Who’s in the News – Week of 09.10.07

* Glenn Toby, business manager for sports and entertainment figures, named global strategic advisor for rethos.com, online social network and media portal connecting people and nonprofits with goal of addressing social and environmental issues.

* Laila Ali, boxer and daughter of Mohammad Ali, partnering with Uncle Ben’s to benefit America’s Second Harvest Kids Café program; company to donate $1 million over four years to open café locations around country for low-income kids.

* Financial firm Edward Jones and YMCA of the USA launched program to offer financial education seminars for community members at local YMCAs across country; to be piloted in seven cities.

* Corrine Turner, former print production specialist for Redcats USA, named account executive in nonprofit division of MDW Worldwide.

* Joel Orosz, founder of Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University and formerly with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has written “Effective Foundation Management: 14 Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership – and How to Outfox Them.”

* Maria Rego, former assistant editor, Prentice Hall, named director of development for New Concepts for Living, nonprofit serving people with disabilities, Rochelle Park, N.J.

* John Brothers, former chief architect at consultancy Core Concept Inc., named chief technology officer for Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.

* Civic Ventures named five $100,000 winners and 10 $10,000 winners of 2007 Purpose Prize, recognition for people over 60 making strides in social innovation; additional 40 Purpose Prize Fellows named.

* J. Thomas Viall, former executive director, International Dyslexia Foundation, named executive director of Preeclampsia Foundation.

* Pat Fischer, former head of Southeast unit of ABN AMRO Bank, named executive director, EARTH University Foundation, Atlanta.

* ADEAGies Foundation Fund for Dental Education launched William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement, recognizing contributions to global oral health and education efforts; info available online.

* Drug store chain Duane Reade, New York, serving as pledge sponsor and diamond sponsor of 2007 Komen New York City Race for the Cure; for six days, customers will receive limited edition shopping bags with store logos in pink.

* Center for Effective Philanthropy released report on its 2007 conference, “Assessment to Action: Creating Change,” which involved more than 220 foundation leaders.

* Anna McAlpine, media coordinator, American Association of Museums, stepping down to become director of public relations for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

* Veterans Corporation, Washington, D.C., seeking applications for inaugural Veteran Entrepreneurship Support grant program supporting entrepreneurial needs of veterans starting or growing small businesses; guidelines available online.

* Safeway Inc. raised $7 million for Muscular Dystrophy Association during annual month-long fundraising drive for “Jerry’s Kids” at 1,600 stores nationwide.

* American Association of Museums awarded accreditation, highest national recognition for museums, to 14 institutions.

* The Impact Movement, Orlando-based nonprofit aiming to positively influence African-Americans, to participate for first time in 2007 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, beginning Sept. 1.

* George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University designated as approved provider of Certified Fund Raising Executive International certifications.

* David J. Jhirad, former vice president for science and research, World Resources Institute, named vice president for research and evaluation, Rockefeller Foundation, New York.

* Software provider Auctionpay launched Auctionpay Event Software Online, application providing nonprofits the ability to track, manage details of fundraising events online.

* Reneé Branch, former diversity faculty fellow and adjunct professor, University of Vancouver, Washington, named director of diversity and inclusive practices, Council on Foundations.

* Margaret Crotty, formerly in senior management with EF Education, named president and CEO of AFS-USA, replacing Alex Plinio, who will retire Dec. 31 after 10 years.

* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MTV launched Knight News Challenge Young Creators Award, digital journalism grant program for people 25 and under; will award up to $500,000.

* Mercy Corps, humanitarian aid organization, sent $12.5 million worth of pharmaceuticals purchased with private donations to North Korea; DHL provided contribution to cover shipping.

* Liz Pease, former operations manager, The Turkish Towel Company, named director of Operations, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.

* Kevin W. Kennedy, managing director, Goldman Sachs, named board chair of the Wallace Foundation, New York City.

* Americans say Jerry Lewis most influential celebrity for his work with Muscular Dystrophy Association, says survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

* Robert “Bob” Mazzuca, former assistant chief scout executive with National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, named chief scout executive, replacing retiring head Roy Williams.

* Ethics and Compliance Officer Association working with University of Chicago Graduate School of Business to conduct study on economic effects of corporate compliance, ethics, social responsibility efforts.

* World Wildlife Fund launched WWF Extraordinary Gifts Catalog, guide with more than 100 projects and programs in need of support; catalog available online.

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