FARM-Africa Chief Executive wins Charity Principal of 2003

first_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 Researching massive growth in giving.  36 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis FARM-Africa Chief Executive wins Charity Principal of 2003 Tagged with: Awards Management Recruitment / people Dr Christie Peacock, Chief Executive of NGO FARM-Africa was awarded Charity Principal of the Year at the 2003 UK Charity Awards held in London last night.Dr Peacock ” described as ‘an inspiring leader of people who makes decisions thoroughly and communicates well to her staff in the UK and throughout Africa’ ” became Chief Executive in 1999 when the charity was on the verge of closure. Over the last four years, she has turned FARM-Africa around, increasing both its reserves and annual turnover, and enabling it to set up new programmes such as the recent development into new country Uganda with the Uganda Dairy Goat Project. “I am delighted and honoured to have received this award, not only for FARM-Africa but in reflection of the dedication of the FARM-Africa staff in Africa and the UK, who work together in support of Africa’s small scale farmers,” she said. Advertisementcenter_img Commended for demonstrating “consistently strong leadership of the organisation, addressing all areas of being a true charity principal” by the UK Charity Awards Judges, Dr. Peacock was particularly appraised for her “deep personal involvement and commitment at all levels of the group’s work” for her constant dedication to developing innovative ways of helping Africa become self-sufficient. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 September 2003 | Newslast_img read more

Companies that charged Vermonters’ phone bills settle with AG for $250,000

first_imgThree out-of-state companies that charged local consumers and businesses on their telephone bills for services that many of the affected Vermonters claim they did not agree to buy have entered into settlements with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. The companies are Durham Technology, LLC, d/b/a MyiProducts IMail, of Indianapolis, Indiana; More Local Reach, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida; and YPD Corporation of Smyrna, Georgia. Together, the three firms billed over $220,000, all of which must be refunded.Between 2005 and 2010, MyiProducts charged over 1,300 Vermonters more than $78,000 for a voicemail service. Between 2007 and 2010, More Local Reach and YPD, respectively, charged 214 and 201 Vermont businesses more than $58,000 and $84,000 for services related to online business directories. All of the charges appeared on local telephone bills and were facilitated by a middleman (called an ‘aggregator’), Enhanced Services Billing, Inc (’ESBI’), of San Antonio, Texas.In all three cases, the charging company failed to comply fully with a Vermont law requiring that notice be mailed to consumers and businesses before charges appear on their local telephone bills. The reason for the notice is that most people do not realize that they can be billed through their local phone company for something unrelated to their phone service. In addition, More Local Reach used what the Attorney General’s Office considered to be a deceptive telemarketing script, which stated that the purpose of the call was not to sell a service (which it was), but to update the prospective customer’s online listing.In their settlements, MyiProducts, More Local Reach and YPD have all agreed to abide strictly by the requirements of Vermont law, to provide full refunds to all of the Vermont customers, and to pay $10,000 each to the State of Vermont.Attorney General William H. Sorrell noted that the settlements are the first in what he expects will be a series of enforcement actions designed to combat ‘cramming,’ or the placing of unauthorized or inadequately-noticed charges on consumer and business telephone bills. ‘Few people anticipate being charged for non-telephone services on their local telephone bills,’ said Sorrell. ‘We will not tolerate companies that take advantage of that,’ he added. Source: Attorney General, March 14, 2011last_img read more