* Microsoft received Corporate Leadership Award from Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund in recognition of $15 million in contributions to provide technology access to students at black colleges and universities.
* Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Arbor Day Foundation and U.S. Forest Service announced partnership to form 50 Million Tree Pledge to plant 50 million trees over next 50 years at cost of $50 million.
* Square One Publishers released a new book by Carol Luers Eyman, “How to Publish Your Newsletter: The Complete Guide to Print and Electronic Newsletter Publishing.”
* American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, Md., received Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County Award for unique and significant contributions to community through corporate volunteer programs.
* Justine Choy, former program officer, Peninsula Community Foundation, San Mateo, Calif., named program officer, California Endowment’s San Francisco/Greater Bay Area regional office.
* Richard J. Wood, interim president, Japan Society, named president of Society.
* University of Maryland kicked off seven-year Campaign for Maryland to raise $1 billion in private support.
* Wharton School Publishing announced February 2007 release of new book by Raj Sisodia, David Wolfe and Jag Sheth, “Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose.”
* Blackbaud Inc., nonprofit software provider, announced partnership with Radiant Systems to integrate its Raisers Edge and Financial Edge software with Radiant’s CounterPoint management software.
* Johnson & Johnson chair and CEO William C. Weldon to host event with San Francisco community leaders to raise money for Preeclampsia Foundation, national patient-advocacy organization working to increase awareness of treatable pregnancy-related disorder.
* Jonathan Fortescue named managing director, J. Robert Scott executive search firm, to focus on recruiting leaders for higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and foundations.
* Center for Neighborhood Technology and affiliate Community Energy Cooperative, both of Chicago, recognized as outstanding innovators at Chicago Innovation Awards for “Energy-Smart Pricing Plan” to encourage energy efficiency.
* Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program announced partnership with Quantum Marketing USA, event-based marketing firm, to increase awareness and boost funding during holiday season.
* Melissa Johnson, former program officer, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, North Carolina, named program manager of Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity’s newly-expanded staff.
* Institutional Investor magazine recognized recipients of 3rd annual Awards for Excellence in Investment: NiSource Inc., Princeton University Investment Co., Carnegie Corporation of New York and Washington State Investment Board.
* JCPenny Afterschool Fund, Texas, announced named new board members: Jan Hart Black, president, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Karen Pittman, executive director, Forum for Youth Investment and president, Youth Impact Strategies Inc.
* Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement unveiled strategic plan for expansion and improvement, named new board members Dave Eberly, director of prospect research and management, Children’s Hospital Trust, Boston; and Debbie Mueller, director of relationship management, Minnesota Medical Foundation, University of Minnesota.
* Quinnipiac University, Purchase, N.Y., renewed partnership with Harris Connect Internet Services Division with five-year contract for web-based alumni services.
* Bridgestar, Bridgespan Group’s nonprofit initiative, released updated version of hiring toolkit, “Guide to Navigating the Hiring Process,” available online.
* University of Notre Dame selected Kintera Sphere solution for online alumni communication, content and payment services.
* Fieldstone Alliance released Yorn Yan’s new book, “New Americans, New Promise: A Guide to the Refugee Journey in America.”
* Preservation League of New York State honored William S. Beinecke, chair and director, Prospect Hill Foundation, and Cook + Fox Architects for historic preservation efforts at Pillar of New York Awards Dinner.
* New York City nonprofits to come together Nov. 1 for annual gala, A Celebration to Benefit N.Y.C. Kids, hosted by Youth I.N.C. and honoring Charles R. Schwab.