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Who’s in the news – Week of 06.18.07

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* Andrew Carnegie Medals of Philanthropy awarded to leaders who have used their private wealth for public good:

  • Heinz Family, for giving in support of arts and women and children
  • Tata Family, for donating from 8 to 14 percent of company’s net profits to charity
  • Eli Broad, for support of wide array of charitable causes
  • Mellon Family, for support of the arts, education, technology research, environment

* Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, Wilmette, Ill., acquired http://www.depressedteens.com/, educational site for teens, parents and teachers; site helps teens recognize, talk about and seek treatment for depression.

* ePhilanthropy Foundation seeking applications for 2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards honoring people, groups, companies working in field of ePhilanthropy; deadline for nominations July 1.

* University of California San Diego topped $1 billion goal for UCSD: Imagine What’s Next campaign almost one month ahead of schedule.

* Palgrave MacMillan published Hardball Lobbying for Nonprofits – Real Advocacy for Nonprofits in the New Century, by Barry Hessenius, a consultant, a longtime political fundraiser, activist and nonprofit advocate, and a former director of California Arts Council.

* Association of Junior Leagues International elected seven new board members.

* Lazar Middle School, Montville, N.J., received Change Champions Award from Direct Change for raising over $23,000 to benefit medical clinic in Sudan.

* Grameen Foundation and Abdul Latif Jameel Group formed Grameen-Jameel Pan-Arab Microfinance Limited, joint-venture company focused on alleviating poverty in Arab world through microfinance.

* Youth Service America, Washington, D.C., seeking applications for microgrants of up to $1,000 from socially-minded youth ages 12-20 to create sustainable social ventures; information online.

* Susan Frank, former vice president of public policy, Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation, San Jose, Calif., named president and CEO of foundation, replacing Kathi Gwynn, who is stepping down due to health concerns.

* Paul L. Joskow, professor of economics and management, MIT, named president, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York.

* Marc Freedman wrote new book, “ENCORE: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life.”

* SemperComm Foundation, which provides overseas U.S. military bases with communications and entertainment equipment, raised more than $200,000 during annual gala; will use proceeds to adopt new military base in Afghanistan.

* Faith Mitchell, senior program officer, Institute of Medicine, named vice president for program and strategy, Grantmakers in Health; Eileen Salinsky, principal research associate, National Health Policy Forum, named vice president for program and strategy, Grantmakers in Health.

* Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, celebrated 15th anniversary of its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, effort designed to increase staff diversity within visual arts organizations; received 153 new interns in 2007.

* Eli Lilly and Company launched Lilly Not-For-Profit partnership for TB Early Phase Drug Discovery, public-private partnership to conduct early-phase research to discover new medicines for tuberculosis; new nonprofit will have up to 25 full-time researchers on staff.

* Vermont Directory of Foundations now being published by Vermont Community Foundation; latest edition to be available in print, downloadable PDF, online database.

* The American College launched new website designed to better serve students, faculty, alumni, consumers with information about the school.

* Food & Wine Magazine launched Grow for Good campaign, month-long online auction powered by cMarket to raise $1 million for Farm to Table, effort supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture.

* Nancy Handel, former chief financial officer, Applied Materials, appointed to board, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, Calif.

* Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Give an Hour partnering to create Returning Hero Counseling Network, program to provide therapy aimed at meeting counseling needs of returning U.S. troops and their families.

* Mary Ann Neidert, former vice president and chief financial officer of prepaid services division of First Data, named chief financial officer, Auctionpay.

* Southwest Airlines named official airline, silver sponsor and auction sponsor for Jimmy V Celebrity Junior Golf Classic June 18 benefiting V Foundation for Cancer Research.

* Elton John, founder and chair of Elton John AIDS Foundation, received Service to America Leadership Award from National Association of Broadcasters’ Education Foundation.

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