Mis-Match? The Incredible Expanding Challenge Gift – Non Profit News

In early October, Donald Trump’s fundraising campaign promised supporters their gifts would be matched at a rate of 825 percent. Articles and newswires quickly followed, debunking the claim, with some casting doubt on the larger practice of matching gifts. The subhead to Mother Jones’ post read: “Most offers of matching campaign donations aren’t real, but this one really seems like it isn’t.”

Lavish matching gift promises are not a partisan ploy. In a recent Facebook post, a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidates offered a 500-percent match. And a recent study by researchers at Princeton University reported that 13,000 of the 100,000 political fundraising emails analyzed from this election cycle contained some claim of a donation match.

But popularity does not translate to efficacy—and nonprofit fundraisers considering similarly extravagant invitations should reassess:

  • Donors view these matching gift claims as deceptive. And in political fundraising, they often are. Political and philanthropic fundraising adhere to different rules. In political fundraising, there are limits to the amount an individual can give—making the concept of a single matching donor difficult to verify at best, and obviously insincere at worst. Misleading matching appeals have consequences. They diminish donors’ trust in an organization, and mar perceptions of the tactic at large.
  • In the realm of philanthropic giving, behavioral economists have illustrated through field studies that larger match ratios (e.g., a 3:1 match) do not generate superior results to smaller match ratios (e.g., a 1:1 match).

Matching and Challenge Gifts Done Right

In a matching gift, the donor agrees to give a set amount for each gift given by others—perhaps dollar for dollar—up to a predetermined limit. This can be a good tactic to recruit new donors or upgrade current ones, especially if the match qualifies for donor recognition levels. And the organization is guaranteed to receive at least a portion of the matching gift, even if they don’t hit the full target. But the credibility of matching gifts is undermined when there is a strong suspicion that the donor will make the entire gift regardless of the success of the match.

A challenge gift is a lump sum, to be given when the fundraising campaign hits a pre-established target. This can be appealing to large-dollar donors who want to be sure that their extraordinary gift doesn’t dissuade others from donating. For example, when a group of local citizens wanted to create a new children’s museum in Northwest Arkansas, a large family foundation agreed to give half of the projected $20 million cost, but only when the organizers had raised the first $10 million. As a result, the organization engaged a broad group of supporters who have continued their support as members and donors. But there’s greater risk; had they failed to reach the target within the specified time period, they may have gotten nothing from the challenge grant donor.

Matching and challenge gifts have the potential to create a mutual relationship between large and small donors, helping to restore some of the imbalance that has

Apple Music TV launches MTV-style to challenge YouTube

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Apple launches Music TV in an effort to challenge YouTube

Apple has launched Apple Music TV – a 24-hour, MTV-style live stream of popular music videos featuring exclusive music premieres, live concerts, chart countdowns and guests.

Apple Music TV is free, although currently you’ll need to be a US resident to enjoy it – Apple has yet to confirm if Apple Music TV will launch outside of the States. The service can be accessed here: Apple Music TV. You’ll also spot it in the “Browse” tabs in the Apple Music and Apple TV apps.

The shiny new service launched earlier today (Monday 19th October) with a countdown of the top 100 all-time most-streamed songs in the US on Apple Music. 

Fan of The Boss? Variety reports that Apple Music TV will celebrate the upcoming release of Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You album with an “all day Bruce takeover” this Thursday. It’ll comprise Springsteen’s most popular videos, an exclusive interview conducted by Apple Music host Zane Lowe, plus a “special live fan event.”

Apple Music TV will devote Fridays to new music, too. For example, this Friday viewers will be treated to the premiere two exclusive videos at 12pm ET (9am PT): Joji’s 777 and Saint Jhn’s Gorgeous.  

Earlier this year Apple rebranded its 2015-launched Beats radio station as Apple Music in a direct challenge to Spotify. Now, it looks like Apple wants a platform to compete with the likes of YouTube and Facebook, which earlier this year unleashed thousands of music videos.

If all of this sounds familiar, that might be because MTV pioneered the concept of a 24-hour music video TV channel back in the ’80s. It boasted over 90 million viewers in its hey-dey but its output is now almost exclusively devoted to reality TV shows.


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UConn to play in Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge, part of Mohegan Sun ‘Bubbleville’ that will host basketball events at start of NCAA season

The Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge that the UConn women will participate in at the end of November is officially on and will be part of “Bubbleville,” a bubble-like environment at Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun that will host multiple basketball events to kick off the college basketball season.

All four of the schools originally slated to play — UConn, Mississippi State, Quinnipiac and Maine — were able to keep the tournament on their schedules, with the Huskies set to play Quinnipiac first on Nov. 28 before facing the winner of Mississippi-Maine the following day. Game times, television details and ticket information — suggesting some fans will be allowed in the arena — have yet to be announced.

The bubble-esque set-up, which the Courant had been previously reported as in-the-works, was officially announced Friday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Legends Classic, which will host the UConn men, Vanderbilt, Southern California and BYU at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 2 and 3, will also be part of “Bubbleville,” which will operate from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4.

The Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group, third-party tournament organizers, have been working with Mohegan Sun officials for months to create a controlled environment where teams can kick off non-conference play while “adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements,” Friday’s announcement said.

“The Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge has been held at Mohegan Sun Arena for many years in front of the tremendous UConn fanbase. While COVID-19 has forced us to reassess many events and safety protocols, we are proud to still be hosting these four outstanding teams in a world-class venue,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “We thank Mohegan Sun for their partnership and their diligence to produce this tournament in a bubble-like atmosphere.”

Friday’s announcement featured relatively scant details. But Dave Martinelli, chief marketing officer at Mohegan Sun, previously told the Courant that organizers could stage four courts (aside from Mohegan Sun Arena itself) in the site’s Expo Center. Each team could also have a hotel floor to itself, early plans detailed, and would be able to travel from hotel rooms to meeting spaces to courts without entering public spaces.

The UConn women have yet to release an official schedule, though Geno Auriemma has told media that non-conference matchups with Tennessee, Baylor and South Carolina are still on.

Alexa Philippou can be reached at aphilippou@courant.com


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Mansi Joshi tests positive for Covid-19, to miss Women’s T20 Challenge

Mansi Joshi, the 27-year-old India women pacer, has tested positive for Covid-19 and hasn’t travelled to Mumbai, where all the Indian players taking part in the Women’s T20 Challenge congregated on October 13.

Though there hasn’t been an official statement to the effect yet, it is understood that Joshi has been replaced in the Velocity squad, to be led by Mithali Raj, by uncapped 26-year-old pacer Meghna Singh.

The tournament will take place in the UAE during the playoffs’ phase of the ongoing IPL, and the Indian players will complete a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai before flying out to the UAE. Just like the eight IPL franchises, the women’s contingent will undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine at the team hotel, during which tests will be carried out on days one, three and five. Each of the three sides will take part in at least four training sessions before the start of the tournament on November 4. The final, to be played between the top two teams after a round-robin stage, will be on November 9.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Joshi, who has turned out for India in 11 ODIs and eight T20Is since her international debut in 2016, is in quarantine in Dehradun in northern India, where she tested positive on October 10.

Updated squads

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Jemimah Rodrigues (vice-capt), Chamari Atapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka, Muskan Malik

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (capt), Deepti Sharma (vice-capt), Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D. Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simaran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Natthakan Chantham, Deandra Dottin, Kashvee Gautam

Velocity: Mithali Raj (capt), Veda Krishnamurthy (vice-capt), Shafali Verma, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam, M Anagha, Meghna Singh

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Giving: Matching gift challenge raises money for Girl Scout STEM van | Local News

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Girls Scouts will work on STEM activities in this new mobile unit that hits the road Dec. 1.

Girl Scouts of the Virginia Skyline Council is taking STEM on the road with its new Mobile STEM Center.

The Girl Scouts are equipping a $27,718 van for the council’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project.

It is the result of a matching gift challenge in which three anonymous donors, all members of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation, offered matching gifts in the amount of $10,000 to help Girl Scouts close the gap on the Mobile STEM Center project.

Under the project, a $10 donation matched by the donors was worth $20, and a $20 donation was worth $40.

The mobile unit is scheduled to hit the road Dec. 1.

Nationwide, Girl Scouts of the USA has pledged to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025. The Skyline Council serves 5,300 girls.

In November 2019, the Roanoke Women’s Foundation awarded the local council a $30,000 grant to launch the Mobile STEM Center, a van outfitted with equipment such as robotics kits, Chromebooks, WiFi and microscopes.

The project’s total budget is $75,000. In addition to the grant funds, individual donors have contributed another $15,000 to the project.

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