Who’s in the news – Week of 07.02.07

* Meyer Foundation, Washington D.C., published annual report for 2006 indicating 281 grants totaling $8,596,999.

* International Association for Advisors in Philanthropy reported record member attendance at national conference; association elected 11 new board members.

* Applications being accepted for 2007 Disney Minnie Grants, awards for community service projects by youth in and outside U.S.; application online, deadline Aug. 30.

* Sally Sara, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter, received 2007-2008 International Women’s Media Foundation Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for human rights journalism.

* National Center for Black Philanthropy named Wachovia main sponsor of sixth national conference in Washington D.C. area; includes presentation of six 2007 philanthropy awards.

* Rockefeller Foundation, New York City, named two recipients of 2007 Jane Jacobs Medal, including $100,000; Barry Benepe, 79, for lifetime leadership; Omar Freilla, 33, for new ideas and activism in the South Bronx.

* United Way of Central Carolinas will hold Young Leaders Signature Event June 30; volunteers to help adults, children of member agency Hope Haven.

* Civic Ventures announced 15 finalists, social innovators over age 60, for 2007 Purpose Prize, each to receive minimum $10,000; five finalists to receive $100,000.

* Community Weaving completed Village Resource Directory on Family Support Web site; milestone for asset mapping and civic engagement.

* East Bay Community Foundation designed “Researching Philanthropy” Center for Media, source of information for journalists available online.

* Second Harvest Food Bank, in conjunction with Lowes Foods and the United Way of York County, S.C. will donate 16,000 pounds of food to nearly 40 local agencies June 29.

* Community Renewal Society announced recipients of 35 under 35 leadership awards, honoring 35 young social justice leaders.

* Ted Smith, former manager with Motive, named director of client education, Convio, Austin, Texas.

* Chapel & York published first Directory of Asia Pacific Grantmakers, 900+ grantmakers in 19 Pacific countries, available as book or pdf download.

* Iris Curry, Alaskan native, joined Rasmuson Foundation for ten-week internship through First Alaskan Summer Internship Program in leadership development.

* Yourmembership.com, St. Petersburg Fla., announced enhanced corporate website launch, new tools, navigation.

* U.S. Conference of Mayors and Home Depot announced winners of second annual Awards of Excellence for Community Trees and Urban Forestry: Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., Albuquerque N.M, Orlando Park, Ill., received total of $200,000.

* Todd Baker, nonprofit book author, rejoined Grizzard Communications as vice president and senior strategist.

* Bush Foundation, private grantmaking organization, announced 15 2007 Artist fellows from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, each to receive $48,000 in unrestricted funds.

* Ryan Swift, attorney for UPS, named first corporate-sponsored lawyer to join Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s four-month Fellowship Program, partnership between pro bono legal community and corporate community.

* CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, announced 2007-08 boards of directors and overseers, including election of two new officers, seven new members.

* Seva Foundation appointed Mark Lancaster, former chair of Heifer International, as new executive director.

* New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, leading foundations, and banks, announced first affordable housing preservation agreement under NYC Acquisition Fund.

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