* Howard Hughes Medical Institute to invest $7.5 million in academic research with five-year awards to 20 physician-scientists for direct research expenses.
* Grantmakers for Effective Organizations release new publication, General Operating Support Action Guide.
* Up-to-date print directory of Minnesota grantmakers now available, from Minnesota Council on Foundations, 15th edition titled Guide to Minnesota Grantmaters 2007-2008 Edition.
* Karen Davis, vice president for community relations, Hasbro Inc., served as guest of honor in Marine Corps Sunset Parade in recognition of company’s donation of over $10 million in toys and games over 10 years to Toys for Tots program.
* RedPrairie Corporation, consumer optimization company, Milwaukee, announced green initiative, reducing environmental impact of supply chains.
* Eight representatives from national foundations met local leaders in Alaska, Aug. 20-24, for 11th annual Educational Tour of Alaska for Grantmakers.
* Roots & Branches Foundation, initiative of Rose Community Foundation, Denver, selected 18 Jews as new members, to explore Jewish philanthropic concepts.
* Nonprofit Academic Centers Council named fellowship recipients:
- Vanna Antonia Gonzales, Arizona State University, William Diaz Fellowship
- David F. Suarez, University of Southern California , William Diaz Fellowship
- Bowen McBeath, Portland State University, David Stevenson Fellowship
- Ramya Ramanath, Grand Valley State University, David Stevenson Fellowship
* 4th annual Pearl S. Buck Children’s Benefit, formerly Chinese Children Benefit, to be held Sept. 16 with proceeds benefiting Pearl S. Buck Scholars of Zhenjiang No. 2 Middle School and Tomorrow Plan in China.
* Fieldstone Alliance, St. Paul, Minn., named Jannina Aristy, former director of National Competence Initiative for Children’s Mental Health, Georgetown University, as principal consultant.
* American Asset Corporation hosted Eastside Community Development Corporation Summer Business Enrichment Camp for 50 middle-school students, giving them real world business experience.
* Tara A. Cortes, president, CEO of Lighthouse International, appointed by Governor Elliot Spitzer to executive board of New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
* Hope and Harmony for Humanity sponsors and partners opened Tigua Achievement Center in El Paso, Tex., third of five Technology Achievement Centers for rural Native American communities.
* Heifer International adopted Blackbaud solutions and partnering to on multi-year initiative to develop model of operations, information technology systems.
* North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research won two national awards for quality research from national Governmental Research Association: Award for Distinguished Research and Award for Outstanding Policy Achievement.
* Evanston Northwestern Healthcare appointed Colleen Durbin Mitchell, former vice president of marketing for America’s sales division of electronics firm GN Store Nord, to president of ENH Foundation.
* Project BLUE, national initiative raising money in support of ocean and beach protection, named O’Neill as official partner.
* Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure appointed Cindy Schneible, Susan G. Komen race series leader, as vice president of development; Katrina McGhee, former director of marketing, named vice president of marketing.
* Loaves and Fishes to hold Feed the Need, new event featuring music, food, dancing, Sept. 15; purchase tickets online or call 704.523.4333.
* Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future launched year-long, state-wide “Win Clean Wind Energy for a Year,” online contest, helping residents become motivated and educated about global warming.
* YMCA of the USA named five local affiliates as recipients of 2007 YMCA of the USA/Annie E. Casey Foundation Families Count: Family Strengthening Award: winners to receive $15,000 each.
* Scott Carter Foundation to hold annual pediatric cancer research benefit auction, Aug. 27, featuring art prints generated using Studio-Frido, patent-pending.
* Youth Service America seeking nominations for 2008 Harris Wofford Awards, sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, recognizing achievements in youth, organization, media.
* Youth Service America Youth Venture Program seeking participants, supporting youth ideas for organizations, clubs, businesses.
* Mission Research, developer of GiftWorks donor management software for nonprofits, announced “Make the Switch” program, offering nonprofits special package.
* Advanced Solutions International, leading global provider of software to nonprofits, attained Service Capability and Performance, professional service standard certification.
* Firstgiving, provider of web-based fundraising services for individuals, charities, announced new application for Facebook, allowing user to rally Facebook communities for fundraising support.
* Partnering for Project Okurase, Gethsemani Circle of Friends, Charleston, with Family Services Research Center at Medical University of South Carolina, partnering with Nkabom Artist and Craftspeople Association of Accra, Ghana, to build Nkabom Center in Ghana, providing education to women, children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
* RedHawk Communications, online corporate ethics training company, announced continued relationship with Southern Company to create custom web-based ethics training solution for its 26,000 employees.
* United Way of America National Women’s Leadership Council selected Sue White, president, Donathan Properties, to join council.