first_imgArticle published by Karla Mendes Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon People, Controversial, Corruption, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation A task force is investigating the murder of indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi, who was found dead on July 23, stabbed close to the Waseity indigenous village where he lived, in the northern state of Amapá, according to the Wajãpi Village Council (Apina).On the night of July 26, a group of 50 gold miners — some reportedly armed with rifles and machine guns — allegedly invaded the neighboring Yvytotõ indigenous village and threatened residents, forcing them to flee, Apina reported. Authorities are investigating the alleged incursion.The violence in Amapá came as far-right president Jair Bolsonaro continues pressing for legalization of mining and agribusiness operations within protected indigenous reserves. Indigenous groups argue that the president’s rhetoric encourages invasions of indigenous lands, escalating violence against native people.The indigenous villages where the alleged crimes took place are part of the Wajãpi indigenous reserve, an area of about 6,000 square kilometers (2,317 square miles), rich in gold and other minerals. Brazilian authorities are investigating the murder of an indigenous leader in the northern state of Amapá, in the Amazon region, where violence has escalated since a group of 50 gold miners — 13 of them reportedly heavily armed — allegedly invaded the Wajãpi indigenous reserve.On the morning of July 23, indigenous chief Emyra Wajãpi was found dead, stabbed close to the Waseity indigenous village where he lived, according to the Wajãpi Village Council (Apina). His death was not witnessed by any Wajãpi, Apina said in a statement.On the night of July 26, a group of non-indigenous men armed with rifles and machine guns reportedly invaded the neighboring Yvytotõ indigenous village and threatened residents, which forced them to flee to the nearby Mariry indigenous village, according to Apina.The indigenous villages where the alleged crimes took place are part of the Wajãpi indigenous reserve, an area of about 6,000 square kilometers (2,317 square miles), rich in gold and other minerals demarcated as a protected area in 1996. Half of its territory lies within the National Copper and Associates reserve (RENCA), which former President Michel Temer tried to abolish in September 2017. But Temer was forced to step back from his decision after international outcry accused him of selling out the Amazon to foreign mining interests.The Federal Police and Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Amapá have launched inquiries into the events inside the Wajãpi reserve, following violence claims publicized by Senator Randolfe Rodrigues on social media. After receiving requests for help from indigenous groups, Rodrigues demanded immediate action from authorities to prevent further direct confrontation between the invaders and indigenous communities.“We are in danger. We urged the Army and the Federal Police to help us. If no help is sent soon, we’ll need to act ourselves,” said Jawaruwa Wajãpi, an indigenous city councilor in Amapá state, in an audio message sent to Rodrigues.Jawaruwa Wajãpi, an indigenous city councilor in Amapá state, hunts in the Okakai region, in 2012. He reported the violence in the Wajãpi indigenous reserve. Image by Bruno Caporrino.The senator acknowledged that this is the first violent invasion of the Wajãpi reserve since it was demarcated in 1996. “We have to unite in order to avoid the bloodbath that is about to happen. We have been in contact with the indigenous leaders to ask them not to retaliate before government security forces arrive,” said Rodrigues.Controversial investigationsFUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency, said in a statement that its officials are on the ground investigating both cases, along with agents from the Federal Police and the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) of the Military Police of Amapá.According to FUNAI, a federal and state task force has been created to investigate indigenous conflicts in the region. However, the Federal Police’s latest report said that “there is no indication, so far, of the presence of armed group(s) in the area.” FUNAI noted that a detailed report will be forthcoming.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who had not commented on the killing and invasion until Monday morning, told the Folha de São Paulo newspaper then that “there is no strong evidence” that the indigenous leader was murdered: “I will seek to unravel the case and show the truth about that,” Bolsonaro said.However, in a previous statement, FUNAI had said that the presence of invaders “is real and that tension… in the region is high” and asked the Wajãpi not to approach the non-indigenous invaders in order to avoid exacerbating the conflict.In its latest statement, Apina said that when police teams arrived at the Mariry and Yvytotõ villages, there were no invaders present, just their traces. “The police marked the points [using] GPS and took pictures…. [but] the police said they could not look for the invaders in the forest,” Apina reported, adding that the police then returned to Amapá’s capital, Macapá.Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro at a ceremony in Brasília. Image by Brazil’s Presidency via Flickr Commons (CC BY 2.0).Growing pressure to develop indigenous reservesThe violence in Amapá came as president Jair Bolsonaro continues pressing for the legalization of mining and agribusiness operations within protected indigenous reserves.On July 27, Bolsonaro said he plans to appoint his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, as Brazil’s US ambassador so that he can attract investment from the United States to explore for minerals in indigenous territories. Last week, during a visit to Manaus, the president reasserted his goal of legalizing mining, despite the contamination and deforestation damage it has done to several indigenous reserves, including the territories of the Yanomami (in Roraima and Amazonas states), the Munduruku (in Pará), and the Cinta-larga people (in Rondônia).Kleber Karipuna, a representative of the National Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), asserted a direct correlation between the invasion and the policies of the federal government. “The conflicts we see are related to everything this government has been doing in terms of indigenous rights, both in words and in action. When it encourages the population to bear guns, for example, it also encourages confrontation and the killing of indigenous people.”According to anthropologist Bruno Caporrino, who worked as an advisor in a research program with the Wajãpi people from 2009 to 2016, the indigenous group had been monitoring the presence of miners inside their territory, but up to now the incursions were occasional and discrete. In his view, the recent crimes may point to an alarming new trend whereby the invaders aim to send the following message: “From now on, this is how we are going to operate. With the endorsement of the State.”Banner image: Wajãpi indigenous people report invasion of gold miners in the Wajãpi reserve in the Brazilian state of Amapá. Image courtesy of the Amazon Cooperation Network (Rede de Cooperação Amazônica.)FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Comptroller has updated its website concerning important changes and benefits for the 2017 tax filing season affecting corporate and personal income taxpayers. Taxpayers are reminded that personal income tax returns are due April 18, 2017 and that business income tax return dates vary. The guidance concerns the increased pension exclusion, tax forms and instructions, exemptions, deductions, tax credits, and local rate changes. Further, Form 500CR must be filed electronically. However, certain individual taxpayers may elect to claim the community investment tax credit and/or the endow Maryland tax credit on Maryland Form 502CR, and thus avoid the electronic filing requirement. Finally, since the special nonresident tax rate is tied to the lowest local rate, the special nonresident tax rate increases to 1.75% for 2016.Subscribers can view the guidance on the Comptroller’s website at’s New for the Tax Filing Season, Maryland Comptroller, December 2016last_img read more

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first_imgNow that organizations have the computing power to gather meaningful information on patients and understand the trends that can lead to better outcomes, what are their plans for population health management and what are the next steps? Watch the clip above and let me know what you think. What are you doing to prepare for population health management?last_img

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first_imgBad Habit No. 6: Being allergic to changeDiscipline is an important part of success, but it’s not everything. We’re standing at the edge of a new era for nonprofits. Our old donors are inexorably passing away. Their demographic niche is being filled by a strange, new tribe: the boomers. Their motivations for giving are different from their elders’. The way we talk to them has to be different — and we’re only beginning to understand the difference.At the same time, a powerful, new communications medium — the Internet — is crowding in on the print, broadcast and direct-response media. The techniques and tactics of the Internet are different in some surprising ways.The electric combination of a new type of donor and its new preferred medium puts us in a scary position: Change or die. Some are going to die.Yes, change is risky. New ventures fail more often than they succeed. But change is our only viable long-term strategy. Embrace change, and you have a long and hopeful future ahead of you.The good news about all these bad habits: They are merely mental — less constraining than cobwebs. They can be changed in the twinkling of an eye. The bad news: Mental chains can be the hardest to break.Source: This article originally appeared in the April 2008 edition of FundRaising Success magazine, Bad Habit No. 2: Talking to yourself, not your donorsThis is a tough habit to break because it requires you to think outside yourself. Truth is … your thoughts, your experience, your education, your relationship with the cause, and (most likely) your demographic and psychographic profiles are very different from your donors’. The moment you do (or don’t do) something in fundraising because it would appeal (or not appeal) to you, you are on shaky ground.Don’t create messages that would motivate you. Seek to understand your donors, and create messages for them. In fact, if something feels slam-dunk persuasive to you, take that as a warning sign that you’re missing your donors. Bad Habit No. 1: Being ashamed of fundraisingIt’s odd, but many professional fundraisers have an insidious belief that asking people for money is annoying, embarrassing or disrespectful.This puts them in confusing territory, where they need their donors to fund vital programs — but they don’t want to admit it. That bends their fundraising messages into pretzel shapes that look something like this: “Maybe you’d be interested in giving. It’s OK if you don’t give. We’re a very well-run organization, and we have many other sources of funding. You’re a small fish anyway, to be honest. But, you know, if you think of it, a gift would be a nice gesture.”That’s an exaggeration, but it’s not far from how shame-based fundraising operates. Besides its basic dishonesty, this type of fundraising fails to respect the reality of donors and their gifts.Donors want to be wanted. They need to be needed. They intend to make the world a better place. Coming to the rescue makes them happy. So if you need your donors, go ahead and tell them. Let them know the urgency and the stakes. Be direct. Don’t hide your need behind a mousy veil of pseudo-politeness.If you’re burdened with an attitude that asking for money somehow gets in the way of a real relationship with donors, you’re missing an important fact: For nearly all donors, giving is the medium through which they relate to you and your cause. Their gifts are the way they translate their values into action.Philosophical musings or high-level theory about the cause is beside the point for most donors. Giving is the main event. Asking is a great service. Be proud of it. Bad Habit No. 5: Being addicted to changeI know it’s boring to hear this, but a huge part of success in fundraising involves plodding along with proven programs, making changes in incremental and disciplined ways. It means saying the same thing over and over, even though you’re getting out-of-your-mind tired of it.Many a nonprofit has set aside lifeblood fundraising programs because it got tired of them — and suffered crippling revenue losses as a result. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay disciplined! When fundraisers are ineffective, it’s almost always because they are the victims of their own mental habits. These bad habits are more harmful than lack of resources, bad economic times or even stupidity. Conquer these habits, and you’ll raise a lot more money. Bad Habit No. 4: Basing decisions on fearBad things happen. And when they do, we often kick ourselves for failing to anticipate them. That’s why many people and organizations put prodigious energy into anticipating problems.Trouble is, you seldom anticipate the actual problems that happen. Instead, you build walls that are better at keeping innovation out than keeping you safe. Decisions made in fear do far more harm than the things you’re afraid of. Cast out your fear! Bad Habit No. 3: Making decisions on instinct, not factsInstinct can do you a lot of good in life, like warning you not to walk down the wrong street in a neighborhood you don’t know. But sometimes instinct is flat-out wrong. Here are some common instinctive beliefs that may feel true:Don’t ask someone who recently gave. Donors need to “rest” between gifts.Don’t call the donors; everybody hates telemarketing.Nobody reads long letters anymore.I can almost guarantee you that all three of these statements are completely wrong. Your results, as they say, may vary. But overwhelmingly, the facts will show these instincts to be false.When your instinct tells you something, use that as a starting point. Call it a hypothesis (that’s all it is) until you can verify the facts. You could end up shocked at how wrong your instincts were. That happens all the time. 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first_imgAt one of Network for Good’s recent Nonprofit 911 calls, Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies and I were asked, how do you convert one-time donors to habitual givers. Thanks Alia for helping me answer this one!Here’s what we said:•Make sure your donation form asks what type of gift the donor wants to make (“Do you want to give us a monthly gift?”). Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift.•Revisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation—monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors.•Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month.•Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” We’ve seen great success in converting first-time online donors into monthly donors by doing that within the first three days of them making their first online gift.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you haven’t noticed here on the blog, I’ve been posting some visuals lately. The reason? One, it’s something different, which is usually a good thing. Two, I’m hosting the next Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants here at Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog next week, and the theme is: Chart Fun. Send me your insightful, funny, creative graphs. You may just get highlighted on October 15! That’s when I’ll post the best of the best. But even if yours isn’t in the top seven, I’ll be sharing the best of the rest in the days following.HOW TO ENTER: Use the form here (be sure you are submitting the the carnival of nonprofit consultants on the dropdown) OR link to your graph in the comments of this post.Seeking inspiration? Check out GraphJam. It’s fab.last_img read more

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first_imgPublished in an edition of the Food and Society Update, the electronic newsletter for the Foundation’s Food and Society initiative, here are 10 reasons to have a communication plan.Importance of Communication PlansTo clarify your agency’s goals and objectives: Think of your plan as your roadmap; you know where you want to go, but you need a route to get there. The plan is your route.To clarify the relationships between audiences, messages, channels, activities, and materials: Going through the communications planning process will help you identify who you need to reach, tell them what you want them to know, and how you will reach them. You will find that each of your audiences has unique characteristics, needs, and motivations. Through planning, you will discover the most effective ways to communicate with them.To identify and implement a variety of communications activities: There are many different ways to spread your message. This will help you to settle on which activities you will engage in so that you aren’t continuously pulled in different directions.To clarify staff members’, stakeholders’ and others’ roles in the process: People need to know what they will be contributing to the organization and what they are responsible for. A plan will help manage people and their responsibilities.To develop creativity and camaraderie among your team: Involving many people in the planning process will bring in different perspectives and diversity of thought. Bring in staff, stakeholders, constituents, interns, and junior staff members.To help your staff members and stakeholders get on the “same page.”: A well-articulated plan will help people get on the same page and articulate a consistent message.To include stakeholder input in the communications process: These people are important to your organization, and this will show them how much you do value their input.To ensure that you’re reaching out to your stakeholders and constituencies effectively: This is an extension of the previous point: when you go through the process and identify strategies to reach stakeholders from the start, you will communicate with them more effectively. This will also create a scenario in which they’re willing to give you honest feedback so that you can adjust your strategy accordingly.To allow everyone on your team to have a stake in your success: Getting involved in the process and integrating participants’ opinions brings a sense of ownership.To gauge your plan’s success and areas in need of strengthening: Organizations will often do a mid-course review to determine strengths, weaknesses, and obstacles and then create and implement new approaches. You can develop a unique, tailored evaluation strategy that will gather the information you need to improve your plan.Source:www.wkkf.orglast_img read more

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first_imgPlan the promotion. Quick: Think of a synonym for promotion! Did you say “advertising”? *buzzer* Sorry, you only get partial credit. The complete answer we’re looking for is channels. Promotion refers to the various aspects of marketing communication. By going through this “Ps” exercise with your marketing strategy, you’ve got the product and how much it costs determined; this third step covers how you’re going to spread your message about them. Are you going to talk about your “products” online? Via direct mail? With a black-tie gala? Through paid advertising?We’ll sneak in a bonus “P” to this category: packaging. The success of your promotion and outreach around your products relies heavily on the way you frame the information. What’s the messaging? To what audience values are you appealing? What’s your communications strategy? (Hint #2: “Facebook” is not a strategy. If anything, it’s a “place” and we’re not there yet. Hold your marketing-resource horses!) Set the price. When translating for-profit-speak to nonprofit lingo, we might associate price with “amount of donation.” However, donation amounts are not the whole story. Price comes down to the sacrifice your supporter is making in order to support you-whether it’s with her time, money, etc. When you think of your marketing “calls-to-action,” the action is the price. Nail that down and you can speak more clearly and openly with your audiences. And, when considering what you’re “charging,” make sure you know the value you’re providing in return. What are the benefits for them? What’s the reward? Pinpoint your product. In the work we do we’re not selling cars or cola, but that doesn’t mean we lack a product. In fact, we have two products.The first is what your nonprofit is actually delivering: school lunches for underprivileged children, showcases of local artists’ work, bed nets for people to prevent malaria,  etc. We often confuse our mission for our product: Saving the Earth versus recycling bins for every household. The trick is to make your product into something tangible. It’s taking a concept and a dream, and translating that into a tangible, visualize-in-my-head-able thing or service.The second-and oftentimes more elusive-is the value or service you’re providing to the donor/volunteer/advocate. Yes, you’re providing an avenue for him/her to help someone/something else. But think beyond that: What feelings or benefits are you providing for the donor him/herself? Here are a few examples of things you’re providing with your benefit-exchange: happiness, convenience, power, safety and so on. Take some time to brainstorm what your organization is offering behind door number 1 and door number 2. (Hint: “Stopping malaria” is not a valid response for either type of product. Providing a bed net and the proud feeling I get for potentially saving a child’s life are the right one-two punch.) Any traditional marketing 101 course will tell you about the “Four Ps” of marketing: price, product, placement and promotion. The Ps provide a framework for professional MBA-types to gain their footing and strategize their outreach initiatives to reach their audiences and ultimately sell a product or service.Meanwhile, we as nonprofit, mission-oriented types often find ourselves looking at the ever-important nonprofit “P” (passion) and losing sight of the rest of potentially powerful Ps and how they affect our “customers”-our supporters and potential supporters.How can nonprofits apply the traditional marketing mix and achieve great results? What’s the difference in approach? Here are four bite-sized marketing tips you can take with you back to your next planning meeting: Pick the right place. “Place” is another two-in-one situation. When choosing your outreach tactics, you’re reaching out to audiences in two places or ways: 1) where they are physically (ex: in their email, on Facebook, at a convenience store), and 2) where they are mentally (ex: their state of mind). To be at the right place at the right time, make access easy: meet people where they are physically and appeal to what’s top-of-mind for them right now. One example of easy access is to accept donations on your website and have a donate button that’s simply to find at a glance. That potential donor is on your website and thinking about your organization, your product and the price you’ve set to get involved; make sure you’re in that place along with her.last_img read more

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