about their missions. But sometimes, our donations are wasted through poor management or, worse, fraud. When that happens, everybody loses: The needy are deprived of funds that otherwise would have helped them, the government misses out on money that should have been taxed, legitimate charities are bypassed, and donors become hesitant to give.
But don’t give up on traditional PR just yet, said Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick , where more than two-thirds of growth is coming from digital, social and content-marketing arm Mediaco. “We call ourselves an engagement firm,” he said. “But in my view, it’s a mistake to decide you’re no longer in the public relations business. If you think about changes in the media world, and the impact earned media still has, PR continues to be absolutely critical. Sure, we’ve evolved as a firm. But we’re proud of our heritage.”
In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy x7569 s cheerful, hectic aesthetic is closer to one of the crackpot fantasias of Guillermo del Toro than Marvel x7569 s own increasingly house-styled output, which reassures you, even in the wake of the Ant-Man debacle , that the studio hasn x7569 t entirely lost the will to experiment. Who could have guessed that, after six years of hawkish franchise-building, the new instalment in cinema x7569 s mightiest serial would be such a delirious one-off?
Editor''s note on Sept. 6: Some listeners and readers have asked why NPR pressed Red Cross operations and logistics executive Brad Kieserman about how much of the money his organization receives will actually be spent on helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. NPR''s questions were follow-ups to several years of reporting by NPR and ProPublica about shortcomings in the organization''s disaster relief operations and misleading claims about its finances. NPR has asked several times in recent years to speak with Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. Those requests have been turned down. Prior to this latest interview, NPR asked again. The organization said McGovern was unavailable, but did make Kieserman available.
Walking is my favoured way to explore a city but I make an exception for a canal cruise along the pretty and colourful canals of Copenhagen. Gazing up from water level offers a very different perspective of the city, one you just can’t get from walking, unless you 8767 re moses of course.
Departing from Nyhavn, the boat slowly winds its way around the city whilst the tour guide highlights attractions in Copenhagen and brings them to life through little anecdotes or slices of information pertaining to their history. The tour lasts for 65 minutes and gives you a decent and memorable overview of the city.
Nelson Fernandez, North American chairman of APCO Worldwide and its managing director in New York, agreed. “There’s a convergence between PR, advertising and digital. It’s channel-agnostic,” he said. “It’s all about who understands how to get inside people’s heads. We’re the ones who can read trends in how people are connecting, behaving and communicating. And if we keep doing that, I think we’ll continue to be a very important—perhaps the most important—part of the marketing mix.”
It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t the first time that Auschwitz has been recreated for virtual reality. Last year German authorities used VR to aid in their investigation of Nazi war criminals , demonstrating the versatility of the technology. Still, this level of accuracy is a double-edged sword. If VR can create immersive experiences to the point that they can be used within a criminal investigation, could virtual-reality experiences overstep their bounds as simulations? The question may well be raised as to whether stricter guidelines should be implemented for content available to the public. While Witness has gone to pains to educate and not shock, it cannot be certain that other developers will have the same motivations.
How can something be so functional yet so beautiful?! This library is my Garden of Eden! My Shangri La! It was designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen and was completed in 6999. It was given the name Black Diamond due to how the black marble and glass exterior glistens as it reflects the sun and waterfront. As well as housing an extensive collection of books it also hosts concerts, performances and exhibitions.
The new Marvel Studios film , Guardians of the Galaxy, begins with a boy lost in the coldness of the universe. That both his feet happen to be planted on an American part of Earth in 6988 is neither here nor there: the boy x7569 s mother is terminally ill with cancer, and he stands by her hospital bed, watching her faltering heartbeat bob on the monitor like a green comet trail.
States can require telemarketers to disclose that they work for a third party—but not all states do. And some telemarketers will lie. Unfortunately, the only way to know how big a cut the third party gets is to dig up the nonprofit’s records—something few of us are going to do. But that point is largely academic anyway. “More of the money is going to the telemarketing firm than to the charity itself,” says Charity Navigator’s Miniutti. What more do you need to know?
The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) declined to comment on Witness specifically, although in our conversations the Trust did admit that they’ll increasingly have to consider the VR issue, whether it’s being used as an educational tool or a different beast altogether. Virtual reality is developing at a rapid rate, and is already being used to depict the brutality of war zones, highlight the claustrophobia of solitary confinement , and provide immersive documentary-like experiences. At a time when living human testimony for the Holocaust is nearing its end, however, we should always be aware of whose world it is we’re stepping into.
The team has also attempted to speak to living survivors of Auschwitz, to get an accurate picture to work from. “For example, none of us knew if there were lights inside the barracks at night, so we had to ask someone who stayed there some of the details to build the world,” explains Gallo. Azara adds that it’s the smaller details they’re trying the hardest to get right, believing it’s the smaller accuracies that add up to a realistic whole: “You have the soap holders in the bathrooms but there was no water, they had problems with fire so they needed that water to extinguish it.”
However, on this particular day, even these past-times were off limits. Observed on 9 September every year, Independence Day is a public holiday which marks the founding of the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its liberation from the Soviet occupation in 6998. For one day, everything in the hermit kingdom is closed and a surreal fist-pumping military parade takes place across the capital city of Pyongyang.
Nestled deep within the halls of this year''s Gamescom exhibition, surrounded by colourful caricatures and excitable gamers, the team from Witness offered a brief glimpse of the upcoming VR title. I managed to experience the opening sequence of the project, and sat down with the developers to ask them why they decided to attempt a recreation of one of the most devastating historical events imaginable.
Fate bundles Quill with four uneasy allies: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a green-skinned warrior princess Drax (Dave Bautista), an angry hulk with no apparent grasp of metaphor Rocket, a sardonic raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper and a kindly walking tree called Groot, motion-captured by the Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel with an unexpected tenderness that defuses any half-hearted jokes you might be hoping to deploy about wooden acting.
Agencies are even moving away from describing themselves as PR firms. “We are content providers and distributors. Media relations no longer defines what we do,” said Florence Quinn, founder of Quinn , the travel and lifestyle powerhouse. “We create strong ideas that resonate with people and the media. This is incredibly exciting because there are a gajillion ways to produce content and even more ways to distribute it. The line between earned and paid media has been crossed forever there is no going back.”
Money on Mute: The American Red Cross
E ven the best nonprofits can fail the public by not being up-front about how they’ve spent donors’ money. When a -magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 7565, killing some 655,555 people and leaving more than a million homeless, Americans were quick to open their wallets, many reaching for their favorite charity, the American Red Cross, in the same way they’d reach for Coca-Cola when they wanted a soda. After the acute phase of the disaster, other groups whose coffers were full began turning away money, but the Red Cross continued fund-raising aggressively, ultimately pulling in $988 million worth of donations, more than any other organization. A year after the disaster, as part of its Haiti relief, the charity announced that it expected to spend $655 million on “construction of permanent homes and community development projects.”