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Give or take? Teachers and pupils put to the test

first_img Tagged with: Awards Giving/Philanthropy Volunteering Howard Lake | 22 May 2003 | News  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The month-long “Are you a giver or a taker?” campaign will be promoted to pupils with viral e-mails produced by Revolver Design Ltd. These will be sent directly to 40,000 11-16 year olds across the UK and promoted across a variety of on- and offline youth Web sites, magazines and postcards. The teachers’ viral is being promoted via the education press and direct mailings.The winners will be announced during the first ever G-Week (23-27 June in England and Wales and 16-20 June in N.Ireland and Scotland). This is a national week-long celebration of young people’s fundraising, volunteering and campaigning activities, when hundreds of schools will reflect on the value and impact of their charity-related work and/or participate in charitable activities. Give or take? Teachers and pupils put to the testcenter_img 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. What would you do with £500 if you were given it for free? Keep it or donate it? Giving Nation is launching a viral e-mail campaign to help find out.Giving Nation will be giving away £500 to two lucky winners, one 11-16 year old and one teacher, to spend during G-Week, 23-27th June. They will then get to spend the cash as the majority of voters in their category voted.Any visitors to www.g-nation.co.uk can play the game for fun but only secondary school teachers and 11-16 year olds are eligible to enter and win. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Renting, the New American Dream

first_imgBy Tom PurcellGet this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn’t bode well for America.According to a report by the Urban Institute, American homeownership rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and will continue to decline.Homeownership, which peaked in 2006 at 67.3 percent, now sits at 63.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. It’s been dropping ever since the financial collapse of 2008.Between 2010 and 2030, the Urban Institute estimates, 22 million new households will form. The majority of them, 59 percent, will be renters, while just 41 percent will be homeowners.Which means more households will vote for Democrats over Republicans.According to a University of Virginia Center for Politics study, you see, “homeowners are much more likely to vote for Republicans than renters (34 to 18 percent), while renters are more likely to vote for Democrats than homeowners (44 to 35 percent).”That’s because the responsibility of homeownership — the continuous hassles, expenses and taxes — brings out the conservative in even the most diehard liberal.Boy, did I learn that lesson the hard way.I had my first taste of ownership 17 years ago after buying a fixer-upper that made Herman Munster’s place look like the Trump Palace. The house nearly killed me.When I tore off a rickety porch enclosure, I was stung multiple times by angry hornets.It took me weeks to catch the mice in my attic, which woke me every morning at 3 a.m. as they scratched the ceiling, building their nests.I nearly died the day ground bees attacked me. I poured a big cup of gasoline down their hole and nearly burned my house down when, after lighting it, flames shot out, 20 feet high.I haven’t mentioned the snake incident, the electrical problem (I had to rewire most of the house) or how, every time it drizzles, the water in my basement makes Niagara Falls look like a lap pool.Nor have I mentioned the battle with the septic tank, or the moron who dug it up and broke the lid — causing me to hand-dig a couple of tons of earth surrounding it while straddling the stinky thing for three days.These are just some of the many miseries common to homeowners — miseries renters don’t know the first thing about. Add to these the constant trips to the hardware store to fix the things that break, as well as the taxes and other expenses that make homeownership a costly pain, and the typical homeowner will vote for more conservative principles.Homeowners are more likely to vote for people who won’t raise our already costly utilities and property taxes. We’ll vote for the candidate whose policies will lower, rather than increase, the cost of building materials.We want the person who will put an end to federally mandated low-flow toilets and washers and dishwashers — toilets, washers and dishwashers that don’t flush or clean very well.My vote is for the politician who initiates pro-growth policies that will get homeownership back up to 2006 levels.As homeownership increases, America will become much grumpier, thus much more likely to vote Republican.We’ll demand simpler and lower taxes and other commonsense reforms. The economy will boom. Our property values will soar.Then we can sell our homes at great profit, become renters and vote for Democrats — and finally start to enjoy life for once while we mooch off the people dumb enough to still own homes.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more