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Who’s in the news – Week of 06.25.07


* Matthew Kramer, former chief program officer, Teach For America, named group’s president.

* Compumentor named two executives to serve as co-CEO’s with current CEO and president Daniel Ben-Horin:

  • Rebecca Masisak, former vice president and general manager, TechSoup Stock
  • Marnie Webb, former vice president of knowledge services for Compumentor

* SCI FI Channel working with nonprofit Destination ImagiNation to engage children, educators, parents in service learning projects as part of channel’s public affairs platform, Visions for Tomorrow.

* John Wiley & Sons published new book, “Cash & Investment Management for Nonprofit Organizations,” by John Zietlow and Alan G. Seidner.

* Skoll Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif., named seven new staff members to Program and Impact Team.

* Wildlife Trust, New York, named new board members:

  • Robert Hoguet, former senior managing director, Riverside Management Group
  • MaryLee Sachs, chairman, Hill & Knowlton/USA
  • Sarah Solmssen, retired lawyer and full-time mother

* Thomas E. Larkin Jr., vice chairman, TCW Group, named new chair of LA84 Foundation, formerly known as Amateur Athletic Foundation.

* Chapel & York published new book, Directory of Asia Pacific Grantmakers, which provides profiles of more than 900 funders in 19 countries.

* Jennifer Jobrack, former associate vice president of communications and community relations, The Chicago Community Trust, named executive director, Goodman Family Foundation, Skokie, Ill.

* Kate French, executive director, Wave Hill public garden and cultural center, the Bronx, N.Y., to step down in Spring of 2008 after 17 years of leadership.

* Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Association of Fundraising Professionals Foundation for Philanthropy created Ernest W. Wood Fellowship Research Prize, honoring American or Canadian doctoral students with $10,000; applications due June 30, 2007.

* 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.

* AT&T’s third annual “Tee it up” Global Charity Golf Tour, kicks off June 25 in New Jersey to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and programs.

* Philip T. Bonaventura, former vice president of finance and operations, United Nations Association of the United States of America, named chief financial officer, Public Relations Society of America, world’s largest organizations for pubic relations professionals.

* Joshua Nash, president of Ulysses Management, elected chairman of the board, Jewish Museum; Robert A. Pruzan, fine arts acquisition committee member, named president of the board.

* 9th Annual Food Arts Championship BBQ, held May 20 in Chicago, raised record $105,000 in sponsorships benefiting Share Our Strength, organization fighting worldwide hunger and poverty.

* Ford Motor Company and Community Services launched Ford Blue Oval Scholars Program, web-based networking initiative for scholarship winners; program logo contest will run through Oct. 1.

* Third annual Summertini benefit to support Episcopal community services CHEFS homeless program, June 22, San Francisco.

* Fortier Publications released new book by Hunter Lewis, “Are the Rich Necessary: Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values.”

* Family Reach Foundation, Parsippany, N.J., raised $60,000 in donations at 7th annual Oldies Night Dinner Dance; proceeds will be used to cover basic expenses incurred by families of pediatric cancer patients.

* Foundation Center’s 50th anniversary book, “Philanthropy in the 21st Century,” which contains interviews with philanthropic leaders, now available as printed volume or free downloadable file.

* Toyota International Teacher program sending 40 U.S. teachers as educational ambassadors to rural and urban Japan June 22-July 7; upon return, teachers will share insights with students, colleagues, community.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst launched Consumer Voices for Coverage, $12 million effort to boost state consumer health advocacy networks in selected states.

* Aidmatrix named as Nonprofit Sponsor of AMR Research’s 2007 Supply Chain Executive Conference; Aidmatrix launched AidConnect, free website promoting more successful humanitarian projects by sharing information between individuals and organizations.

* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation launched $1.5 million grant initiative supporting four private schools serving children who demonstrate academic excellence despite dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

* Oceana, nonprofit protecting world’s oceans, received Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from Public Relations Society of America for “Save Flipper: Don’t Kill the Dolphin” campaign.

* Robert A. Bassine, former director of human resources, San Francisco Opera, named vice president of human resources, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Oris C. Miller, formerly with The Trust for Public Land, name vice president of information services.

*, free online health and medical website, to hold online health fair June 18-30, and will make donation to each of 10 national nonprofits hosting online “booth” for every visitor attending that booth.

* Special Olympics International convening 60 students from 16 countries in Shanghai, China, for Global Youth Summit on intellectual disabilities to be held during 2007 World Summer Games Oct. 2-11, 2007.

* Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched $22.5 million grant program to close gap between research groups and local communities by supporting programs stimulating interest in science among students; five-year grants range from $529,308 to $750,000.

* Marci Bozeman, former director of development, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, named major gifts director, EARTH University Foundation, Atlanta.

* Vivian Torres Suarez, formerly of St. Mary’s Health Systems for Children and GHI Home Services, named senior vice president of services, Lighthouse International.

* Ryan’s Well Foundation, H2O Africa Foundation and Running the Sahara expedition and documentary partnering to bring clean water, sanitation, education to water-scarce regions of Africa; the foundations will invest more than $200,000 in effort in 2007.

* US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin, funded by Ford Foundation, to convene policy makers, scientists, business leaders to develop responses to ongoing consequences of chemical weapons used during war.

* Google Earth, tool for communication, collaboration and advocacy, launching new program for nonprofits.

* Christine Park, former president, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, named vice president of corporate responsibility, New York Life Insurance, and president of New York Life Foundation.

* Caryl M. Stern, former chief operating officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, named president and CEO of organization.

* Make-A-Wish Foundation of American named new board members: Liz Ann Sonders, senior vice president and chief investment strategist, Charles Sch
wab & Co., New York City; Craig Alan Coffey, vice president of marketing and consumer marketing operations, North America, Nokia.

* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships to 51 high-performing community college students to make transition to four-year colleges.

* The Jewish Museum raised $75.3 million, exceeding goal of centennial endowment campaign; received $1 million from Croll Charitable Trust to provide free admission on Saturdays for next three years.

* Morris Goodwin, Jr., president and chief operating officer, the Hogan Company, named board chair, Minneapolis Foundation; James W. Rockwell, principal, Lowry Hill, named vice chair.

* Florida State University Foundation selected Blackbaud’s higher education software to create integrated system to address needs of foundation, Seminole Boosters, Alumni Association and Ringling Museum.

* Case Foundation, Washington, D.C., launching Make It Your Own Awards grant program in which 20 semi-finalists will receive $10,000 grants and four finalists will receive additional $25,000 turn develop their ideas for improving communities.

* National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, advocacy organization, selected Convio to provide suite of Software as a Service package for constituent relationship management.

* Convio formed Convio Client Advisory Board to share insights meant to improve company’s online constituent management products and services.

* Grizzard Animal Care Team of Grizzard Agency, Minnesota, selected as agency of record for newly-merged Humane Society, largest animal welfare group in Minnesota.

* Covenant House 16th Annual Golf Invitational held June 25 at Hackensack Golf Club, Oradell, N.J., with proceeds benefiting Covenant House New York and Covenant House New Jersey.

* Valerie Raines, former program director, United Way of Greater Cleveland, named senior program officer, KeyCorp.

* Bridgestar’s Bridgespan Group launched “Bridging to the Nonprofit Sector,” multimedia portal designed to help mid-career professionals transition to leadership roles in nonprofit sector.

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