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Piper Trust funds sabbaticals for five nonprofit leaders.

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* Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded Piper Fellowships to five nonprofit leaders to fund self-designed sabbaticals:

  • Rob Crawford, CEO, Life Development Institute
  • Michelle Mac Lennan, assistant manager, Chandler Center for the Arts
  • Milon F. Pitts, client services director, Homeward Bound
  • Marsha Porter, executive director, Crisis Nursery
  • Keith A. Thompson, executive director and CEO, The Phoenix Shanti Group

* Rockefeller Foundation announced plans to create nonprofit area on InnoCentive’s global scientific network, http://www.innocentive.com/, to spur science and technology solutions to development problems.

* Robert E. Denham, partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson, named chair of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation board of directors.

* Narciso Matos, chair, International Development Program, Carnegie Corporation, to leave in July 2007 to run Community Development Foundation of Mozambique.

* Dave Shefferman, founder, San Francisco-based nonprofit One Brick, received Jefferson Award for Public Service from American Institute for Public Service.

* Environmental Law Institute announced new board members Jim Saxton, Mark Udall, Sara Kendall, Kathy Robb and Brian Trelstad.

* Independent Sector opened nominations for 2007 Leadership IS Award recognizing outstanding organizations for leadership in investing in people of charitable sector; due by Feb. 15.

* RuffaloCODY, provider of fundraising, membership and management services to nonprofits, received registration for complying with ISO 9001: 2000 requirements for quality management.

* Roderick D. Gillum, vice president, corporate responsibility and diversity, General Motors Corporation, named to board, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

* W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded $287 million in grants during 2005-2006 fiscal year, largest annual total in its history.

* PR News announced winners of Nonprofit PR Awards, recognizing communications excellence among nonprofits.

* Vanderbilt University Medical Center created Mark Collie Chair in Diabetes Research in honor of the singer, songwriter, actor and fundraiser; also made possible in part by contributions from Eli Lilly and Company.

* Microsoft’s 2006 Global Citizenship Report available online; includes data from company’s contributions to communities, responsible business practices and product innovations.

* Susan Holt, former associate dean for development and alumni relations, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, named first chief development officer at Weill Cornell Medical College; Holt will create new Office of Institutional Advancement.

* W.K. Kellogg Foundation trustee of 25 years, Howard Sims, chair and CEO, SDG Design Group Inc., Detroit, announced retirement from Foundation’s board.

* Dr. Giovanna M. Spinella, consultant, National Institutes of Health’s Office of Rare Diseases, named medical director for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, to lead organization’s efforts to create systematic approach to clinical management of muscular dystrophy.

* East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif., released 2005-2006 annual report, which says assets reached $268 million, grants exceeded $27 million.

* National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Washington, D.C., published report, “Building Solid Foundations: New Approaches to Substantive Philanthropic Accountability,” which includes guidelines to bolster trust, accountability in philanthropic sector.

* Center on Nonprofits at the Urban Institute published report, “Inquiry and Impact,” highlighting achievements of center’s first decade, including creation of national nonprofit data system, publishing of The Nonprofit Almanac, sponsoring of seminars on issues critical to sector.

* Development Gateway Foundation and FreeBalance announced partnership to integrate aid management and public financial management software.

* Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation, Morton Grove, Illinois, honored Harold Ansell at annual event supporting Jewish United Fund-Israel Emergency Fund.

* Through its Home for the Holidays initiative, Ocwen Financial Corporation awarded Elizabeth Barlow, Chicago, with free mortgage payments for a year and free financial counseling.

* Do Something, internet-based nonprofit engaging young people in philanthropy, kicked off national campaign to raise awareness of extreme poverty across the world.

* Steven High, current director and CEO, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev., named director, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Ga.

* GuideStar, nonprofit information provider, announced partnership with Economic Research Institute to create database of information about nonprofit compensation on Institute’s Nonprofit Comparables Assessor.

* America’s Second Harvest raised money to provide 1. 4 million meals to needy Americans during holiday season through online and email campaign, with help of Merkle marketing agency.

* Verizon Business announced collection of more than $50,000 in employee contributions and matching company funds for U.S. Marine Corps’ Marine Toys for Tots program.

* Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s board of visitors announced election of new officers and new members:

  • Board Chair Harriet Ivey, president and CEO, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Vice Chair Gail L. Freeman, founder and president, Freeman Philanthropic Services LLC
  • Bob Hartsook, fundraising consultant
  • Karen Lake Buttrey, Indianapolis community leader
  • Uday Sukhatme, executive vice chancellor and dean of faculties, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

* My Stuff Bags Foundation, Westlake Village, Calif., received help from celebrities, child stars and their families filling duffel bags with comfort items and necessities for children in crisis situations.

* GetActive Software announced Winter Release of new product features for helping clients manage online advocacy and fundraising campaigns.

* Grantmakers In Health tapped Mario Gutierrez, director of Rural and Agricultural Worker Health Programs, California Endowment, as recipient of 2007 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

* Curtis Institute of Music raised $9 million to meet challenge grants totaling $6 million from Lenfest and Annenberg Foundations, to be added to Curtis’s endowment.

* Charity Navigator, independent evaluator of charitable organizations, awarded Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 4-star rating, recognizing it for exemplary financial management.

* Lions Club International Foundation to allocate final $2 million of $15 million to recovery efforts from 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

* Zoological Society of San Diego announced plans to implement Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge fundraising management software.

* James E. Sailer promoted to director of corporate affairs at Population Council, following retirement of Vice President Sandra P. Arnold.

* Enterprise Center announced creation of Birthplace of American Bandstand Endowment Fund, to provide permanent income stream for historic site and legacy of “American Bandstand;” to be presided over by Philadelphia Foundation

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