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Johns Hopkins receives $20 million gift for cancer research building.


* David H. Koch, executive vice president, Koch Industries, made $20 million commitment to support cancer research building named in his honor on Johns Hopkins University’s East Baltimore medical campus.

* Network for Good and, two charitable-giving websites, consolidated giving portals, with increased focus on personal fundraising and charitable giving in honor of birthdays, holidays and special occasions.

* Bank of America will sponsor Carnegie Hall for second straight season and act as exclusive corporate sponsor of Family Concert series and three additional shows.

* Scripps College senior Eli Winkelman’s fundraising and awareness organization, Challah for Hunger, has raised $20,000 for victims of Darfur crisis and is spreading to other U.S. college campuses.

* Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, tapped six Alaskan nonprofit executive directors to receive paid sabbaticals in recognition of excellent service:

  • John Cannon, Mat-su Services for Children and Adults
  • Dulce Nobre, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska
  • Suzanne Price, Fairbanks Community Mental Health Clinic
  • Taber Rehbaum, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Saralyn Tabachnick, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape
  • Coleen Turner, Resource Center for Parents and Children

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and three L.A.-area Thrivent Financial Chapters for Lutherans completed home for Juarez-Alcantara family.

* Oklahoma State University Foundation to implement Blackbaud’s Financial Edge and Information Edge software to manage record-setting $106 million in gifts received this year.

* Alliance for Nonprofit Management and Center for Social Leadership joined forces to create Executive Certification Program in Nonprofit Leadership, interactive course to launch in January of 2007

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

* Friends of the Orphans, Chicago, and Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International opened free, full-service St. Damien Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to provide healthcare to surrounding communities.

* Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn., kicked off $150 million capital campaign, largest in its history, with $92.9 million raised to date.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created learning network from six state-provider partnerships treating alcohol and drug addiction, provided grants to all six to help improve quality of addiction treatment in the U.S.

* Sallie Mae, student loan and scholarship provider, received Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership from The Conference Board in recognition of assistance to needy students and families.

* Sierra Club selected Convio software for online fundraising, marketing and advocacy needs.

* Truck.Net, trucking industry Internet portal, and Schepens Eye Research Institute announced Eyes on the Road project to raise awareness and funds to cure blindness.

* Spinal Stenosis Foundation of Palm Beach County created to advance education of condition, which affects older adults, and facilitate networking between patients and practitioners.

* Japan Society announced Japan100: Celebrating a Century, 100th anniversary celebration during 2007, featuring traveling exhibitions, performing arts tours and educational programs.

* Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest announced “Make a Difference for Your Cause: Strategies for Nonprofit Engagement in Legislative Advocacy,” free online publication to provide nonprofits with tools to build organizational capacity, funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

* Barkley Public Relations firm won assignment from Family Violence Prevention Fund to develop national cause marketing program to increase awareness of domestic violence.

* American Jewish Congress to present former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey with Jerusalem Award Dec. 10 for work on behalf of Israel and Jewish people.

* Construction began on new Margie K. & Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

* Eric Newton, journalism program director at John S. and James L. Knight Foundation since 2001, named vice president in charge of journalism program; Juan J. Martinez, foundation vice president of accounting and treasurer since 2004, named vice president and chief financial officer.

* Nothing But Nets delivered 150,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to children and families in Nigeria in October and November.

* National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published book by Alison Goldberg and Karen Pittleman discussing future impact of family wealth on philanthropy, “Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation.”

*, Internet-based organization fulfilling wishes of children living with HIV/AIDS, announced new role distributing toys to children through The Today Show and show’s annual toy drive.

* AlertSite, web performance measurement and security system scanning firm, launched CharityWorks, program to provide six free months of web site monitoring to charitable organizations.

* BoardSource released “Getting the Best from Your Board: An Executive’s Guide to a Successful Partnership,” book by Sherill K. Williams and Kathleen A. McGinnis offering practical guidance for steering executive-board partnerships.

* Investment Education Project, effort of Distributive Education Clubs of America, began second year of four-year pilot program to provide teachers with tools to better educate high school students about financial literacy.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation kicked off Project HealthDesign, $4.1 million initiative to improve personal health record systems for better integrated healthcare.

* Changemakers, initiative of Ashoka social innovation organization, announced Changemakers Collaborative Competition on managing group conflict; entry deadline Jan. 10, visit website.

* St. Lawrence University received royalties from recent celebrity recordings of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” for which it holds partial rights, left by 1924 alumnus J. Kimball Gannon upon his death in 1974.

* Corporate Community Involvement Summit, coalition of nonprofits coordinated by Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council, developed standards to track trends, benchmark programs and encourage better practices in employee volunteer programs, available online.

* Gara LaMarche, former vice president and director of U.S. programs, Open Society Institute, named president, CEO and board member of Atlantic Philanthropies, international human rights advocacy organization.

* Josh Freeley, former manager of Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project, Temple University, joined Public/Private Ventures as research associate. Research Associate Tina Kauh promoted.

* Los Angeles County Museum of Art added three new trustees to board:

  • Tom Gores, chair and CEO, Platinum Equity
  • Geoffrey Palmer, founder and CEO, G.H. Palmer Associates
  • Eric Smidt, CEO, Harbor Freight Tools

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