* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation led development of Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, effort to respond to nationwide nursing shortage through five-year, $10 million program to fund 10 partnerships in nine states.
* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 25 MacArthur Fellows selected for “creativity, originality and potential to make important contributions,” each to receive $500,000 in support over next five years. Jim Fruchterman, CEO, The Benetech Initiative, Palo Alto, Calif., announced as recipient.
* Shirley Ramirez, departing executive vice president, Posse Foundation, New York City, named dean for institutional diversity, Middlebury College.
* Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and partners raised $1 million through Partners Night and 13th Annual Partners Golf Classic; funds will purchase new equipment for institute.
* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge to invest $5 million in new forms of web-based community journalism. For information or to apply visit website.
* “The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life,” by Bill Shore, received Terry McAdam Book Award from Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
* Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg raised more than $510 million within five years of formal launch; planned giving accounts for 20 percent of funding.
* Humanitarian agency Church World Service announced opening of regional office in Maputo, Mozambique, to attend primarily to needs of women and children.
* Blauckbaud, nonprofit fundraising software provider, announced addition of American Breast Cancer Foundation to client list.
* Oberlin College Division of Development and Alumni Affairs signed three-year contract with Harris Connect Internet Services Division for alumni internet services and applications.
* GetActive Software named “Superstars” in online communications at GetTogether user conference: CARE, North Shore Animal League America, Bread for the World and Human Rights Campaign.
* National Credit Union Foundation announced creation of Credit Union Aid website as web-based disaster relief fundraising hub to support credit union community.
* Dixon Doll, cofounder and managing general partner, DCM Doll Capital Management, named chair of Asian Art Commission and Asian Art Museum Foundation, San Francisco.
* Venture Philanthropy Partners announced second-round, $1.6 million investment in SEED Foundation to support SEED School of Washington, D.C., urban public boarding school.
* PBS Foundation and Skoll Foundation announced creation of PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fund to foster public awareness of social entrepreneurship through film and reporting, with three-year, $2.5 million grant from Skoll.
* SemperComm Golf Classic raised more than $38,000 to support SemperComm’s efforts to provide communication and entertainment equipment to overseas remote U.S. military installations.
* David Zemel, principal, On Track Consulting, Tulsa, Okla., named director of development, Goldring/Woldenburg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, Miss.
* Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams to address delegates at Nonprofit Congress National Meeting, Oct. 16-17. Visit website for information or to register.
* Victoria Hamilton, former contract investigator, Omniplex Investigative Services, Chantilly, Va., returns to Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind as case manager after leaving in 1991.
* Ashley Stewart Stores Community Foundation, New York City, to host inaugural Benefit Gala, “Back to Harlem,” at Apollo Theater to honor Dress for Success, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Boys Choir of Harlem.
* Arts for NextGen, free children’s membership program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, announced membership reached 60,000 within three years of launch.
* Stans Foundation, Rock Hill, S.C., made $10 million challenge pledge to planned Museum of Life and the Environment, York County, S.C., expected to cost $48 million.
* Diversity Awareness Partnership, St. Louis, Mo., and Edward Jones to launch fifth year of Give Respect – Get Respect Youth Program, interactive anti-bias program across 48 middle and high schools in Illinois and Missouri.
* El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, to administer Anna Keesling Ackerman Trust, fund supporting nonprofits serving Pikes Peak Region of Colorado.
* American Friends of Magen David Adom, New York entity of Israel aid organization, received donated bloodmobile from Helen Stoll and family in memory of late husband, Harry Stoll.
* Virgin Group launched global charitable arm, Virgin Unite, with text-message-driven charity auction in United States and Canada.
* National Park Foundation to recognize David Rockefeller Jr. with Citizen Legacy Award, and Unilever with Corporate Stewardship Award, for commitment to preserve National Parks.
* Richard Winefield, former vice president for interactive and educational services, KQED public broadcasting company, California, named executive director, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, Calif.
* Independent Sector to honor Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties with Leadership Independent Sector award and $10,000, recognizing innovative job training programs and leadership development initiatives.
* Acumen Fund announced $1.6 million investment in Drishtee Dot Com, operator of computer kiosks in India providing education, e-governance and photography services.
* Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf presented “Star of Dedication” Award to Islamic Relief and other aid groups for relief efforts following 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
* Little Kids Rock, nonprofit providing musical instruments and instruction to inner-city children, to team up with GlobalGiving, online philanthropy marketplace, by posting charitable programs on http://www.globalgiving.com/.
* Operation Blessing International has provided more than $500,000 in free dental care at New Orleans clinics since Hurricane Katrina hit.
* Rodney Emery, former vice president, Capitol Hill Consulting Group, named new vice president of public policy and government relations, Council on Foundations.
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced creation of Institute for a Competitive Workforce, initiative bridging gap between business and education communities, result of merger between Center for Workforce Preparation and Business Education Network.
* Rudy Guglielmo, Jr., former program officer, Arizona State University Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation, named to Bush Foundation program staff.
* Nominations open for $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize for young humanitarians, to be accepted through Oct. 31. Nomination form online.
* Global Water Foundation, founded by tennis star Johan Kriek, started providing clean water to 1,000 Ugandan school children, plans to extend access to another 4,000 in eastern part of country.
* Samsung and nationwide Circuit City Stores to donate portion of Samsung product sales to Dan Marino Foundation between Sept. 10 and Oct. 7.
* National Philanthropic Trust picked by John Templeton Foundation to manage Foundational Questions Institute; to receive $8.6 million over next four years in order to make grants supporting physics and cosmology research.
* CHOICE Humanitarian, Tia Foundation and sta
te of Sonora, Mexico formed partnership to increase economic opportunities in Sonora, retain residents and increase quality of life.
* Thomas M. Exton, former vice president of development, Big Apple Circus, named executive vice president for external relations, Wildlife Trust, New York.
* U.S. Soccer Foundation announced opening of grant application for annual grants assisting soccer associations in disadvantaged urban areas; online application due by Nov. 22.
* Parent to Parent, Miami nonprofit teaching leadership skills to parents of disabled children, touts one year of success empowering adults to become advocates for their children.
* Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law presented Exelon Corporation with Corporate Leadership Award for exemplary pro-bono work and diversity program.
* Associated Grant Makers membership association named inaugural Diversity Fellows to receive opportunity to lend skills to nonprofit sector, help increase sector’s racial diversity in New Hampshire and Massachusetts: Vernette Allen, Jennifer Sien Chin, Pamela Lomax, Quita Sullivan and Roger Wang.
* GiveMeaning, Canadian-based online community connecting donors, volunteers and charitable projects, now certified to issue tax receipts in United States.
* Kintera, provider of online management software, announced plan to expand constituent relationship management roadshow to include Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Nashville. Visit website for information or to register.
* Virginia Tech class of 2006 pledged $10,000 as part of Senior Challenge to contribute funds for scholarships and projects, to be matched by University president Charles W. Steger.
* Connect America, program of Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, celebrates first decade of bridging gaps between nonprofits, corporations and individuals.
* CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., Los Angeles-based real estate services firm, announced launch of CBRE Cares, corporate philanthropy program, to partner with National Kidney Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.
* Community Foundations of America announced end of formal operating agreement with Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Leadership Team.
* Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America to name Office Depot “Humanitarian of the Year” for support of Drug-Free Kids Campaign, at annual awards dinner.
* Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, founder and CEO of Pace Communications and chair of American Red Cross, to receive Appeal of Conscience Foundation Public Service Award at annual awards dinner.
* Magen David Adom, American nonprofit providing assistance to Israel, raised $7 million in 2 months of Code Red Emergency Campaign to provide emergency relief to Israelis during recent conflict.
* Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America to join Office Depot to present 1,000 school supply-filled backpacks to Washington, D.C. public school students as part of Office Depot’s National Backpack Program.
* Sloane Lucas, former vice president and associate director, Corporate Communications Draft, named manager of corporate philanthropy, Toys “R” Us.