New Head of Individual Giving at Action for Blind People

first_img Howard Lake | 5 November 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Head of Individual Giving at Action for Blind People Tagged with: Individual giving Management Recruitment / people Sue Hartley has been appointed Head of Individual Giving at visual impairment charity Action for Blind People. She will have overall responsibility for the charity’s cash donors, legacies and committed giving.Coming from the Financial Services sector, she has over ten years of direct marketing experience, working for organisations such as HFC Bank plc and Lloyds TSB Group. She joins Action for Blind People after two years as Head of Customer Management at Santander Cards Limited.www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk  26 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

The Art of the Possible in Mortgage and Tech

first_img When asked what an average day is like for her, Tracy Stephan, Director of Enterprise Innovation for Fannie Mae, laughs and replies, “I think we don’t have any average days in Innovation.” As head of Fannie’s Enterprise Innovation Team, Stephan says her focus is to “bring external insights and research into the company and share it broadly with employees.” Her position requires her to stay on top of the trends, to listen to Fannie’s business partners and understand the “pain points” they’re encountering in their own day-to-day operations.In her role as Director of Technology—Enterprise Innovation, Stephan helps Fannie create pilot programs designed to address these “pain points” and test out solutions, or experiment with other new technologies or systems, usually during a window of around three months’ time. “If it’s something that meets our requirements and we feel is worthy of being rolled out or scaled,” says Stephan, “then we would follow tradition IT methods to transition and roll out to production.”Stephan spoke to DS News last week at the Next mortgage technology conference in Dallas, Texas. She was one of several noteworthy guests from across the mortgage, housing, and fintech industries. On Thursday, she spoke before the conference on emerging fintech trends and their impact on mortgage lending.So, how do Fannie’s pilot programs work? Stephan explains that the programs usually begin with a problem one of Fannie’s customers is seeing, and trying out a potential solution or new system that could help solve it, prioritizing test programs that could help build the customer’s return on investment or shorten the lifecycle from application to close. “We do not just say, ‘Shiny new object, let’s go run with that,’” says Stephan. “So we really try to maximize the value for the start-up, as well as the Fannie Mae team to make sure that we are actually doing something of value which could have the potential to scale and lead to lasting impact.”When asked what technology trends she was seeing that had the potential to have a real impact on the mortgage and housing landscape, Stephan pinpointed one commonality: a focus on improving the customer experience. “Our customers are our lenders, our servicers, and our investors,” said Stephan. “What it means for Fannie Mae is that we need to invest in our Application Program Interfaces that make it easier for [our customers] to interact with Fannie Mae. How can we reduce that burden with technology?”Stephan added that “You can’t talk emerging tech without talking about blockchain.” Stephan said that Fannie has been examining blockchain’s potential a lot in recent months, but added that she believes the technology’s real transformative potential is still a little bit down the road at this point. “The first rule of blockchain, in my mind, is if you don’t need to use blockchain, don’t use blockchain.” Stephan says she believes the industry is at a point where it’s time to discuss about how blockchain can best be used in the mortgage industry, but those questions have to be answered before the technology can really begin to reach its full potential within the industry.“It’s coming down off its peak of the hype cycle,” Stephan continued. “I think people have to sit back and say, ‘What is the pragmatic ability for us to actually implement that technology?’ I think it’s just managing people’s expectations. … In my job, I have to be able to get excited about the art of the possible.”One of the projects Stephan was keen to highlight is the Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a two-year, $10 million investment into exploring new ideas about how to advance sustainable communities—as Fannie’s official site for the Challenge describes them, “those providing residents opportunities for employment, health and wellness, and education.”The first phase of the initiative launched in December 2017 and runs through February 23, 2018. To learn more about Fannie’s Innovation Challenge, click here.When asked what one thing she wishes more people understood about her job, or about Fannie in general, Stephan keeps it simple. “We are here to improve home ownership and get more people into homes.” Stephan says Fannie is passionate about expanding the supply of affordable housing however they can, “whether it’s through technology or investment or just being a partner at the table to move ideas forward, we want to be there.”To stay on top of all the cutting-edge discussion and developments in the realms of fintech, be sure to register for the first inaugural Five Star Fintech Summit, set to be held March 21-22 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. To learn more and see the lineup of panels and guests, click here. 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Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisis

first_img April 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania secured a $26.5 million federal grant to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. The departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services jointly filed the successful grant application that will increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD).“The scourge that is heroin and opioid abuse must be attacked and this significant influx of federal dollars will help us in our fight,” Governor Wolf said. “We are combatting this crisis head on; that’s why I’ve made Cures Act funding an integral part of my 2017-18 budget, so we can focus dollars where they are needed – to expand access to treatment services. This important funding will build upon my administration’s extensive efforts to combat this epidemic.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant, which was funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The $1 billion grant over the next two years is to help combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in all 50 states. Pennsylvania received the fourth-largest grant award, behind California, Texas, and Florida.The Cures Act grant announcement is phase one of two and totals $485 million. States can use the federal grants to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, implement prevention activities, and train health care providers on overdose prevention and recognizing potential cases of substance abuse.“This funding is critical for Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “Families continue to be ravaged by the disease of addiction and we must stop the momentum of this epidemic.“These funds will initially be used to identify gaps in treatment services and locations where there are capacity shortages. The grant will enhance prevention efforts and raise awareness of the disease and ways to find help.”Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for heroin and opioid addiction treatment.“Pennsylvania loses 10 people a day to this epidemic. Each one is someone’s family member, neighbor, colleague, and friend,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “This funding will help the Wolf Administration continue to address the issue comprehensively through prevention, education, and treatment.”The project will support a comprehensive response to the heroin and opioid epidemic using a strategic planning process to conduct needs and capacity assessments. The results of the assessments will identify gaps and resources from which to build upon existing substance use prevention and treatment activities.The commonwealth’s initial strategies have been developed and will include:Provide clinically appropriate treatment services to 6,000 individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.Expand treatment capacity for Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD.Expand treatment capacity for underserved populations by targeted workforce development and cultural competency training.Improve quality of prescribing practices through prescriber education.Increase community awareness of OUD issues and resources through public awareness activities.Expand implementation of warm hand-off referral practices to increase the number of patients transferred directly from the emergency department to substance use treatment.Increase the number of youth receiving evidence-based prevention and life skills education programs.Improve identification and referral of students for assessment and treatment by providing training to school personnel.Expand Pennsylvania’s integration of its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data at the point-of-care, promoting ease-of-use of this data in clinical decision-making.“The Cures Act funding will be crucial in our fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic,” Department of Health Secretary Murphy said. “This funding will provide an opportunity for the commonwealth to enhance the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, providing physicians with the ability to monitor and control the overprescribing of opioids and help identify those who are in need of treatment.”“Substance use disorder, particularly relating to prescription drugs, among adults age 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country, yet it remains under-identified, under-diagnosed, and under-treated,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  “Securing this federal grant will enable the Wolf Administration to further strengthen its efforts to identify, treat, and provide a pathway to recovery across the lifespan.”In 2015, there were over 33,000 heroin and opioid deaths in the United States; 3,500 of those occurred in Pennsylvania.center_img Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisislast_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, Nov. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do you have any pontoons? At my grandpa’s house we got 4 inches. I live two miles south and got 3.4 inches and my mom is six miles north in New Paris and she got 4.5. We’re done harvesting around home and we just have corn left at New Paris where they got 4.5 inches.The winds were bad north of us up around Celina. It got windy here but it wasn’t enough to damage anything and the corn so far looks like it is all standing pretty well.The only damage I have seen is where bean stubble or corn stubble went across the road flowing in the water and took out some corn. We’ll probably get back in running corn this week. We need to get done and that is all on gravel. After the last 1.5 inches we got, we went back in two days later and it was solid. We have about 130 acres of the corn left that is on gravel so we have some corn we can hopefully run yet this week.Right now we are in one of our best varieties and the field is averaging 230. It is a late corn and it came up a month after we planted it and it is at 21% or 22% moisture. You can afford to dry it for that. Everything around home went between 175 and 185 and that set in the ground for a month and some of it was replanted. We didn’t do any replanting around New Paris. We’re hoping all of that corn makes above 200.We have 63 acres of beans left over near Richmond. It can’t be muddy when we run them or we’ll slide down into the trees. The beans have pretty much all been between 55 and 65. The later beans were not as good as the early beans.Last year we finished on Nov. 3. We still have around 400 acres of corn and the 63 acres of beans left to do. Grandpa is getting nervous.last_img read more

Avery Johnson out as Alabama basketball coach after 4 seasons

first_imgAlabama also set single-season total and per-game attendance records at Coleman Coliseum during his tenure. But a lackluster performance in the 80-79 overtime loss to Norfolk State was the final blow after late-season stumbles kept the Tide from making another trip to the NCAA Tournament.Johnson’s hiring made a splash for a program often overshadowed by Nick Saban and football. As a player, he helped the San Antonio Spurs win an NBA championship in 1999. He also played for Golden State, Seattle, Denver, Dallas and Houston during a 16-year professional career.He was named NBA coach of the year after leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first appearance in the finals in 2005-06. Johnson coached the Mavericks for four seasons and the Brooklyn Nets for two-plus seasons.Alabama was his first college coaching job.Tide associate head coach John Pelphrey will serve as interim head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Johnson’s buyout under a contract extension reached in August 2017 would be $8 million.“It was an honor and privilege to work with these young men and their families,” Johnson said in a statement. “This was an opportunity of a lifetime, and we truly enjoyed our experience at Alabama.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The former NBA point guard and head coach led the Tide to a 75-62 record in four seasons, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 that broke a six-year drought. Alabama lost five of its last six games this past season, including a first-round upset by Norfolk State in the NIT on Tuesday night.Johnson had success on the recruiting trail, landing five-star prospects in Collin Sexton and current freshman Kira Lewis Jr. Sexton left after one season and was an NBA lottery pick.center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 6 Byrne said this “was not an easy decision,” but expressed optimism that it would be an attractive job.“There are so many desirables here at the University of Alabama, and the brand itself gives all of our teams the ability to recruit nationally,” he said. “This is such a great place, and people want to be part of it.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Alabama head coach Avery Johnson watches the action in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Avery Johnson brought attention, more fans and several highly rated recruits to Alabama’s basketball program. He could not, however, win enough to stick around.Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Sunday that Alabama and Johnson “made the decision to mutually part ways” after his fourth season coaching the Crimson Tide.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more