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Allstate Foundation commits millions to combat domestic violence.

* Allstate Foundation, Northbrook, Ill., launched SAFE HANDS: The Allstate Network for Empowering Women, multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment combating domestic violence, in alliance with National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund.

* Land Trust Alliance, Washington, D.C., approved accreditation program for land trusts, to provide independent verification that groups meet high standards for voluntary land conservation.

* Ford Foundation, New York, honored individuals and leadership teams tackling social, economic and environmental challenges with 2005 Leadership for a Changing World awards.

* Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, Calif., elected Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Schools, Alameda County, to Joint Powers Agency board of directors.

* Committee of 200, Boston, organization of women business owners and corporate leaders, honored Lois E. Silverman, founder of CRA Managed Care and Commonwealth Institute, with ninth annual Philanthropic Innovator Luminary Award.

* Easel Hair Studio, Washington, D.C., hosted fashion show with nightclub Five and designers Betsey Johnson and Urban Chic, raising more than $2,000 for Coalition on Women and AIDS; salon also held Cut-A-Thon to benefit coalition.

* Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization named “Best Event Registration and/or Membership Campaign” in 2005 International ePhilanthropy Awards for its website powered by Convio, Austin.

* American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund, Alexandria, Va., raised more than $500,000, including contributions from Amgen Inc., Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, and individuals; fund to benefit cancer patients affected by hurricanes.

* Campbell and Company, Chicago-based national philanthropic consulting firm, developed partnership with Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University, Indianapolis, to fund stipend for Campbell and Company Research Fellow; doctoral student and Georgetown graduate Takayuki Yoshioka named first fellow.

* Greater New Orleans Foundation, temporary location, Baton Rouge, has regained full functionality; established Rebuild New Orleans Fund.

* Convio, software and services provider, Austin, and Target Software, announced software development and marketing partnership providing integrated solutions for nonprofits.

* John Calixto, former client, Helen Keller Services for the Blind, Brooklyn, received Hispanic Heritage Month Award from New York State Third Senate District.

* Organizational and financial practices of Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix, have met National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations set by Council on Foundations.

* Foundation Source, private foundation support services provider, Fairfield, Conn., opened new field offices in Los Angeles and New York and second office in Chicago; named managing director for each new center, promoted four others to senior managing director.

* Calvert Foundation, Bethesda, Md., to direct capital raised through the targeted Calvert Community Investment notes to help rebuild hurricane-affected communities.

* Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., to open new headquarters and dedicate Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center.

* Women’s Impact Fund of the Foundation For The Carolinas accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2005-2006 grantmaking process; initial Letter of Inquiry available on website; forms due Nov. 3.

* California Endowment, Woodland Hills, Calif., presenting new Grant Application Guide; regional offices to host statewide information sessions; for more information visit website.

* LogoBee, Inc., online logo design firm, launching Logo Design Makeover Draw, donating logo design packages, valued at $425 each, to three nonprofits; deadline to enter Nov. 28; for more information visit website.

* Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Washington, D.C., announced staff appointment:

  • Bill Barron, former operations director VVAF’s Information Management and Mine Action programs, named director of program.
  • Joe Donahue, former co-director, iMMAP, named vice president of programs.

* Charitable Advisors LLC, Indianapolis-based consulting practice, partnered with Capability Company, nonprofit-focused executive search firm, Raleigh, to offer search services in central Indiana.

* Blackbaud, software and services provider for nonprofits, Charleston, acquired ScanStore Limited, U.K.-based document management and image-retrieval company.

* Great Neck N.Y.-based NARSAD Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, Schizophrenia Foundation of Canada, and U.S.-based National Alliance for Personality Disorders, joined forces to launch International Partnership for Mental Health Research, Toronto.

* Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences, through Center for Health Policy, joined with national autism support groups to form nationwide disaster relief and recovery initiative, AutismCares.

* Ukrop’s Super Markets, Inc., Richmond, announced partnership with loyalty marketing company Benevolink to automate “Golden Gift” community-giving program, allowing customers who purchase Ukrop brand items to earn funds and direct them to charities and nonprofits.

* GE Foundation, Fairfield, Conn., launched College Bound District program, expansion of College Bound program, presenting Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky, with $25 million grant in effort to increase student achievement and number of students entering college.

* Hands On Network, Atlanta, network of 52 nonprofits, launched initiative to mobilize 6.4 million additional volunteers over next two years; effort to also train and mobilize 100,000 volunteer leaders, portion of which to focus on long-term Hurricane Katrina relief.

* Gladys Carrión, attorney and former executive director, Inwood House, appointed senior vice president for community investment, United Way of New York City.

* VistaPrint, online graphic design services and customized printed products supplier, conducted survey before Hurricane Katrina showing 53% of customers surveyed plan to make charitable donation during upcoming holiday season and 45% would be more likely to purchase product if portion of proceeds benefit charity.

* ePhilanthropy hosted 2005 International ePhilanthropy Awards honoring 23 award finalists including four Best of 2005 winners:

  • March of Dimes, White Plains, N.Y., “Share Your Story” website, best community building/volunteerism and/or activism (non-revenue) campaign
  • GreaterGood South Africa Trust of Constantia, best online donations/fundraising (revenue generating) campaign
  • Luth Research Inc., San Diego, best ePhilanthropy research project
  • Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, Austin, Ill., best event registration and/or membership campaign

* U.S. Soccer Foundation, Washington, D.C., in partnership with Eurosport, established Soccer United Recovery Fund, to help rebuild soccer programs in Gulf Coast communities.

* American Red Cross launched largest operation in its history, providing more than 750,000 Hurricane Katrina survivors with food, shelter, or through Family Links Online Registry.

* Aidmatrix Foundation, Dallas, mobilized more than $1 million through virtual aid drives, orchestrated more than 30 million pounds of food aid and more than 1.7 million pounds of humanitarian aid goods through technological solutions since Hurricane Katrina.

* 10,000 people participated in Cascade AIDS Project’s 2005 AIDSWalk, Portland, sponsored by NIKE, raising $275,000.

* Americ
a’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth announced winners of national competition to identify 100 Best Communities for Young People; for complete list visit website.

* Susan Haspel, long-time member of community affairs department, NBC Universal, named vice president, corporate community affairs.

* Philadelphia Foundation selected to manage scholarship fund for Miss America Organization, Atlantic City; CMT, Nashville, Miss America Pageant’s new television home, to donate $200,000 in celebration of new venture.

* Robert Horry Foundation and held silent auction to support Texas Children’s Hospital; made additional contribution to foundation during live auction.

* New partnership allows Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to refer veterans with disabilities to local Goodwill agencies for career services.

* Through Classroom Wishlist, teachers can register and post classroom supply needs on website allowing community members and parents to make direct class-specific donations.

* Col. Will A. Gunn, former Chief Defense Counsel, Department of Defense, Office of Military Commissions, named CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

* “American Grants and Loans Directory,” now available; publication contains more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants, loans offered by U.S. federal government, and more than 700 financing programs from foundations.

* “I Have a Dream” Foundation, helping educate children of low-income communities, New York, announced new board members:

  • Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, vice president for strategic planning and external affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
  • Bill A. Duffy, president and CEO, BDA Sports Management
  • Nathan Gantcher, managing member, EXOP Capital LLP

* Hadassah Foundation, foundation working to improve status of women and girls in Jewish community, announced new board members:

  • Rabbi Naamah Kelman, director, Year-in-Israel Program and Educational Initiatives, Hebrew Union College
  • Paula Jarnicki, Hadassah, national member chair and National Board member
  • Ellen Landis, marriage and family therapist and social justice and professional competence consultant
  • Debra Aleinikoff, Anti-Defamation League of Denver board, Colorado Jewish Women’s Founding Council, Jewish Family Services, Denver, marketing committee member

* Foundation Source, private foundation support services provider, Fairfield, Conn., offering “The Gift of Giving” program, effort to create family foundations, which can be presented as gifts during upcoming holiday season.

* Reading Is Fundamental, children’s literacy organization, Washington, D.C., presented “Gift of Reading” awards, sponsored by Capital One:

  • Rebeca María Barrera, founder, National Latino Children’s Institute
  • Gov. Phil Bredesen, Tennessee
  • Hugh B. Price, former president and CEO, National Urban League
  • James E. Rohr, Chairman and CEO, PNC Financial Services Group ommittee for Economic Development

* Sutter Health’s Sutter Scholars program awarded total of $43,250 in college scholarships to 20 children or grandchildren of employees of Palo Alto Division of Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

* Goodwill Industries International, Rockville, Md., and America’s Health Insurance Plans partnering to create Goodwill-accessible bank of AHIP jobs in effort to aid workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

* California Endowment, private health foundation, Woodland Hill, Calif., modified grant application process, with new guidelines effective Oct. 3; endowment to hold series of information sessions about changes; visit website for more information.

* Dr. Bennett Reimer, music educator, named to board of trustees, International Foundation for Music Research, Carlsbad, Calif.

* Employees of United Way of Central Maryland attended Preview Day, sponsored by Wegman’s Food Market, Huntvalley, Md., raising $5,000 to be returned to United Way of Central Maryland.

* Dr. Robert C. Dickeson, senior vice president for policy and organizational learning, to retire from Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, effective Dec. 31, 2005.

* Members of Team MBA, MBA students from cities including Washington, London, Los Angeles and Denver, to bike into Washington, D.C., in final leg of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, national effort to raise cancer research fund.

* American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation, Alexandria, Va., established relief fund for Gulf Coast cancer patients; $1 million goal amount to be donated to ASCO Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund.

* Kirsten Rasmussen, former Smithsonian Institution development officer, named director of business development, National Science & Technology Education Partnership, Arlington.

* Kintera, software service provider, San Diego, announced its 2005 Kintera/Luth Nonprofit Trend Report, research regarding online philanthropy behavior, named “Best ePhilanthropy Research Project” in International ePhilanthropy Awards.

* Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, completed Discovery to Recovery campaign raising more than $115 million, including $19 million contribution from Starr Foundation.

* Harvard Alumni Association, Boston, contracted with Harris Connect Internet Services Division, Purchase, N.Y., to enhance Post.Harvard online network.

* Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan launched $14.5 million dollar effort, Increasing Regional Philanthropy:  Everyone Can Be a Philanthropist, to expand services for those seeking to support charitable causes benefiting the region.

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