* Harry Potter Alliance, group mobilizing fans to take action on social justice issues, organizing several house party events during July to raise awareness, ways to help ease conflict in Darfur.
* Kevin Bacon’s sixdegrees.org partnering with Hanes to award up to $10,000 to the causes identified by each of six people who raise most funds for favorite charities.
* Give2Asia created Focus Funds, along with Greatest Needs, to provide new giving opportunities; result of research from its founder, The Asia Foundation.
* Southern California Committee for Olympic Games promoted Bernadine Bednarz to director of Ready, Set, Gold!, program, which matches local Olympians with Los Angeles Unified District Schools, to promote fitness, health, nutrition.
* The Naked Foundation partnering with Help For Orphans International, to build schools for HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya; foundation’s contribution to help build new classrooms, sleeping quarters.
* Nicole Taylor, managing director of Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University, named president and CEO of East Bay Community Foundation, first African-American to lead organization.
* Youth Service America seeking lead agency applicants for Global Youth Service Day 2008; lead agencies to receive $2,000 planning grant, way to increase participation while connecting with larger youth service movement.
* Baton Rouge Area Foundation engaged Stellar Financial to replace back office system with NorthStar 500 platform enabling streamlined internal operations.
* AmFar launched initiative at International AIDS conference in support of research, awareness, funding for HIV/AIDS programs specific to men in homosexual relationships in developing countries.
* Yue (Jen) Shang, Ph.D. student, Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University, received $10,000 Ernest W. Wood Fellowship Research Prize for research on fundraising, giving patterns.
* Barricade Books released new book titled “Charity on Trial,” showing need for charity transparency, written by Doug White.
* University of Notre Dame now using Kintera Sphere Platform to deliver next-generation alumni engagement, social networking to over 120,000 graduates in over 300 alumni clubs.
* United Way of York County, S.C., seeking nominations from residents, employers, for outstanding men in one of 12 categories to participate in finalist showcase event; 12 winners to be featured in 2008 United Men of York County calendar.
* SunGuard software company participating as contributing member of Green Grid, global nonprofit consortium of companies and IT professionals working to advance energy efficiency in data centers.
* Michael Feinman, former director of development for New York region of Anti-defamation League, named executive director of Israel Cancer Research Fund.
* Office Depot Foundation contributed $25,000 to Jason Taylor Foundation as part of partnership in support of educational opportunities for South Florida Youth.
* Sean T. Buffington, former associate provost for arts, culture and director of cultural programs at Harvard University, named president and CEO of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
* Breast Cancer Research stamp, unveiled nine years ago as first U.S. Postal Service fundraising stamp, raised over $55.5 million and inspired individuals, initiatives such as www.OnePixelataTime.org.
* Conrad N. Hilton Foundation seeking nominations for 2008 $1.5 million Humanitarian Prize; visit website for information, deadline for nominations Nov. 6.
* Metlife Foundation presented Entrepreneurial Award to six U.S. and two international Junior Achievement operations, recognizing sustainable results for primary stakeholders.
* Mann Foundation for Biomedical Engineering announced opened $100 million Alfred Mann Institute at Technion, Israel Institute for technology, Haifa, Israel.
* Seva Foundation received Critical Impact Award from Council on Foundations for innovative social enterprise work with Aravind Eye Hospital, India; new manufacturing methods dramatically lowering cost of intraocular lenses.
* Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and Youth Service America awarding Youth Power Grants of up to $1,000 in support of youth-led service projects supporting foster care children.
* Brown-Forman Corporation released first corporate responsibility report addressing company’s responsible brand promotion, efforts to reduce alcohol abuse and energy management strategy.
* America’s Promise Alliance released research brief, “The Promise Rich vs. The Promise Poor,” which says income is biggest influence on youth access to five promises that determine success.
* New book, “Changing Course: Windcall and the Art of Renewal,” by Susan Wells, examines history of Windcall project and offers guide to burnout; available in bookstores November.
* Community Foundations of Canada released 2006 annual report, “The Community Foundation Difference,” 3 new members joined bringing total foundation members to 152.
* Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan released 2007 yearbook indicating $26.5 million in grants given in 2006.
* Joe Breiteneicher, advocate for ending chronic homelessness through supportive housing and long-time president and CEO of The Philanthropic Initiative, died of cancer in June.
* National Philanthropic Trust published 2006 annual report; assets stood at $600 million, grants awarded totaled $76.9 million.