* Eighteen Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coalitions nationwide have aligned with Western Union to offer customers option of receiving tax refunds in cash for $10 charge; 56 locations in nine states offer free tax-prep services to families with incomes of less than $40,000 per year.
* Trust for Public Land and National Association of Counties announced three winners of third annual County Leadership in Conservation Awards: Pitkin County, Colo.; Sonoma County, Calif.; and Lake County, Ill.
* NASD Investor Education Foundation launched grant program inviting nonprofits and researchers to apply for funding for projects designed to protect investors from fraud; grant proposals due by June 11, visit website for guidelines.
* Gibson Foundation announced five-year commitment to support WaterAid, international nonprofit working to provide safe water to developing countries; commitment will focus on Oju and Obi, two of Nigeria’s poorest regions.
* Bank of America Charitable Foundation kicked off fourth year of Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, to receive $20 million in 2007 and expand to three new cities, including London.
* Changemakers announced Ending Corruption: Honesty Instituted Collaborative Competition, requesting innovative solutions for open sourcing, with three winners to be chosen to receive $5,000 each.
* Form Armor, subscription-based Web service preventing spam, offering free subscriptions to 501(c)3 agencies; call 866.433.2638 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Illinois Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the National Drug Control Policy Office announced A Safe Haven as most successful Access to Recovery program in country.
* La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco domestic violence shelter, celebrated 30th anniversary as nation’s second safe haven for female domestic violence victims.
* Enna Water plans to donate portion of spring water product sales to National Arbor Day Foundation to preserve rain forest land in Central and South America.
* Leslie Anne Miller, former general counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, appointed to board of managers, The Philadelphia Foundation.
* Matthew T. McGuire, vice president of institutional marketing, Ariel Capital Management, named chair of board for Public/Private Ventures.
* HP released annual Global Citizenship Report outlining progress and revised priority areas focusing on energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
* United Way of America to sponsor Alternative Spring Break 2007, providing opportunities for more than 300 teens to rebuild Lake Charles, La., homes damaged by Hurricane Rita; more than 40 participants returning from last year’s trip assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina.
* United Spinal Association released free educational booklet offering life-saving fire safety tips to people with physical disabilities.
* Fieldstone Alliance published new book by top grantmakers, “Power in Policy: A Funder’s Guide to Advocacy and Civic Participation,” outlining how foundations can leverage dollars by investing in public policy advocacy.
* PETCO and PETCO Foundation raised $2.7 million in 2006 Tree of Hope fundraiser benefiting animal organizations across U.S.
* Charles Bronfman Prize to award 2007 humanitarian prize of $100,000 to Amitai Ziv, founder and director of Israel Center for Medical Simulation and deputy director of Sheba Medical Center, largest medical institution in Israel.
* Leave a Legacy, public awareness campaign of National Committee on Planned Giving, announced partnership with film, “The Ultimate Gift,” to encourage charitable giving by people from all walks of life.
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center opened nominations for 2007 Corporate Citizenship Awards, recognizing businesses and chambers for making extraordinary contributions to communities.
* Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, received Empowering the Giving Experience Award from online donor management company Kintera, recognizing school’s work developing application allowing alumni volunteers to network with classmates.
* All Classical 89.9, nonprofit radio station, Portland, Ore., elected Johnathan E. Mansfield, lawyer with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, to serve on board of its foundation, KBPS Public Radio Foundation.