* Home Depot Foundation published 2006 annual report, “A Celebration of Leadership,” which says group funded construction of almost 9,000 affordable, environmentally responsible housing units, and planted or restored 300,000 trees last year.
* Preservation Compact, coalition of real estate, finance, philanthropic, nonprofit and government leaders, developed plan to preserve and improve at least 75,000 existing homes in Chicago by 2020; supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
* Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, launching $230 million campaign; lead gifts to date total $45 million, bringing total raised as of June 1 to $110 million.
* National Arbor Day Foundation presented National Arbor Day Awards in honor of 14 tree planters worldwide.
* Rhonda Gelman Kelley, former associate vice president for development, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, named vice president of marketing and development, Pearl S. Buck International.
* Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for refugees, kicked off 18th annual general assembly and conference of European Foundation Centre, June 1-3, Madrid, Spain.
* National MS Society to hold MS Fly, scavenger hunt in Second Life, 3D virtual world, June 10-17, with proceeds benefiting society’s Southern California Chapter.
* California State Department of Conservation seeking proposals for Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program, which will grant $20 million in 2007; deadline July 13.
* NPower NY named Laureate by Computerworld Honors Program in recognition of its use of technology to benefit society.
* Vanessa Freytag, volunteer chair of Women’s Fund Leadership Council since 2001, named full-time executive director of Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, effective in July.
* Michael V. Seiden, former head of gynecologic cancer program, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, named president and CEO, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.
* Barbara Darrigan, president, Northern Billing Specialists Inc., named to board of Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Cadillac, Mich.
* Grameen Foundation launched Village Phone Direct Assistance Center, online assistance center to help microfinance groups bring telecommunications to world’s poor communities.
* University of Missouri-Columbia raised $6.9 million during May, bringing to more than $800 million the amount raised in $1 billion For All We Call Mizzou campaign.
* Fieldstone Alliance published new guide, “Information Goldmine,” tool for evaluating findings for public relations, educating consumers, influencing policy, boosting staff morale.
* Schering-Plough Corp. received Ray of Hope Award, top corporate honor bestowed by Community Health Charities of America, for its employees’ pledges that totaled more than $500,000 to Community Health Charities during 2006-07 workplace giving campaign.
* Dan Rice, founder and CEO, Strategic Fundraising Inc., named as finalist for Ernst & Young’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Minnesota and Dakotas.
* Colorado Trust, Denver, launched Healthy Aging Initiative, which will award $6.5 million to help 20 nonprofits serving senior population in Colorado.
* Bush Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., named 19 2007 Leadership Fellows to receive grants for full-time study or self-designed educational programs to learn to improve community in diverse ways.
* Convio, Austin-based provider of software for nonprofits, launched Convio Content Management, full-featured content management system.
* DATA, advocacy group working to eradicate extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa, launched new website to inform public about crisis, provide analysis.
* Tanishia Martin, former senior manager in product integration management at AOL Time Warner, named web director, Council on Foundations.
* Special Olympics International named eight new board members; three named to International Advisory Committee; Athens, Greece announced as host city for 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
* Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO, MGM Mirage, to receive Global Diversity and Innovation Award during 2007 World Diversity Summit at UN.
* Swapagift.com launched Cards that Care program to provide nonprofits with fundraising solution by turning unused gift cards into cash donations.
* Mike O’Brien promoted to executive director of iMentor; will co-lead organization with group’s president, Caroline Kim Oh.
* Vincenza Travale, Hamilton, Ontario educator, named board chair, Community Foundations of Canada.
* Microsoft received Community Leadership Award and Employee Community Engagement Award from United Way of America for company-wide volunteerism and fundraising efforts with United Way affiliates across U.S.
* Karl Stauber, president and CEO, Northwest Area Community Foundation, St. Paul, leaving to become president and CEO of Danville Regional Foundation, Danville, Va.
* Points of Light Foundation released 2006 annual report, “Volunteer Connection.”
* California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, created two-year fellowship for mid-career professionals in public, private and nonprofit sectors in honor of philanthropist Joan Palevsky.