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Who’s in the news – Week of 03.19.07

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* 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.

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