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L.A. leader and nonprofit director receive JFK service awards.


* Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council president, and Jane Leu, founder and executive director, Upwardly Global, received third annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards for young Americans contributing to communities through public service.

* Abbott Fund, Baylor College of Medicine and Government of Malawi together opened Malawi’s first clinic for HIV-infected children in city of Lilongwe.

* Martin Jervis, former managing director, JBA International’s South Africa and continental Europe divisions, named director of Blackbaud’s European division.

* United HomeCare Services Inc., Miami nonprofit providing home care to elderly and disabled, opened nominations for 2007 Claude Pepper Memorial Awards for nonprofits in Miami-Dade County, due by Jan. 12.

* Diane Segura, founder, Segue Enterprises, named first Latina executive director of YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley, California.

* Alisa Galazzi, former development director, Cape Cod Foundation, named executive director, Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, Massachusetts.

* Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership held Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Dinner to honor Nasser Kazeminy, Diane C. Creel, William Howell, Margaret H. Kavalaris, Drew Morrisoe and Ron Gillet.

* IDE, nonprofit assisting rural farmers, announced search for new CEO to take over management responsibilities from founder and president Paul Polak.

* State Street Global Advisors, Boston, named Nonprofit Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation and Endowment Money Management magazine’s 2006 Nonprofit Awards for Excellence.

* John Wiley & Sons published “Reconnecting Education & Foundations: Turning Good Intentions into Educational Capital,” edited by Ray Bacchetti and Thomas Ehrlich.

* Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education to host 31st Annual Gala benefit Feb. 27 to honor Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer, PBS series American Masters, and William F. Baker, president, Thirteen/WNET.

* Give2Asia allocating all of $4 million Tsunami Recovery Fund to local groups aiding communities in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

* Westside Challenge to Beat Breast Cancer, tennis marathon and silent auction, raised $100,000 for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center’s mammography screening educational programs for uninsured and under-insured women.

* University of Arizona Foundation and University of Arizona Alumni Association to implement Blackbaud’s fundraising and membership management software.

* BT, provider of communications products and services, named world’s leading corporate sustainability reporter in 2006 Global Reporter’s rankings by think tank SustainAbility, United Nations Environment Programme and Standard & Poor’s.

* National Public Radio and member station KPBS-FM San Diego received $1 million gift from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to create Fund for Reporting Excellence, project to identify and train new journalists for public radio and develop new methods of sharing digital content.

* Spike TV airing ad from Iacocca Foundation during November, National Diabetes Awareness Month, to raise awareness of diabetes and create support for research.

* Legal Placements, staffing firm, Washington, D.C., and law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to serve as co-sponsors of 17th Lawyers Have Heart 10K, June 9, 2007.

* Bridgestar announced new area of its website, with ideas, tools and resources for nonprofit directors.

* Whitney L. Johnson, principal, PlumRiver LLC, named chair, Earthwatch Institute, Maynard, Mass.; Boston philanthropist Ruth C. Scheer named vice chair.

* Emma Snowdon-Jones hired as public relations associate at Platinum Funding Group, New York.

* Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 2006 recipients of National Award for Museum and Library Service, including $10,000 grants, from federal government: Artrain USA, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort, In.; John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago; Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Neb.; Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, N.C.; San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Texas.

* David M. Edwards, former senior vice president, customer acquisition and relationship management for global financial services, American Express Company, named senior vice president of client experience at TIAA-CREF; Sara Lipson, former senior vice president, Henry Schein Inc., named chief customer services officer.

* Foundation Source, support-service provider for private foundations, announced partnership with Waller Financial Planning Group, Columbus, Ohio, to offer administration services; firms to co-host Philanthropy Forum for attorneys working with “philanthropically minded clients.”

* Daniel J. Windham, current president and CEO, Cleveland Music School Settlement, named arts director of Wallace Foundation, effective Feb. 1.

* Vera Bennett, chief financial officer and interim CEO, Peninsula Community Foundation, California, named chief financial officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Mari Ellen Reynolds, director of development, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, named chief of staff.

* Jaime and Frank McCourt, owners of Los Angeles Dodgers, to receive Scopus Award from American Friends of The Hebrew University at annual gala in recognition of involvement in humanitarian causes.

* Jose R. Fox, president and CEO, United HomeCare Services Inc., named finalist for Health Foundation of South Florida’s 2006 Concern Awards; winner to receive $25,000 grant for health organization of choice in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

*, search engine powered by Yahoo and created to donate 50 percent of advertising revenue to user-designated charities, announced registration of 20,000 nonprofits.

* Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago announced addition of 22 members to board of directors.

* Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, Aspen Institute, selected eight doctoral candidates conducting research on nonprofit sector to participate in two-day seminar providing opportunity for intellectual feedback and advice.

* National Committee on Planned Giving announced selection of board officers to start two-year terms starting in 2007:

  • Andrea Latchem, senior philanthropy advisor and interim assistant vice president of alumni relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Russ Howes, vice president for legal affairs and planned giving, University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison, Wis.
  • Angela Woo Sosdian, director of philanthropy for gift planning, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Va.
  • Mark Melson, director of finance and gift planning, Harris Methodist Health Foundation, Fort Worth, Tex.
  • Conference Program Chair, Heidi Jark, vice president and manager, The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio

* California Endowment released report, “The Challenge of Assessing Advocacy, Part II,” follow-up to report, “The Challenge of Assessing Advocacy and Policy Activities: Strategies for Prospective Evaluation Approach.”

* Convio Inc., provider of online software and services for nonprofits, announced creation of new personal outreach tools, “Convio Widgets,” to empower supporters, drive awareness and generate support.

* Independent Sector announced election of new officers and members to board of directors; William E. Trueheart, president, Pittsburgh Foundation, board chair.

* Wal-Mart stores donated $1.5 million to America’s Second Harvest to support and expan
d BackPack Program, program delivering backpacks filled with nutritious food to children in need.

* Charles Fink, president and founder, Fink Inc., named giving strategies consultant for Clermont Community Fund, Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Patti Ries, former president, Verbatim Voice Messaging Service, named communications assistant.

* Mid Tier Partners, Denver, Colo., celebrating five-year anniversary, announced annual growth rate of 46 percent from 2001 to 2005.

* Fieldstone Alliance, Saint Paul, Minn., and Nonprofit Finance Fund, New York City, announced appointment of Ronald A. McKinley, former director, Wilder Center for Communities at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, as project director for Kellogg Action Lab project of W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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