Daily Mullets (December 2)

first_imgMore PFBDez ties Michael Irvin’s Cowboys TD total … How could Bedlam affect the recruiting landscape …  Three matchups to watch including Ramon vs. Dede … Three stats to know for Bedlam (this is very good) … How Gundy would solve the CFB Playoff … Does Mike Gundy have an OU problem?I loved this.1st Bedlam win of the weekend! Dez over Sammy B!— Chris Biggerstaff (@cbiggs424) December 2, 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. One more day.The CFB Playoff committee’s conundrumHey Bill Simmons’ site took up OSU’s cause this week.The ones who could unskew this weird situation are instead taking the path of least resistance. The committee could anger multiple fan bases by bumping Oklahoma State up the rankings, which would then also draw attention to the biggest refereeing blunder of the season and subvert the work of officials everywhere. Or the committee could tell us it’s impossible to argue with wins and losses, even though arguing wins and losses is the entire point of the committee in the first place. [Ringer]The part I can’t reconcile is if I’m in the business of arguing for OSU’s loss not mattering, then the natural logic says I’m in the business of saying teams should be determined based on how they play which, in this case, does not help me as OSU played horribly against a crappy team.Getting Turnovers is paramountI mean, yes, obviously, but did you know the company OSU keeps?Only Ohio State, Alabama and Louisville have scored more points off turnovers this season than the Cowboys. The Pokes are going to struggle to keep Baker Mayfield and co. from making their plays; Mike Gundy admitted as much on Monday. The key is whether the Cowboy defense can make their plays, as well. Behind Vincent Taylor, Jordan Sterns and Ramon Richards, Oklahoma State has been tremendous all year at creating big defensive plays. They’re going to need a couple Saturday in Norman to pull off the upset. [ESPN]I did not realize that list of teams getting points off turnovers was so short. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville. Wow.The President ElectNot Trump. James Washington. OU has respect.In Week 3, he shredded the Panthers for 296 receiving yards, which remains the largest receiving output of any Power 5 receiver this season. No active wideout has more career touchdown receptions than Washington’s 25, either.“A great receiver,” said Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, who figures to be matched up on Washington early and often Saturday. “He plays the ball in the air well, and wins his fair share of the 50-50 balls. And he’s a bigger guy, he’s just more physical. And on top of that he can run. “He has the whole game.”I’m excited to see what No. 28 can do to a beleaguered OU secondary. Gonna be so much abuse we might have to bring Justice in to close.Truck-stick CarsonGood article here on Chris Carson. Odd that he doesn’t recognize his own ability.“We kind of joked about it in the running backs room, who’s what, what kind of runner?” Carson said. That’s when Carson received an awakening. “Some of the other running backs started saying, ‘I’ve never seen you run over somebody. And you’re squatting and lifting all this weight,’” Carson said. “So that’s something I’ve been trying to prove. And it’s working out.” [NewsOK]If I looked like Carson does, I’d run people over just going to class.Mason Rudolph, massive trash talker?Jenni Carlson on the Rudolph-Mayfield rivalry.Mayfield and Rudolph are already hearing it from each other. Mayfield is known as more of the say-anything guy, but he insists Rudolph is a sneaky trash talker. “He gets his in,” Mayfield said with a smile. “Mason can put on a show for the media, but he gets his in. There’s no doubt about that.” Mason Rudolph, flamethrower? “I throw my flames,” Rudolph said with a laugh. “But I do it privately. No need for y’all to see it.” [NewsOK]Not the first time I’ve heard this. Would love to see Rudolph unhinged with Mayfield next spring after a Big 12 title.Mason Rudolph’s “stuff”I love this from Mike Yurcich on Mason Rudolph.Rudolph is up there, Yurcich said, adding he and [former college teammate] Borchert have an “it” factor. Rudolph’s confidence as a true freshman in only his second game still stands out to Yurcich. “There’s that certain thing whenever a guy makes a mistake that he comes back stronger; I think Rudolph has that ability,” Yurcich said. “I think he has something about him that wants to prove to himself and everybody else that he was better than that mistake and he comes back with an edge to him. He never backs down. He loves the moment.” [O’Colly]I love that last line. He loves the moment. You can tell, too.Updated “Rudolph’s sleigh ride” just in time for Bedlam. pic.twitter.com/ExCqL1syHm— The OG (@GentsOkstate) December 1, 2016Sinor for HeismanAnybody going to take up the cause with me?She saw the “special” Carnley was talking about when OSU offered her son a full scholarship during Zach’s senior season. “That’s in our heads for all these years,” Valerie said. “And here we are. “That’s when you kinda go to your knees and say, ‘How blessed can we be?” [O’Colly]What Makes Justice greatOn how Justice Hill’s dad has helped him with nutrition and sleep and how Hill never hit the freshman wall.Meanwhile, Hill worked on getting his body ready for college football. Derrick has studied nutrition most of his life and healthy eating was a priority in the Hill household. He did not drink soda and steered away from acidic foods. Hill drinks alkaline water, which is supposed to help prevent injuries. Eating and sleeping well have perhaps been the secret behind how Hill has remained so durable as a freshman. [Tulsa World]I could not be more impressed with a freshman. Heck, that’s impressive for a 10-year NFL player!Stoops player abuse tree?Kevin Wilson was fired at Indiana on Thursday.Earlier Thursday, however, a former Indiana player’s father told ESPN that his son suffered a concussion in practice shortly before the 2015 season and was rushed back to workouts, causing his symptoms to intensify. [ESPN]Mangino Leach Wilson fired for treatment of players. A glimpse of the environment at OU early in Stoops career. Winning is tough— Teddy Lehman (@TedLehman11) December 1, 2016Another thing I appreciate about Gundy. Does he run an uber-clean program? I have no idea, it seems like it. But I do think if it’s dirty, it’s not because he’s making dudes play through injuries or locking them in sheds.last_img read more

Mourinho vs Conte: Hearn picks his winner

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match? Chris Burton 00:06 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte Getty Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea José Mourinho Antonio Conte The feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers have engaged in a war of words, but what if they laced up a pair of gloves and traded punches? Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have traded blows off the field and boxing promoter Eddie Hearn would love to get the feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers in a ring.Two prickly personalities have once again been drawn into regular rounds of verbal jousting this season, with insults emerging from both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.Neither has shown any sign of backing down, with past misdemeanours and touchline antics among the topics of discussions to have generated barbed comments. 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 Mourinho and Conte are now set to lock horns once again in the dugout on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to Manchester, but Matchroom Boxing supremo Hearn – who boasts the likes of Anthony Joshua and Kell Brook on his books – would welcome the opportunity to present two heavyweight personalities with a more suitable stage on which to iron out their differences.”They are both very passionate, I would like to do the fight, we would make a lot of money, but I think they should stick to the football,” he told The Sun.”I see them on the sidelines very regularly and they are both very fiery and passionate, it has all the makings of a great fight.”It’s hard to beat the Italians for style.”But Mourinho has been to the boxing and might have learned a few things from Anthony Joshua.”He has come to a few fights and sits there on his own and might have learned a bit, he has an aura about him too.”But Conte has the style.”Jose Mourinho vs Antonio Conte Eddie Hearn boxingPressed to pick a winner between Portuguese and Italian grit, Hearn added: “Overall I have to go with Mourinho, I think he is the guy.”I am not sure we could ever actually get the fight made – can you imagine trying to negotiate terms with them two!”With a fight unlikely to happen, a global football fan base will have to make do with a Premier League encounter at Old Trafford which promises to deliver as many fireworks off the field as it does on it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.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

Six Things to Know About Oklahoma State’s Game Against Texas Tech

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. Oklahoma State owns Texas Tech. I don’t make the facts, I simply disseminate them. In the last 10 meetings between these two teams, OSU has won nine of them, and only one of them was closer than seven points.That’s not really the reason OSU is a double-digit favorite over the Red Raiders this weekend, but it’s certainly hard to ignore that — for the back half of his career at OSU — Mike Gundy has dominated the school that says OSU is simply mimicking everything it does. You know, except for all those mediocre seasons.Here are six things to know about this weekend’s game.1. Red Zone salve: What has OSU done poorly so far this season? Well, I think we’ve been over that extensively. They haven’t scored when they’ve gotten inside opponents’ 20-yard-lines. Guess which team is the worst in the nation at giving up red-zone scores? Tech is an imperfect (?) 10 for 10 in red zone defense and 63rd nationally in TD percentage allowed to teams when they get there. OSU should (should) be able to take advantage.2. Massive margin: After last week’s win over Kansas State, OSU has an average margin of victory (loss) over KSU of -3 in the last 10 years. It’s been mostly close games with one dreadful 34-point rout in 2014 that accounts for most of that mess. On the other hand, OSU’s average margin of victory over Texas Tech in the last 10 years is +15 with five of the Pokes’ nine wins coming by 17 or more, including one by 60.2011-November-12-14-38-443. Top-15 team? OSU goes into this game ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. That’s not a huge surprise considering they’ve reached the top 15 of the AP poll at some point in 10 of the past 11 seasons. They’ve also reached the top 10 in eight of the last 11 (with 2012, 2014 and 2018 being the outliers there).4. OSU-OSU connection: Ohio State is putting up 535 yards a game while Oklahoma State is putting up 532. They’re the only two teams nationally that have put up 1,200 yards in both the pass game and the run game thus far. The big question is whether OSU can do what they did in 2007 when they posted the exact same number in both rushing and passing. They almost did it two years in a row (!).2007: 3,161 passing | 3,161 rushing2008: 3,149 passing | 3,191 rushing2019: 1,206 passing | 1,455 rushing5. Explosions in the sky (and on the ground): OSU currently leads the country in 50+ yard plays. Also, Texas Tech is 98th nationally in 50+ yard plays given up. Might be a bad formula for them this weekend.Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 3.48.42 PM.png6. I will regret this one: Matt Ammendola is one of three kickers at 80 percent or better in their careers with a minimum of 20 attempts (Dan Bailey finished at 79.2 percent, by the way).1. Quinn Sharp (84.7)2. Luke Phillips (82.4)3. Matt Ammendola (80.6)Quinn Sharp might have been the 🐐.last_img read more

PFB Roundtable: Best and Worst from Football So Far and Hoops Hype

first_imgThe PFB staff got together for a bye week addition of the PFB Roundtable to take stock in the first half of the football season and then to peek forward toward hoops.Hope you enjoy.Kyle Cox: Give me your biggest disappointment in and your biggest source of encouragement from OSU’s football team through six games.Cox:  Starting with the negative, I’ll be broad and say the passing game. Spencer Sanders hasn’t taken off on the meteoric rise that most of us, probably a little unfairly, expected. And the offensive line is probably in the same boat. Injuries have been a big part of that but, on the whole, the passing game hasn’t been as good as advertised, even before Sanders’ TO-filled last two games.Boone: Biggest disappointment I think is the letdown at Tech. Team was flat, got outhustled and didn’t look up for the challenge. That’s a missed opportunity. Biggest source of encouragement is Chuba. Is there another answer? He looks way better than even I thought he would, and I was on board with him being a superstar before the season.Kyle Porter: Biggest disappointment thus far is the lack of use of Sean Gleeson. I’ve seen nothing since the Oregon State game that I didn’t think Tracin Wallace could have called from underneath that yellow Nike lid on the sideline. That frustrates me, especially after how dynamic they were against an Oregon State team that is 2-3 overall and doesn’t appear to be all that bad thus far.Marshall Scott: I’d say my biggest disappointment thus far would be the inconsistencies offensively, and that’s not just on Spencer Sanders. Like you mentioned, OSU’s offensive line has been a roller coaster thus far this year, and Saturday in Lubbock was definitely a valley. In terms of encouragement OSU’s defense has been pretty good. It didn’t have the greatest second half in Lubbock, but Jim Knowles’ bunch held OSU in the game in the first half. Amen Ogbongbemiga and Malcolm Rodriguez in particular have been solid.Cox: I’ve been encouraged by OSU’s defense for the most part. It’s definitely not arrived either, but has been better than I probably expected.Porter: Amen might be a dude!Cox: 🙏Scott: I’m getting better at saying all the names, too. I think my favorite to say is Tuihalamaka.Porter: Chuba has obviously been encouraging. I cackled when Weeden said on our podcast that he’s made this OSU offensive line look better than it actually is, but I think it’s probably true. …Remember when Gundy said the OL graded out as high as he’s ever seen at OSU after Corvallis?Cox: No!Porter: He did!Cox: Must be repressed memory.Porter: Marsh was there!Scott: I loved how blunt Weeden was. I think OSU’s O-line is good in its inside zone stuff, but there is glaring room for improvement particularly in pass protection.I was sitting three feet from the man, and in his defense, OSU’s O-line looked great in that Oregon State game.Cox: No, I do remember. I was just being flippant. They looked good against Oregon State. I was more surprised that he went out on a limb there.   Boone: That does feel like forever ago. I still have faith in the offensive line (and by extension, in Charlie Dickey). Injuries have played a significant role in the regression of that unit.Porter: Chuba is breathtaking though, I feel a sort of bummed-out feeling that his last season in Stillwater will end up being a semi-wasted on. He deserves all the spotlights.Cox: We might not be having this convo if Jenkins and Galloway don’t get hurt… And Spencer probably has a couple less TOs.Porter: Yeah, they were not great against Texas either though.Cox: Chuba has been impressive. I thought he was good-to-pretty good, maybe really good. He’s blown me away thus far.Scott: I tweeted this out during the game Saturday, but if Chuba was at Alabama, there would be no question who the frontrunner for the Heisman is right now.Cox: Yup.Porter: I guess Texas might be good.Cox: I think I’m picking UT this weekend.Boone: You couldn’t pay me to pick Texas this weekend. That team still screams 8-5 to me. They look totally average.Scott: I think it could be an awesome game. Sure Texas has a loss already, but Texas has played a tough schedule to this point, and this is the first solid team Oklahoma is actually playing. Wouldn’t be surprised if UT starts quickly because it is more used to the level of play.Porter: OU will smoke them, I think.Cox: Okay, moving on to hoops. What’s the No. 1 thing that has you excited for OSU basketball this year?Porter: No. 1 thing — I cannot believe I’m saying this considering how I talked about him last year — is Yor’s two-way ability in this league. I think there’s potential for him to be elite! Not saying it’ll definitely happen, but I think it’s in play.Cox: I’m excited about that too. He really developed around the rim last year down the stretch, both ways.Boone: I’m excited for Marcus Watson. Every time I talk to people at OSU, there’s new buzz about how he jumped out the gym for a sick dunk or how he looks the part of a junior and not a freshman. He might not be a statistical superstar this season, but I get the feeling his athletic gifts alone are going to be awesome right away.Scott: Yor was absolutely dominant at the end of last season. If he can just keep that level of play up he’ll be a star. I’m scared to think of him getting even better.Cox: I’m generally excited to see what Boynton can do with a full roster (knocks on wood). We really haven’t seen that yet. Add in your Marcus Watsons, and Boones and Avery Andersons and I just wanna see these guys on the court.Porter: @Marshall Scott who’s been the most complete newbie so far?Scott: I’ve been to two of their 10 practices thus far, and I’d point to Avery Anderson as a guy who has stuck out. I think this summer Watson was the obvious choice just because body-wise he was so much further ahead than his classmates. With that said, Watson has a lot to learn in terms of being a college basketball player as opposed to just being a better athlete than everyone else. But Anderson fills a spot in that he is a shifty, pass first point guard who also loves to play defense.Porter: Hold me.Boone: Definitely excited for Anderson. Curious to see how he and Ice co-exist. Both are going to get big minutes just because the talent, but I think Anderson might be a more true point with the distributing, handles, etc.Cox: 🤩Scott: The roster is what I was going to say, too. It goes so much further than just minutes in games. Isaac Likekele has another point guard to practice against. Yor has two more 6-10 guys to practice against. I think that will go a long way.…Their practices are exciting as well. They are competitive. Thomas Dziagwa and Cam McGriff in particular don’t want their group losing in the scrimmage portions. A lot of smack is talked. It’s friendly, but it’s friendly in a way that you want to be the one talking it and not taking it.Porter: 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

Griezmann: Uruguay will be boring like Atletico

first_imgWorld Cup Griezmann: Uruguay will be boring like Atletico Chris Burton 19:51 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann France World Cup Gettyimages World Cup Uruguay v France Uruguay France Antoine Griezmann Kylian Mbappé Lionel Messi The France striker is preparing for a World Cup quarter-final with the South Americans, and he expects them to adopt a similar approach to his club Antoine Griezmann is expecting France to come up against a Uruguay side in the World Cup quarter-finals which adopts a similar “boring” mindset to his club employers Atletico Madrid.Les Bleus thrilled a global audience when booking their place in the last eight of Russia 2018, with a 4-3 classic against Argentina carrying them one step closer to the ultimate prize.Uruguay, in contrast, battled their way to a 2-1 victory over Portugal, with two stunning goals from Edinson Cavani getting the job done before he was forced from the field with an untimely knock. 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 The South American outfit are renowned for their dogged approach to defence, with Cavani and Luis Suarez providing an attacking spark, and Griezmann expects more of the same on Friday from a side which includes two of his club team-mates, Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez.The Atletico frontman told reporters on the next challenge facing France: “Uruguay will be like Atletico, they will take their time, fall, go to the referee.“We will have to get used to that because the match will be boring and they will want to bring us into that.”Griezmann added on Paris Saint-Germain star Cavani, who limped out of a win over Portugal with a muscle complaint: “He’s the best forward according to my thinking.“He makes 10,000 calls, works for the team, and if he’s injured they will change a lot, he got both goals [against Portugal].”While Uruguay are sweating on the fitness of their star frontman, France are ready to unleash Cavani’s club colleague Kylian Mbappe.The teenager starred against Argentina, netting twice to emulate a record set by Brazil icon Pele 60 years ago, and more of the same is expected from the youngster heading forward.Kylian Mbappe France World Cup 2018Griezmann said of a team-mate attracting plenty of praise : “It’s up to us to put him in the right conditions and do everything to make him feel good on the pitch. They [Uruguay] will probably defend differently against him.“It is a quarter-final and he is just 19 years old. He was quiet in the locker room and the tunnel. His maturity impresses me. He is always listening, it’s great for us.“When he wants to score even more, to hurt teams, he’ll be a top player. He will rise up the game. It’s up to us to give him the right balls.”France were able to do that against Argentina, with the Albiceleste struggling to do likewise with their own talisman as Lionel Messi was kept surprisingly quiet .Griezmann added on that containing job: “I was surprised that Argentina played without strikers, with [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Sergio] Aguero on the bench, but it was [Jorge] Sampaoli who made his choices.“We had to manage the [Javier] Mascherano-Messi and [Ever] Banega-Messi connections. We did it well.”last_img read more

How to win more grants for your cause

first_imgIn order to survive — and thrive — nonprofits need to diversify their funding sources. In addition to individual giving, grants are another piece of a well-rounded funding plan. Of course, the best way to succeed in getting grants for your organization is to have a solid plan in place for securing them. Creating a calendar, having a documented grantseeking process, and using a decision-making matrix can help you to identify the right grants for your organization.So, what if you don’t have a solid grants strategy in place? You’re in luck.Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will be our special guest at 1pm EDT on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 for Network for Good’s next free webinar, Building a Powerful Grants Strategy. Register for this free webinar on creating your grants strategy and make a plan for securing the right grants for your projects. I hope you’ll join this session — Cynthia is sharing useful worksheets and will be answering your questions to help you target and win the grants your nonprofit needs.last_img read more

5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression on New Email Subscribers

first_imgWe all know relationships don’t happen overnight.Busy nonprofits have to work hard to nurture and retain relationships with their supporters, donors, and volunteers to ensure the success of their organization and to further their cause.Long-lasting relationships start with a great first impression.One of the easiest and most effective ways your nonprofit can start off in the right direction is to provide a great follow up experience for your new email subscribers.Let’s look at some of the things you organization can do:1. Give a warm welcomeOne of easiest ways to keep the momentum going with a new contact is to send a Welcome Email. With Constant Contact, you can customize your Welcome Email with your own branding, logo, and content. Each time a new contact joins your list, they will automatically receive your Welcome Email.Consider incorporating these 4 elements in your Welcome Email as well:A warm and friendly introductionSummary of what to expect in future mailingsA guarantee of data privacy and securityPersonal signature with contact detailsHere’s everything you need to know about designing a great welcome email.2. Offer a thank you and a next stepThanking new subscribers for their interest shows how much their support means to you. The best thank you will clearly articulate why their support matters, and give them the opportunity to get involved right away.Think about how you can thank your audience in a unique and heartfelt way. Consider creating a short 30-second video to show your appreciation, or snapping a fun photo of you and your staff.Then, come up with some ideas to encourage your subscribers to take action. You can test out what works best – maybe you want to ask for a small donation right at the start, or just encourage new subscribers to forward this to a friend so you can grow your list further.Fogo Fund encourages new subscribers to get involved by printing out a flyer and posting it in their community. This small ask is a great way to spread the word within different communities. Strike while the iron’s hot.With these 5 ideas in mind, you’re ready to reach out to your new contacts make a great first impression. By putting in the effort and investing time and energy in relationships right from the start, your new contacts will reward you with loyalty that will drive you to success for years to come. 3. Nurture new relationships with an Autoresponder seriesAutoresponder is a tool that lets you create a series of personalized, automated emails that are sent to a contact after they are added to a list. Similar to a Welcome Email, the benefit of Autoresponder is that you can “set it and forget it.” You choose the frequency in which you reach out to your contacts, design a series of emails, and add relevant contacts to this list.An Autoresponder is especially useful for new contacts because you’re ensuring they receive a great introduction to your organization right from the start. You could start by telling your organization’s story, then provide valuable case studies to show the difference you’re making, and finish you’re your series by encouraging your new contacts to get involved.4. Ask for more informationAs a nonprofit, you know that data can play a big role in achieving success. Asking your new contacts for information about themselves will help you know more about your audience and the best ways to reach them.Use an online survey to collect demographic information about your audience. If you added a group of contacts after an event, follow up by asking them for feedback on the event and how you can improve in the future. Allowing them to share their feedback will make them feel more invested in what you’re doing.This is also a great chance to ask questions that will give you a better sense of what your new contacts are interested in, how often they want to hear from you, and how they found out about your organization.5. Show off your social sideIf your contacts are joining your email list, there’s a good chance they’re looking to stay up-to-date on all the things you have going on. For nonprofits with an active social media presence, emails provide the perfect opportunity to point to your social media channels as well.Promoting your social channels to new contacts gives them the ability to peruse your older content and catch up on what your organization has been up to recently. That way, even if they haven’t been familiar with your organization for long, they’ll have a better sense of your recent initiatives.Add buttons to your social media channels at the bottom of each email you send out. You can also add a share bar to every email, so readers can share your emails to their own sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Here’s how Strong Women Strong Girls promoted their social presence in a recent email:last_img read more

The 5 Cs of Great Nonprofit Storytelling

first_imgCrafting a fundraising campaign that tells a story about your organization’s mission or successes is a super-effective way to make emotional connections with your donors. But what goes into writing an email that tells a great nonprofit story? Five things, to be exact. Conveniently, they all start with C:Core messageConnectionCharacterConflictCall to actionCore message: The core message is that one thing we want people to remember after hearing our story. When developing a story for your email fundraising, ask yourself these three questions: What do I want donors to think? What do I want them to feel? What do I want them to do?The answers will help you uncover your core message and how to structure your email campaign. They’ll guide you through the logical and emotional sides of creating your story and engaging donors with the copy.Connection: This relates to the emotional pull and the element of authenticity. This often happens in the salutation and the first sentence of our email, where we’re trying to hook in our reader and get them to stick with us through the end. Personalization—for example, using a donor’s first name in the salutation (“Dear Sarah”)—is a great way to build a connection.Character: This is often the person writing or sending the email or the person whose story is being told. It might be a monthly donor talking about why she was moved to offer ongoing support, or a mother talking about finding work and feeding her kids thanks to receiving help from your program. It could even be the story of a shelter dog finding a forever home. The sky’s the limit.Conflict: This element is crucial in fundraising. Conflict is the situation that creates a sense of urgency, which gets people to respond to your call to action and help you resolve the conflict. “These villagers have to walk five miles a day for fresh water. Donate now to build a new well.” You can see how those two things—conflict and call to action—are pretty clearly intertwined.Call to action: In broad terms, call to action is the thing you want people to do and how they can get involved with your organization. A good call to action is very specific and active: Click here to donate. Click here to sign this petition. Donate today. You can imagine doing these things, can’t you? These are very active, very affirmative phrases that can motivate people to follow through.For our story to be successful, we have to give our audience a clear, direct, and—most important—easy way to become part of your organization’s story. Your call to action is just that.Beware: Call to action is where a lot of nonprofits trip up with email. The directive often becomes muddled, confusing, and unclear. Maybe it’s not easy to sign your petition. A surprising number of nonprofit’s emails don’t include a donate button. Or there’s no obvious hyperlink, which makes it difficult for donors to click through and do what you’re asking them to do. Make sure you’re call to action is clear, direct, and easy to follow through.There many ways to tell a story, but the most effective stories—including those we tell in our fundraising emails—contain these “five Cs.” Be sure to incorporate them into your nonprofit storytelling efforts and watch how they help you reach your email fundraising goals.Adapted from Nonprofit911: Telling Stories Through Email, with Vanessa Chase, founder of the Storytelling Non-Profit.last_img read more

How to Create a Board Fundraising Campaign

first_imgWant to find a way to inspire your board to be a bigger part of your fundraising team? A social, peer-driven fundraising campaign can a great way to get your board involved, grow your list, recruit new donors, and raise money through a campaign that gets people excited. By leveraging your board, who likely have large networks and strong influence, you can expand your reach by tapping into their connections.How do you convince your board to get on board with this plan? Follow these 10 steps to launch a peer fundraising campaign powered by your biggest champions—your board members:Get buy-in:Get your board excited about your campaign by giving them a clear vision of your target that shows the impact on your mission, as well as your bottom line. Next, help them see how their involvement will help you expand your outreach and raise more money. Illustrate how each board member’s fundraising page and resulting donations bring you closer to your program goals. Describe how your board fundraising campaign fits into your larger fundraising strategy.Define a focus:Instead of a general fundraising appeal, your campaign may be more effective when it focuses on a specific project, program, or emergency need. This can also set the campaign apart from other appeals and help make the impact feel more tangible for potential donors.Set your goals:Once you’ve defined your campaign focus, you can determine the goals for your campaign. This will likely mean setting a goal for dollars raised, but you may also want to include goals for participation or the number of new donors gained. Then, make sure each board member understands the goals for their individual campaign. How much is each board member responsible for raising during the campaign? How many donors might it take for them to reach that goal? Be upfront about this so everyone agrees to these expectations.Create your timeline:Set a detailed timeline that includes your campaign planning, deadlines, launch, and campaign length. Think about when you would like to meet certain milestones within your campaign. Also, have a timeline just for your board, and send reminders to keep them motivated and on track. Let them know they can set a great example for other donors by starting the campaign with a donation that can serve as a matching gift.Identify lists and potential donors:Work with your board members to think about how many people they can reach, and then estimate the potential size of their network’s network. Urge them to dig into their Rolodexes, personal and professional networks, and any social networks they may have. They likely have more connections than they realize. Show them how quickly their message could spread far beyond your existing donor base.Copy and paste messages:Give your board members prewritten emails, fundraising appeals, phone scripts, and social media posts to promote their campaign. They can (and should, of course) customize these messages to make them their own, but giving board members the foundation to work from can make the difference between a campaign that achieves liftoff and one that flounders.Get the right tools in place:The right fundraising platform will make the entire process of setting up a campaign, organizing your board members, and collecting donations much easier. You’ll need technology that allows you to quickly customize your message and launch your campaign, as well as built-in best practices and optimized pages, so you’re getting the most out of your board members’ outreach. And let’s be honest: The easier you can make it for your board members, the less hassle it is for you. (Need a solution that’s perfect for this type of campaign? Let us show you how Network for Good’s Peer-to-Peer Fundraising platform can make it easy to get phenomenal results.)Personalize their outreach:Help board members add their photo, a short story about why they support your cause, and possibly a video featuring your board member speaking authentically about their campaign. This will inspire more of their network to give since they’ll feel a more personal connection to the ask. Your board members may not need help doing this, but be prepared to lend a hand since it will make a big difference. At the very least, let your board know they’ll need to compile this information for their outreach. Ready to launch your board fundraising campaign? Download our checklist, and check out our Secrets of Social Fundraising Success eGuide for more tips and ideas. Make the giving experience easy:Beyond personalization, make sure that your board member’s giving pages are easy to use and match your nonprofit’s branding. The process to complete a donation should be easy, fast, and fun. Your pages should also include features that are proven to increase giving, like suggested donation amounts, recurring donation options, social sharing tools, and donation tickers to highlight others who already support the campaign.Celebrate and thank:As your campaign progresses, be sure to thank donors promptly as they give and keep your board members feeling great by celebrating their progress and encouraging their efforts. Positive reinforcement and highlighting the impact of their contributions help your donors and fundraisers want to do it all over again. A strong retention plan and regular updates about what donors have made possible will allow you to make the most of your board fundraising campaign for years to come.last_img read more