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Who’s in the news – Week of 02.12.07

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* At 25th Anniversary Dinner of World Resources Institute, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced new $5 million climate funding program and honored GE Chair and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt, SC Johnson’s late chairman emeritus Samuel C. Johnson and former MacArthur Foundation Chair Elizabeth J. McCormack.

* Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., received $3 million challenge grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to raise $9 million in matching funds as part of Centers of Excellence program; foundation making awards to seven U.S. schools.

* University of North Carolina Press to release book by Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean James Hudnut-Beumler, “In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism,” about how American Protestants have collected and spent money since the 1790s.

* Philadelphia Foundation announced new grantmaking strategy, called “Rising Tide,” to take leadership role in helping donors identify nonprofits that are effectively carrying out missions.

* Sisters of Charity Health System, Lewiston, Maine, named finalist for 2006 Foster G. McGaw Award, with $10,000 recognizing excellence in community service through healthcare, from American Hospital Association, The Baxter International Foundation and Cardinal Health Foundation.

* National Christian Foundation, Atlanta, received $460 million in contributions and awarded $230 million in grants in 2006.

* Fireman’s Fund Heritage, program of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, has awarded $10 million in grants since 2004 inception to help fire departments purchase needed equipment.

* Marguerite Casey Foundation, Seattle, released 2005 annual report, “Educate Advocate Participate;” foundation’s grants and program service spending totaled $28.6 million.

* Sourcebooks published new book by Bruce Piasecki, “World Inc.: How the Growing Power of Business is Revolutionizing Profits, People and the Future of Both,” which highlights importance of corporate sector’s social responsibility.

* Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation named new board members: Douglas A. Cohen, chair, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP’s environmental group; and David P. Bright, associate, Brown Rudnick’s Real Estate Group.

* Nonprofit Finance Fund Detroit announced goal to lend $2 million to Michigan organizations in 2007 and provide services to 100 additional nonprofits in state.

* Richard L. Moyers, program officer of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, named director of foundation’s Nonprofit Sector Fund.

* Mady J. Schuman, former chief development officer, God’s Love We Deliver, named senior vice president for development, Lighthouse International, nonprofit assisting people suffering from vision loss.

* Case Foundation, Perfectmatch.com, OrganicBouquet.com and Hands On Network announced Get Engaged campaign, encouraging singles to use Valentine’s Day to volunteer and make a difference.

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles hosted annual Volunteers of the Year Awards Dinner, honoring individuals who exemplified volunteerism in 2006 by helping eliminate poverty housing.

* International organization Islamic Relief and AmeriCares, Connecticut, shipped $600,000 in medical supplies to Somalia to aid victims of war and drought.

* American Eagle Foundation created partnership with Fraternal Order of Eagles and Timberlin Creek Elementary School to create awareness of bald eagle preservation and promote childhood literacy; announced creation of endowment to care for and protect bald eagle, following removal from Endangered Species Act protection; foundation estimates $100 million cost to safeguard species.

* Creative Designs & Marketing celebrates 20 years of business making affordable thank-you gifts for volunteers.

* Chefs for Humanity and Action Against Hunger launched Restaurants Against Hunger, global hunger awareness campaign running from April 10 to May 9, in which 250 U.S. and Canadian restaurants will donate 90 percent of profits to Action Against Hunger’s initiatives.

* Bilingual e-Brazil portal launched, partly through support of Development Gateway Foundation, to bring together information on use of communications technologies to aid Brazil’s development.

* Center for Women’s Business Research announced 2007 corporate partners, organizations helping elevate role of women in business.

* International Myeloma Foundation, research and education organization, received high marks in patient survey for having up-to-date information, being knowledgeable and placing needs of patients and caregivers as first priority.

* Communities Foundation of Texas elected five new members to board of trustees: Becky Bright, Frederick B. Hegi Jr., Harold Montgomery, Frank Risch, Terdema L. Ussery II.

* Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Michigan, announced growth of asset base to $6 million as of December 2006.

* With theme of “Reclaiming Peace,” thousands of V-Day events are slated to take place in 112 countries between Feb. 1 and March 8, raising funds and awareness for anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers and women’s shelters.

* Sumitomo Chemical Co., manufacturer of anti-malarial bed nets, became first Japanese company to join 220-member Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

* Steven L. Sanders, chair and CEO, First Genesis Financial Group, Newtown Square, appointed to Philadelphia Foundation’s board of managers.

* Sam L. Amirante, former judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., elected to board of directors of Little City Foundation, Chicago.

* BT Americas, international communication services provider, held fourth annual gala benefiting Project Renewal, New York City program helping homeless clients reenter mainstream society.

* Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced new members of board of trustees: journalist Willow Bay, MySpace.com co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe, investor and Pritzker Group co-founder Anthony N. Pritzker and entertainer Barbra Streisand.

* Birthing Project USA, community-based African-American maternal and child health organization, announced partnership with Dr. Miracle hair-care company to organize support systems for pregnant teens and women in black communities.

* Peter J. Fissinger, senior vice president, Campbell & Company philanthropic consulting firm, to become president in March; current president Edith H. Falk to assume newly-created role of chair and CEO.

* Silicon Valley Community Foundation appointed six new staff members, including two key members of leadership: Erica Wood, vice president, community initiatives, convening and research; and Bert Feuss, senior director, investments.

* Mary-Dean Barringer, national director of Schools Attuned Program, All Kinds of Minds Institute, elected CEO of Institute, to succeed Mark Grayson, who steps aside to serve as president.

* Sourcebooks Inc. published new book by Nancy Burke Smith and Gabriel Works, “The Complete Book of Grant Writing,” which includes tips and samples for writing grants.

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