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* History Channel’s Save Our History program, begun in 2004 to promote local history education and fund historic preservation efforts, awarded total of $750,000 in grants to fund partnerships between local history organizations and schools and distributed free resources to 60,000 teachers. Deadline to apply for 2007-2008 grant cycle June 1; visit website for information.

* Ariel Pablos-Mendez, director of knowledge management & sharing, World Health Organization, named managing director of Rockefeller Foundation.

* Boston Red Sox player Wily Mo Pena to host Joslin Diabetes Center’s Latino Diabetes Initiative in Dominican Republic Jan. 20-21 and Boston in spring to raise diabetes awareness in Latino population; Jan. events coordinated by Pena’s MoPeace Foundation.

* Alliance magazine announced transfer to new independent organization, Alliance Publishing Trust, from Allavida, part of transition to full independence.

* Joslin Diabetes Center announced in-store cause-marketing promotion with T.J. Maxx, benefiting High Hopes Fund, supporter of Joslin’s work toward prevention and cure of diabetes.

* Association of Fundraising Professionals to host Sage Software AFP Golf Tournament March 24 at Tribute Golf Club, Dallas, during Association’s 2007 national conference.

* Appleseed, organization working with public interest law centers, announced agreement with Adams and Reese law firm to provide firm partner Christy F. Lane with ConocoPhillips/Adams and Reese Fellowship to manage and direct Louisiana Appleseed.

* Aaron Dorfman, current executive director and lead organizer, People Acting for Community Together, named executive director at National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

* Do Something, nonprofit internet company aimed at young people, named official charity partner of YFly, social-networking site where people ages 13 to 27 can connect with causes favorite celebrities endorse.

* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched $660,000 fund to help small arts organizations in Chicago meet requirements of city’s Performing Arts Venue license, required of venues with fewer than 500 seats.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched Wisdom at Work: Retaining Experienced Nurses, program providing grants of about $75,000 each to 13 hospitals around country to study effective tactics for retaining nurses.

* CTCNet launched Connections for All, program with Self-Assessment tool to help community technology centers measure themselves against benchmarks and set goals; available on website this spring.

* DMW Worldwide’s nonprofit division announced creation of almost a dozen projects for clients in six months, through customization of Vismail, video-mail application.

* Charles Stewart Mott Foundation launched new Web site at Mott.org, promising better navigation, expanded grants searches and content for grantseekers.

* United Way of York County, S.C., to host meeting for nonprofits interested in applying for United Way funding in 2007-2008; Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. at Flexible Learning Center, Rock Hill, S.C.

* SBLI USA, insurance provider, to host 7th Annual Awards Gala Jan. 27 in New York to honor Earth Day Network’s mission to boost environmental movement; Jeff Corwin, creator and host of Animal Planet, to speak at gala.

* Nan Dale, former president and CEO, Helen Keller International, named executive director, Action Against Hunger USA.

* Maul Capital Management, financial advisory firm, launched LifeSync, program for businesses with personalized approach to 401k investing, offering employees high level of personal care and attention.

* Brian Altman, former legislative representative, American Counseling Association, named first director of public policy and program development for Suicide Prevention Action Network USA.

* Deadline is March 2 for Points of Light Foundation’s 2007 Awards for Excellence in Workplace Volunteer Programs, honoring overall volunteer efforts of business employees; nominate a business.

* Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago raised record $118 million in 2006; $41 million raised during conflict with Lebanon in summer.

* Diana Philippi, former assistant athletic director, San Diego University, named associate director of development for athletics, University of California, San Diego.

* Three muscular dystrophy organizations announced coalition to pool knowledge and resources to accelerate development of treatments and cure: Association Française contre les Myopathies of France, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Project Parent Muscular Dystrophy, both of the U.S.

* CVS/Pharmacy Charitable Trust launched CVS All Kids Can Advisory Council, committee of educators and disability experts to guide five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities.

* Actor Kevin Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, website to create charitable social network to inspire online giving by highlighting celebrities’ favorite charities.

* Amy Prescott, former senior financial analyst, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, named director of finance and member of senior management team at Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland, Calif.

* Greenpeace announced global online recruitment drive to attract new campaigners for 2007 anti-whaling campaign.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to sponsor Ashoka Changemakers’ online, open-source competition to find innovative solutions to domestic violence, “No Private Matter! Ending Abuse to Intimate and Family Relations.”

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