Wildlife Fund creates conservation science fund

* World Wildlife Fund announced new Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund to honor former president and CEO by supporting conservation science, with one-third of $10 million goal raised so far.

* Adele James, program officer, California Endowment’s Community Health and Elimination of Health Disparities program, appointed to California Women’s Health Council to work with 30 other health experts as advisors to Department of Health Services.

* Broad Foundation awarded Boston Public Schools $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education.

* Jamie McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers vice chair and president, received Woman of the Year award, and Carrie White, celebrity stylist, received Excellent Service award from Friendly House, Los Angeles women’s recovery program.

* National Council of Nonprofit Associations elected new board chair and members:

  • Board Chair Sam Singh, president, Michigan Nonprofit Association, replaces Michael Weekes
  • Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
  • Brian Magee, executive director, Montana Nonprofit Association
  • Yolanda Nunn, president and CEO, Brilliance Strategies Inc.
  • Douglass Sauer, executive director, New York State’s Council of Community Services
  • Carlos Soto, president, National Hispanic Corporate Council
  • Diane Hartz Warsoff, executive director, Utah Nonprofit Association

* SemperComm Foundation opened nominations process for 2007 SemperComm Award to active-duty U.S. military personnel who work to boost morale of fellow service members in remote locations.

* Haas School’s Center for Responsible Business presented annual Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing to “Monitoring the Monitor: Evaluating CalPER’s Shareholder Activism,” Brad Barber’s study of institutional activism by public pension funds.

* Diane Kaplan, president, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, received Alaska Federation of Natives’ Denali Award for contributions to growth and development of native community’s culture, economy and health.

* Ober|Kaler, national law firm, named recipients of Community Grants for organizations working to improve lives of at-risk Baltimore and Washington, D.C. youth:

  • Paul’s Place Inc., Afterschool Enrichment Program for High School Students, $10,000
  • Project Northstar, Tutoring and Mentoring Expansion Program, $10,000
  • University of Baltimore Educational Foundation, Truancy Court Program, $15,000

* Cisco Systems announced released second annual Corporate Citizenship Report.

* American Journal of Nursing presented AJN-Beatrice Renfield Caring for the Caregiver Award to Samuel and Annette Levine for long-time support of nursing at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.

* Cisco Systems announced sponsorship of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive, with Cisco employees on-hand to help sort food at San Jose, Calif., food bank Oct. 31.

* Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group released “Financing Nonprofits: Putting Theory into Practice,” edited by Dennis R. Young; book offers principles for improving financial foundation of nonprofits.

* Concerns over fraud in more than 30 Shriner temples were raised at Shrine Treasurer’s Association of North America’s July 2006 meeting; fraud at some was reported to be about $300,000, meeting minutes read.

* Self-Counsel Press published new guide, “Getting Grants: The A to Z of Securing Grant Funding,” designed to help nonprofits improve their grant-seeking process.

* Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy announced opening of applications for Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Awards; deadline Nov. 15, apply online.

* Blackbaud, software provider to nonprofits, held seventh annual Conference for Nonprofits with more than 1,100 nonprofit leaders and 120 educational sessions.

* California Endowment, celebrating 10th anniversary this year, released 2005-2006 annual report, “Community. Health. Partnership,” cataloguing grantee stories and lessons learned.

* Skookum Educational Programs, Port Townsend, Wash., announced selection of Agresso, Netherlands-based company, to provide software support for contracting and financial management initiatives.

* Merrill Lynch Community Development Company announced plans to use new ratings tool to determine placement of $93 million with community development financial institutions, CDFI Assessment and Ratings System, operated by Opportunity Finance Network.

* Youth Service America’s Youth Venture Program opened applications for people ages 12 to 20 with ideas to create sustainable, civic-minded clubs, businesses or organizations, offering workshops and funding of up to $1,000. Visit website.

* Lisa Castillo Richmond, former vice president of programs for community partnerships, Junior Achievement of New York, named senior vice president of programs for Junior Achievement.

* GetActive Software Inc., provider of fundraising and advocacy solutions, announced partnership with cMarket, online auction services, to offer integrated solutions to nonprofits.

* GrantCraft announced publication of guide, “Executive Transitions: Grant Makers and Nonprofit Leadership Change.”

* Philadelphia Foundation awarded first-ever Good Governance Awards recognizing leadership excellence to Spiral Q. Puppet Theater and AcheiveAbility, along with $5,000.

* By popular vote, First Church of Christ Scientist, Berkeley, named winner in National Trust and American Express Partners in Preservation historic contest, to receive portion of $1 million preservation fund.

* Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network announced recipients of Building the Beloved Community Awards, given for service projects carried out on or around Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service.

* Fritz Institute, San Francisco, launched Certification in Humanitarian Logistics program to train logistics managers in disaster response management.

* John Wiley & Sons released new book by Richard and Anna Linzer, “The Cash Flow Solution: A Nonprofit Board Member’s Guide to Financial Success.”

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