Aspinall Foundation launches first prepaid card to donate to charity

first_img  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 March 2008 | News The Aspinall Foundation has launched what it says is “the first prepaid card programme in the UK to reward cardholder loyalty by delivering additional income to a charity”.Launched in partnership with MasterCard and prepaid card provider M-Cube, the Aspinall Foundation Maestro® prepaid card will enable both supporters of the charity and visitors to the Aspinall Foundation’s parks in Kent to support it through the donation of an amount equivalent to 50% of profits generated every time they use the card. Fifty per cent of profits generated by the initial purchase of the card will also be donated.Like other Maestro cards it can be used at more than 6.7 million outlets throughout the UK and Europe.The programme aims to generate £500,000 in additional income per year for the charity.Cardholders will qualify for additional card benefits including:• 10 per cent off all souvenirs, food and drink purchased at the Aspinall Foundation’s parks• free entry to a monthly prize draw offering the opportunity to win a VIP private tour of the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park• other offers and savings with retail partners including SeaFrance, Spicers Hampers, Superbreak and Holiday Extras.Commenting on the launch, John Kerr, Finance Director at M-Cube, said: “This card is not just another piece of plastic. It offers genuine additional benefits including discounts and reward opportunities which will cement the bonds between cardholders and the Aspinall Foundation.”The Aspinall Foundation card costs £9.99 and is available from the Aspinall Foundation’s two wildlife parks at Howletts and Port Lympne, Kent and AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Aspinall Foundation launches first prepaid card to donate to charity 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. Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropylast_img read more

Hospitality Degree

first_imgThe Board of Regents has approved the University of Georgia to offer a new degree program that will fuel the workforce of the state’s growing hospitality industry. The new major in hospitality and food industry management will prepare students for jobs in the hospitality and food industry across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in Georgia and beyond.“Georgia’s hospitality and tourism industry has been strong for many years, and it’s continuing to grow,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “In fact, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statistics indicate that hospitality is a $60 billion industry that already supports more than 450,000 total jobs in Georgia,” Pardue said.  Of that number, close to 15,000 are hospitality management positions that require a four-year degree, with 370 job openings every year, according to the Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Outlooks.  “Universities are currently graduating only 120 students with those qualifications each year statewide,” Pardue said. “Our college is in the perfect position to provide a unique degree that connects food and agriculture to hospitality in a market brimming with opportunity.” “To take advantage of the top jobs in the hospitality sector, students will need a tailored degree in the field,” said Octavio Ramirez, department head for CAES Agricultural and Applied Economics, where the new major will be housed.  Graduates of this program will be prepared for myriad job opportunities including hotel, lodging, restaurant and event management, agritourism and other related fields.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers students the unique opportunity to understand the foundational elements of the food and hospitality industry. Students will gain a well-rounded education in hospitality economics and business, finance, management, and marketing, coupled with experiential learning opportunities to produce career-ready, industry-desired graduates.Students can also choose from a wide array of classroom and internship options, including food production and supply chain, entomology, food science and food safety, food product development and turfgrass management to make them stronger candidates for hiring and more effective contributors to the workforce. An on-campus partnership with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel offers students access to extensive, fully equipped facilities that are engaged in the hotel, restaurant, beverage, and conference service businesses. These facilities are a teaching and experiential learning laboratory for students. The added food industry management component of this new major would open employment opportunities for graduates in other venues such as supermarkets and other food suppliers and retailers.In addition, students can benefit from food safety training needed for the hospitality industry. The UGA Center for Food Safety is one of the leading food safety research centers in the nation, and the Center’s faculty are known around the world as leaders in innovation development in the field. In addition to on-campus experiences, students can take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities the college offers, including viticulture and enology in the Mediterranean region, food security issues service-learning in Scotland, and a coffee program in Costa Rica. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program is being developed for an anticipated spring 2019 launch for freshmen and fall 2019 launch for transfer students.“We are excited about this new opportunity for UGA students and look forward to building new partnerships across the hospitality and food management industry,” Pardue said.For more information about the new major, visit read more