* Kubota Tractor Corporation announced new habitat restoration initiative, beginning with Quail Unlimited sponsorship, seeking to restore wildlife habitats nationwide.
* AARP Foundation announced Women’s Scholarship Program, supporting financially strapped women over 40 who are seeking new job skills; scholarships to range from $500 to $5,000.
* OMB Watch released new publications: “Seen but not Heard: Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy,” book published by Aspen Institute; and “How Nonprofits Helped America Vote: 2006.”
* U.S. Soccer Foundation renewed partnership with Clough Harbour Sports, which will serve three-year term as foundation’s supplier for soccer facility design, planning services.
* GuideStar, provider of information on nonprofits, launched GuideStar Premium 2.0, adding organization download and people search to of service offering.
* Skoll Foundation announced new guidelines for Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Program, applicants may now apply year-round for Skoll Awards.
* Kathy Bremer, former senior executive with CARE and former director of Porter Novelli Atlanta, to join BoardWalk Consulting effective Sept. 4.
* Abby Jo Sigal, current vice president, Enterprise Community Investment, named new director of Enterprise New York office.
* Arby’s and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America working with NASCAR’s Matt Kenseth to raise over $2 million for BBBS agencies by Sept. 30 through Matt Kenseth National Fundraising Program.
* John P. “Jack” Eastham, long-time board member of New Mexico Tech Research Foundation, retired after 46 years of service.
* Allied Waste Services of Twin Cities announced addition of Minnesota Goodwill/Easter Seals to “Partner in Excellence” community service program.
* Sofa Mart and Furniture Row Outlet, Denver, to hold charity campaign titled “Hope is Always in Style,” allocating $20 from every sofa sold to World Vision, aiding Mexico City street children.
* Action Without Borders and Idealist.org announced Nonprofit Human Resources Center and Volunteer Management Resource Center, free online centers supporting nonprofit human resources, volunteer management
* Fern Sanford, former senior manager of annual giving, American Association of Cancer Research, joined Fox Chase Center as director of annual giving, department of institutional advancement.
* Artists from Twelve Bucks County, Penn., to auction their work Sept. 10 to support Pearl S. Buck Children’s Benefit on Sept. 16.
* Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Knight Foundation’s New Voices Initiative and The Institute for Interactive Journalism, funded new web tool, The Finish Line Calculator, measuring community school district dropout rates.
* Stephen C. Crane, former CEO, American Academy of Physician Assistants, named executive director of American Thoracic Society, New York City.
* San Francisco 49ers to honor exceptional youth football coach, current 49ers player and also a nonprofits agency with first Perry/Yonamine Unity Awards; visit website for application; deadline Nov. 1.
* Eric Northbrook, founder of HeadNorth Foundation, San Diego, Calif., received Hope and Freedom Award from Ability Center, for improving quality of life for others.
* Applications available for Bush Artist Fellowships, Minn., three categories available: visual arts, media arts, traditional ethnic/craft materials; information meeting to be held Sept. 12, 14, visit website for application.
* New book published by Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, “Seen but not Heard: Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy,” encourages nonprofit engagement in public policy.
* WaterPartners International named three board members: Charlie Engle, athlete and television/movie producer; Dan Hoskins, partner with Crescat Partners, LLC; Lisa Roskens, president and CEO, The Burlington Capital Group.
* NHP Foundation announced 1,400 units in development as part of effort to rebuild affordable housing in New Orleans.
* Blackbaud partnering with Meals on Wheels Association of America to facilitate growth in membership; will assist 650 member programs in improving fundraising methods.
* Curtis Institute of Music elected five members to board of trustees and eight to board of overseers
* United Way of York County, S.C, raised $1.9 million in last year’s community campaign to provide low-income housing; chaired by Joe Versen, Versen Appraisals, LLC.
* John. D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced staff appointments: Joel Hinkhouse, absolute return/fixed income, investment department; Elizabeth Ramborger, director of program operations; Susan Richardson, communications officer/senior writer.
* The Colorado Nonprofit Association selected GiftWorks software, developed by Mission Research, as donor database solution partner for its 1,300 member organizations.
* Habitat for Humanity Greater Greensboro to present $293,560.26 to Guilford County Tax, on behalf of 258 Habitat homeowners whose mortgages are served at no interest.
* Muscular Dystrophy Association to use cMarket, online auction platform, for headline fundraiser, Jerry Lewis Triathalon, Sept. 2.
* Wirefly, online leader in cell phone comparison shopping, announced launch of Wirefly.org, initiative allowing consumers to trade in old cell phones/iPods for cash or donate value to charity of choice.
* National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, Ky., and Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati, Ohio, launching pilot project, Literacy Begins at Home, to boost family literacy through in-home visits.
* Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation accepting proposals for 2008 Relationship Grants to improve inner-city education through relationships with nonprofit organizations.