* Blackbaud, technology firm serving nonprofits, announced release of new technology platform named Infinity, and solutions, Blackbaud Direct Marketing and Blackbaud Enterprise CRM.
* W.K. Kellogg Foundation named new board members: Ramon Murguia, founder, Murguia Law Office, Kansas City, Mo.; and Bobby Moser, head administrator, The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
* ICA Group announced launch of Alternative Staffing Alliance, national association formed with funding from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support and promote social-purpose staffing as sustainable workforce development model.
* American Association of Museums announced partnership with U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, called Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad, to strengthen connections between people of the U.S. and people abroad through museum-based exchanges.
* L’Oréal Paris kicked off second Women of Worth program, seeking nominations for women who make a difference in lives of others, to award $25,000 donation to cause of one National Honoree.
* Ford W. Bell, former president and CEO, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, named president and CEO, American Association of Museums.
* Project12Baskets launched to raise money for charities through campaigns that collect and sell donated items with AbundanceWeaver software, which organizes donations and connects to public electronic auction sites.
* Jim Connolly, vice chair of corporate banking, Citizens Financial Group, elected chair of board of directors for Mass Mentoring Partnership, umbrella nonprofit agency for youth mentoring in Massachusetts.
* USA Swimming Foundation hired Merkle|Domain as direct marketing agency through three-year contract to launch inaugural direct marketing fundraising efforts.
* National Forest Foundation announced 2007 award recipients for Wilderness Stewardship Challenge program, with matching grants of up to $50,000 for nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground projects benefiting Wilderness Areas within National Forests and Grasslands.
* Eduardo Hauser, founder and CEO, DailyMe, named as new member of National Public Radio’s board of directors.
* Network of 80 philanthropists launched 50% League, project of Bolder Giving Initiative to inspire giving through stories of individuals who have given away half or more of their net worth, business profits or income over three years or more.
* Corporate Responsibility Officer Conference held with keynote speakers Tim Solso, Cummins CEO, and Doug Baker, Ecolab CEO.
* University of Southern California Annenberg and Getty Arts Journalism Program announced eight arts journalists as 2007 Fellows to elevate standard of excellence in arts and culture writing.
* Palm Foundation launched next phase in development of charitable and philanthropic activities through Cash Grants and Product Donation Program, allowing nonprofits to apply for cash grants between $1,000 and $25,000.
* Lehman Brothers global investment bank announced inaugural winners of Fulbright-Lehman Brothers Outstanding New Leaders in Finance Program, allowing nine exceptional Fulbright scholars to gain professional experience with Lehman Brothers.
* Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Michigan, to provide low-interest student loans to eligible students attending or planning to attend educational institutions to earn post-high-school degrees or certificates, through Helen and Harvey Pell Fund for Education.
* Public Relations Society of America posted sixth consecutive year of financial growth, with net assets increasing 7 percent to $2.8 million.
* Stephen M. Coan, chief operating officer, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, added title of president of Mystic.
* Richard L. Keyser, chair and CEO, W.W. Grainger, named chair of Business Roundtable’s Partnership for Disaster Response Task Force, consortium of U.S. CEOs focusing on how business community can effectively contribute to disaster preparedness and response.
* Columbia Business School announced collaboration with Harlem Children’s Zone to provide education opportunities and faculty consulting to Zone, as well as internship opportunities for students.
* Independent Sector announced release of 2006 Annual Report, “Many Voices, Shared Purpose; Working Together to Improve Lives,” highlighting ways it brought together nonprofit community to shape public policy, enhance efficacy and improve lives.
* Microsoft announced winners of Develop Without Borders contest co-sponsored by HP, for solution architects and developers to create design for Office Business Application to benefit charity of their choice:
- Grand Prize: AW Systems Inc., USA, for Habitat for Humanity International; and CBA, Australia, for Midnight Basketball Australia
- First Prize: Keidy Marcelo Sakamoto for Fundamed; and Solien Technology Inc., USA, for International Medical Corps
* Through representation of Acumen Fund, White & Case LLP, New York, says it is demonstrating new prototype for provision of pro-bono legal services.
* One month remains to register for first-ever National Maritime Heritage Foundation Golf Tournament, to take place June 7 in Waldorf, Maryland.
* Thurgood Marshall College Fund elected three new members to board of directors: Racquel Oden,Gloria A. Chance and James E. Whaley.
* Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network identified ten communities in need of Volunteer Centers, to receive assistance through Start-up Program.