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Ashoka founder receives social entrepreneurship award.

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* Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business named Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton as winner of 2007 CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award.

* Auctionpay, online auction services provider, named Privately Held Company of the Year at 2006 Technology Awards Dinner, hosted by Cascade Pacific Council, Portland, Ore.

* TechSoup, nonprofit technology resource, and Mailshell anti-spam company announced fourth-annual Stop Spam Today! campaign to help nonprofits and public libraries fight spam by providing free information, resources and tools.

* BoardSource, board performance consulting firm, named recipients of 2006 Judith O’Connor Memorial Scholarships and Lectureship, awarded to 23 nonprofit leaders in Chicago and Detroit areas to cover cost of attending BoardSource Leadership Forum in Chicago Dec. 3-4.

* Daniel J. Hoffheimer, partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati, named legal counsel, Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

* Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation announced launch of Advancing Women in Political Leadership, project to identify regional barriers to women seeking and holding elected office and participating in electoral process.

* “Home,” compilation CD of women singer-songwriters benefiting Children International, won Best Compilation CD award for 2006 from Just Plain Folks.

* NBC News’ “Today” kicked off 13th Annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive, with prediction that three million children nationwide will benefit; visit www.today.msnbc.com for information and gift requirements.

* Thurgood Marshall Jr., partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP and principal at Bingham Consulting Group, both of Washington, D.C., elected to Ford Foundation board of trustees.

* HP technology solutions provider announced creation of initiative to award Technology for Teaching Grants of $2.8 million in cash and HP equipment to two- and four-year colleges and universities in order to increase number of students earning high-tech degrees.

* Bridgestar, Bridgespan Group’s initiative dedicated to attracting, connecting and supporting nonprofit leaders, announced adding 20,000th member.

* Organic Bouquet, San Francisco-based eco-friendly flower retailer, generated $200,000 for charitable causes through charitable initiatives in last two years.

* Sharon Rowlands, president and CEO, Thomson Financial, New York, named to board of Junior Achievement of New York.

* Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at University of California, Santa Barbara, announced plans to change name to Michael D. Palm Center in honor of Palm Foundation’s $1 million gift.

* Oklahoma State University Foundation announced selection of Blackbaud software’s Financial Edge nonprofit accounting solution and Information Edge for financial analysis and reporting.

* University of California Berkeley’s Center for Responsible Business opened project proposals for capstone Spring 2007 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility & Projects MBA Course, due Jan. 12.

* Guidestar announced launch of new search engine for donors to research charitable giving.

* GetActive launched Community Leader Badge, new fundraising feature for nonprofit clients with social networking sites, such as MySpace, to raise funds or encourage action via their page.

* Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, changed its name to Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

* SustainAbility, Standard & Poor’s and United Nations Environment Program published new report, “Tomorrow’s Value,” fourth study benchmarking international corporate sustainability reporting.

* Putnam Investments commissioned research on “We Generation,” that says 15 million American workers over age 45 are providing financial support for aging parent or adult child, negatively affecting retirement plans.

* TechSoup’s MaintainIT program launched “Share Your Stories about PACs,” campaign funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to aid in keeping U.S. public libraries’ public access computers functional.

* America’s Charities and The Consulting Network published new report, “Changing Direction: Developing Employee-Friendly Workplace Campaigns with Technology and Best Practices.”

* Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation launched online “smart site” through Harris Connect Internet Services to better connect University with alumni and greater public.

* Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy proclaimed Feb. 26 National Corporate Philanthropy Day, announced plans to host Second annual “Board of Boards” CEO conference and Seventh annual Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in celebration.

* Andre Mendes, new chief information officer, Special Olympics, named 2006 IT Executive of the Year for Mid-Atlantic region in nonprofit category by Maryland High Technology Council.

* Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery Foundation announced creation of model to supply permanent medical aid to remote villages in third-world countries through Adopt A Village program; Prampram, Ghana, is model village.

* Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books, dtSearch Corp. and Ligature Ltd. unveiled new, free online database of 11,000 old Hebrew books available on Society’s website.

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