Who’s in the news – Week of 05.28.07

* Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation seeking nominations for Organization of the Year Award; deadline June 1, nomination forms online.

* Pajama Program, New York City nonprofit providing pajamas to kids in need, raised $60,000 at recent fundraiser.

* Larry J. Gammon, president, Easter Seals New Hampshire, received 2007 Patrick Jackson Award from Yankee Chapter of Public Relations Society of America.

* Mother and Child Project of the SPIRAL Foundation received $55,000 in proceeds from ARTribe event in Santa Monica, Calif.

* Four websites powered by Convio nominated for 2007 Webby Awards, which recognize creativity, strategy and results: Free Press, International Rescue Committee, GreatSchools, United Nations Foundation.

* Five groups to receive Awards for Excellence in Workplace Volunteer Programs from Points of Light Foundation: AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah; Citigroup; McGraw-Hill Companies; Microsoft; Salt River Project.

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to dedicate newest home in honor of exiting mayor Beverly O’Neill in recognition of her commitment to affordable housing in the city.

* J.C. Flowers & Co., which acquired student loan provider Sallie Mae, to invest $150 million over five years in Sallie Mae Fund to increase college access to low-income students.

* Rick DellaRatta, singer, pianist and composer, is first jazz artist included in Foundation Center’s list of musician philanthropists; other musicians on list include Bono of U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting.

* Bush Foundation, Saint Paul, Minn., named 12 physicians as Bush Medical Fellows.

* Blackbaud and Fusion Labs hosted three-day summit focused on issues facing community foundations; more than 40 nonprofit leaders attended.

* OnPhilanthropy and Changing Our World released study on existing and emerging issues facing nonprofit hospital industry.

* Center for Global Prosperity at Hudson Institute launched 2nd edition of Index of Global Philanthropy, guide to sources and magnitude of American charity and giving from other industrialized nations to the developing world.

* Entergy published 2006 Low-Income Customer Assistance Program report; company serves 2.6 million customers, one in four of whom live in poverty.

* Annual $1 million Gotham Prize for Cancer Research launched by hedge fund managers Joel Greenblatt and Robert Goldstein of Gotham Capital to encourage collaboration on new approaches to cancer research by top thinkers in field.

* GrantCraft published new guide, “Grant Making with a Racial Equity Lens,” for funders interested in intersection of equity and philanthropy.

* As part of 10th anniversary celebration, Cans for Habitat launched new grant program open to all U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates; group will award $5,000 grant monthly to affiliate that recycles most aluminum cans.

* Susan Crites Price, former managing director of Family Foundation Services at Council on Foundations, named vice president, National Center for Family Philanthropy.

* Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation launched Community Grant Program to support front-line educators with grants of up to $2,000 for small, concrete projects in inner-city schools in Boston, Hartford or Providence, N.Y.

* American Cancer Society to hold third virtual Relay for Life July 27-28 in Second Life virtual-world website; Society to establish virtual headquarters in Second Life.

* American Public Radio’s Center for Innovation in Journalism won first Knight News Innovation EPpy for its Public Insight Journalism model, system for engaging thousands of people in news-gathering; award sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

* Bright Space center for homeless children at Abyssinian House, New York City, opened May 23 through partnership of Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Abyssinian Development Corporation, Community Playthings.

* Grameen Foundation released new paper on microfinance as platform for broad-based socio-economic development: “Microfinance: A Platform for Social Change,” by Marge Magner, general partner, Brysam Global Partners.

* Lonny Rollins, founder, Innovative Concepts software development company, named chief technology officer, NOZA; Kathleen Rogers, formerly in marketing and public relations at Intel, named director of marketing and product development, NOZA.

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