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Who’s in the news – Week of 04.30.07


* Jan Langbein, executive director, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas, received Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award from The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.

* Sharna Goldseker, vice president, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, named by Council on Foundations as chair of Committee on Family Foundations.

* W.K. Kellogg Foundation appointed new program vice presidents:

  • Gail C. Christopher, vice president for health
  • Anne B. Mosle, vice president for philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Gregory B. Taylor, vice president for youth and education

* Lifeline Award Dinner to take place May 12 in New York City, with real estate, development and construction industry leaders raising funds for Covenant House New York, nonprofit serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

* SemperComm Foundation, which provides communications and entertainment equipment for military personnel at remote overseas installations, announced sponsors of 2007 Gala, including flagship sponsor The Boeing Company.

* Online auction company cMarket announced launch of 2,000th auction, which the company says makes it the provider of the most web-based fundraising auction events.

* MicroCredit Enterprises, nonprofit providing microloans to the third-world poor, announced creation of Hunter Douglas Endowment for Microfinance Sustainability, expected to create $10 million in loans.

* St. Philip’s Academy, independent inner-city school, Newark, N.J., opened new campus to accommodate two decades of growth, through help of corporate donations and local volunteers.

* Public-interest consulting firm Fenton Communications acquired Donordigital, Internet fundraising, advocacy and marketing company.

* Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2005 developed computer program to educate Somali refugees in Ohio about basic legal rights and responsibilities.

* Public Relations Society of America Foundation named members of 2007 board of trustees; Gary McCormick, director of public relations of Scripps Emerging Networks, DIY Network and Fine Living, will serve last half of two-year term as board president.

* Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation announced June 1 deadline for Organization of the Year Award; visit website for information.

* Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will host The Downtown Dinner May 3 to honor innovative artists and other cultural icons, raise funds for Council’s artist residency program, Workspace.

* Foundation released 2006 annual report, which says the group awarded $3.2 million in grants, has more than 1,500 clients, and its employees volunteered more than 21,000 hours last year.

* Ashoka Changemakers collaborative competition soliciting campaigns to end domestic violence opened voting for 15 finalists, culled from 240 entries, with top three to receive cash awards after voting ends April 30.

* We Are Family Foundation, created in response to Sept. 11 attacks, raised more than $1 million at annual celebration.

* B. Kathlyn Mead, former CEO, Council of Community Clinics, San Diego, named senior vice president and chief operating officer of California Endowment.

* Living Cities announced creation of National Community Development Initiative, in conjunction with State of Louisiana, through $47 million loan fund to build and rehabilitate 4,500 affordable homes and apartments over next five years in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

* Rockefeller Brothers Fund named 25 college juniors to take part in 2007 Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color program, with each fellow to receive up to $22,100 over five-year period, during which they will teach for three years in public schools.

* Foundation Center released free video version of 50th Anniversary “Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy,” available online.

* The Kresge Foundation joined Partnership for Higher Education in Africa as partner foundation, expanding its current commitment in Africa.

* Special Olympics and sponsor Mattel Children’s Foundation announced creation of Young Athletes Resource Team, to support Young Athletes play program for children ages 2 through 7 with intellectual disabilities.

* Dennis A. Hunt, vice president of communications and public affairs, The California Endowment, died April 22 in an automobile accident.

* Center for International Disaster Information announced three winners of PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters, contest inviting students to create 30-second announcements conveying importance of monetary donations following international disasters.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Michigan state officials recently urged statewide expansion of foundation’s Reclaiming Futures model for juvenile justice reform, already implemented in Marquette County, Mich.

* United Way of York County, S.C., to receive all proceeds from Peoples First Insurance annual golf tournament, May 8.

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