* University of California San Diego received nearly $15 million in faculty contributions to the $1 billion Campaign for UCSD launched in 2000.
* Bruce Makous, former major gifts and planned giving officer, American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, named vice president of development for Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
* Ann Beeson, associate legal director, American Civil Liberties Union, named director of U.S. programs at Open Society Institute; former director Gara LaMarche announced resignation in December 2006.
* World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations to host gala fundraiser, “Africa Rising: A Night Celebrating African NGOs,” June 8, with guest speaker Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, U.N. Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs.
* World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations to hold 2006 WANGO Awards Ceremony and Celebration in Albacete, Spain April 21; must register via website by March 31 to watch broadcast of ceremony.
* Critically acclaimed PBS series NOW selected as first recipient of $1.25 million competitive grant from PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fund, established in 2006 with $2.5 million grant from Skoll Foundation.
* Tumaini Children’s Center, Nyeri, Kenya, announced newly founded after-school running program for children, Hope Runs, started by Stanford graduates Claire Williams and Lara Vogel.
* We Are Family Foundation to host gala fundraiser and celebration of music legends Dionne Warwick, Paul Simon and New York Mercantile Exchange Chair Richard Schaeffer.
* Am Shalom temple, Glencoe, Ill., to hold brunch fundraiser April 22 benefiting Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Annual Campaign.
* Country Music Television’s “The Power of One” initiative launched to encourage viewers to volunteer in their communities.
* Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Mass., opened nominations for Philanthropy in Action Volunteer Awards; nominations due April 7, visit website for information.
* Xerox Corporation’s Segundo, Calif., and Wilsonville, Ore., facilities earned membership in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track, program for facilities with top environmental performance.
* Ann Lehman and Robert Zimmerman released new book giving boards and board members necessary tools to create active, accountable organizations, “Board Members Rule: How to Be a Strategic Advocate for Your Nonprofit.”
* Second Edition of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing,” by Waddy Thompson, released with tips for individuals and organizations.
* Abyssinian Development Corporation kicked off Abyssinian Neighborhood Project, announced plans to redevelop The Renaissance Complex, Harlem, New York, historical structure vacant since 1992.
* Affinity Circles announced four professional organizations will utilize company’s social networking platform: Asia America MultiTechnology Association, Committee of 100, Korea Information Technology Network and State Bar of Texas.
* Convio, software provider for nonprofits, and Heller Consulting announced completion of first real-time data integration for mutual client, American Red Cross – Mile High Chapter, Colorado, enabling automatic online updates of constituent records to respond more quickly to disaster
* Case Foundation announced online resource for job-seekers interested in nonprofit sector employment.
* Council for Opportunity in Education and Royal Caribbean cruise line announced The Scholar Ship, educational program for low-income students aboard Royal Caribbean ship.
* Garvester Kelley, former senior project manager, Public/Private Ventures, named vice president of mid-Atlantic region for Nonprofit Finance Fund.
* Council on Foundations and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers named Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) 2007 Friend of Philanthropy Award recipients.
* Zoe Publications announced May release of Southeastern Legal Foundation President Phil Kent’s book, “Foundations of Betrayal: How the Liberal Super-Rich Undermine America,” recounting how certain foundations “cloak their radical leftist agendas in mainstream legitimacy.”
* Donna Power Stowe, co-founder and former vice president, Institute for Education and the Arts, named executive director of District of Columbia Education Compact.
* The Broad Foundations board of governors named 13 new members from fields of education, science, arts and business.
* AccuFund, provider of financial reporting and accounting software for nonprofits, released Version 3.05 of AccuFund Accounting Suite, with enhancements allowing greater ease of use, accessibility and data management.
* John Spokes, former senior vice president, Netzel Associates, Culver City, Calif., named director of development, UCLA Live, producer and presenter of music, dance, theater and spoken word.
* Seventh annual Media That Matters Film Festival announced sixteen winners of social-issue awards for films that inspire attention, discussion and action.
* Barkley communications firm to create communications package for March of Dimes.
* Chiara Coletti, former vice president of communications and public affairs, the College Board, named as M. Booth Associates’ senior vice president and director of corporate social responsibility and nonprofit practice.
* “I Have a Dream” Foundation named Carnival Music Group founder Frank Liddell to board of directors.