* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation made five-year, $50 million commitment to build field of digital media and learning by supporting research and innovative projects relating to youth.
* Amgen Foundation launched eight-year, $25 million program to provide summer experiences for undergraduates pursuing careers in science at 10 universities; first phase includes $1 million grants to each school.
* Business Roundtable, association of 160 CEO’s, launched http://www.respondtodisaster.org/ to help business community better prepare for disasters.
* Douglas W. Nelson, president, Annie E. Casey Foundation, received Katie Nichols Award from National Council on Crime and Delinquency for commitment to council’s values.
* St. Damien Hospital, Haiti’s only free pediatric-care center, to open new hospital in capital, Port-au-Prince, to provide pediatric and dental care.
* Baxter International launched internal sustainability report, announced its listing on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Sustainability North America Index for eighth consecutive year.
* Foundation Center, New York, announced release of latest annual grantmaker and grants statistics in online resource, FC Stats.
* DC Improv Comedy Club, Washington, D.C., to hold drive to collect new Halloween items for patients of Children’s National Medical Center week of Oct. 24-29.
* Reverend Kevin M. McDonough, vicar general and moderator of curia, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, elected to Northwest Area Foundation Board of Directors, St. Paul, Minn.
* Association of Fundraising Professionals to hold first-ever “Sage Software AFP Golf Tournament” at Tribute Golf Club, Dallas, during 2007 Annual AFP conference March 24.
* Pew Partnership for Civic Change to launch “Learning to Finish,” campaign to engage communities in reducing dropout rates, this fall in Jacksonville, Fla., and Shreveport, La.; program to include 25 communities by 2008.
* Institutional Investor Inc.’s The Journal of Alternative Investments named winners of inaugural Martello Awards recognizing excellence in alternative investment research: Lars Jaeger and Christian Wagner, Best Practitioner Article; Delphine Lautier, Best Academic Article.
* Global Water Foundation, Raleigh, N.C., announced creation of website and e-commerce store to generate funding and awareness of mission to increase access to clean drinking water worldwide.
* St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., formally kicked off “Momentum St. Lawrence” campaign to raise $200 million by 2010, with $86 million already raised.
* Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y., announced creation of nonprofit legal assistance program to place four law-student fellows with nonprofit organizations.
* Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, Calif., women’s volunteer organization, to host 14th annual Spirit of Giving Holiday Boutique Nov. 17-18 in Burlingame, Calif., to benefit Junior League and Second Harvest Food Bank.
* Common Cents to kick off 16th annual Penny Harvest, with children from 800 New York City schools and 100 others nationwide collecting pennies through Thanksgiving to generate grantmaking funds, later distributed by children.
* Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced election of new members to board of trustees: David Bohnett, David Bohnett Foundation and director, Baroda Ventures, named chair; Michael Crichton, author, television producer and filmmaker; and Terry Semel, chair and CEO, Yahoo! Inc.
* Nonprofit technology organization netCorps announced creation of project funded by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help 10 Southeastern U.S. environmental organizations develop and execute technology plans.
* Barbara Gilvar, executive search consultant, wrote new guide for nonprofits, “The Art of Hiring Leaders,” designed to help boards maximize searches.
* Urban Institute Press published second edition of “Nonprofits and Government: Collaborations and Conflict,” edited by Elizabeth T. Boris and C. Eugene Steuerle.
* Bonnie Midura, program associate, California Endowment, Los Angeles, promoted to program officer.
* Nonprofit Risk Management Center published second edition of “Taking the High Road: A Guide to Effective and Legal Employment Practices for Nonprofits,” by Jennifer Chandler Hauge and Melanie L. Herman.
* Foundation and Endowment Money Management, publication covering investment issues, named 12 winners of 2006 Nonprofit Awards for Excellence.
* Pamela Blechman, formerly of financial services and technology industries, named managing director, New York metropolitan region of Foundation Source.
* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with Channel One, launched campaign to make teens aware of First Amendment rights; funded by three-year, $2.25 million grant from Knight.
* Rockefeller Foundation named three new board members: David Rockefeller Jr., director and former chair, Rockefeller & Co.; Ann M. Fudge, chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands; Rajat Gupta, former managing director, McKinsey & Company.
* Conrad N. Hilton Foundation launched five-year effort to improve housing, health and development of homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul; total investment, including matching funds, of $11.2 million.
* Development Gateway Foundation extended for another three years its partnership with government of Rwanda to establish country as regional leader in information technology.
* GetActive Software, Berkeley, Calif., launched GetActive Extensions, series of product features and enhancements to consolidate data and applications for fundraising and organizing activities.
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Games for Health Competition, contest to encourage development of computer and video games that improve people’s health; prizes total $30,000.
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded $320,000 for “Vote and Vax,” initiative to provide flue vaccines for older adults next to 25 polling sites across country on Nov. 7.
* Global Community Service Foundation to sponsor event to raise $100,000 for humanitarian programs in Viet Nam, Nov. 8, Viet Nam Embassy, Washington, D.C.
* University of Idaho and Canon, Moscow, Idaho, created faculty professorship to educate and develop future conservation scientists and leaders.