* California Endowment announced partnership with United Way Of Tulare County, Ventura Community Foundation and Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment to commit $1 million to assist farmers in five counties affected by crop freeze.
* YMCA of the USA elected two new board members: Antonio J. Lucio, senior vice president of insights and innovation, PepsiCo; and Larry Rosen, president and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
* Association of Fundraising Professionals honored recipients of 2007 Awards for Philanthropy:
- Paschal-Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist – Bernie Marcus, Atlanta
- Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Joan and Howard Katz, Fort Worth, Texas
- Community Counseling Service Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional – Paul Marcus, Toronto
- Award for Outstanding Foundation – Sobrato Family Foundation, Milipitas, Calif.
- Award for Outstanding Corporation –Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., Erlanger, Ky.
- William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (5-17) – Students of Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, Ill.
- William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (18-23) – Sarah Rose Varadian, Norwood, Mass.
* Altum announced acquisition of e-grantmaking website proposalCENTRAL from Research and Management Systems, allowing Altum to expand work in grants management technology industry.
* Mary Phillips, co-founder, vice president and treasurer, Grants Management Associates, named as company’s president, succeeding co-founder Newell Flather.
* Texas Hold ‘em for Research Tournament held by Wall Street financial community, chaired by Apollo Management founder and CEO Leon Black, raising $2.3 million to support Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation.
* Thurgood Marshall College Fund presented Community Leadership Awards to:
- Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
- Bess Stephens, vice president, HP Philanthropy and Education
- Nathan and Julia Hare, founders, Black Think Tank
- H. Jesse Arnelle
- Paul Garrison, director of legal regulatory affairs, California State Automobile Association
* BD, global technology company, and Direct Relief International, medical aid nonprofit, announced joint initiative to send 12 BD employees to two clinics in Ghana for three weeks to help train healthcare providers, construct new facility, upgrade laboratory capabilities and incorporate clean water solutions.
* World Land Trust announced partnership with Independent Airport Park and Ride Association to find ways to reduce carbon emissions associated with air travel, support work to regenerate degraded rain forest in Ecuador.
* Coreix, UK-based hosting services company, announced plans to offset carbon emissions from data center by supporting World Land Trust’s preservation work.
* Duane Reade Holdings announced formation of Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, to raise funds to support charities devoted to improving health and wellness of New Yorkers.
* Ryder Golf Events announced free comprehensive golf tournament planning Web site to assist planning for charitable events and other gatherings.
* Auctionpay, fundraising software company for nonprofits, launched Auctionpay Event Services, professional services group to provide on-site, pre- and post-event support and consulting.
* Foundation Center released 5th edition of “The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing,” by Jane C. Geever, providing insight into grantmakers’ priorities while reviewing proposals.
* Beta version launched for Citizendium, project aimed at creating free encyclopedia online; started by co-founder of Wikipedia to improve on Wikipedia model through better accountability.
* Do Something, activism website aimed at young people, announced 12 winners of $10,000 BRICK Awards, honoring youth who have given back to their communities.
* Goodwill of Southern Los Angeles County graduated 3rd class of More Opportunities for Vocational Employment students from classroom training to paid on-the-job apprenticeships; program designed to help people re-enter job market after long periods of unemployment.
* SemperComm Foundation to hold annual fundraising gala May 10 in Arlington, Va., benefiting mission of providing small, overseas remote military stations with communications and entertainment equipment.
* Council on Foundations named recipients of Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for Excellence in Communications and Critical Impact Awards for people making a difference in grantmaking, also recognized one individual and one organization:
- Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking – John Damonti, president, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
- Paul Ylvisaker Award for Public Policy Engagements – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
* Iris Chen, current executive director, Teach For America in New York City, appointed as president and CEO of “I Have a Dream” Foundation.
* Jim Hanifan, former St. Louis Cardinals head coach and St. Louis Rams offensive line coach, named honorary chair of 28th annual St. Louis Senior Olympics.
* Bridgestar announced new area of website with tools for nonprofit chief financial officers.
* Heather Cooper Ortner, former head of Brandeis-Bardin’s major gift program, appointed as vice president of development, International Myeloma Foundation.
* Jungle 8 brand strategy agency for nonprofits recently completed series of workshops for nonprofit youth theater organization Teen2Teen, yielded integrated marketing strategy with official website and promotional materials.
* California Pacific Medical Center officially opened Bayview Child Health Center, first full-service pediatric center in Bayview Hunters Point, community of San Francisco.
* Council on Foundations announced plans to relocate office facilities to Crystal City area of metropolitan Washington, with custom-designed facility and closer proximity to Capitol Hill.
* Silicon Valley Community Foundation appointed six new staff members, including five former staffers from parent foundations, Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Peninsula Community Foundation. Appointments include: Karen DeMers, vice president, facilities and services; and Debbie Silveira, senior director, grants and gifts administration.
* Rex Foundation, founded by friends and members of Grateful Dead, announced $78,000 in grants to 15 domestic and international organizations.
* YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley and Cheryl Hubbard, City of Pasadena Commissioner, hosted Mothers on the Move meeting March 14 to organize mothers in community to work for peace and unity in neighborhoods.
* AT&T accepting applications for Excelerator Grants, providing funds for nonprofits in need of technology resources and software.
* International Scleroderma Network released “Voices of Scleroderma” book series, co-edited by Judith Devlin and Shelley Ensz, presenting stories of the fatal disease, which can harden skin, blood vessels and internal organs.
* BookSurge announced release of “The Secrets of Successful House Parties: Effectively Raise Money/Awareness or Mobilize for Action,” manual by Lila G. Gracey instructing organizations and hosts on how to escape pitfalls of organizing special events.
* New Mexico Community Foundation announced 21st Century Luminarias and Legacy Project to celebrate New Mexico