Throwback Thursday: Oklahoma State Beats St. Mary’s, Wins National Championship

first_imgI’d say this is legit, the cryatal ball has arrived in Stillwater @Lauren_Rew pic.twitter.com/u6a4yLZ17d— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) October 13, 2016So let’s take a dive back into the archives to see Oklahoma State’s title-winning game against St. Mary’s in the 1946 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time OSU would play in the Sugar Bowl until 2016, and the entire thing was incredible. Just listen to this opening of the game recap from the Sugar Bowl’s website.Men against boys. Even though the boys were pretty good, so were the bigger, more worldly men.Oklahoma A&M was a team that started seven war veterans, including fullback Jim Reynolds who flew 52 missions over Germany, and tackle Bert Cole who had been shot down over Yugoslavia and spent months among the Chetniks while making his way back to allied lines. In contrast, St. Mary’s was a lot like Alabama in 1945 with seven 17-year-old starters on a team with an average age of 18-1/2.Also, A&M, the heaviest team to play in the first 12 Sugar Bowls at a 203-pound average, was man-for-man 15 pounds larger than the Sugar Bowl’s youngest team ever.Oklahoma State rolled to a 33-13 win that day that flummoxed St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan. He literally locked the media out of his locker room after the game before finally letting them in to chat.“Too much power – too much speed. And, above all, too much Fenimore.”Fenimore ran for 125 yards that day and two TDs. He threw for another. The win for AP No. 5 OSU capped off a 9-0 season. OSU allowed just 76 points all year (can you imagine the Vines we would have gotten had Glenn Spencer been coordinator?) Here’s a look at the full schedule which included Denver and Tulsa.screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-33-17-pmI have no idea why the AFCA retroactively awarded OSU with this national championship, but apparently we are shipping in the trophies, the crystal and everything that goes along with a title. Here is the AFCA’s reasoning:The Oklahoma State squad of 1945 (then-referred to as Oklahoma A&M) had an average margin of victory of 23.2 points and still hold numerous school records, including fewest points allowed, lowest average points allowed, fewest first downs allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards allowed per game. The 1945 squad also ranks in the top 10 in several more offensive and defensive categories, all of which is remarkable considering that season was played 70 years ago.The AP No. 1 team that year was Army. Army’s schedule was soft! Louisville Field! Melville PT Boats! SMH! Sad!screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-36-28-pmAll of this unfolding on Thursday elicited maybe the greatest tweet I have ever seen. Such sweet words I never thought I would hear. But now they are true. Oklahoma State has a national championship in football! And we have the trophy to prove it.Look what showed up at #okstate ?? pic.twitter.com/Pq6KdHOUlg— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 13, 2016 Also, I bet none of these men every thought someone would make a GIF of them 70 years later.#okstate scores to beat St. Mary’s and win a national title. What a day! pic.twitter.com/WooxVfBIxz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 13, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. @Jake_Trotter they also beat Germany on the road— James Burcham (@e4burch) October 13, 2016Here’s what it looks like to win a national title. What a day.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Announces Marcell Ateman Will Redshirt In 2016

first_imgThis is probably the smart move as 2017 was always the more likely Big 12 title year for OSU (presuming Mason Rudolph and James Washington return to Stillwater). Oklahoma State’s group of receivers could look like this in 2017:Marcell Ateman (Sr.)James Washington (Sr.)Chris Lacy (Sr.)Jalen McCleskey (Jr.)Tyron Johnson (So.) — this is the five-star LSU transferDillon Stoner (RFr.)That’s a crew. One that could be the Big 12 title favorite depending on how the end of this season goes. This is a bummer for Ateman, of course, but at least he will now get the senior season he deserves instead of an injury-shortened three-game stretch. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy announced on Monday that Marcell Ateman will redshirt. Ateman will not need to take a medical redshirt as he played his freshman year in Stillwater. He has been out all season following foot surgery, and Gundy and Co. determined it wasn’t worth it to bring him back for the final three regular season games as well as the bowl game.Gundy: There would be a chance Ateman could have been back by TCU. But that wasn’t a sure thing, either. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 7, 2016last_img read more

Cisco Junior College DE Names Oklahoma State in top 5

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Cisco college defensive end prospect Michael Clemons has named Oklahoma State in his top five schools.“I want to thank every school for giving me the opportunity to further my education and play ball at their school,” Clemons posted on twitter. “I am extremely blessed. These are my top schools in no order”https://twitter.com/GloriousProspec/status/804809911204974593Clemons is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end ranked as a four-star prospect. He has 16 offers from the likes of Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and many others. Although he plays for Cisco College, he is originally from Sachse, Texas, and it seems that could play a huge factor in his decision. 100 percent of recruiting analysts in the 247sports crystal ball are currently predicting he picks the Aggies.last_img read more

The Reload: Coaches Going In-Home on the Recruiting Grind

first_imgGreat at-home visit with @danhammer11#GoPokes #PistolsFiring?? pic.twitter.com/Wak6IxSBoZ— Malcolm Rodriguez (@malcolmlrod) December 9, 2016Wallace twins still locked inThe Wallace duo of Tylan and Tracin are one of the most intriguing in the class. Tylan is an elite receiver, and Tracin, a dual-threat QB, projects as an athlete who could play defense for OSU at the next level. They got a visit from receivers coach Kasey Dunn and his incredible beard on Thursday.https://twitter.com/OfficialTylan2/status/807075360730976256Keeping the two in the fold has been huge. Even with Tracin’s ACL injury, he still appears to be a promising recruit. They will both be exciting players to watch in orange and black.Gundy takes his mullet to schoolThe most underrated recruit for Oklahoma State in the 2017 class in my opinion is San Antonio offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter. He has earned Army All-American honors and at 6-5 280, the coaches are very high on him and his potential as a left tackle.https://twitter.com/derekk40/status/806946893876133888Dunn it againReceivers coach Kasey Dunn was also in Arlington on Thursday to pay a visit to receiver commit Braydon Johnson of Arlington Bowie.Great home visit with Coach Dunn ?⚫️? pic.twitter.com/xu6f1HEWiN— B ⚡️ (@GLOing_817) December 8, 2016 MULLET POINTSTop 100 combo guard Amauri Hardy is making his decision on Friday night. Oklahoma State is the favorite.Former Iowa Hawkeye running back commit is back on the market, and has his eyes on Oklahoma State. Earlier in the week, the Cowboys first commitment of the class, Brendan Vaughn, had an in home visit with defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Outside linebacker. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img The latest rumors and news surrounding Oklahoma State’s recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Canada, eh?Mike Yurcich and Marcus Arroyo made the haul to Canada on Thursday to pay a visit to Oklahoma State running back commitment Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard is a speedster from Bev Facey, who will be one of OSU’s highest rated running back recruits since Herschel Sims.Had a great home visit today with coach @coacharroyoosu and @Coach_Yurcich! Honestly such a fun time! OSU? #pokes pic.twitter.com/rvPB2PajTt— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) December 9, 2016Hubbard is one of two recruits currently committed at running back in the 201 7 class. Not only is he a highly rated recruit for OSU — he’s the highest rated Canadian prospect, who turned down offers from Alabama, Oregon, TCU and a list of others to pick Oklahoma State.Latest in-state commit gets visitJust a week after committing to the Cowboys, Coach Duffie and Coach Hammerschmidt visited with safety recruit Malcolm Rodriguez of Wagoner, Okla. Rodriguez is fresh off a state-title game win over Oologah — their third consecutive title behind Rodriguez at QB.last_img read more

LOOK: Is That Mike Gundy Getting His Mullet Trimmed?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s infamous mullet has been one of the more entertaining storylines of the football season. Heck, he even got an entire ESPN feature article dedicated to it.But it’s rise to glory coincided with his team’s seven-game win streak, which has now come to an end after Saturday’s loss to OU.So has he decided to do away with the mullet look? Oklahoma State defensive end Triston Grant spotted the man himself at the barber — and it appears that could be the case.Coach has been spotted? pic.twitter.com/SP57mtwU1M— Triston Grant (@TristonGrant) December 8, 2016Be sure to keep it locked here with Pistols Firing Blog, where we cover the hard-hitting topics that Oklahoma State fans love to read about.last_img read more

Jordan Sterns is Oklahoma State’s Most Irreplaceable Senior

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns is a hard hitter. He has been since he got to Stillwater. An attribute that his head coach will miss about the senior safety.“I think his demeanor, his willingness to strike the other team” Gundy said. “It goes against human nature to want to collide with another human body, and I don’t think he gives a second thought about it. He brings a toughness to our program, and especially our defense.”Sterns has led the team in tackles each of the last three years and is just four stops away from his third straight triple-digit season. That didn’t look a realistic feat three weeks ago. That was until Sterns churned out a 19-tackle performance in Norman, tying an OSU single-game record.Junior defensive back Ramon Richards, like many members of the Cowboy defense, will be losing a leader.“Jordan has had more impact on me than anybody since I’ve been here at Oklahoma State,” said Richards, “He’s been a guy who’s led by example. He doesn’t talk the most, but when he does talk, it’s very impactful. If he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He’s just a great leader.”Glenn Spencer’s has had Sterns in his lineup his entire tenure as defensive coordinator.“He comes in every day, he’s just a ballplayer,” Spencer said. “He’s always wanted to be good, always has brought an intensity to our room that you’ve got to have. I wish there was a lot more like him.”Now Sterns heads to San Antonio (the area where he grew up) to finish out his Cowboy career.Hopefully on a good note.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer on Young Corners: ‘It’s a Great Storyline’

first_imgAmong the biggest question marks for Oklahoma State heading into spring was the cornerback position and its depth. The 2016 secondary that ranked 98th in passing defense (fifth in the Big 12) and tied for 72nd in given-up long passing plays (also fifth in the league), lost a four-year starter in Ashton Lampkin and another senior cover man in Lenzy Pipkins.Then Mike Gundy addressed the media. He explained that the spring rosters the school handed out did not include a typo. Senior cornerback Ramon Richards would be moving to safety and the Cowboys had zero starts at the cornerback position.OSU is looking at its best shot at a Big 12 title — and possibly more — in the foreseeable future and is depending on little to no experience at a position where rookies get exposed.AdChoices广告The news that Clemson transfer Adrian Baker would suit up in a different shade of orange didn’t do much to quell concerns either. Even if he’s a stud, he can’t guard two sides of the field. But defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, the last man to falsely inflate the Cowboy defense, doesn’t appear too worried. He even mentioned that the move of Ramon Richards to safety allowed them to get the “best 11” on the field.“Between the A.J.s (Green), the Madres (Harper) and the Rodarius’ (Williams),” Spencer said “there’s three young guys that have ability. But that doesn’t mean anything unless they perform and execute and play with the right temperament.”But Spencer was sure to temper any enthusiasm.“They’ve just got to be exact,” Spencer said of this young corners. “They’re young. They got to hang on every word that Coach Duffie teaches them and they got to apply it. So, we’ll see. It’s a great storyline, isn’t it? We’ll see what happens. They’ll be tested that opener. I know that. But they’ll be tested Sunday night too.”That test has already begun as the Cowboys checked in for fall camp on Sunday. Spencer talked about the what he’d seen in practice already from his young cover men — and how going up against elite receivers like James Washington helps get them ready for the other high-powered offenses they’ll face this fall.“Yeah, I mean they’ve made some nice plays,” said Spencer. “They’ve made some great plays and then there’s some plays that they’re in phase and did everything you taught them to do and 26 jumps up there and gets it from them. That is James’ number, isn’t it? 28? You knew who I was talking about. But that’s only going to make them better, right?”Spencer is a treasure!During Big 12 Media Days, senior linebacker Chad Whitener mentioned A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams as his two corners to keep an eye on this fall and he shares his coach’s sentiment on the stiff competition.“Those (cornerbacks) can play,” he said. “They had a really good spring. All through metabolics and 7-on-7, all summer they’ve had really good reps at everything, especially going against our receiving corps.“They’re one of the best if not the best receiving corps in the nation, so these guys are ready to go for us this next year.”These younger defensive backs all fit what Oklahoma State has been looking for in its secondary as of late. Not one is under 6-foot tall. All are rangy and athletic. The same mold that incoming freshman, 6-1 Lamarcus Morton, will fit after his likely redshirt year.What gives Spencer confidence aside from these measureables?“They’re competitive. They’ve got pride,” said Spencer. “The good thing is, none of those guys think they’ve arrived. So you’ve got a chance. Those guys know they’ve got to take advantage of every day.”“Coach Spencer will not put guys out there who are not ready to go,” said Whitener “So, that’s really where the confidence, I feel, stems from.”Confidence is great and I hope it ends up warranted but like Spencer said, all that matters is how they perform when the lights come on. And they come on in less than a month. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Five Future Stars on This Year’s Oklahoma State Team

first_imgThis upcoming 2017 season is set to be an all-timer. Oklahoma State is ranked as a preseason top 10 team for just the third time in its 100+ year history, and it has two potential first round picks manning the ship. But it also has a bevy of young talent that will contribute. Guys that we might look back on in two or three years and think, “Wow, so and so was on that team.”So I put together a list. To qualify, players had to be classified as sophomores or younger. So you can say Justin Phillips is a future superstar, but I would say this is his fourth year on the Oklahoma State roster so let’s look elsewhere.I’m thinking about Justin-Gilbert-in-2011-type guys. Gilbert went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was a key playmaker on that elite 2011 team. When you look back on that 2011 team, it’s stunning to see that it had three future pros total on both sides of the ball. Who are the candidates to be those players on this team?AdChoices广告Here are the ones I came up with (I’m excluding Tyron for now just because, well, my kids could tell you that Tyron Johnson is going to be a star … I wanted to dig a little deeper).Calvin Bundage — So.I’m all in. I have purchased all of the stock and have rented a yacht to celebrate on when the IPO drops. He has all the qualities you want in a Star linebacker. Vicious hitter. Uber athletic. His only downside might be that he’s a sliver undersized. Thankfully, #BodyByGlass is a thing.J.D. King – Fr.Listen to what Gundy is saying. If you read between the lines — and you don’t even have to read that far between the lines — he’s hitching his wagon to No. 27. In recent weeks he has said King will probably play as a freshman and that the running back position is going to be “a special position” for OSU for the next 3-4 years. Even I can deduce what that means.Brock Martin – Fr.Another true freshman Gundy expects to play. If that’s the case with this defensive line, in this season, I think he has a chance to be something special eventually. Oklahoma State has sort of quietly been churning out high-quality DEs for quite a while. You know Gundy loves himself a top-notch wrestler, and Martin was a great one in recent Oklahoma High School wrestling history. He also seems like he has a little badass to him.This is targeted at the kids posting videos lifting and don’t do anything else and are soft on the field https://t.co/YzqB67jY6d— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) July 28, 2017 Marcus Keyes – R-So.Depth chart enthusiast Adam Lunt has talked me into this one.On the tape that I watched last year (5 games or so) he was the most physical at the point of attack and was only beat a handful of times.I don’t know the ins and outs of how the NFL Draft works when it comes to linemen — Keyes seems a little short at 6’3, I guess — but it seems like he is OSU’s best shot to make it at the next level from this line (depending on how you feel about Aaron Cochran).Side note: Josh Henson is a stud. I think he’s going to have OSU operating at a Wickline-like level on the OL again. Maybe not this year or next, but as long as he stays around for a while, I think that’s coming fairly soon. Gundy might try and run it 65 times a game!A.J. Green – So.Green seems to have been bitten by the Tyron Johnson bug this fall because of OSU’s lack of visibility at cornerback. That’s not his fault of course, but now I’m expecting a Darrelle Revis-Champ Bailey hybrid to take the field next Thursday. Regardless, he’s one of only six true sophomores with a letter under his belt already. That’s meaningful when you’re coming off a 10-3 season, and if Green makes the leap everybody is saying he’s going to, we could have another Gilbert-like situation on our hands. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Sane’s shock pick as toughest opponent

first_imgLeroy Sané Sane names Man Utd loan star as shock pick for toughest opponent Chris Burton 00:19 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Timothy Fosu-Mensah Getty Leroy Sané Manchester City Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League Kevin De Bruyne The German international has torn many defences to ribbons this season, but admits to struggling against Crystal Palace’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah Leroy Sane has given opposition defences nightmares this season, but the Manchester City star admits to having struggled against Timothy Fosu-Mensah.The Germany international winger has been in sensational form for City, netting 12 times across all competitions and providing 13 assists.Few have been able to contain him, with his contribution helping Pep Guardiola’s side to canter towards the Premier League title while also collecting the Carabao Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Champions League crown is also still in their sights, with European rivals needing to come up with a plan to stop a free-scoring outfit.Those set to face Sane and City would be advised to check out the methods of Crystal Palace loanee Fosu-Mensah, with the Manchester United youngster having fared admirably when presented with the toughest of challenges.Pressed by Sky Sports to name the toughest opponent he has faced, Sane said: “It was before when I was playing against Kyle Walker. And Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him.”While Sane may have struggled to produce his best against Palace, he has been a talismanic presence for City this season – much like the boyhood heroes he is trying to emulate .The 22-year-old said on his icons: “Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, especially Ronaldinho – how he was playing, enjoying football, you could never see that he had any pressure. It did not matter who was in front of him, he just tried to pass the player, no matter how, and this is the player I tried to play like!”Sane is heading towards that talent bracket, along with many of his club colleagues.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityKevin De Bruyne has been another star turn for City this season, with the Belgium international midfielder looking unplayable at times.“Kevin is a fantastic player and everyone knows and can see that,” Sane said of a talented team-mate.“He also really enjoys playing football and the way he plays is fantastic – the assists and some of the passes he plays….. I just run into the space and say, ‘Kevin, here, here!’ Sometimes he is not even looking at me and he still passes the ball.”And that is why I always say that when Kevin has the ball, something is going to happen. So, we as strikers have to be ready and give him a choice of where to play the ball. And even if the space is really tight and you think the ball cannot go through, you still must expect that he will find a way to play the ball through.”last_img read more

Connecting the Maternal Health Community Through Interactive Mapping

first_imgPosted on June 25, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this month (June 7-9), the Maternal Health Task Force team attended Women Deliver 2010 in Washington D.C. and facilitated an exciting mapping activity. The conference was an ideal place to implement this activity; in attendance were advocates, policymakers, development leaders, health care professionals, government officials, and media from 146 countries!The MHTF site currently has three interactive maps; maternal health knowledge hubs, MPH programs that offer a concentration/focus on maternal health, and maternal health organizations.At the conference, the MHTF team focused on populating the maternal health organizations map by asking conference participants to provide basic information on where their organizations are located and the kind of maternal health work they do. The team also offered demonstrations (on big screens!) of how interactive mapping works.The Maternal Health Task Force is thrilled to announce that we received 158 mapping forms! Our team is currently in the midst of processing the forms and updating the map. Take a look at our fast growing map of organizations working in maternal health. If you submitted a form and do not yet see your organization on the map, check back over the next couple weeks.Putting your organization on our maternal health map will help to build a growing interconnected community of maternal health organizations. It will link the important work of your organization or school with the work of maternal health organizations and schools around the globe.If you did not attend Women Deliver, you can still get mapped! Click here to download the mapping form. Fill it out and return it to Kate Mitchell at kmitchell@engenderhealth.org.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Southampton in £15m move for Man City’s Gunn

first_imgTransfers Southampton in £15m move for Man City keeper Gunn Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Angus Gunn Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Premier League Southampton Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The 22-year-old is keen for first-team opportunities and the Premier League champions are prepared to let him leave on a permanent deal Southampton are in talks with Manchester City over a £15 million (€17m/$20m) move for young goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Goal has learned.City are ready to cash in on Gunn, 22, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City, but the Premier League champions will insert a buy-back clause in any deal.Leicester City are also thought to be keen to sign the Man City academy graduate, although Southampton are currently regarded as favourites to land him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Gunn is highly rated by the Blues but they are unable to offer him many, if any, first-team opportunities next season, and the player himself is keen for playing time after a year in the Championship.Southampton have been keeping tabs on Gunn, the son of former Norwich keeper and manager Bryan, for several months and are ready to match City’s asking price.Gunn’s likely move away coincides with City’s attempts to find a permanent home for Joe Hart, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.Goal understands that Oleksandr Zinchenko could also be sold this summer, for a similar fee to what City will receive for Gunn.The Ukrainian attacking midfielder proved a capable deputy at left-back last season, but despite the fact that the Blues do not plan on strengthening the position this summer, they are prepared to listen to offers for the 21-year-old.Goal has learned that City have received several offers worth between £10m (€11m/$13m) and £20m (€22m/$26m), although it is not thought that a sale is close to completion.last_img read more

Barca, Juve & more clubs who want Lozano

first_imgWorld Cup Hirving Lozano transfer: The clubs who could sign PSV’s €40 million-rated Mexico star Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Mexico Correspondent in Samara 06:00 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Lozano Getty World Cup Transfers Brazil v Mexico Mexico PSV The Dutch club would be willing to sell “Chucky” with clubs like Barcelona, Juventus and Everton reportedly among the suitors It was only a yer ago that Hirving Lozano made the jump across the Atlantic Ocean. The smiling winger from Pachuca moved to PSV. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the player who scored in his Pachuca debut when he was just 19 (and later in his Eredivisie debut and in his World Cup debut against Germany) had a brilliant season in the Netherlands.Lozano fought to be the league’s top scorer, and while he ultimately fell short in that quest was able to help PSV win the title with several weeks to spare.His World Cup goal against Germany and assist against Korea have done little to dampen the enthusiasm surrounding the player. Lozano enjoyed his first season abroad, but his stock has never been higher. It may be the time to make a move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I think right now the most important thing is to think about the matches happening right now, those that are coming up and take them on step by step like you always have to do,” he said when asked about his future during the World Cup.Yet an agent change to bring on Mino Raiola this year certainly hints at the idea that Lozano may be on the move this summer. So too do comments by Lozano’s father that there has been contact with big teams. And why not? Lozano looks to be the most talented player to come out of Mexico, and could soon be flying the flag at one of the world’s biggest clubs.Hirving Lozano transfer value & contract Lozano is under contract with PSV until the summer of 2023, and reports that emerged in the fall indicated he has a release clause set at £30 million ($40m).While PSV would love to have Lozano back, a sale is a possibility with the club transitioning to a new era. Phillip Cocu has left to manage in Turkey with Mark van Bommel taking over. The former PSV midfielder should continue to play the attacking style that highlights Lozano’s skills, but PSV ultimately has to be a selling club in the modern era.PSV hasn’t set a price on Lozano with everyone waiting to see what more “Chucky” can do at the World Cup, but there are reports that the Dutch club isn’t interested in fielding offers below €40 million (£35m/$47m) – a price that would make him the most expensive Mexican player ever and also would more than recoup the money PSV shelled out when it brought Lozano to Eindhoven, which was somewhere between €15m and €20m.Hirving Lozano PSVThe clubs who want Hirving LozanoSeveral of the world’s biggest clubs are reportedly interested in signing Lozano, and his excellent World Cup so far has only increased the number of suitors.Lozano once said his dream would be to play with Barcelona, and the dream may be drawing closer with his father implying that there had been contact with the Spanish side – though the only thing he actually said was that there had been contact with big teams.Juventus is another club that has popped up time and time again, with the Old Lady set to have an active summer and already looking to bring in one Spanish speaker from PSV with Santiago Arias nearing a move to Turin.The highest number of suitors appear to be in England where Arsenal and Everton have been closely linked to the winger, with Liverpool also popping up on the radar and many noting how well Lozano would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system.Hirving LozanoWhich club is best for Hirving Lozano? While you can’t always get what you want, Lozano’s desire to play for Barcelona seems like the best fit for him if he could break into the starting XI and get regular playing time.That’s hardly a guarantee with the Blaugrana, and he’ll be wary of being the latest Mexican to move to a giant club and sit on the bench when he could’ve gone to a big club and played week-in, week-out. He can speak with El Tri teammates Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Raul Jimenez or Hector Moreno about seeking too much too quickly.Hirving Lozano Phillip Cocu PSVEven if that may make Barcelona a bad fit, his playing style would be excellent in Spain and Italy. The Premier League would test “Chucky”. While he was the victim of the most fouls in Liga MX in almost every season in which he played, Lozano still can have trouble coping with opponents who use physicality to body him out of games. That would be more common in England than it would be in Spain or Italy. At times, his frustration with that kind of play has boiled over, and Lozano hs earned a number of red cards after losing his cool. It’s an aspect Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has asked him to work on.Still, his speed and technical ability on the wing give plenty of indication that he might be a success in England, should one of the Liverpool clubs or Arsenal make a move.Lozano is a family man, marrying young and already having two children at the age of 22. Finding somewhere he and his family can settle down and feel at home for years to come undoubtedly will be a big priority. He’ll be eager to sign on the dotted line with the club that makes him feel most at home.last_img read more

The 4 Key Qualities of Amazing Thank You Letters

first_img1. Be personal.First things first! Being personal, warm, and authentic with your donors is critical. People expect for you to have open, honest and authentic relationships with them.  When communicating with your donors, make sure that you are being real and you are taking people seriously—not just treating them like an ATM machine.  In addition to creating a warm message, take the time to customize your thank you letters. One way to do this is to segment your audience and group donors based on the gifts they are giving, so that you can message them appropriately. A good email tool should make this easy to do, so take advantage of this option.If you are doing snail mail outreach, consider writing a handwritten note. We are all doing a lot of email marketing, and we are all used to getting direct mail. It is an unexpected treat to get a handwritten note in the mail, and this is something that can really make you stand out from the crowd. Another way to differentiate your organization is to pick up the phone and tell them just how important their support really is. Don’t be afraid to do something different, and take the time to customize your thank yous.  Investing the time to be personal pays off by making a good impression on your donors. 4. Be donor-centric.Be mindful of the fact that your donors make your work happen. They should get credit for the work that they do. List the accomplishments they’ve made possible and put them front and center in all of your outreach. Don’t just talk about your organization as if it was somehow outside of the work and the investment of your donors.The idea is that the donor made this possible. They get the credit. What did they accomplish? Not, “Thank you for your gift. Here are all the great things we did.” As you write your thank you letters, imagine all of the good you do with the donor at the center of it.  Strive to make your donors feel that way when they hear from you—make it about them and the difference they are making together with you. 3. Be creative.Don’t look at sending out thank you letters as drudgery—use it as an opportunity to be creative and connect with your donors. Plan to do something that can differentiate you.  Sending photos or videos of your work is a fantastic idea. There’s nothing quite like telling your story in a picture or a video. This allows you to create an even stronger emotional resonance with your donors. Another way to get creative is to let people who love you, some of your best evangelists, speak on your behalf. Instead of sending a thank you note to an executive director, consider sending thank you letters that come from volunteers, community members, or the person who was directly impacted by the gift.  Put your donors—and your thank you process—first this year. Include these four key components for effective and memorable donor thank you letters.center_img 2. Be tangible.Your thank you should connect the donor with what they’ve invested in to a program. It is not enough to say, for example, “Thank you so much for your investment in childcare services,” or, “Thank you so much for helping to save the environment.”  Show exactly how their donation is making a difference. Donors want to know that their dollars matter so tell them what you did with their money. One of the best ways you can do this is by telling one specific story of how a donor’s gift is making a difference.  Stories help make the impact of a giftIf your donors are local, invite people to come and be with you and tour your facility. Show them the work that you do, and if possible, meet some of the people that you serve.  Let your donors experience and become bonded to your cause. There is nothing like having an unforgettable experience to make a cause become tangible.   We all know thanking donors is important, but sometimes it’s easily brushed aside as one more item on our to-do lists. Consider this grim reality: nonprofits lose the vast majority of donors acquired each year. The typical nonprofit will keep only one in three to one in five of their supporters next year! The good news is there’s a lot you can do to turn the tide. last_img read more

10 fundraising mantras for 2013

first_imgLet 2013 be the year that you exceed your nonprofit fundraising and marketing goals. Not sure how to reach your full potential this year?The team here at Network for Good has outlined the 10 critical areas of focus for successful nonprofits, including social media, mobile and maximizing online giving. You can discover our recommendations for your 10 Fundraising Mantras for 2013 and let them guide you to true fundraising enlightenment.One of the mantras is to keep your donors! Do that with:1. Focus on donor retention more than donor acquisition. Instead of spending more time hunting for new donors, invest in fundraising success by working to keep the donors you have.2. Focus on donor lifetime value, not one-off campaigns. Gauge success by the way your supporters behave over their entire time of supporting you. This requires a commitment to building donor relationships and to looking at your response rate over time.3. Focus on results, not effort. It’s not how hard you are working. It’s what happens as a result of that work. Consider this when allocating time and resources to donor acquisition vs. donor retention.4. Focus on your most passionate supporters. Understand who your most loyal donors currently are. Do you know how to identify those people? Create a special plan to analyze your donors and continually cultivate the most committed. It is extremely difficult to replace these star supporters if they stop giving.The free guide is here. (Registration required.)last_img read more

Here’s Why #GivingTuesday Is Worth It

first_imgIf you’re ready to get started on your winning #GivingTuesday campaign, woo-hoo! Check out our All TUEgether #GivingTuesday website for inspiration. Be sure to sign up for our weekly emails and we’ll send you all things #GivingTuesday as soon as they are published. You’ll be the first to know about webinars, eGuides, checklists, and details on matching funds.If you’re still on the fence, I get it. Year-end is an all-hands-on-deck, nonstop time of year. But if you think of #GivingTuesday as your kickoff party for year-end, you have the potential to knock your fundraising goal out of the park.We just published an infographic featuring December 2014 donation data from the Network for Good platform. It will definitely help you see the effect #GivingTuesday can have on your year-end. I’ll let the data speak for itself! Take a look at the full infographic here.Here are the highlights:#GivingTuesday is rapidly growing.#GivingTuesday donations increased 146% over 2013. Branded giving pages make a difference.Nonprofits that used Network for Good’s branded donation pages acquired, on average, seven new donors on #GivingTuesday. That’s more than twice the number of new donors gained by nonprofits that used our generic donation pages to fundraise on #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday participation means raising more overall at year-end.Network for Good customers that participated in #GivingTuesday last year raised an average of $15,563. Our customers that did not do #GivingTuesday raised an average of only $3,315.Overall, nonprofits that use our platform—both branded and generic giving pages—and participated in #GivingTuesday raised an average of $9,562 during year-end. Nonprofits that didn’t do #GivingTuesday saw an average of $912 in donations during year-end.If you’re thinking, “Wow! I must get my hands on a branded giving page now,” you can get a personal tour of our software with one of our sales representatives. If you need a little more information on #GivingTuesday and what’s involved in putting a campaign together, go ahead and download the 2015 #GivingTuesday guide. And if you still have questions, reach out to me on Twitter at @lizragland or @Network4Good.center_img Network for Good customers that used branded giving pages raised an average of 138% more on #GivingTuesday than those using generic giving pages.last_img read more

Setting the Post-2015 Maternal Mortality Target Globally and for Each Country: A Proposal

first_imgPosted on January 14, 2014November 7, 2016By: Marge Koblinsky, Senior Maternal Health Advisor at USAIDClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Between 1990 and 2010, the global number of maternal deaths declined by nearly half, and the maternal mortality ratio (MMR- the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births) declined from 400 to 210. As 2015 comes closer, it is obvious we still have a long way to go. What is the target for post-2015?Proposed Maternal Mortality Targets for 2035:An average global maternal mortality ratio of 50 by 2035.From 2010 to 2035, each country aims to reduce its maternal mortality ratio by 75-80% to achieve the global target. More specifically: Countries with an MMR above 400 aim to reach a minimum MMR of 100 / 100,000 live births.Countries with an MMR of 50 or lower aim to ensure equity among all subpopulations.Five-year milestones toward the 2035 target, based on 75% reduction since 2010, will help to know if a country is on target Share this: BackgroundAt a meeting at WHO in Geneva last April, a group of approximately 20 individuals working in the field of maternal health from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America discussed possibilities for a post-2015 MMR target, starting with the four key components to target setting:defining an indicator;determining an end year;specifying a desirable annual rate of reduction;and selecting an end value.Defining the indicatorThere was consensus that the best indicator would be the MMR because it would provide continuity with the current MDG goal, and changes and differentials in the MMR are minimally affected by influences other than maternal mortality. Other common indicators considered included the number of maternal deaths, the maternal mortality rate (MMRate), the proportion of women’s deaths that are maternal (PM or PMDF), and the lifetime risk of a maternal death (LTR).Setting the end year2025, 2030, or 2035 appear to be the main candidates for the end year of the post-MDG targets. The end year will presumably be selected through an international process that includes many sustainable development goals.Specifying the rate of reductionFor country targets, five-year milestones could be developed by each country that assumes a steady rate of decline and that would help countries to know if they are on track to achieve the goal set. However, while the annual rate of reduction need not be constant during the time interval, the average value should be feasible and ambitious.Determining the end valueThe end value is largely determined by the choice of the end year and the annual rate of reduction, with rounding for the sake of simplicity.Varying Country ContextsAs discussion continues about global and country target setting, it is important to consider country context and how it influences what is achievable. For example, 77 countries have already achieved a maternal mortality ratio of 50 or lower and, among this group, 58 have already reached a MMR of 30 or lower. In these countries, the emphasis should shift to equity, focusing on reaching an MMR of 50 or lower for all regions and sub-groups.At the other end of the spectrum, in 2010, 26 countries still had a maternal mortality ratio of more than 400 deaths per 100,000 live births. For them, a target of 100 by 2035 is proposed, even though it would require a reduction of more than 75%. Milestones set for each five-year period would help to measure progress towards the target.What goals make the most sense for your country? Let us know! Email Andrea Goetschius (goetschi@hsph.harvard.edu) to add your response to the blog series.center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Decreasing Indonesia’s Fertility Rate From 5.6 to 2.6: Can it Be Reduced to 2.1?

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2014November 14, 2016By: Leilani Hastings, Conference Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Indonesia is making headlines recently  (NY Times and The Lancet) as it puts further concerted efforts into reducing  the national fertility rate and making  safer births a priority.In the 1970s, Indonesia’s fertility rate lingered around 5.6.  The government implemented a family planning initiative which eventually lowered the fertility rate to 2.6 in the early 2000s.  Since 2002, the rate has plateaued despite the optimal goal rate of 2.1.  This has spurred the government to reinvigorate their family planning campaign targeting not only women and families, but also health professionals by providing training on family planning contraceptives and the procedures some forms of contraception may require.In addition to focusing on lowering the fertility rate, the government is also putting an emphasis on safer pregnancies and births following this report by the US National Academy of Sciences and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.  MDGs 4 and MDG 5 are estimated to not be met by 2015.  As mortality rates for older <5s have decreased faster than that of the neonatal and maternal deaths, more attention is being placed upon mothers and newborns. The emphasis to reduce maternal and newborn mortality will focus on better prenatal care, increasing and improving the training and working conditions for clinicians, and concentrating on infrastructure such as clinics and emergency transportation (with a focus on inter-island emergency travel). These emphases are in seven recommended areas: Facilities, Strategies and Plans, System of Care, Training, Financing, Data, Community Development, and Education and Empowerment.With Indonesia’s track record of improving family planning from the last four decades, it shows it has the ability to reach its targets for lower fertility rates and lower mortality among mothers and infants.Read more about preparations for Maternal Health, post-2015 on our blog and lend your voice to the subject by joining the conversation on Twitter—using hashtag #Post2015 or contact us by email.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Identify Your Major Donors Today

first_imgIt’s no secret that major gifts impact the bottom line for small and emerging nonprofits. Even though major donors might make up a small segment of a nonprofit’s donor base, they account for a large percent of the total of gifts that come through the door.How do you define “major donor” or “major gift”? Here’s the accepted industry definition: a major gift is an occasional contribution that’s larger than a donor’s ongoing annual support.Some nonprofits set a minimum amount they define as a major gift to help them identify who among their constituents deserves attention based on some assessment of gift capacity.Free Download: How to Create a Major Donor ProgramIf your organization hasn’t selected a threshold amount, consider taking these steps to identify your potential major donors:Generate a list of all your donors and all the donations they made to your organization last year.Sort the list with the biggest gifts (and donors’ names) at the top.Calculate the total fundraising dollars received last year and then calculate 75% of your total.Starting at the top, add up gifts until you hit that 75% number. Then, count the number of donors (not donations) who contributed to that 75%.If this number is too big, shorten the list to identify the number of individuals and key institutional donors you choose to manage as your major gift prospects and donors.Identify anyone you’d like to include on this list based on their leadership, gift potential, lifetime giving, deferred gifts, etc.Don’t forget your board members! Whether yours is a working board or a fundraising board, adding them to this list will help you grow their fundraising capacity.Identify those with greatest giving potentialThe next step is to determine your organization’s most promising donors. I recommend using a scoring model to determine who on your list you should contact first. For each person, note your points for each item, then total them at the end. The scores are based on seven categories:Relationship to Your Nonprofit (student/client/patient/patron/etc): Has the person been a recipient of your programs and services? Add a point for each year of activity, or for each occasion.Activity with Your Nonprofit (board member, key volunteer, attends events, etc): The recency and frequency of involvement can tell you a lot about a person’s interest. You might score a point for each activity within past three years.Birthdate: Age may be indicate a person’s available assets. Prospects with school-aged or college-aged children may not have disposable income or assets to donate. On the other hand, retirees may be in a better position to give.You might, for example, assign a point for each decade a person is over 40.Giving Summary: Among those donors who haven’t made major gifts, consistency may be more valuable than gift amounts. Scoring this element is simple. Award a point for each consecutive year a person’s made a gift.Employer: Is there potential for a corporate gift as well as a personal one? Add a point.Professional Title: This can be especially valuable if your prospect is the owner or principal, a likely decision maker. Score a point here.This process may seem straightforward, but things are rarely as simple as we wish. You may find it easy to manage this sort of research for a list of several dozen names. Scoring hundreds, or even thousands, of people is another thing entirely. So start with what is usually considered the most valid factor: giving history.To start, sort your donors based on years of consistent giving. Look for your most loyal donors. If the number you identify who have given for three – five years is too large, run it again based on lifetime giving amount. Start at the top of that list.This is step one in our recently published eGuide, How to Create a Major Donor Program, download the eGuide to learn the next four steps.last_img read more

Giving Back on #GivingTuesday: Q&A with Asha Curran

first_imgAsha Curran is the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, which was recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits by Fast Company. She leads #GivingTuesday, the global giving movement, as well as a portfolio of global, digitally-driven initiatives including 7 Days of Genius, the Social Good Summit, the Ben Franklin Circles, and the Women inPower Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2015 Social Capital Hero Award, named a 2016 Woman of Influence by New York Business Journals, and is a Forty over 40 Women to Watch honoree. Asha serves on the board of directors of TheGuardian.org, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism, and she is a non-resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and year-end giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.Inside #GivingTuesdayThis year, #GivingTuesday is on November 27. We caught up with Asha after our recent webinar on year-end fundraising, for some #GivingTuesday inspiration.What attracts you to nonprofit work?Nonprofits are tackling the world’s biggest challenges, at a global and local level. It’s the most important work that can be done and everyone who works in our world should be outspokenly proud about it. I believe the nonprofit sector can be seen as trusted and purposeful and also innovative, exciting, and entrepreneurial. That will take some work, and that work will be best done collaboratively.With #GivingTuesday just a little over a month away, what can nonprofits do now to be successful on November 27? Is it too late to participate and be effective?We do recommend leaving a good amount of time to prepare to be most effective, but no, it’s not too late. We have loads of resources on GivingTuesday.org on how to prepare a successful campaign, and experts like Beth Kanter, Farra Trompeter and others also share plenty of resources. My #1 thing to advise organizations to do is to use the day to try something new, something collaborative, and most of all, something celebratory. Giving on #GivingTuesday is not about mourning all the things that are wrong with the world, but celebrating the ability of each and every person to make an impact.What are some of the more innovative campaigns and partnerships you’ve seen small nonprofits execute?One of the very first #GivingTuesday campaigns was GivingShoesDay, a campaign run by Dress for Success to inspire people to donate shoes to under-resourced women returning to the workforce. We loved that adaptation of the brand, a classic example of the value of co-ownership that the movement champions. We love the “Confession Week” social media campaign in Russia: it’s a fun campaign playing off the fact that in Russia, giving to nonprofits is fairly common but talking about it is not. In Bethel, Alaska, a tiny Alaskan town, volunteers stood on a freezing street corner to collect donations from passing motorists—with smiles on their faces.What can individuals do on #GivingTuesday in addition to donating to their favorite nonprofits?They can bring a gift and a smile to an elderly neighbor. They can offer a colleague at work help or mentorship, or just gratitude for being a great person to work with. They can pay for the coffee of the person next to them at the coffee shop in the morning. We’ve seen groups of people writing love notes to Baltimore in chalk on the sidewalks on #GivingTuesday; teenagers from Kansas to Croatia to Tanzania volunteering to help those in need, whether children or the elderly or the disabled; groups of volunteers handing out hot chocolate and coffee to the homeless in Denver. There are a million ways to show generosity and each one of them makes us better as people and strengthens our communities in countless ways.What do you do to keep your energy up when you get campaign fatigue?#GivingTuesday is the thing that gives me energy when I get everything-else fatigue.And one for fun…If you could have dinner with any social leader alive or dead, who would it be?Joao Paolo, Masha, Anita, Teresita, Jorge, Pushpa, Ricard, Jallah, Lisa, Will, Yaele… all of them and any of the other community or country #GivingTuesday leaders. They’re not just changing the world. They’re the most fun to have a beer with. That’s setting a high bar.last_img read more