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Who’s in the news – Week of 07.23.07


* Students Against Destructive Decisions announced new fundraising initiative, efundraising mall from Sparhawk, website where portion of proceeds from purchases on retail sites benefit SADD.

* CHF International, with government of Colombia agency Accion Social, entered into 9-month, $51 million agreement to continue humanitarian aid to displaced Colombian families.

* National Head Start Association to hold special board election by end of 2007, filling officer vacancies, electing chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer.

* Red Cross’ disaster relief fund seeking donations, relief support for those affected by flooding throughout Midwestern states; visit website or call

* Keep A Child Alive received $100,000 bid for charity auction package including Apple iPhone, to be presented by Alicia Keys at Black Ball honoring Bono Oct. 25, New York City.

* Richard Kurtz Jr., former senior vice president, CEO of National Able Network, named executive director of Lumity, formerly IT Resource Center.

* Sodexho Foundation, Feeding our Future Program, to provide 258,000 meals to 7,000 children at risk for hunger during summer months in 18 U.S. cities.

* Eugene Tempel, executive director of Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, given 2007 James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education from Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

* Sheldon Weiner, former executive director, Sutton Place Synagogue, named executive director, International Sephardic Education Foundation announced executive director.

* Kevin White, former vice president, MediaCom, Burbank, Calif., joined Russ Reid Company as vice president, overseeing planning, buying.

* Best Buy Children’s Foundation to hold National Sponsorship of ‘Race: Are We So Different’ exhibit, three-year project created by American Anthropological Association in collaboration with Science Museum of Minnesota.

* Round Table Pizza employees, Concord, Calif., held fundraiser competition to sell most balloons during month of April; $135,000 raised to benefit Children’s Miracle network.

* 2007 ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic held July 10, raised record $1.3 million in net proceeds for V Foundation for cancer research; 50 athletes, celebrities attended.

* Lithia Back to School Challenge, effort in which Pocatello, Idaho-area dealerships raise money to expense to teacher’s of purchasing school supplies.

* David S. Friedman, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, International Health at Johns Hopkins University, appointed senior technical advisor of eye health at ORBIS International.

* First annual Minnesota State Open Pro-Am Tournament to be held July 26, benefiting Special Olympics of Minnesota; 14 PGA golf pros to team up with 14 Special Olympic athletes.

* Sammantha McDonald to serve as one of 50 delegates representing the U.S. at “Ignite the Promise: Global Advocate Summit” in Budapest, Hungary in Sept.

* National Business Coalition on Health named officers for board of governors, Jerry Custer elected chair.

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation launched initiative to increase participation of people with cystic fibrosis in clinical trials, more than 1,000 people with CF needed, call toll-free clinical trials hotline 877.8CF.JOIN.

* Riverwalk Jazz uses Convio software to expand its website as venue to educate international audiences about Jazz, increases in subscribers, listeners, supporters.

* American Liver Foundation added four new people to 24-member national board of directors, furthering mission to provide research funding, education, advocacy on behalf of 30 million Americans with liver disease.

* Sherrie Graham of Mobile to serve as keynote speaker at first International Conference on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and Projects, July 23-26, Boston.

* Chicago-based HSBC teamed up with Money Management to prevent foreclosure in Illinois through creation of MMI Preserving Homeownership and Savings Education Strategy Program, presentation held July 18.

* I. King Jordan, former president of Gallaudet University, Stacy Cervenka, legislative correspondent on the staff of Senator Sam Brownback, both named to Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation advisory committee.

* Arch Coal released its responsibility report detailing commitment to air, land, water, communities, ethical behavior, workplace safety.

* Psoriasis Cure Now launched amateur video contest about psoriasis to educate public about the disease, winner will be awarded $7,500; visit website for information.

* Francine Lynch named director of Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School, responsible for audience development, funder relationships, direction for current and future programs.

* East Bay Community Foundation filed suit against Tom Gonzales, Florida real estate speculator, for misappropriating assets of $90 million estate left by his son, much of which was intended for East Bay charities.

* National Philanthropic Trust published its 2006 annual report, “Giving”, showing $107,777,141 awarded to charitable organizations.

* In partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nature’s Finest Candles will provide Shimmer of Hope, limited edition Beeswax candle, with $1 dollar donation to Komen for each candle sold during Oct., $30,000 guaranteed minimum donation.

* United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Independence Blue Cross announced Partners in Caring campaign to focus public attention on providing community support.

* As part of Research!America’s Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, 23 experts from the U.S. on global health have been appointed ambassadors of the society.

* Toyota Motor Sales and FFA Foundation announced two-year agreement to enhance previous partnership by allowing FFA to expand community relations efforts, conduct charitable work.

* Kroger to host “Bringing Hope to the Table,” two-week campaign supporting America’s Second Harvest by assisting 85 food banks nationwide; eligible items identified July 15-28.

* Kaiser Family Foundation launched new website providing information on health policy issues, public opinion surveys, news coverage of 2008 presidential campaign trail.

* Home Safety Council announced Dennis Compton, former Mesa, Ariz. fire chief, as board chair; Marshall A. Croom, senior vice president of merchandising and store operations, Lowe’s Companies, named vice chair.

* Mario Murgado, Miami auto dealership owner, named chairman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Florida.

* Kyphon announced partnership with International Myeloma Foundation to raise awareness about multiple myeloma and treatment options; multimedia release available online.

* City of Hope Cancer Center launching 7th annual “La Gota de la Vida Campaign,” to raise funds, educate Latinos on health, increase donors to National Bone Marrow Program.

* Around 250 Daniels Scholars preparing to enter colleges nationwide volunteered their time to assemble 5000 hygiene packs for the homeless on July 13, University of Denver.

* Monica McC
luney, former national consultant in fund development, has joined the United Negro College Fund as national director of strategic alliances; position created to develop partnerships with national corporations.

* Robert G. Perry, former CEO of BSI Americas, elected president and chairman of The National Trust for the Humanities, with responsibility for generating new private-sector resources for the humanities.

* Wynne Whitman and Shawn Glisson published estate planning book, “Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health.”

* Enterprise Center announced Union Packaging will receive 2007 Manufacturer of the Year Award from New York Regional Minority Enterprise Committee, July 23.

* Carol Lukas, president of Fieldstone Alliance, appointed to board of Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

* California Endowment launched new listserv, Health eNews, about what’s new in health at California Endowment.

* CitySoft launched Community Enterprise version 6.0, featuring improved usability.

* M. Stephen Soltis, former managing director of J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank, appointed chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, Lighthouse International.

* Sinu announced launch of Sinu IT Service, complete IT support for fixed, monthly fee, as alternative for nonprofits to hiring in-house IT staff and consultants.

* Glenn Miller, former vice president for major planned gifts, Eastern Division of American Cancer Society, named vice president for institutional advancement of Mercy College.

* Bernadette A. Toomey, former executive vice president for strategic partnerships and development at American Legacy Foundation, named president and CEO of American Lung Association.

* Gordon J. Campbell, former CEO of Safe Horizon, named president and CEO of United Way of New York City, effective Oct. 1.

* Kintera announced Kintera Connect, upcoming open application forum enabling integration of applications for nonprofits.

* Michael Dalby named board chair of East Bay Community Foundation effective July 1; to conduct search for first new CEO in 14 years.

* William Nicholas, former senior research analyst for First 5 LA, named director of research for The California Endowment.

* Foundation Center launched multimedia events archive on the web, containing free access to Foundation Center events, resources, in a variety of formats, for each of its five regional centers.

* Newmont Mining Corporation, leading international gold company, joined The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria.

* Zeinab Cahahine, former executive deputy commissioner of New York City Administration for Children’s Services, named managing director of strategic consulting for Casey Family Programs.

* Hands On Network and Points of Light Foundation to merge effective July 31, creating network of 370 affiliates nationwide; Michelle Nunn, co-founder and CEO of Hands On Network, to lead new organization; philanthropist Ray Chambers named board chair, Neil Bush, CEO of Ignite! Learning named vice chair.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation to use Blackbaud’s new direct marketing solution to manage outreach and membership, with goal of increasing membership to 250,000 by 2010.

* Case Foundation launched “Make It Your Own Awards,” grant program recognizing people coming together to solve problems; 20 semi-finalists to receive $10,000 grants with additional $25,000 to each of four finalists; application deadline Aug. 8.

* Acumen Fund, New York, selected seven Acumen Fund Fellows for class of 2008; participants receive training and nine-month placement with one of Acumen’s investments.

* National headquarters of NPower Network relocated to New York City from Seattle effective Aug. 1 to better connect national leadership to daily work of organization; Barbara Chang, head of New York affiliate, to become CEO of national network.

* James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, presented six recipients from five organizations with 2007 leadership awards, which include $125,000 per group, for tackling pressing state issues.

* Advanced Solutions International, software provider for nonprofits, received Service Capability and Performance Support Standard certification for fifth straight year from Service Strategies Corporation.

* Families with developmentally disabled children met at “Fathers Group Picnic” support gathering on July 14, Montgomery County, Penn.; ARC experts provided advice, resources.

* Pilar Guzman Zavala, expert in international development and diplomatic affairs, named national program associate, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami.

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