Howard Lake | 21 May 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Technology 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Social Ecology was one of the few companies serving non-profits founded before the Dot Com boom and it survived the ensuing crash. Founder Michael Gilbert had a passionate vision of accountability to the sector: as such, he claims that it was the only company whose shareholders included many non-profit organizations.“It’s a sad but familiar story,” said Gilbert. “We were unable to finance the growth we experienced in the last two years. I’m just glad there are some good providers still out there.”Social Ecology successfully went head to head with competitors that had ten times its marketing capital. At the same time, it pushed the field forward with features that have yet to be emulated by others and was often described as the company most committed to interoperability and, as Gilbert would say, “playing well with others.”UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake said: “The withdrawal of Social Ecology as an ASP is indeed very sad. The company stood out from its larger competitors because it combined an awareness of the potential of Internet technology for non-profits with an practical and genuine understanding of the needs of the non-profit sector.” He added: “It put its money where its mouth was by giving shares to non-profits, and Michael Gilbert should be congratulated for all he achieved with Social Ecology.” Social Ecology, the pioneering American application service provider (ASP) set up four years ago by non-profit technology expert Michael Gilbert, will stop providing its technology services this Summer.Social Ecology offered a range of valuable technology tools for non-profits, all of them delivered via the Web as ASPs. DonorLink, CMS and InWeb were all designed exclusively for non-profits.DonorLink is a relationship management tool, that enabled many non-profits to send their first e-mail newsletters, personalised e-mail correspondence, and to run surveys. CMS is a content management system that could be integrated easily with DonorLink. InWeb is an Intranet-style knowledge management system offering access controls, cataloging, notification, news, and peer-to-peer communication between organisations. Advertisement 31 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Social Ecology to close as ASP to non-profits
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A change of such a technical matter would help to avoid cross-financing between generations, those in favour of the change argue.The PK SBB is now continuing the debate on lowering the discount rate for active members to 2.5%.An additional measure might be to introduce so-called generation tables, which would pool the longevity risk for age-specific cohorts rather than sharing it across the fund’s entire membership according to year of birth.“We expect those two measures to be introduced and a decision to be made by the end of the year,” Hübscher pointed out.He also noted that “the introduction of three measures” would have been too much in a one-off move, hence the decision to postpone the introduction of the flexible pension model.A local transport union welcomed the decision, releasing a statement titled “The wobbly pension is off the table”. It viewed the end of the plan as a victory for its negotiations with SBB as it had argued that flexible pensions would “shift all the risk towards scheme members”.However, supporters of the measure note it would return some fairness between generations into a system where pensions cannot be cut while active members have to bear the burden of recoveries.However, other pension funds are also sceptical when it comes to flexible pensions.Francoise Bruderer, managing director of the CHF15bn PK Post, warned the introduction of flexible pensions was “misleading” at the current pension payout level.She explained people will always expect the higher payout if you tell them their pension is going to be between 90 and 100.“It is much more honest to communicate directly that the conversion rate has to be cut because of the demographic development and the uncertain situation on the financial market,” she pointed out.Bruderer added this was the “difficult, but right way”. The CHF15.6bn (€12.7bn) pension scheme of the Swiss federal railway has decided against introducing a variable pension payout model.The pension fund was one of very few in Switzerland contemplating the controversial move towards a fixed basic pension, with bonuses to be paid out in times with good returns.Markus Hübscher, managing director at the Pensionskasse SBB (PK SBB), confirmed to IPE that “for the moment” the pension fund will not be introducing flexible pensions.He added the “main reason” for the decision was that the pension fund wanted to wait for the outcome of the political debate around the new reform package ’Altersvorsorge 2020’ which, among other matters, includes proposals to lower the legal minimum conversion rate.
Greensburg, In. — As part of the 2018 Greensburg street overlay program these street closures will take place between Wednesday, October 3 and Friday, October 12:West Washington Street from Ireland Street to West StreetKathy’s Way from N. Michigan Avenue to Neil Solgere WayWilder Street from Main Street to S. Michigan AvenueMacy Lane from E Greenview Drive to Freeland RoadThe following street closure will take place beginning Monday, October 8th and last through Friday, October 12th:Davidson Street from Main Street to Central Avenue