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* TIAA-CREF, provider of retirement services in academic, research, medical and cultural fields, completed acquisition of Kaspick & Company, provider of planned giving services for colleges and universities, combining $4 billion in planned giving assets.

* Geraldine Watson promoted to vice president of finance and operations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Cathy Berlinski promoted to human resources manager.

* Islamic relief announced donation of $54 million in aid to Pakistan earthquake relief since Oct. 8 earthquake.

* Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula, Menlo Park Fire District and Stanford Park Hotel, all of Menlo Park, Calif., to host 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast and silent auction Oct. 7 to benefit Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

* Chicago Historical Society celebrated 150th anniversary and reopening of Chicago History Museum with dedication of new Exelon Chicago History Galleries wing.

* National Association for College Admission presented Excellence in Education Award to actor Hugh O’Brian for founding Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.

* Convio, software provider to nonprofits, announced addition of new client, WGBH Boston, producer of public broadcasting content.

* Travis Reindl, former director of state policy analysis, American Association of State Colleges, named to staff at Jobs for the Future, Boston, to lead initiative focused on improving college access and affordability.

* WealthEngine.com, producer of technical innovation for nonprofits, named to Technology Fast 50 Program for Maryland, Deloitte & Touche USA’s ranking of 50 fastest growing technology and media companies in Maryland.

* Comcast employees to participate in annual Comcast Cares Day Oct. 7, working at 300 community organizations in 34 states to complete 180,000 volunteer hours.

* Project Gutenburg announced creation of electronic library with a half million downloadable eBooks, mostly free, in celebration of October as International Book Fair Month.

* Lorne Wilson, vice president, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, elected to Connecticut Audubon Society board of directors.

* Greenpeace International received best integrated online/offline campaign award from e-Philanthropy for “No Whaling Virtual March.”

* Association of Black Foundation Executives named 10 fellows to participate in 2006-2007 Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program developing new leaders in philanthropy.

* Riley Children’s Foundation, Indianapolis funder of Riley Hospital for Children, announced implementation of eTapestry’s web-based donor management system.

* Committee of 200 to present 10th annual Luminary Awards to Maxine Clark, CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop; Evelyn Lauder, founder and chair, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; and Anne Mulcahy, chair and CEO, Xerox Corporation.

* OMB Watch to unveil online database of federal spending at FedSpending.org, and Center for Responsive Politics to launch two databases facilitating government transparency at OpenSecrets.org, both during live webcast, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

* Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO, Points of Light Foundation, to retire 2007 to work in private sector.

* SJF Ventures, Durham, N.C., venture capital firm, announced closure of $2.25 million venture financing with groSolar, nonprofit working to integrate solar energy into homes.

* Cubis Financial announced launch of CureBreastCancer.org Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card to generate funds for Cure Breast Cancer, Inc.

* U.S. Department of State awarded Charles William Maynes, president emeritus, Eurasia Foundation, with Distinguished Honor Award, highest level of recognition possible for non-State Department employee.

* Opus Group, Minneapolis real estate company, to give $1 million Opus prize to Zilda Arns Neuman, founder, Pastoral da Crianca, public health program working with poor families in Brazil.

* Four Seasons of Hope to host live auction at Samsung World Championship LPGA golf tournament to benefit Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, Oct. 11.

* Maveron LLC, Seattle, and Appian Ventures, Denver, contributed total of $5.5 million in Series B Funding to Auctionpay to help it pursue sales and marketing objectives.

* Country star Rascal Flatts donated $817,000 in proceeds from Nashville, Tenn., concert to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Tenn.

* American Express announced partnership with National Trust for Historic Preservation to pledge $1 million in preservation grants to San Francisco Bay Area through American Express Partners in Preservation program.

* Washington, D.C.-based ePhilanthropy Foundation announced winners of International ePhilanthropy Awards, honoring Greenpeace International, Network for Good, The African Well Fund, Kids Help Phone and Volunteer X Change.

* New website, NonprofitPR.com, launched by Shoestring Creative Group founder Hannah Brazee Gregory to provide nonprofits with free public relations advice.

* Microsoft Corp. surpassed milestone of $2.5 billion in cash, services and products donated to nonprofits through localized company-sponsored giving and volunteer campaigns since 1983.

* Larry H. Dale, retired executive vice president, GMAC Commercial Holding Capital Corp., and Mark L. Korell, chair, Stonecreek Funding Corp., both named members of national board of trustees, Mercy Housing, Denver-based affordable housing nonprofit.

* Constantina Petallides-Markou, Gap, Inc. employee, received Gap’s $50,000 Global Founders’ Award grant in recognition of volunteer work with Abilities, Inc., nonprofit helping disabled people transition into workforce.

* Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, selected to participate in Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, national initiative to develop solutions to nationwide nursing shortage.

* Gary Bricking, retired employee, Cinergy Corporation, named giving strategies consultant, Northern Kentucky Fund, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation reports majority of 15,000 high school students surveyed get most news from Internet portals and mainstream media web sites, but not blogs.

* Youth Service America and State Farm Companies Foundation offer 100 State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants of $1,000 to teachers, youth and service-learning coordinators for implementation of service-learning projects. Visit website for information.

* Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, City University of New York, announced opening of applications for 2007 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program Diversity Fellowship for practitioners and researchers from communities of color. Extended deadline through Oct. 31, visit website for information.

* Elizabeth C. Sullivan, senior vice president of program and administration, The Kresge Foundation, named board chair, The Nonprofit Finance Fund. Maurice Jones, vice president, The Virginian Pilot, named to board.

* Heinz Family Foundation announced recipients of 12th Annual Heinz Awards and $250,000 prize in five categories: James Nachtwey, arts and humanities; Paul Anastas, environment; William Thomas, human condition; Bruce Katz, public policy; Leroy Hood, technology. Elma Holder received Chairman’s Medal.

* Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta announced implementation of outcomes planning and funding model for new grant allocations, to base funding decisions on measurable data.

* Brown Rudnick international law fir
m, Boston, to provide pro bono legal services to Prize4Life, Inc., nonprofit seeking funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis research.

* Grameen-Jameel Initiative to fight poverty in Arab world announced successful negations of first investment of $2.5 million in Dakahlya Businessmen Association for Community Development, boosting microfinance in Egypt.

* Commerce Bank and NPowerNY announced partnership to donate more than 35 “almost-new” plasma screens to NPowerNY’s nonprofit members, worth total of more than $112,000.

* Financial Planning Association, Denver, announced winners of first Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing individuals and companies for contributions to financial planning community.

* Mindy Duitz, new president, Learning Leaders, New York City nonprofit assisting public school children, announced plans to focus on recruiting and training parent volunteers from immigrant communities.

* Cold Stone Creamery held “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social,” benefit on behalf of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sept. 28, 5-8 p.m., with children’s activities and entertainment at most locations.

* VistaPrint Limited, graphic design and printed products supplier, announced creation of six holiday cards, available on website, with 50 percent of proceeds going to International Fund for Animal Welfare.

* Genetic Alliance advocacy support agency celebrated 20th anniversary at National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., with exhibit showcasing organization leaders.

* TechSoup, nonprofit technology website of CompuMentor, announced its president, Daniel Ben-Horin, as one of NonProfit Times’ Top 50 Power and Influence honorees for third consecutive year.

* Tech Museum of Innovation named its 2006 Tech Laureate for contributions to humanity through technology innovation: Video Volunteers, New York- and Ahmedabad, India-based nonprofit using video to accelerate social change.

* Jaume Plensa, Spanish artist and designer of Chicago’s Crown Fountain, named winner of Bombay Sapphire Prize 2006, for artists, designers and architects working with glass.

* Humane Society Legislative Fund, lobbying arm of Humane Society of the United States, encouraging organization of “Party Animal” house parties as advocacy benefits through personally-created websites, fundraising goal, and conference call to Legislative Fund Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Visit website for information.

* Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation announced Community Experience Partnership, new program of 30 community foundations to receive grants of up to $25,000 to assess opportunities for older adults to get engaged in solving community problems.

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