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Who’s in the news – week of 07.09.07

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* NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association named Geoff Birkett as president and CEO, first leadership change in 18 years.

* New York City and New Jersey Time Warner Cable aired community awareness messages during June by Computers for Youth, organization dedicated to improving disadvantaged youth education.

* Jonette Arms, former child abuse prevention project manager at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, joined the Alliance for Children and Families as project director for New Age of Aging Program, funded by $2.6 million, five-year grant.

* The Sabin Vaccine Institute, Washington, D.C., named actress Alyssa Milano as founding ambassador of Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control; Milano has pledged $250,000 to vaccine purchase.

* Anré Williams, American Express senior executive, elected board chair, Junior Achievement of New York; his is youngest, first African American to head JANY.

* “Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative,” sponsored by IBM, opened Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Achievement Center, Minn., second of five such centers.

* The Point Foundation, Los Angeles, has announced the recipients of its named scholarship program for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students; sponsored by individuals, organizations, corporations.

* Jack O. Bovender Jr., chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America and Charles H. “Pete” McTier, three-foundation trustee, each elected to five-year term on board of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

* Thirteen alternative staffing organizations have formed Alternative Staffing Alliance, launched March 2007; members based in major U.S. cities.

* City of Hope, Los Angeles, appointed three new members to its board: Alexander L. Capello, investment banker; Rodney Freeman, construction executive; Ronald J. Silverman, investment advisor.

* Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Washington, D.C., named Momentum: Igniting Social Change by Allison H. Fine as winner of 2007 Terry McAdam Book Award, recognizing contribution to nonprofit management.

* Charity Global raised $105,000 during June 19 public service announcement featuring water collection in Central Park pond; proceeds to benefit construction of over ten water wells in Rwanda, Africa.

* The New York Regional Association of Grantmakers has appointed Ronna D. Brown, president of BBB Center, its fourth president, effective Aug. 2007.

* Mark L. Begly, former executive director of advancement and university relations at Regent University, appointed director of development for Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

* Caryl M. Stern, former chief operating officer and senior associate national director of Anti-Defamation League, named president and CEO of UNICEF.

* Direct Relief International launched new changes to Web site, multimedia library, updates on effort status, news.

* The World Land Trust announced 2006 as most successful year in public fundraising, with Internet use and research on carbon sequestration issues as possible causes of growth.

* Independence Community Foundation announced move to Brooklyn, N.Y.; phone, fax numbers remain the same.

* The New York Regional Association of Grantmakers collaborated with The New York Times Company on NY Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards; Good Shepherd Services received Overall Excellence Award of $25,000.

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