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Who’s in the news – Week of 04.16.07

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* Matthew Nelson, former manager of community relations, Ameriprise Financial, named managing director for corporate services at Council on Foundations.

* Computers for Youth, nonprofit providing home computers to middle school children from low-income families, celebrated 10,000th family served; will host second annual Tech Leadership Awards May 30.

* National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and MetLife Foundation announced renewal of MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Project, with goal to improve teaching and learning in arts through partnerships between community arts organizations and public schools with grants of up to $25,000.

* Lumina Foundation released report, “Returning to Learning: Adults’ Success in College is Key to America’s Future,” addressing need to promote successful degree attainment among adult students and offering recommendations for how higher education system can better serve them.

* Fieldstone Alliance announced three new members of board of directors: Kathleen Enright, founder and CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations; Norman W. Harrington Jr., management consultant; and Bill King, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations.

* Lantern published new book by Siegfried E. Finser, “Money Can Heal: Evolving our Consciousness, The Story of RSF and Its Innovations in Social Finance.”

* Kaplan published new book by Laura Gassner Otting, “Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector: Shifting Your Focus from the Bottom Line to a Better World,” written to help mid-career professionals evaluate and accomplish switch to career in nonprofits.

* New website, BiddingForGood.com, launched by cMarket as way for nonprofits to connect donors and shoppers with worthy causes.

* Ford Customer Service Division’s Warriors in Pink initiative to host Car Care for a Cause promotion during April; announced $100,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

* Morgan James Publishing released “Building Personal Leadership: Inspirational Tools & Techniques for Work & Life,” collection of articles by Joe Farcht with tools and techniques for developing personal productivity and leadership skills.

* Bank of the Cascades, Portland, Ore., announced partnership with Willamette Valley Development Officers to present lecture series designed to support nonprofits in business and fundraising efforts.

* Americans for Libraries Council announced honorees of inaugural Voices for America’s Libraries Awards: Peter Gomes, Susan Jacoby, Sibyl Jackson and Fred Kent.

* DataTrade LLC announced release of Donation CheckScan software to provide image-based check processing for nonprofits that process checks regularly, saving time used to photocopy and manually update records.

* Jungle 8 brand strategy agency for nonprofits announced creation of branding initiative for University of California at San Francisco’s Institute for Regeneration Medicine.

* United Salad/Duck Delivery passed third-party audit for sustainable business practices at Portland and Seattle facilities, making it first food product distributor certified by Food Alliance for sustainable business practices.

* CreateAthon organizers made call for advertising and design firms across country to donate time to 24-hour “creative blitz” when they will work on pro-bono basis for nonprofits in their communities.

* Hasbro announced partnership with Operation Smile to create employee volunteer program, donate products and contribute $450,000 to finance three 10-day mission trips enabling surgeries for children with facial deformities.

* Eric A. Douglas, director of development, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, named senior officer of leverage center at Gill Foundation, Denver, Colo.

* Dawn Allen, executive director of GHA (formerly known as Group Homes for the Autistic), Albemarle, N.C., to serve as keynote speaker at two conferences in Japan April 25-May 3, to discuss development of model programs like GHA in Japan.

* Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, Baltimore, Md., law firm, launched fifth annual Ober|Kaler Community Grants Program, to distribute $35,000 in grants to Baltimore- and Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits; visit website for information.

* Points of Light Foundation announced additions to its Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway, national monument honoring exceptional volunteers: Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Ida Wells-Barnett and Dorthea Dix.

* Newly created Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation announced collaboration with Major League Baseball to expand MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program by 30 percent and provide $1 million in equipment and cash grants to support new and established youth baseball programs in 60 U.S. cities.

* National Maritime Heritage Foundation to host first-ever golf classic June 7 in Washington, D.C., to benefit its inner-city youth sailing programs.

* UniversalGiving received $700,000 so far this year to support programs assisting children, providing education and improving health in Nepal, Sierra Leone, China, Kenya, Peru and other countries.

* Nancy Schwoyer to step down in October as executive director of Wellspring House, Gloucester, Mass., facility offering emergency housing to families in crisis.

* National Center for Family Literacy opened applications for five grants of $600,000 to school districts interested in implementing Toyota Family Literacy Program, to expand from 15 schools nationwide; visit website for more information.

* Jeff Terry, former director of corporate commitment and strategic relationships, Whirlpool Corporation, named vice president of cause branding discipline for Cone, strategy and communications agency.

* Steve Gunderson, Council on Foundations director and former Wisconsin congressman, delivered speech at University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology encouraging creation of a Center for Philanthropic Studies.

* John Wiley & Sons published a new book by John J. Burnett, “Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices,” which outlines marketing principles for growing and improving nonprofits.

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