* Havard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment presented Prince Charles of Wales with Global Environmental Citizen Award in recognition of his efforts to champion environmental causes.
* New York City school children raised record $718,000 in annual Penny Harvest, will use funds to award 1,400 grants to nonprofits this spring.
* AARP Foundation appointed two new board members: Fernando Torres-Gil, expert in fields of health and long-term care; and Art Ulene, obstetrician, gynecologist and healthcare spokesperson.
* American Hospital Association, The Baxter International Foundation and Cardinal Health Foundation named Memorial Healthcare System of Hollywood, Fla., recipient of 2006 Foster G. McGaw Award, recognizing excellence in community service through healthcare; includes $100,000 prize.
* The Friendship Circle, West Bloomfield, Mich., nonprofit pairing special needs children with teenage friends for one hour each week since 1994, now boasts 4,000 members internationally and 22,000 square foot facility.
* Gill Action Fund, new Denver-based advocacy organization with Washington, D.C., office, launched by philanthropist Tim Gill to advocate for equal opportunity for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.
* George C. Ruotolo Jr., chair and CEO, Ruotolo Associates, N.J., named chair of Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-profits, formerly known as American Association of Fundraising Counsel.
* America’s Promise Alliance announced winners of 2007 100 Best Communities for Young People competition, including communities and cities from 38 states that exhibit qualities outlined by Alliance as necessary to help young people succeed.
* Global Water Foundation entered team in 65-mile bike race along shores of South Africa to raise money to support efforts to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to developing world.
* South Carolina Federal Credit Union collected 26,000 pairs of “gently used” shoes during Holiday Shoe Drive, contributed another 6,500 new pairs for children; shoes distributed by The Salvation Army.
* Massachusetts-based American University of Kinshasa Foundation announced plans to reopen its university in war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, sent out appeal for donations to acquire classroom space, support faculty and establish scholarships.
* Kintera, provider of fundraising software to nonprofits, announced plans to incorporate LiquidScore feature into Kintera Sphere software, providing users with access to a “wealth score” based on supporters’ liquid financial assets.
* Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business received $5 million from Nobel laureate and adjunct professor Richard P. Simmons to establish Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship, to be held by Finn E. Kydland.
* Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s corporate philanthropy program, Fireman’s Fund HeritageSM, has raised $10 million since it began in 2004, purchasing new equipment and training programs for fire departments nationwide.
* Beth Sawi, former Charles Schwab executive, began two-year term as board president of Alameda County Community Food Bank, California; Willie Natt, regional sales development manager, Wells Fargo, appointed to board of directors.
* Blackbaud, software provider to nonprofits, announced its Arts and Cultural Solution has helped nonprofits “achieve unprecedented success” in patron management, ticketing and efficiency.
* Rowan & Littlefield Publishing Group released new book by Peter Karoff with Jane Maddox, “The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social Change,” which aims to show power of citizen engagement and open source solutions.
* Meegan McVay, former assistant director of development, American University’s Office of International Affairs, named senior development associate with U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation.
* Diane M. Smith, former managing director and senior portfolio manager, Electra Investment Trust PLC, United Kingdom, appointed director of Grameen Foundation’s capital markets group.
* Jewish Community Emergency Resiliency Team launched by Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in collaboration with other agencies to respond to major emergencies in Chicago area.
* James Schmutz, former financial advisor to Special Olympics, joined Merrill Lynch as financial advisor offering strategic wealth management consulting to clients, including nonprofits, with assets of up to $1 billion.
* Women’s weaving center, community development project supporting villagers in Guatemalan village of Taltimiche, will utilize e-commerce solution Shopster.com to sell crafts online.
* Patrick Madden, former vice president of external affairs and publisher of “Inside Arts” magazine, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, named executive director of Sister Cities International.
* Baystate Health, Springfield, Mass., named national finalist for 2006 Forster G. McGaw prize for excellence in community service through healthcare; includes $10,000 award.
* Auctionpay, fundraising software provider for nonprofits, reached milestone of processing $500 million in donations for clients since 2002, increased base to 4,500 customers.
* National Christian Foundation experienced 30 percent increase in contributions in 2006, bringing in $460 million and making $230 million in grants.
* Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program announced 400 young future leaders from developing countries as recipients of graduate fellowships.
* David L. Nelson named to board of directors of Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.
* Toyota International Teacher Program chose 20 U.S. teachers as “educational ambassadors” to spend 10 days exploring Costa Rica this spring and learning innovative strategies being implemented in development, agronomy and conservation.
* National Network for Youth to honor youth workers at Symposium 2007: A Place to Call Home, annual meeting of youth, organizations and others working to help homeless and disenfranchised youth.
* Center for Women’s Business Research released report, “Accelerating the Growth of Businesses Owned by Women of Color: Opportunities and Possibilities, A Literature Review,” showing that firms owned by women of color may lack important business skills and experience to stay competitive.
* Kresge Foundation awarded $1 million challenge grant to Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, to help fund Aging Research Laboratory and new classroom technology on Chalon Campus in Brentwood.
* Freelanthropy, free program allowing Internet users to give to charity through simple web searches, announced partnerships with Operation Smile and Free Wheelchair Mission.
* As part of 20th anniversary celebration, DRG Executive Search Consultants announced free, online conference, Leading in the Nonprofit Sector: The Next Twenty Years, with seven workshops focusing on leadership; register online.
* Council on Foundations named The Copen Family Fund, Flintridge Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation as recipients of inaugural Critical Impact Award for family foundations serving as models for others by making impact on common good.