ASI acquires Fisk Brett

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 June 2008 | News ASI acquires Fisk Brett Advanced Solutions International (ASI) has acquired fundraising software specialist Fisk Brett, producers of ProgressCRM. Fisk Brett becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASI. The combined entity, which will be known as ASI, will have more than 3,000 fundraising and membership customers, and 210 employees in seven offices, worldwide.Already nearly 3000 organisations use ASI’s iMIS not-for-profit management software system.The acquisition is part of ASI’s plans to target aggressively the UK charitable sector. Managing director of ASI Europe Niroo Rad said: “By combining ASI’s membership heritage with Fisk Brett’s charity fundraising domain expertise, we are putting the foundations in place to become the UK’s leading not-for-profit technology expert and provider”.The executive management team for ASI in Europe will be led by managing director Niroo Rad, with Fisk Brett co-founder and managing director Robin Fisk taking on responsibility for business development and Fisk Brett co-founder and technical director Ben Brett taking on a role in product development.Robin Fisk, co-founder and managing director of Fisk Brett, said: “Together, we have more resources to develop, support and service our products, which means we have an exciting opportunity to build on the many trust-based customer relationships that we have established in the last 18 years.”Ben Brett, co-founder and technical director of Fisk Brett added: “Software development is an expensive business and R&D costs have risen exponentially for all software companies in recent years. By combining our domain expertise with ASI’s development resources, we safeguard our customers’ technology investments, ensuring access to world-class technologies at an affordable price, today and in the future.”Fisk Brett’s customers include Amnesty International, Sight Savers International, The British Heart Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Society.Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but integration is expected to be complete by the end of the Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Technology  56 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Ricketts-Ruelas administration seeks to improve sexual assault response on campus

first_imgWhen students received two emails from Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) reporting three incidents of sexual violence on campus in the first two weeks of the fall semester, the issue of sexual assault in the Notre Dame community was once again highlighted.With the continuation of the “It’s On Us” campaign and participation in the launch of the GreeNDot violence prevention program, student government has prioritized raising awareness and sparking dialogue about sexual violence on campus. On Oct. 15, student body president Bryan Ricketts and vice president Nidia Ruelas presented a report to the Board of Trustees on the current state of sexual violence at Notre Dame and how the University can further work to solve the issue.Grace Tourville | The Observer Ricketts said he identifies student government’s response to sexual assault as one of the strengths of his and Ruelas’ administration.“‘It’s On Us’ and the sexual violence Board report, I would definitely put up there at the top as something that we’ve worked very hard on, as something that we care a lot about as something that the students care a lot about,” he said.The Board of Trustees report focused on four major topics: campus conversation surrounding sexual violence, the trajectory of change on the issue at Notre Dame, alcohol culture’s role in sexual violence and a process overview, supplemented by students’ experiences.  It concluded with a series of recommendations to Trustees on how to curb sexual violence on campus, as well as how to improve the process of reporting and navigating the Title IX process.Ruelas said continuing conversations on sexual assault are critical, even when students are not receiving email notifications of sexual violence on campus.“That’s something we’ve thought about, and I think a whole lot of it has been being intentional about talking about it, not being scared of having these conversations, as student leaders,” she said.“It goes back to utilizing our networks and influence as student leaders, working with other student leaders too, to make sure they feel comfortable talking about difficult topics like sexual assault, sexual violence on campus.”Small efforts can have a significant impact on creating a campus culture more open to conversations about sexual violence, Ruelas said.“I know I’m very intentional about mentioning it at hall council. Something as simple as having an announcement at Mass, now it’s a permanent petition in Mass — it’s a constant reminder that this plagues our community. And it’s something we should all be conscious about, as a community, in the sense that as active bystanders, whether you got an email a week ago or two years ago, [you should be concerned],” she said.Ricketts said student government’s goal is to put as many structures in place as possible to foster natural student engagement on this salient issue.“Whether it’s Men Against Sexual Violence, or FIRE Starters or Notre Dame student groups who have a space to come forward when we’re doing “It’s On Us,” when it comes to GreeNDot and we’re saying we’re going to make these videos … ,” he said, “We try to look at it from a structural perspective, and say, ‘What do we have? What are the resources to change these structures that will allow people to come forward?’“The prayer services, for example — we evaluated our communications policy on that, which have improved attendance for the past year. We definitely take a structural look at how we can foster that natural feeling that’s out there, that this is an issue, and how we can help people come forward.”Student government has tried to played a large role in creating student body engagement on the issue, the director of the department of gender issues, junior Danny Funaro, said in an interview last month.Funaro said the department of gender issues has participated in the GreeNDot launch and worked on promoting the “It’s On Us” campaign, the University’s iteration of the national movement commissioned by the White House to end sexual violence on college campuses.“‘It’s On Us’ tries to get people to take ownership of the issue, so the main thing that goes with that is the ‘It’s On Us’ pledge,” he said. “Pledge cards were last year’s version of this pledge — this year we’ve put more of a focus on the pledge.”More than 200 students have signed the pledge this year, Funaro said. The department hopes to have more than 400 students sign by the end of the semester.“The main way we’ve done that is by going door-to-door in different dorms,” he said. “You can actually get good conversations with people … [and] get people that really want to get involved.”Funaro said he has noticed there is sometimes more difficulty getting men involved in programming and campaigns to end sexual violence.“To get the general male population involved is a little bit harder, but I think we’ve made inroads in that, versus last year, when the ‘It’s On Us’ pledge was signed mostly by women,” he said. “This year there’s a much better balance.”Ruelas said that student government has made it a priority to demonstrate they are serious about ending sexual assault on Notre Dame’s campus, primarily through the presentation to the Board of Trustees and participating in the launch of GreeNDot. Ricketts said the letters written by University president Fr. John Jenkins and vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding last spring regarding the University’s intolerance for sexual assault have contributed to a positive culture of change.“Their public commitments are a contrast to other universities, where you just don’t see that, it’s just the students. I think we have a good working relationship with a lot of individuals, and there are culture change issues that need to be addressed here, there are policy issues that need to be addressed here. The fact that we’re able to have that conversation and not find ourselves shut down, I think, says a lot,” Ricketts said.Tags: sexual assault, Student government, student government in focuslast_img read more

Contraception advocacy groups sue University, cabinet agencies on behalf of Notre Dame health care plan beneficiaries

first_imgUpdated Wednesday at 10 p.m.A lawsuit challenging recent changes in University policy regarding birth control was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced in a press release Tuesday.The suit — filed by NWLC, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Center for Reproductive Rights — centers on the constitutionality of the University’s recent decision to make community members covered by its health plan pay for birth control, the press release said. It was filed on behalf of Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH), an independent student group that advocates for contraception access on campus, and others insured by Notre Dame health plans.The release said the lawsuit claims the University reached an “unlawful settlement agreement” with President Donald Trump’s administration, allowing it to “deny students, employees and their dependents insurance coverage of birth control guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”In a statement to The Observer on Wednesday, I4RH said in a statement that it was filing the lawsuit because its members felt the University’s contraceptive coverage policies undermined their reproductive health care rights.“I4RH believes no boss, CEO, or University president should be able to control the personal decisions that we make about our bodies and lives,” I4RH said in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act protects people’s right to make these decisions about their reproductive health through the birth control benefit, which ensures that all eighteen methods of FDA-approved birth control are covered by insurance and accessible without any out-of-pocket costs.“Notre Dame’s recent settlement with the Trump-Pence Administration undermines this law, restricting student and employee birth control access. In collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, Americans United, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, I4RH intends to defend the right of the Notre Dame student body, faculty, and staff to make their own decisions about reproductive healthcare, without the intrusion of their educator or employer.”Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said the “assertions on the face of [the lawsuit] are maliciously and preposterously false” in a statement sent to The Observer on Tuesday. A full list of contraceptive methods covered by the University can be found on its website.According to the suit, University faculty and staff will have to start paying a birth control copay this Sunday, whereas students will need to do so beginning in August. The purpose of the lawsuit is to prevent that outcome, according to a post on the NWLC website.Aside from I4RH, the plaintiffs listed are Natasha Reifenberg — who graduated May 20 but is still on a University health plan because her parents are Notre Dame faculty members — and three women listed as “Jane Does 1-3.”According to the lawsuit, the “Jane Doe 1” is a graduate student, “Jane Doe 2” is an undergraduate student and “Jane Doe 3” is a woman dependent on the University’s faculty and staff health plan despite not being a student, faculty member or staff member.The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury are listed along with the University as defendants in the suit. Alex Azar, Alexander Acosta and Steven Mnuchin, the three respective secretaries of the agencies, round out the list of seven defendants.Because the ACA required organizations to provide contraception as part of insurance plans, Notre Dame employees have had access to free birth control and related services through the University’s federally-funded third-party administrator Meritain Health and OptumRx, the University’s prescription-benefit manager, for the past several years. This arrangement allowed Notre Dame health plans to provide contraception despite the University’s religious objections to the mandate.Last fall, the University administration joined a lawsuit challenging the contraception requirement, a decision University President Fr. John Jenkins said arose from the fact that the federal plan covered “abortifacients,” or drugs that induce abortions. Notre Dame settled that case last October when the Trump administration agreed to eliminate the mandate.“As I have said from the start, the University’s interest has never been in preventing access to those who make conscientious decisions to use contraceptives,” Jenkins said in his address to the faculty senate Nov. 7. “Our interest, rather, has been to avoid being compelled by the federal government to be the agent in their provision.”Although this development granted the University an exemption from providing contraception and contraceptive services as part of its health plans, Jenkins announced during the faculty senate address that it would continue to allow employees to receive free birth control directly from third-party providers without Notre Dame’s involvement. Those providers — Meritain and OptumRX — decided to stop charging plan members for contraception.This is the second lawsuit regarding the contraception issue that NWLC and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed against the Trump administration on behalf of Notre Dame community members. Graduate student Mary Shiraef and two other anonymous Notre Dame students  were listed as plaintiffs in a complaint against Acosta, Mnuchin and former acting secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan — as well as their respective departments — filed Oct. 31, prior to Jenkins’s announcement in his address to the faculty senate.Tags: Affordable Care Act, birth control, Contraception, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Donald Trump, lawsuit, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more