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Who’s in the news – Week of 05.07.07

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* Advertising Council and the United Negro College Fund launched new series of public service announcements to encourage financial support of minority education.

* Carmen Hooker Odom, secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, named president of Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, effective in October.

* Sara L. Engelhardt, president of the Foundation Center, to retire in 2008; firm of Spencer Stuart to conduct national search for successor.

* Vicki L. Phillips, superintendent, Portland Public Schools, named director of education strategy and grantmaking, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Program.

* GuideStar charity navigator launched GuideStar Europe in April, to test Guidestar concept in four countries; organization received funding from ESKOM Foundation to develop first GuideStar on African continent.

* Guidestar to host International Assembly Sept. 19-20 in London, with theme, “Transparency, Civil Society and Effective States in the Age of Information.”

* American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced election of 203 Fellows and 24 Foreign Honorary Members.

* Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation, founded by Rosie O’Donnell, announced opening of Washington, D.C., office to advocate on behalf of children from low-income families and advocate for changes in foster care system to encourage adoption of older children.

* Foundation Source to open new office in Charleston, S.C.; company executive Tom Dittrich to head office with help of Atlanta-based Senior Managing Director Matt Brill.

* Copywrite Ink. Writing Services, Las Vegas, to promote and fundraise for Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada by producing merchandise to be sold through Cafepress.com, with portion of revenue directed to Center.

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles held inaugural Dusk to Dawn Golf Marathon at El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif., raising $160,000 to fund construction of five new townhouses in Santa Monica.

* Joanne Bursich, manager, Nonprofit Finance Fund Philadelphia’s Childcare Initiative for Southeastern Pennsylvania, promoted to serve as head of Nonprofit Finance Fund Philadelphia.

* Center on Philanthropy honored Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Atlanta, and Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Spirit of Philanthropy Awards luncheon, honoring individuals and groups that have provided support for university departments and programs.

* Myles-A-Part Foundation, Georgia, launched to provide financial and emotional support for families with Autistic children.

* Grenzeback Glier & Associates Inc., Chicago, launched Grenzeback Glier Philanthropic Analytics, with Brian Chapman named president and Antonio Daniels named chief information officer.

* Chris Peacock, former vice president of membership and marketing, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, named vice president of marketing and communications for Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

* New Orleans Medical Mission Services to host annual fundraising gala June 23, with drinks, food and silent and live auctions.

* Seth Moskowitz, former executive director, American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute, named senior vice president for campaign, American Technion Society.

* Thomas J. Billitteri, former news editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, named director of communications for Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program.

* 2007 Proxy Season Preview released at Council on Foundations annual conference to help foundations identify relevant issues and vote proxies in an informed manor. View free publication at http://www.asyousow.org/, http://www.rockpa.org/ or http://www.noyes.org/.

* ChangingThePresent.org launched to make charitable giving more rewarding by allowing donors to select specific “gifts” from featured causes and to promote better accountability.

* Nicolla Hewitt, journalist and former producer for CBS Evening News, named president of Seeds of Peace. Organization presented Peacemaker award to Queen Rania Al-Abdulla of Jordan and honored Ted Koppel for outstanding contribution to journalism.

* Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Jack Miller Center for Teaching of America’s Founding Principles has opened academic centers devoted to teaching America’s founding principles at University of Chicago; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Texas, Austin; and Emory University.

* Council on Foundations elected seven new board members and re-elected three current board members: Doug Bereuter, Sherry Salway Black, Diane S. Kaplan, Lance E. Lindblom, Elsie Meeks, Kevin K. Murphey, Kathleen Odne, Anne Cramer, Carol S. Larson and Richard Woo. Officers are:

  • Board Chair Maxwell King
  • Vice Chair Ralph Smith
  • Treasurer Diane Kaplan
  • Secretary Michael Balaoing

* Don Schoendorfer and Mike Bayer have raised $150,000 at the midway point in their 3,000-mile cross country bicycling trek, Ride for Mobility, for their nonprofit, Free Wheelchair Mission, which provides free wheelchairs to disabled people in developing countries.

* Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem, N.Y., will host 13th Annual Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment May 16 to showcase ongoing revival of community.

* Design agency jungle 8 announced partnership with Artsfest, San Francisco, by supporting its mission of encouraging community involvement and arts awareness.

* Alameda County Community Food Bank, California, announced appointment of new board members: Anne Cadwell, Mike Moye and Larry P. Ginsburg.

* Barry Lowenkron, assistant secretary of state, U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, named vice president for MacArther Foundation’s international program.

* Jay Frost, former chief strategy officer, WealthEngine, named vice president of FundraisingINFO.com, Atlanta-based online fundraising support service.

* Unitus Inc., secured $1.2 million loan for MBK Ventura, one of its microfinance partners in Indonesia, through two $600,000 loans from The Dignity Fund and MicroCredit Enterprises.

* HealthCare Volunteer announced plans to send task force to Tanzania to work with the Ministry of Health in Western Tanzania to provide free surgeries, vaccinations and other healthcare procedures to citizens who could not otherwise afford them.

* University of New Haven named new executive director of development and alumni relations: Timothy Stanton, former director of planning, administration and operations, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford Conn.

* San Francisco’s Chinese American International School announced raising $1.3 million to date through year-long endowment campaign.

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