Combating drug trafficking

first_imgThe authorities in Guyana are facing some real challenges in relation to tackling the issue of drug trafficking and the related problems that come with such activity. While there have been some successes at preventing traffickers from being successful in carrying out these illegal acts, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to put a real dent on drug trafficking.In some cases, persons carrying illegal drugs slip through our ports here undetected. It is only when they arrive at their destination that they are discovered with the illegal drugs. The same goes for cargo containers, boxes, parcels and so on; in quite a few cases, they pass through the relevant security systems here undetected, due to what some perceive to be collusion of a numbers of officers from the relevant agencies involved.International and regional institutions have, for quite some time now, been trying to come up with a strategy that would seek to reverse this growing threat, but traffickers are becoming smarter and are using other methods to “beat the system,” thereby creating more difficulties for law enforcement agencies.Counter-drug efforts have pushed traffickers to use new routes through the Caribbean as they seek to ship illegal drugs from South America into the United States, Europe and other destinations. They are also using containers with the aim of concealing the illegal items. It is no secret that, in the past, large amounts of drugs have transited in and out of Guyana on cargo and other ships. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities, and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, “go-fast” boats, or various postal methods.The Caribbean is the midway point between illicit drug producers in the South and consumers in the North. Despite the interception of cocaine and other illegal items by local law enforcement officials, the United States and other international agencies believe that large volumes still pass through Guyana’s borders undetected.A key report on the global fight against drug trafficking and money laundering, which was released by the United States Department of State last year, had noted that Guyana has a long road ahead in combating the drug scourge. The report, titled “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” had said that Guyana is a transit country for cocaine destined for the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa.Cocaine originating in Colombia is smuggled to Venezuela, and onward to Guyana by sea or air. The report had said that smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname.Traffickers are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders, and weak security sector capacity.On the positive side, a few years ago, with US funding through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Container Control Programme (CCP) established “a multi-agency CCP Port Control Unit at the John Fernandes Wharf. The aim of setting up the unit was to strengthen the country’s capacity to assist in combating the threats posed by drug and gun traffickers using shipping containers to ply their trade.This was an excellent initiative which has seen some successes so far in preventing illegal items from passing through our borders.Also, Guyana has enacted crucial legislation that could enable a more-effective response to the threat of drug trafficking. For example, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act of 2009, Interception of Communications Act of 2008, Criminal Law Procedure Act (revised in 1998), and Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act of 1988 were designed to enhance the investigative capabilities of law enforcement authorities and prosecutors in obtaining convictions of drug traffickers.Certainly, drug trafficking and related criminal activities represent one of the most potent threats to democracy and stability in Guyana and the region. It undermines the rule of law and democratic governance, hence strenuous efforts must be made by all stakeholders involved to win the battle against traffickers. It should be noted, too, that drug trafficking is not only associated with violence and organized crime, evidence shows that it is linked to terrorist activities, and it is also connected to money laundering, arms and human trafficking, and corruption.last_img read more

Beimel arbitration hearing with Dodgers scheduled for Feb. 9

first_img“That (hearing) is certainly what I am preparing for,” said Joe Sroba, Beimel’s agent, who is based in Richmond, Va. “No settlement is imminent.” In a hearing, a panel of three arbitrators would choose one of the above figures, with no latitude to choose a compromise figure. Beimel, 29, was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 1 and proceeded to have the best season of his career. Pitching primarily as a situational left-hander, he posted a 2.96 ERA in 62 appearances. But he was unavailable for the playo ffs after cutting his hand on a glass in a Manhattan bar in the wee hours of Oct. 2 — barely 36 hours before the start of what became a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets. The arbitration hearing for Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Phoenix, leaving team officials nine days to negotiate an agreement to avoid what would be the club’s first such hearing in three years. Beimel, who made $425,000 last season, is seeking $1.25 million for 2007. The Dodgers filed at $912,500, leaving a gap of $337,500. Talks aimed at reducing that gap appear to have reached an impasse. Since then, Beimel has personally apologized to teammates and publicly expressed remorse over that incident, and all appears to have been forgiven. But if he takes the club to a hearing, Dodgers officials can use the matter in making th eir case against him. “How they choose to use that is up to them,” Sroba said. “We will certainly be responsive to it. It isn’t a positive thing for us, but it was an unfortunate accident.” The Dodgers last went to arbitration with Eric Gagne, who was coming off his Cy Young season of 2003. The club won that case, leaving Gagne with a $5 million salary for 2004 instead of the $8 million he was seeking.last_img read more

Trump says White House to fight House subpoenas

first_img(AP) President Donald Trump says his White House will be “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by House Democrats in their investigations into his administration.Trump is criticizing those investigations and telling reporters at the White House that he “thought after two years we’d be finished with it.”Democrats have stepped up their inquiries in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.Trump says “it’s enough” and that “we’re fighting all the subpoenas.”One congressional subpoena the administration is expected to challenge has gone out to Don McGahn, former White House counsel who cooperated with Mueller.And the White House is pushing back on other fronts, including House Democratic efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns and his business’ financial records.last_img read more

Unleash the Power: Knights Landing Developer Platforms are here!

first_imgDeveloper Edition of Intel Xeon Phi Processor: 16GB MCDRAM, 6 Channels of DDR4, AVX 512 Developer Edition of Intel Xeon Phi Processor: 16GB MCDRAM, 6 Channels of DDR4, AVX 512MEMORY: 6x DIMM slotsEXPANSION: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (unavailable with KNL-F), 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 (in a x8 mechanical slot)LAN: 2x Intel i350 Gigabit EthernetSTORAGE: 8x SATA ports, 2x SATADOM supportPOWER SUPPLY: 1x 750W 80 Plus GoldCentOS 7.2Intel Parallel Studio XE Professional Edition Named User 1-year license Pedestal PlatformRack Platform STORAGE: 12x 3.5″ Hot-Swap Drives LAN: 2x Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet / Node 2U 4x Hot-Swap Nodes Developers –  your HPC Ninja Platform is here! HPC developers  worldwide have begun to participate in the Developer Access Program (DAP) – a  bootstrap effort for early access to code development and optimization on the  next generation Intel Xeon Phi processor. A key part of the program is the  Ninja Developer Platform.Several  supercomputing-class systems are currently powered by the Intel Xeon Phi processor  (code name Knights Landing (KNL))—a powerful many core, highly parallel  processor. KNL delivers  massive thread parallelism, data parallelism, and memory bandwidth with  improved single-thread performance and Intel Xeon processor  binary-compatibility in a standard CPU form factor.In anticipation of KNL’s general availability,  we, along with our partners, are bringing to market a developer access program,  which provides an ideal, platform for code developers. Colfax, a valued Intel  partner, is handling the program, which is already underway.The Ninja Platform Think of the  Ninja Developer Platform as a stand-alone box that has a single bootable next-generation  Intel Xeon Phi processor. Developers can start kicking the tires and getting a  feel for the processor’s capabilities. They can begin developing the highly  parallel codes needed to optimize existing and new applications.As part of  Intel’s Developer Access Program, the Ninja platform has everything you need in  the way of hardware, software, tools, education and support.  It comes fully configured with memory, local  storage, CentOS 7.2 and also includes a one-year license for Intel Parallel  Studio XE tools and libraries.  You can  get to work immediately whether you’re a developer experienced with previous  generations of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors or if you are new to the Intel Xeon  Phi processor family.Colfax has  pulled out all the stops in designing the education and support resources  including white papers, webinars, and how-to and optimization guides. Currently  underway are a series of KNL webinars and hands-on workshops – see details at http://dap.xeonphi.com/#trg Here is a  quick look at the two platform options that are being offered by the Developer Access  Program – both are customizable to meet your application needs. Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition Named User 1-year license POWER SUPPLY: 2x 2130W Common Redundant 80 Plus Platinum EXPANSION: Riser 1: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, Riser 2: 1x PCIe Gen3 x 20 (x16 or x4) / Node CentOS 7.2 MEMORY: 6x DIMM slots / Node Given the richness of the technology and the  tools being offered along with the training and support resources, developers should  find the process of transitioning to the latest Intel Xeon Phi processor  greatly accelerated.The Ninja Development Platform is particularly  well suited to meet the needs of code developers in such disciplines as  academia, engineering, physics, big data analytics, modeling and simulation,  visualization and a wide variety of scientific applications.The platform  will cost ~$5,000 USD for the single node pedestal server with additional costs  for customization.  On the horizon is our  effort to take this program global with Colfax and partners. Stay tuned for  details in my next blog.You can pre-order  the Ninja Developer Platform now at http://www.xeonphideveloper.com.last_img read more

Sometimes more is more. Extending Linux Server Memory with Intel® Optane™ Technology

first_imgSometimes more is more. Why make tradeoffs when we don’t have to? For candy lovers, the classic example is a peanut butter cup. Why choose between savory peanut butter or sweet chocolate? Have both. Similarly, you can have both a thin and powerful notebook PC. And, for you basketball fans, why choose between ball handling and low post presence? Many players can do both.Same for memory. Why choose between memory size and memory affordability? You might be thinking to yourself “because you have to”. Memory is expensive, and bigger memory is even more expensive. And yes, that has historically been the case. Until now.With the launch of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory combined with the already available Intel® Optane™ DC SSD with Intel® Memory Drive Technology, you have a portfolio that renders the classic memory tradeoff moot. Bigger memory? With Intel Optane persistent memory supporting up to 6TB memory in a 2S configuration, and Intel Optane SSD with Intel Memory Drive Technology in a 2S system up to 24TB, you got it. Affordability? This range of solutions delivers affordability not possible with DRAM. And in classic advertising parlance, “but wait, there’s more”. Persistence? With Intel Optane persistent memory, you got it.So what does all of this mean for the memory footprint on your Linux* server? If you are focused on cost savings, you might build a low latency cache in an in-memory key value data store, such as Redis or Memcached. Historically, these stores lived only in DRAM, but today with innovative software optimizations, these organizations have enabled new configuration options to offload from DRAM.Read on for a quick fly-by and links to learn more on how Intel Optane technology renders your classic memory tradeoffs of size, affordable and persistence – yes, persistence– moot.Extending Memory with Intel® Optane™ DC SSDsToday, you can deploy Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs with Intel® Memory Drive technology to extend your DRAM with a software-defined memory pool on Linux. With this combination, you can add up to 8x your Linux server’s installed DRAM! This configuration performs at around 10 microseconds of latency, which is slower than DRAM but with a much more affordable price tag than the same amount of DRAM.You can also take advantage of memory extension through Memcached Extstore* or with Redis on Flash, both of which allow users to offload cache data onto fast storage. The endurance and latency advantage of Intel® Optane™ SSDs over standard NAND SSDs enables you to write and read from fast storage for years to come, and to meet your responsiveness SLAs to keep end users happy. Whatever leading software solution you choose to leverage, you can save money with less DRAM and achieve denser nodes for edge caching or offloading that expensive SQL environment with just a few server nodes.Extending Memory with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent MemoryToday, you can use Intel Optane DC persistent memory in volatile memory mode. With this choice, you can combine the 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB Intel Optane DC persistent memory DIMMs with system DRAM to enable up to 6TB of system memory. This configuration will enable higher performance as compared to the Intel Optane DC SSD option, but you will need to consider which is right for your needs.If you need latency performance lower than 1 microsecond, Intel Optane DC persistent memory may be the best fit. This solution can be used with Memcached and Redis today, as well as Aerospike, a high-performance database solution, among others.Let me share some recent benchmark numbers on Open Source Redis 4.0* that we ran between DRAM, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X with Intel Memory Drive Technology. This is apples to apples, the same exact test, the same system, the same working set. We simply swapped out the memory subsystems in all three cases. You can see persistent memory getting amazingly close to DRAM (99%). Even our top engineers on the program were impressed. All virtual machines tested stayed under 1 milliseconds for their Application P99 latency. (See Footnote 1 for test and system configuration details.)For more detailed information, see the references below, and talk with your Intel sales representative or preferred technology provider. From today, the choice is yours on whether to keep your less used data in DRAM (and pay more), or whether you want to do it differently!See other ways in which Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs are making an impact in the data center._____________________________________________1Tested on March 12, 2019 – Intel S2600WP with Intel Xeon ™ Gold 6254 (72 hw thread systems), DDR4 2666Mhz, using CentOS 7.6, special 4.18 kernel, Standard Redis 4.0, in non-clustering mode over KVM virtual machines running CentOS 7.0 kernel 3.10. Client system also running Intel Xeon ™ 72 hardware threads over an 80Gbit direct attached network, with memtier benchmark, Redis data size 1024b. All records 1024b, running a standard 90/10 (get / set, or read / write in-memory test). There was no storage used all workload was 100% “in memory” to compare DRAM to Optane Media.Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent MemoryProduct information: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/optane-dc-persistent-memory.htmlAerospike with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory: https://www.aerospike.com/blog/aerospike-4-5-persistent-memory-compression/Try Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory on Google Cloud Platform: https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/partners/available-first-on-google-cloud-intel-optane-dc-persistent-memoryIntel® Optane™ DC SSDExtending Redis onto storage: https://redislabs.com/redis-enterprise/technology/redis-on-flash/ -Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology: http://intel.com/imdtExtending Memcached onto storage with Extstore*: https://memcached.org/blog/nvm-caching/ and https://memcached.org/blog/nvm-multidisk/Try Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs on Packet: https://www.acceleratewithoptane.com/access/Intel Optane DC P4800X Evaluation Guide: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000032738/memory-and-storage/data-center-ssds.htmlIntel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology Setup and Configuration Guide: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/memory-and-storage/intel-mdt-setup-guide.pdf*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.©Intel Corporation. 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Despite NDA majority, BJP bites the dust on NCTC in Rajya Sabha

first_imgWith help from the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and ally Trinamool Congress, the government on Tuesday defeated the opposition backed amendments on the National Counter Terrorism Centre in the Rajya Sabha despite lacking majority in the house.While members of the SP and BSP voted with the government, Trinamool Congress MPs, a party vocal in its opposition to NCTC in its present form, were not present in the house during voting.The amendments were pressed by the opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured members of the upper house in his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the president’s address that efforts would be made to evolve a consensus on the anti-terror hub.Chief ministers would be consulted on NCTC, he reiterated.But soon after the prime minister’s reply, opposition members were on their feet, demanding an assurance that the government would proceed with the NCTC only with the consent of the chief ministers.BJP and Left leaders indicated they may not press their amendments to the president’s speech, on March 12 to joint houses of parliament, if such an assurance came from the prime minister.Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal told the opposition that the prime minister had already said that chief ministers would be consulted and there would be no infringement of the federal structure.With the opposition parties not withdrawing their amendments despite assurances from the government, Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan called for division.The government seemed to pass through some anxious moments before the deputy chairman announced that 82 members had voted in favour of the amendments on the proposed anti-terror hub and 105 against them.Trinamool Congress is a constituent of ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) while SP and BSP support it from outside.After the result was announced, BJP, Left and Biju Janata Dal MPs walked out protesting against the government not giving assurances on their demands concerning the NCTC.Earlier, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley (BJP) sought an assurance from prime minister that the entry of central forces working under NCTC would not happen “without the consent or knowledge of states”.CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the prime minister should promise that the government will proceed with the NCTC only after taking chief ministers on board and “with their agreement”.While the Rajya Sabha Tuesday adopted the motion of thanks to the president’s address, the Lok Sabha had done the same on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

Four Nations hockey: India register thrilling 5-4 win over Belgium

first_imgIndia avenged the Four Nations Invitational tournament’s first leg final loss against Belgium by beating the Olympic silver medallists 5-4 in their second outing of the second leg at the Gallagher Hockey Stadium on Thursday.India had earlier lost 1-2 to Belgium in the final of the first leg but held their nerve till the final hooter to come up with a winner in this high octane match.WATCHRupinder Pal Singh (4′, 42′), Harmanpreet Singh (46′), Lalit Upadhyay (53′) and Dilpreet Singh (59′) scored for India, while John-John Dohmen (17′), Felix Denayer (37′), Alexander Hendrickx (45′) and Tom Boon (56′) scored for Belgium.India’s ploy to play two-touch hockey by rotating the ball swiftly paid off as early as the fourth minute when Vivek Sagar Prasad made a quick penetration from the left flank forcing a Belgian defender to foul which resulted in the first penalty corner (PC) of the match. In-form Rupider improvised on Lalit Upadhyay’s injection to fiercely put the ball into the top net giving India the early 1-0 lead.But the world-class Belgian side came back into the second quarter with potent attack that put pressure on the Indian defence. A top of the circle penetration by John-John Dohmen caught defender Varun Kumar off-guard, as he positioned himself comfortably to take a successful reverse hit levelling the score 1-1.A PC won by Belgium in the 24th minute saw dangerous Tom Boon take the flick but was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh who plunged to his left to snuff it away. With seconds remaining for the second hooter, India won a PC but Rupinder’s flick this time went wide ending the second quarter in a stalemate.advertisementThe third quarter started with Belgium forcing a foul in the Indian circle and win a PC in the 37th minute. With a runner missing on the baseline, as they broke too early before the flick, Belgium tried a variation that worked with Felix nudging the ball into the post to give Belgium a 2-1 lead.Minutes later, a defensive error in their circle saw Belgium give away a PC which was superbly struck by Rupinder fetching India the much-needed 2-2 equaliser in the 42nd minute.Though India were resilient in their defence, an attempt to stop the Belgian forward in the baseline saw India concede a PC with just 43 seconds remaining for the third hooter. Despite the drag flick being effectively saved by Sreejesh, Belgium kept the ball with Dohmen nudging it to Alexander Hendrickx who found the gap only to win Belgium the 3-2 lead.The final quarter started with India earning a PC on the counter attack, and this time though Rupinder’s drag flick was saved by the Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch, the rebound landed with Harmanpreet Singh who made no mistake in whipping it past Vanasch to level the scores 3-3.India were awarded another PC in the following minute but was well-saved. However, the Belgium defence was punished when Vivek Prasad came up with brilliant stick work to dribble past Belgian defenders only to find Lalit unmanned in front of the post. A perfectly timed deflection by Lalit put India in 4-3 lead in the 53rd minute.Under pressure to keep the lead, India fumbled in the circle to concede a PC with less than five minutes for the final hooter and the error was punished by Belgian drag flicker Tom Boon to fetch his team a 4-4 equaliser.With the clock ticking away, both teams hunted for a winner, and despite Belgium holding the ball for most part, could not break the Indian defence.Sreejesh made a brilliant save yet again to contain Cédric Charlier from scoring while seconds later, Indian forward Ramandeep Singh made an ambitious circle entry from the top, turning around to beat Belgian defender, striking the ball towards the post.With Dilpreet Singh lurking around unmanned, it was another perfectly timed deflection by him that registered the win for India.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs Content Marketing

first_imgNonprofit communication is changing-and not just because of social media. Thanks to content marketing, instead of simply keeping donors up to date, nonprofit communicators and fundraisers are directly tying more long-term goals to communication and seeing great results. Here are the three reasons why you don’t want to miss out!1. Content marketing uses the great stuff you already have.Is your nonprofit putting out unique information, like a blog covering community development, data on homelessness, or white papers about animal welfare? Content marketing means using your existing content to attract people (like donors) to your cause. Putting out irresistible content can encourage people to connect with you because they want to know more. But when you’re just keeping them up to date with a newsletter or asking for money with an appeal, you’re not giving them anything, so your message can seem like an interruption.2. Your “partners” will eat it up.With so much emphasis on “finding your target audience,” “identifying your target audience,” and “messaging for your target audience,” it can be hard to rethink who you’re talking to and why. Instead of focusing on your supporters and their demographics as a “target” to be aimed for and an “audience” to broadcast at, think of your supporters as your partners. Although it’s still a good idea to segment the people you’re communicating with, it’s important to think of them as people who are interested in dialogue. By engaging in content marketing and truly informing supporters, you can develop a back-and-forth conversation that encourages regular communication and lays the foundation for a lasting relationship.3. It’s the first step to becoming a favorite cause!The more you participate in continuous dialogue with your supporters, the greater your chance of becoming a favorite cause. If donors put you at the top of their list, you’ll reap huge rewards: more donations over time for bigger amounts and more regularly. And how do you remain a favorite cause? You keep communicating!Okay, so how do you do it?Stay tuned for part two of this article: developing your nonprofit’s unique voice.last_img read more

What to Look for in a Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits

first_imgThe Internet has emerged as a fantastic tool for nonprofit fundraising. There has never been an easier way to contact your supporters, share ideas, and — best of all — get them to promote your cause to their friends. It’s also very easy for donors to give money to your organization with just the click of a mouse button. No driving, searching for checkbooks, or mailing donations. They just have to tap in an amount, hit send, and they are done!The best crowdfunding sites make it easy for you to get your message out and for donors to make their contributions. So what should you look for in choosing a crowdfunding platform?Customizable – You must be able to display your brand and use your logo, colors, images, etc. You also need to be able to tell your story. Nonprofit crowdfunding isn’t going to garner online support if it is just a payment page. Your crowdfunding platform has to allow you to share your mission and engage donors.Simple Technology – There is no reason for you to have to employ an IT staff or programmers just to put up a nonprofit fundraising site. Platforms are available that let you easily copy and paste your text and drag and drop your images to make your page look good.Multiple Fundraising Pages – You want an unlimited project size for your nonprofit crowdfunding. You can link together multiple campaigns to reach a much broader audience, and you also want your crowdfunding platform to allow you to share your stories. It can’t be over-emphasized just how powerful stories are to make people feel connected to you.Built-In Social Media – Those little social media logo buttons are invaluable for getting donors to share your posts with their networks. Be sure they are easy to find and in an accessible part of your page.Security – Any time you are asking for money, you will be asking someone to trust your system with access to their financial information, such as credit card information, and possibly even passwords. Check that the crowdfunding platform you are considering is secure and that the individuals who are running it are experienced and known in the industry.Visual – A picture paints a thousand words, and video raises that exponentially. You want to engage people on an emotional level, and you’ve got to have pictures and video to reach them and to make your site more enticing than any others that are vying for your visitors’ attention.In addition to confirming the above, be sure that any crowdfunding sites you commit to are supported by live, knowledgeable support staff who can help with setup and who will also be available as time goes by and questions arise. Contact us at 1-855-229-1694 with all your questions and to get a demo of our powerful crowdfunding software, GiveCorps.last_img read more

5 Ways to Nurture Your Peer Fundraisers

first_imgYou have a plan for thanking and communicating impact to your donors, and you probably have a special program for training and recognizing your volunteers. But do you have a plan for celebrating peer-to-peer fundraisers who are spreading your message, attracting new donors, and inspiring donations for your cause?Your peer fundraisers are some of your strongest advocates, and continue to be a gateway to the donors you have acquired through their efforts as well as potential donors they may reach in future campaigns. As you think about how to thank and retain your donors of all types, make sure you also have a strategy for nurturing those who are fundraising on your behalf. Here are a few ideas to consider:Send a special thank you. Craft personalized messages for your fundraisers that will show your gratitude and grow the relationship. Since your peer fundraisers are key evangelists, they deserve a little something special—remember the cumulative impact of their efforts. Add them to your call list and treat them as you might treat a high dollar donor. (Need ideas? These examples would work equally well in your peer fundraising follow-up plan.)Report on their impact. Just as you would report impact to an individual donor, regularly keep your peer fundraisers updated on what’s happened as a result of their campaigns. Show them how their efforts have allowed you to do even more and equip them with stories and copy-and-paste social media updates for them to share.Put your fundraisers in the spotlight. Treat your fundraisers like the superstars they are. Celebrating their campaigns and achievements not only gives them a great feeling, but can be a strong piece of social proof that can inspire others to join in and create their own campaign. charity: water does this with their simple blog series called “Campaigns We Love“.Offer something unique. Do you have an exclusive perk you can offer your fundraisers? This could be a hand-written note from one of your beneficiaries, a tour of your office, or even special access to your next event. A small token of appreciation may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a powerful reminder of their involvement.Invite them in. Allow your fundraisers to continue to feel involved and appreciated by regularly asking for their feedback. Get their input on what seems to work to move their networks to act and invite them to share ideas for your next campaign. Set up regular conference calls, surveys, or Google Hangouts to form a unique advisory council. Building a two-way communication stream with these advocates will help you get smarter and gives them a sense of ownership—and pride—for your mission.Ultimately, investing in your fundraisers will help you get the most out of your peer fundraising strategy.last_img read more