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Who’s in the news – Week of 04.09.07

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* Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government announced creation of fully integrated joint degree program in business and government.

* Damian Thorman, former assistant prosecuting attorney and deputy director of Family Support Division, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kansas City, Mo., named national program officer of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

* BT and UNICEF launched joint three-year global development initiative to invest $3 million in bringing education, technology and communications skills to children from low socio-economic backgrounds in South Africa, Brazil and China.

* Jewish United Fund raised $535,000 at “Stand Up Chicago” event, headlined by Howie Mandel, with proceeds going to 2007 Annual Campaign and Israel Emergency Campaign.

* ePhilanthropy Foundation seeking nominations for 2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards, announced new category of Best Senior Friendly Website Design and/or Online Campaign; visit website for information.

* National Christian Foundation, Atlanta, has received $2 billion in contributions since 1982 inception, reached asset balance of $1 billion.

* Children’s Partnership released updated Issue Brief, “Helping Our Children Succeed: What’s Broadband Got To Do With It?” analyzing how broadband internet can improve lives of U.S. children

* ALS Association unveiled new logo and theme line, “Fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” to underscore mission of fighting the disease.

* Marguerite Casey Foundation website Equal Voice received Silver award for excellence in communications from 2007 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards, sponsored by Council on Foundations.

* Public Relations Society of America announced 104 finalists selected from 855 entries for 2007 Silver Anvil Awards, recognizing exemplary public relations programs.

* Suzan Bateson, executive director, Alameda County Community Food Bank received East Bay Business Time’s 2007 Women of Distinction Award.

* Washington Nationals Dream Foundation announced long-term partnership with Children’s National Medical Center to support children’s education, health and recreation.

* Care2, online social network, and HomeGift Realty Inc. announced joint program to help home buyers and sellers get cash rebates on real estate commissions and pass a portion on to charity.

* GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program announced $650,000 in grants to be awarded to 18 recipients in U.S. and Canada to support research involving music.

* Javier La Fianza, former vice president of programs and CEO, Crystal Stairs Inc., California child development nonprofit, named president and CEO of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.

* Global Fund for Women named Gold award winner for excellence in communications in three categories of 2007 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program, sponsored by Council on Foundations.

* Online social network Care2 and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced creation of networked discussion board to unite jazz fans on different Web sites as part of Smithsonian’s annual jazz appreciation month.

* Mountain Equipment Co-op, Toronto, announced membership in One Percent For The Planet, coalition of 500 companies from 20 countries committed to healthier planet by donating at least one percent of annual revenues to environmental causes.

* Diabetes Research Institute Golf Classic to take place April 23 at El Caballero Country Club, Los Angeles, with proceeds going to Diabetes Research Institute.

* Council on Foundations selected 15 films for 2007 Film and Video Festival, recognized five films with Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media.

* Helen LaKelly Hunt, founder, The Sister Fund, named recipient of 2007 Leadership for Equity And Diversity Award by Women & Philanthropy, honoring accomplishments in developing and supporting creative programs that promote equity and diversity for women and girls.

* Inspiration Mobile, Charlotte, N.C., named service provider for United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland’s daily inspirational text messaging service, delivering messages from Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant.

* Broad Foundation announced five urban school districts as finalists for $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education, recognizing urban school districts for making progress in raising student achievement:

  • Bridgeport Public Schools, Conn.
  • Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Fla.
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Northside Independent School District, northwest San Antonio, Texas

* Toro Company joined U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Partners Resource Center for three-year term as Foundation’s Supporter for Turfgrass Maintenance Equipment, to provide services and discounted products to grassroots soccer organizations.

* Gil Jones, former lead pastor, Flatirons Community Church, Boulder, Colo., named CEO of Leader’s Challenge, high school leadership program, after Founder and CEO Thomas Spaulding announced plans to step down.

* HealthCare Volunteer announced it maintains largest listing of health-related volunteering opportunities, with 1,500 organizations from 118 countries reporting listings on website.

* Catherine Nixon Cooke, former president and CEO, The Mountain Institute, Washington, D.C., named executive director of San Antonio River Foundation, Texas.

* Gail K. Naughton, co-founder and former vice chair, Advance Tissue Sciences, named to national board of directors of City of Hope cancer center, Duarte, Calif.

* Kaplan Publishing announced release of “Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector,” by Laura Gassner Otting, addressing challenges and rewards of working in sector.

* Kintera announced addition of several Christian ministries as clients implementing Kintera Sphere software for nonprofit fundraising and awareness.

* Julia R. Bianchi, member of board of directors of American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, elected to board of Summa Hospitals Foundation, Akron, Ohio.

* American Library Association and NASD Investor Education Foundation announced joint program, “Smart Investing @ your library,” to help build capacity of public libraries.

* Seedco Financial Services, New York City, name three new board members: Veronica Barela, president and CEO, NEWSED; Maurice Coleman, senior vice president, Bank of American in New York; Jon Minikes, private real estate investor and developer.

* Regions Bank and Seedco Financial Services, New York City, partnering to increase investment in Alabama communities with infusion of $2 million from Regions and $1 million from Seedco; program aims to economic development for women and minority entrepreneurs in low- to moderate-income areas.

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