* Bruce W. Boyd, former executive director, Nature Conservancy, named principal and managing director, Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, Chicago.
* Front Line, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, Ireland, received 2006-2007 King Baudouin International Development Prize for support and advocacy on behalf of human rights workers.
* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced staff appointments:
- Matthew Stumpf, former policy advisor on nuclear proliferation, U.S. Department of State, named program officer in foundation’s International Peace and Security program.
- Allison Clark, former senior underwriting manager in Community Lending Group at Fannie Mae, named program officer in foundation’s Program-Related Investments area.
- Ben Stokes, co-founder of Games for Change, named program officer in foundation’s Digital Learning and Media area.
- Murray Lamond, former speechwriter and assistant to the President, Stony Brook University, named foundation’s speechwriter.
* Okizu, California foundation and camp serving children with cancer and their families, held 13th Annual Art Inspiring Hope Gala March 10, unveiled new brand developed by Landor Associates.
* Number of students in southern states enrolled in online classes rose 68 percent from 2005 to 2006, says “Making the Grade: Online Education in the U.S. 2006, Southern Edition,” new report released by Southern Regional Education Board and Sloan Consortium.
* Blackbaud, Charleston, S.C.-based software provider for nonprofits, says more than 900 faith-based nonprofits now use company’s software products for online services and constituent engagement.
* Beesham Sethi, former director of development, Common Sense Media, named vice president of development of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, Calif.
* Coalition of organizations including Open Society Institute, Partners in Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and RESULTS Educational Fund, funding treatment program for people in poor countries with drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; includes $3 million from George Soros for efforts in Lesotho.
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsoring “No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations,” contest through Changemakers to find innovative efforts to inform foundation’s future funding; deadline March 28.
* Skoll Foundation announced 10 winners of 2007 Skoll Awards, presented to organizations working on urgent social issues; includes prize of $1,015,000 for each recipient.
* Exploratorium, San Francisco, bestowed awards:
- Carol Bartz, executive board chair, Autodesk, received Director’s Award
- Natalie Angier, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, received Public Understanding of Science Award
- Dr. Kenneth Miller and Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, both scientists active in evolution vs. intelligent design debate, received Outstanding Educator’s Award
* PhilanTech, technology provider for nonprofits, launched beta trial of PhilanTrack™ Online Grants Management System, web-based solution designed to help nonprofits save money and time.
* Benjamin R. Barber, professor and political theorist with expertise in global democracy and citizenship, named senior fellow at Demos, New York City.
* Water Advocates to host World Water Day Press Conference, March 22, with panel of experts in field, 8:30-11:00 a.m., National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
* Beyond Basics, group providing enrichment programs in metropolitan Detroit public schools, launched new website.
* Corporation for National and Community Service announced about 20,000 college students volunteered in Gulf Coast during 2007 spring breaks.
* All Classical 89.9 KBPS, nonprofit classical music station serving metro Portland and Hood River, raised $267,000 from 2,425 donors during Family Matters Spring Membership Drive.
* Fundraising consultant Gail Perry wrote, “Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action,” book published by John Wiley & Sons as part of Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fund Development Series.