* Charles Stewart Mott Foundation announced addition of program officer Ross Maclaren, formerly of Institute for Sustainable Communities, to London office to oversee grantmaking in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
* ShoreBank Enterprise Pacific and Cascadia Revolving Fund, both of Washington, announced merger, creating loan fund of more than $70 million to address issues of social, economic and environmental well being in region.
* Independent Sector awarded Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize to Francie Ostrower, senior research associate, Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, for report, “Attitudes and Practices Concerning Effective Philanthropy.”
* Circle of the National Gallery of Art, 1,100-member philanthropic group, celebrates 20th anniversary this fall, marking more than $30 million raised.
* Elysia Howard, former senior director, North Shore Animal League America, named vice president of marketing and licensing, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
* Ed Batista, former executive director, AttentionTrust, announced launch of executive coaching and change management consulting practice to help nonprofit and corporate leaders become more effective and fulfilled professionally.
* Auctionpay, nonprofit fundraising software company, announced launch of 4.0 version of Auctionpay Online Payments, allowing users to create customized, secure web pages for auctions.
* Changemakers announced partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to host competition for best innovative solutions for providing housing to low-income and marginalized populations, with $5,000 cash awarded to three winners; online voting open to public until Oct. 16.
* Interfaith Alliance to present Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award to George Clooney for advancing democratic values, defending religious liberty and reinvigorating civic participation.
* First lady Laura Bush and Time Inc. launched TeachersCount National Social Marketing Campaign, to run print public service announcements in Time Inc. magazines to elevate status of teaching profession.
* GetActive and Target Software announced partnership to create seamless data integration solution to increase success of nonprofit fundraising campaigns.
* Points of Light Foundation’s Ambassador of Light, artist Thomas Kinkade, reports raising more than $94,000 for volunteer centers in 11 cities through donations of original sketches.
* BoardWalk Consulting, nonprofit leadership consulting firm, announced nine recipients of 2006 BoardWalk Governance Fellowships at Harvard to help trustees enhance skills and increase impact.
* Foundation Center, New York, announced plans to incorporate most widely-used disability terminology into grants classification system upon recommendation by Disability Funders Network. Organizations will also partner to develop training materials for disability organizations and funders.
* Public Broadcasting Service awarded Boston-based Liberty Mutual with 2006 Public Television Leadership Award for sustained commitment to public television.
* Debbie Hayworth, former branch director, Wellness Center, Upper Palmetto YMCA, named community impact director, United Way of York County, S.C.
* Wal-Mart Stores named winners of 11th annual Teacher of the Year program from 50 states and Puerto Rico, with winners’ schools to receive $10,000 each.
* Fran Inman, president, Majestic Realty Foundation and senior vice president, Majestic Realty Co., Woodland Hills, Calif., received Bresee Foundation’s Nehemiah Award for dedication to inner-city Los Angeles youth.
* Center for Film, Television, and New Media, University of California, Santa Barbara, to be named for television producers Marcy Carsey and Dick Wolf in recognition of contributions to center’s construction.
* Foundation Source, outsourced support-service provider for nonprofits, announced partnership with Pierro Law Group to help law firm provide services for private foundation administration.
* New York City Art Commission presented Bedrock Award to Henry Christensen III and Tupper Thomas, chair and president, respectively, Prospect Park Alliance, for restoration of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.
* Rodney Christopher promoted to Nonprofit Finance Fund’s regional vice president for New York state and New England after nine years with Fund.
* Volunteering directory 1-800-Volunteer.org announced that more than 100 volunteer centers nationwide are using the portal after two years of operation.
* John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University Institute of Politics named recipients of John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards: Eric Garcetti, president, Los Angeles City Council and Jane Leu, founder and executive director, Upwardly Global, San Francisco nonprofit assisting immigrants.
* Harris Connect Internet Services, New York, announced winners of 2006 Achievement Awards for excellence in alumni communications.
* National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to present Distinguished Service Award to former President Bill Clinton for contributions to law enforcement profession and community.
* Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and New York Academy of Medicine to host “Who Will Care for Me?” symposium addressing nursing shortage in New York City Nov. 3.