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Who’s in the news – Week of 03.05.07

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* Johnson & Johnson and The Task Force for Child Survival and Development launched partnership to reduce incidence of soil-transmitted intestinal worms in children in Cameroon, Uganda and Bangladesh, through donation of 50 million doses of medicine capable of treating 25 million children.

* Alameda County Community Food Bank, California, launched capital campaign, “Mission: Nutrition, Nourishing Our Neighborhoods,” with half of $5 million goal raised during quiet phase.

* NASD Investor Education Foundation to host 2007 General Grant Programs Feb. 26 and Aug. 10, to focus on behavioral finance, retirement income security of older Americans and new marketing and distribution channels for investor education.

* Wildlife Trust conservation organization announced two new hires: Brenda Torres-Barreto, former executive director, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, named program officer; Paulette Lipton, former office manager and administrator, Ma’yah, The Jewish Women’s Project, Jewish Community Center, Manhattan, named executive assistant to the president.

* Christian Appalachian Project, Hagerhill, Ky., announced launch of new website, http://www.christianapp.org/, part of plan to heighten national visibility.

* American Diabetes Association named three new members to board of directors:

  • Kermit R. Crawford, vice president, Walgreen Company, Illinois
  • Philip R. Higdon, partner, Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, Arizona
  • Rita J. Louard, director, Clinical Diabetes Program, Moses Campus, Montefiore Medical Center, the Bronx, New York

* Transatlantic Community Foundation Network launched new website, with new downloadable pages, newsletter site and improved navigation.

* Blackbaud, software company serving nonprofits, announced YMCA de Mexico will implement The Raiser’s Edge software for fundraising initiatives in Mexico City and across country.

* George Soros, chair and founder, Open Society Institute, joined The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund to create 9/11 Neediest Medical Campaign, providing treatment to uninsured workers and residents who developed life-threatening diseases since 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

* MGM MIRAGE named one of 50 Best Companies for Latinas by “LATINA Style Magazine”; only gaming company to be named to list.

* Suddes Partners, fundraising consulting firm for nonprofits, announced new clients, The Geneva School, Winter Park, Fla.; and St. Andrews School, Savannah, Ga.

* Travelocity launched grant program as part of Travel For Good initiative, to award two $5,000 grants to customers and one $5,000 grant to employees each quarter to cover expenses during vacations in which grantees intend to volunteer.

* Cathie Mahon, former director, Asset Funders Network, named by New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as assistant commissioner and executive director of new Office of Financial Empowerment, created to educate and protect low-income New Yorkers from predatory business practices.

* Sage Software launched latest version of Sage Fundraising 100, donor relationship management solution for medium to large nonprofits, with enhancements like Directed Giving Campaign module and integrated payment processing.

* Report by National Senior Citizens Law Center and partner organizations says Medicare prescription drug plans fall short of obligation to provide services in languages other than English.

* Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Awards:

  • Large Company Award, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Small Company Award, Salesforce.com
  • Directors Nonprofit Award, National Academy Foundation
  • Nonprofit Honorees, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Special Recognition, Roshan and the Aga Khan Development Network

* SalesForce.com launched new program, The Power of Us, focused on uniting its partners to help them make significant social impacts.

* Islamic Relief received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for financial responsibility for fourth consecutive year.

* Colonial Williamsburg Foundation named new board members: Thomas F. Farrell II, Judith A. McHale, Barbara B. Oberg and Henry C. Wolf.

* Family Support Network launched Community Weaving, effort to increase individual and community capacity within companies, neighborhoods and nonprofit organizations by connecting individuals and organizations with a “neighbor helping neighbor network.”

* Patrick Lester, former director of public policy, United Way of America national office, named senior vice president of public policy, Alliance for Children and Families.

* Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers transformed three bomb shelters in Northern Israel into dance studio, library and arts-and-crafts center as part of effort to restore normal life to area after summer fighting with Palestine and Lebanon.

* Collages.net and Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, nonprofit providing photography services to families grieving over loss of young child, announced partnership to create awareness about healing through memories.

* Paul Farmer, Harvard professor, physician and global health activist, received 2007 Austin College Leadership Award, with $100,000 prize to go toward Partners In Health, social justice organization he co-founded to provide medical services to world’s poorest and most underrepresented people.

* Goodwill of Southern Los Angeles County named new board members: K. Marie Anthony, Ronald Bitzer, Susan Byrne, Jimmy Jones and Nancy Oliver.

* “Hard Road Home,” documentary about Exodus Transitional Community prisoner reentry program, to premier at South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Tex., documenting Exodus program’s efforts as a Ready4Work initiative.

* Exelon Corporation received American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s 2007 Pro Bono Award, recognizing Exelon’s work offering free legal services to the poor.

* CFRE International awarded designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive to three Evanston Northwestern Healthcare employees: Barbara Kraeger Hailey, Allyson J. Regnier and James J. Lynch.

* Miracle Flights, nonprofit providing plane flights allowing sick children to access treatment, published 2005-2006 community report; provided 5,885 flights last year, up 36 percent from previous year.

* Runaway Brandit named marketing firm for L.E.A.P.S and Bounds, San Diego nonprofit providing therapeutic arts programs for seniors and disabled adults.

* Lester County Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business presented venture capitalist John Doerr with Lifetime Achievement Award for entrepreneurship, civic leadership and philanthropy.

* George Askew, founder and former executive director, Docs for Tots, named CEO of Jumpstart, national early education organization.

* America’s Promise Alliance announced new board members:

  • W. Wilson Goode, director and organizer, Amachi Program
  • Joel Kelin, chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Kathleen Murphy, group president, U.S. Worksite and Institutional Financial Services, ING

* Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced new board members, elected Richard D. Shirk as chair.

* Microsoft launched i’m Initiative, to contribute advertising revenue generated through Windows Live Messenger use to one of nine partner charities of the user’s choice, with minimum of $100,000 pledged to each organization during first year.

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