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Who’s in the news – Week of 05.21.07


* Thomas Frost, former interim director of CornerHouse, Minneapolis-based child abuse evaluation and training center, named executive director.

* Advanced Solutions International, Alexandria, Va., named development staff members: Ed Beck, former vice president of information systems, Prison Fellowship Ministries, named senior account executive; Dan Germain, former vice president and general manager for product management and marketing, Sage Software, named senior executive for strategic business development.

* Donna Fabiani, former manager for financial strategies and research, U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, named executive vice president of knowledge sharing, Opportunity Finance Network, Philadelphia.

* Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy named new board members:

  • Alain J.P. Belda, president and CEO, Alcoa
  • Martin J. Sullivan, president and CEO, American International Group
  • Lex Fenwick, CEO, Bloomberg
  • Lawrence K. Fish, chairman of RBS America and Citizens Financial Group

* US Postal Food Drive in Rock Hill, S.C., brought in about 14,000 pounds of food, about 60 percent less than last year; United Way of York County, S.C. asking for additional donations to be brought to local food pantry.

* J. Paul Getty Trust named new board members:

  • Frances Daly Fergusson, president emeritus, Vassar College
  • Paul LeClerc, president and CEO, New York Public Library
  • Neil Leon Rudenstine, chairman, ARTstor and former president of Harvard University

* NetSquared, San Francisco, announced top 21 competitors in competition for best projects using social web for social change; winners to compete for $100,000 NetSquared Technology Innovation Award at 2007 conference in San Jose, Calif. May 29-30.

* More Than Money launching nonprofit initiative, “Bolder Giving;” website includes stories about giving, questionnaires and connections to resources.

* Gary Allison, former senior vice president of software development, data center operations and customer service, Simdesk Technologies, named vice president of engineering, Convio.

* Ford Motor Company Fund donated $10,000 to America’s Promise Alliance to launch new volunteer program strengthening lives of disadvantaged kids.

* Wilderness Society using Merkle, database marketing agency, to improve member service through faster gift processing and flexible reporting.

* Xcel Energy received 20th annual Spirit of America Award from United Way of America in recognition of company’s commitment to community improvement.

* Kermit “KC” Burton, loaned executive from Annie E. Casey Foundation, to serve as interim CEO of Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation through September 2007 or until permanent CEO is found.

* Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York, raised record $1.2 million at annual Leadership Breakfast attended by almost 1,000 business, civic and political leaders.

* Mothers Against Drunk Driving aims to raise $2 million during 2007 Strides for Change walks taking place in 30 cities; national presenting sponsor is Nissan North America.

* Conrad N. Hilton Foundation selected projects for national effort to improve housing, health and development of at-risk kids and families: Antelope Valley Homeless Coalition, Los Angeles; Reuben Lindh Family Services of Minneapolis; Prototypes, Centers for Innovation in Health, Los Angeles.

* Church World Service received highest rating for financial health from Charity Navigator, nonprofit watchdog group.

* Home Depot Foundation named by Global Green USA as lead funding partner for green affordable housing community in Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans; project aims to encourage green rebuilding.

* Michael McSurdy, vice president of program services for Oasis Center, Nashville, Tenn., received tuition sponsorship valued at $77,000 to attend executive MBA program at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

* Bob Carter, president of Ketchum, retiring after 12 years; during tenure, company partnered with over 1,400 groups that raised more than $8 billion.

* Nonprofit Finance Fund, Philadelphia, sponsored “The Art of Business Planning: From Strategy to Implementation,” May 15, drawing about 60 arts groups from Philadelphia area.

* Betsy Campbell, nonprofit consultant, La Paz, Bolivia, named vice president for programs, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York.

* Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program chose winners randomly from 5,000 emails received as part of “One Problem, Many Faces,” national viral email campaign: Angie Latimer, Mona Wimberly, Maggie Castelluccio.

* Summer issue of Education Next to include study by Partick J. Wolf of University of Arkansas that says schools of choice do better job of instilling civic values in students than do assigned public schools.

* Grenzebach Glier & Assoc. named new staffers: Terry Larkin, former deputy chief operating officer, Illinois Dept. of Central Management Services, named chief administrative officer; Kathryn Kane, former senior vice president for brand management and marketing, Alzheimer’s Association, named vice president of marketing.

* American Association of Museums named eight new board members; Carl Nold, president and CEO, Historic New England, elected vice chair.

* Gill Foundation published its 2006 online annual report, “Stronger Together.”

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles using SmartTurn’s warehouse and inventory management system for its Jimmy Carter Work Project, which will bring together volunteers to renovate 100 homes during week of Oct. 28.

* Kimberly Otis, former president, Women & Philanthropy, named executive director, National Council of Women’s Organizations.

* The Resource Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation U.S. and Give2Asia, partnering to form Alliance for International Giving, designed to benefit donors with global interests.

* Barbara Gilvar wrote new book, “The Art of Hiring Leaders: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations,” designed as resource to boards and search committees engaged in executive transitions.

* John Wiley & Sons published new book by Susan U. Raymond and Mary Beth Martin, “Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy,” guide for nonprofits on intergenerational transfer of wealth.

* John Wiley & Sons published new book by Martin L. Novom, “The Fundraising Feasibility Study: It’s Not About the Money,” which details the full feasibility study process.

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