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Who’s in the News – Week of 09.24.07


* MicroEnterprise Program, offered through National Peace Corps Association and Calvert Social Investment Foundation, now at $976,000 in capital, on target to reach $1 million this fall.

* Melanie Stephens, executive director, Centro Latino de Educacion Popular, Los Angeles, received 2007 Toni Stone Innovative Initiative Award for leadership in developing LEAMOS, computer-based Spanish literacy program.

* Christopher Grosso, former community relations coordinator for Lenape Valley Foundation, Doylestown, Penn., named public relations coordinator for Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Perkasie, Penn.; Kimberly Metz, former freelance graphic designer, named publications coordinator.

* John Wiley & Sons published “Yours, Mine & Ours: Creating a Compelling Donor Experience,” new book by Barry McLeish.

* Family Pride, nonprofit promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parents, added staff members:

  • Nina Selvaggio, former field organizer for Feminist Majority Foundation, named director of policy and programs
  • Daniel Robinson, former president, Bowdin College Queer Straight Alliance, named development associate
  • Ariana Flores, formerly with Boston chapter of Jobs with Justice, named program and education associate
  • Julia Bean named program and education associate

* Johnson Bayou Rural Health Clinic in Houston, sponsored by Cheniere Energy Inc. and located on land donated by Stream Family, now complete; to be operated by West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Group.

* LaTresse Snead, former executive director, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Georgia State Office, named community relations team lead, Tastefully Simple, taste-testing party company, Alexandria, Minn.

* 2007 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, including $25,000 award, presented to three innovators:

  • Lois B. DeFleur, president, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Reynauld Smith, social studies and advanced placement American history teacher, Eastern Senior High School
  • Vivien Stewart, vice president for education, Asia Society

* Philadelphia Foundation to hold “All About Art,” exhibit featuring works by artists with physical disabilities, during Fall 2007 exhibit in its Community Gallery, Sept. 20 through Jan. 2.

* Koh Boon Hwee, Asian businessman and executive chairman and CEO, Sunningdale Tech Ltd., named to board of directors of William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

* Wendy’s Restaurants and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption selling Trick or Treat Gift Books through October to benefit Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grant program; each $1 book contains 10 coupons for Junior Frosty’s.

* Audacious Ideas Blog, launched by Open Society Institute, invites city leaders to post thoughts on addressing Baltimore’s biggest challenges; blog updated weekly.

* National Association of Realtors extending and expanding contract with software provider Convio to use online fundraising and compliance applications to better mobilize, solicit, communicate with stakeholders.

* Richard J. Light, founder and chair of Harvard’s Seminar on Assessment, named to board of Teagle Foundation, New York.

* Sustainable Asset Management, Zurich, to make its Sustainable Water, Sustainable Climate and Global Sustainability strategies available to U.S. investors by year-end.

* Time Warner earned top score of 100 on Corporate Equality Index for 2008 from Human Rights Campaign, civil rights group working for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people.

* Open Meadow STEP UP program, Portland, Ore., received 2007 Civic Change Award from Pew Partnership for Civic Change, recognizing nonprofit’s work in changing communities to better support young people.

* launched grassroots campaign to raise funds for Humane Society’s Rural Area Veterinary Services Program; company to donate $1 for every pet and owner signing appeal at, up to $25,000.

* Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy published new Corporate Philanthropy Resource Guide, featuring top 70 resources in field.

* Fannie Mae Foundation and Partnership to End Long Term Homelessness seeking applications for annual $75,000 Maxwell Awards of Excellence, program recognizing outstanding development of supportive, affordable housing; deadline for applications Oct. 31.

* Community Voice Mail published 2006 annual report; provided private voicemail for 41,078 low-income and homeless people in 420 municipalities.

* New York City Department of Education received $1 million 2007 Broad Prize for Urban Education, largest education prize in country, from Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

* Larry King Cardiac Foundation selected Power Marketing Partners to manage marketing sponsorships, outreach programs aimed at raising money for cardiovascular care for uninsured.

* NoodleNet, developer of computer programs for kids, launched Affiliate Fundraising Program to boost fundraising for schools, nonprofits, community groups.

* Helen Y. Leung, former vice president and operations manager, Wachovia, named chief operations officer, Opportunity Finance Network, Philadelphia; Valencia Brooks, former president, VL Brooks & Associates, named vice president of external operations; Tanya McInnis, former real estate finance professional, named vice president of financial services.

* Audubon Nature Institute and Human Rights Campaign received FundRaising Success Magazine’s 2007 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence for online and multi-channel campaigns; both groups use Convio software.

* America’s Promise Alliance released study saying young Americans lack skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership required for workplace success.

* Philanthropy News Digest, online news service of Foundation Center, launched PhilanTopic, blog aimed at providing forum for opinion and commentary on philanthropy.

* Herbert W. Stupp, CEO, Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, named to advisory board of William B. Hoyt Memorial Children & Family Trust Fund.

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