Microsoft exec takes over Blackbaud.
* Marc Chardon, senior Microsoft executive, chosen to replace Robert J. Sysolski as president and CEO, Blackbaud, Charleston.
* Clear Channel Communications president and CEO Mark Mays honored with Music and Entertainment Industry’s Spirit of Life Award at gala benefiting City of Hope Cancer Center, Los Angeles.
* One Economy, Washington, D.C., technology-based nonprofit, introduced two new annual awards:
- Lisa Y. Sullivan Horizons Award scholarships, awarded to Juan Velaquez, Miami, and Tu-Ahn Vu, Washington, D.C.
- Jane Metcalfe Digital Opportunity Award, presented to Shuan M. Belle, President and CEO, Mount Hope Housing Company, New York
* America’s Promise The Alliance for Youth awarded $20,000 to each of five 100 Best Communities for Young People in honor of their work to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.
* James Irvine Foundation launched Leadership Awards to recognize individual leaders throughout California who are advancing solutions to significant social issues; for nominating information visit website.
* Faith & Politics Institute, Freddie Mac and Discovery Education partnered to develop “Freedom on the Move, Continuing the March toward a More Perfect Union,” program, designed to educate students about Civil Rights Movement; program kits to be provided free to all U.S. middle schools.
* New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies launched new Master’s degrees: M.S. in Fundraising and M.A. in Graphic Communication Management and Technology; applications being accepted for Fall 2006.
* Alan Pifer, past president, Carnegie Corporation, New York, died Oct. 31 at age 84; throughout career focused on education, social justice and strengthening rights of historically disadvantaged groups.
* Susan L. Gilpin, former CEO, Foundation for Rehabilitation Education and Research, named president, Committee of 200, organization of women business owners and corporate executives, Chicago.
* Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, named global ambassador for World Children’s Day at McDonald’s, Oak Brook, Ill., program raising funds and awareness for children’s organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities.
* Reading Is Fundamental, children’s and family literacy nonprofit, Washington, D.C., kicked off 40th anniversary celebration with citywide literacy event; children and adults took 20-minute “book break” in 57 public schools and libraries at 1:00 p.m.
* National Marfan Foundation, Port Washington, New York, leveraging film “RENT” in all avenues of marketing promotions, merchandising, public relations, and advertising to raise funds and awareness for Marfan syndrome, disease believed to have caused “RENT” creator Jonathan Larson’s death.
* Barbara S. McGrath, practicing lawyer and assistant director, Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, named chair of board of directors, Children’s Fund of Connecticut, foundation focused on health care initiatives for children Farmington, Conn.
* Hurricane Katrina Scholarship Fund created at North Carolina School of the Arts with gifts from John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C., and other donors, to provide scholarships for five New Orleans Center for Creative Arts students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
* Alaskan writer John Haines selected to receive 2005 Distinguished Artist Award, including $25,000 from Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, in recognition of lifelong accomplishments in the arts.
* BzzAgent, Inc., Boston word-of-mouth marketing and research firm, launched pro-bono campaign to raise awareness for WGBH and Vulcan Production’s “Rx for Child Survival” program as part of company’s GoodBzz initiative.
* Raymond Colmenar, former associate director, PolicyLink, named senior program officer for Greater Bay Area, California Endowment, San Francisco.
* MicroEdge launched GIFTS Plus Pack .NET Extension to public, via WebEx; pack is set of four .NET add-on utilities for GIFTS grant management solutions.
* Sea-Air Operations gallery at National Air and Space Museum’s flagship building, Washington, D.C., to be dedicated to memory of naval aviator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Bill Daniels in recognition of $3 million legacy grant by Daniels Fund.
* Cleveland Executive Fellowship, program designed by Cleveland Foundation and Coro, Cleveland, to train future city civic leaders, announced first of three executive-level placements.