Who’s in the News – Week of 08.13.07

* BlogCatalog.com announced successful social awareness campaign for organ donation, July 17-19, to increase donation stories online and in daily, weekly newspapers.

* Lumity, formerly IT Resource Center, named Richard Kurtz Jr., former senior vice president for National Able Network, as new executive director; also added James T. Bowler, Michael Boyle, Donagh Herlihy to board of governors, Lahesha Williams to staff as community technology accelerator program associate.

* Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, accepting application for 2008 Nonprofit Leaders Sabbatical Program, time off for personal growth for heads of Alaskan human service agencies; application deadline Oct. 1.

* First Serve launched National Student Athlete Competition, effort to keep kids in school and encourage college education; with points based on primarily academic results.

* Thousands of U.S. Bancorp employees volunteered time Aug. 4 in more than 170 build projects in 119 communities in 30 states as part of Community Build Day 2007.

* Fifth annual Boundless Art Exhibition & Reception, sponsored by First in Families, Creative Therapy of the J. Iversion Riddle Developmental Center, Enola Group, to be held Sept. 7-8, Charlotte.

* New Yorkers for Children, charity for foster care, to hold 8th annual Fall Gala Sept. 18, drawing New York celebrities; 2006 gala raised over $1.3 million.

* The Conference Board published new handbook, “Corporate Governance Handbook 2007: Legal Standards and Board Practices,” to assist board in performance, highlighting influence of shareholder activism in boardroom.

* SunTrust Banks announced launch of “My Cause,” deposit promotion offering to donate funds to clients’ favorite charity or to give client cash incentive.

* George Washington University Division of Development and Alumni Relations added John Kudless, former vice president of Grenzebach Glier, as associate vice president for principal gifts; Adrienne Rulnick, former New York University director, as associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving.

* Jeanne Belle, executive director for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, been appointed to board of Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

* Internet Advocacy Book published for nonprofits abd cause-marketers who use Internet to advocate their cause; available online at IssueMarketing.com.

* DePaul University raised nearly $34.9 million in gifts in fiscal 2007, exceeding $20 million goal by 74 percent, for 128 percent increase over previous year’s $15.3 million total.

* Israel Cancer Research Fund appointed Michael Feinman, former Anti-Defamation League director for development, New York region, as new executive director.

* Bank of America announced leadership for new Global Wealth & Investment Management Alternative Investments group, overseeing $6 billion in client assets.

* Independent Sector to honor WITNESS, international human rights organization, with 2007 American Express Building Leadership Award, which includes plaque and gift of $10,000.

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