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* Foundation Center posted on its website lists of donors, amounts, recipients of contributions to tsunami relief efforts; also posted articles about philanthropic response.

* Allison Fine, former president, Innovation Network, named CEO, E-volve Foundation, provider of seeds grants to online democracy, activism efforts.

* Sherry P. Magill, president, CEO, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Jacksonville, Fla., elected board chair, Florida Philanthropic Network;  Pamela Peters, former executive director, Florida Philanthropic Network, named CEO.

* Patricia G. Shannon, president, CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, to retire for health reasons; William C. Eacho III, CEO, Carlton Capital, named interim president.

* Calvert Social Investment Foundation, Piper Jaffray, Fannie Mae Foundation, to announce Community Investment Notes as first such financial instrument available for purchase by institutional, retail investors through electronic market similar to bond platform, to boost capital for affordable housing.

* Council on Foundations created committee to advise “Building Strong and Ethical Foundations:  Doing It Right,” two-year effort to heighten understanding of legal, ethical issues in grantmaking.

* Christine Todd Whitman, former governor, New Jersey, and former administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, named to board, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

* Mark Schmitt, former director, policy and research, U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute, named senior fellow, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

* Joel Neimeyer, former program manager, health facilities, Denali Commission, named program officer, Rasmuson Foundation.

* Wallace Foundation funded study by Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago, showing public libraries can have positive impact on teenagers.

* Council on Foundations created seven-member search committee for new CEO, to replace Dot Ridings, scheduled to retire this year.

* Capital River Relief, coalition of national, local groups, to organize cleanup of Potomac, Anacostia Rivers from March 31 to April 22, Earth day, including cleanups sponsored by Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society.

* Carly Patterson, Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics, American Dental Association’s Youth Ambassador, to celebrate 17th birthday at event Feb. 4 celebrating Give Kids a Smile/National Children’s Dental Access Day.

* National Public Radio, local stations, renewed contract with GetActive for e-marketing services, including emailing, online fundraising.

* Janet Evans, Olympic gold medallist in distance swimming, named to board, Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles.

* Earthwatch Institute signed eight-year contract with Kintera, provider of software to nonprofits, to upgrade interactive websites, supporting technology.

* Michael W. Painter, former health policy advisor, office of senate majority leader William Frist, named senior program officer, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

* Cal State Northridge raised record $28.8 million in private dollars last year, up 53 percent from previous year.

* Center for Women’s Business Research, Wells Fargo & Company, celebrate 10th anniversary of partnership, during which Wells Fargo loaned more than $19 billion to businesswomen through program.

* University of Notre Dame will give $173,000 raised to Catholic Relief Services for tsunami relief efforts.

* Sue Gross, William H. Gross, founder, PIMCO, bond management group, Newport Beach, Calif., donated more than $23.5 million to Duke University, Raleigh, N.C., primarily for scholarships for needy students.

* Cimarron Foundation awarded $1 million to Institute for Policy and Economic Development, University of Texas, El Paso to bolster regional economic development programs.

* UPS Foundation granted $2 million to eight groups, launching national program to improve nutrition, reduce obesity.

* Safari Club International Foundation, Tucson, created Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund ’04 to collect donations from sportsmen; donated $50,000 to USA Freedom Corps.

* Family estate of Louis Moroni, Scottsdale, Ariz., gave $297,000 to Christian Brothers University for scholarships.

* Joyce N. and William A. Furman, trustees, Furman Charitable Remainder Unitrust, announced distribution of stock valued at $12 million upon trust’s termination date; shares to be distributed to 39 Northwest nonprofits.

* Institute for Research and Reform in Education, Philadelphia, received $3.8 million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve struggling high schools.

* Verizon donated $100,000 to Save the Children, Mercy Corps, for tsunami relief in honor of company’s retirees, bringing its total giving for disaster to more than $3 million.

* Ten Thousand Villages, Raleigh, N.C., donated Jan. 15 sales proceeds, customer donations, totaling $1,453 to Mennonite Central Committee’s Asia Earthquake Fund.

* Million Dollar Round Table Foundation created $150,000 tsunami relief matching fund to double contributions, contributed $50,000 to fund; Salvation Army, American Red Cross identified as recipients.

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