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Who’s in the News – Week of 10.01.07


* Darryl C. Brown, former president, Oxford University Development North America, named vice president and managing director, Grenzenbach Glier & Associates; Robert Ryan, formerly with Public Television Major giving Initiative, also named vice president and managing director.

* Business Roundtable and American Red Cross collaborating on Partnership for Disaster Response, program to build business support for recovery efforts following major national disasters; additional info on website.

* Groups and individuals honored at first Kettering University President’s Appreciation Dinner: General Motors, General Motors Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Kettering Fund, Edward and Jeannie Harris, Dane and Mary Louise Miller.

* Artists United and Evolve Strategies partnering to launch campaign mobilizing artists on behalf of affordable healthcare.

* Randall J. Ottinger, founder of LMR Advisors strategic philanthropy and legacy consulting firm, wrote new book, “Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Legacy.”

* Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program released new report, “Linking Payout and Mission: A National Dialogue with Foundation Leaders,” exploring strategies behind foundation payouts.

* Public Agenda released new report, “Important, But Not for Me: Parents and Students in Kansas and Missouri Talk About Math, Science and Technology Education.”

* GuideStar UK and Civil Society Systems will merge to become GuideStar International with financial support from Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors.

* Dennis C. Miller, consultant for nonprofits, wrote new book, “The Four Pillars of Successful Nonprofit Leadership.”

*, website designed to encourage Minneapolis/St. Paul residents to give back to community, launched; includes ideas for volunteering, donating money and links to resources.

* Alliance Magazine seeking participants for survey of nonprofits and donors about impact measurement and reporting requirements; 20-minute online survey accessible until Oct. 19.

* Friends of Forgotten Children, Concord, N.H., received new headquarters building on Bogg Road; facility purchased and donated by Robert J. Finlay, local entrepreneur and philanthropist.

* American Cancer Society added to CBRE Cares, corporate philanthropy program of CB Richard Ellis Foundation.

* Center for the Missing, Houston, extended its Mobile Search and Education Lab to greater Houston, Texas Gulf Coast and Montgomery County area; lab aims to prevent and recover missing children.

* Nonprofit Advocacy Network, program of Alliance for Justice, providing online access to advocacy evaluation tools; information available online.

* Steve Kess, vice president of professional relations for Henry Schein Inc., named chair of advisory board of American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile.

* Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, Merrimack, Mass., holding annual FurBall fundraiser Oct. 20; since inception in 1992, group has placed 13,800 cats and kitten and neutered or spayed 6,800.

* ePhilanthropy Foundation announced winners of 2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards:

  • People’s Choice award presented to Lindsey Alty, content coordinator for International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Best Community Building/Volunteerism and/or Activism Campaign award presented to Peace x Peace
  • Best Integrated Online and Offline ePhilanthropy Campaign award presented to American Friends Service Committee
  • Best Special Event Registration and/or Membership Campaign presented to Gulu Walk
  • Best Online Donations/Fundraising Campaign presented to Mama Cash

* MetLife and Partnership for a Drug-Free America to begin next phase of parenting skills program by airing education messages on radio stations in 11 markets nationwide through November.

* Nourish America created as umbrella organization designed to expand humanitarian services provided by Vitamin Relief USA.

* Rosina Bierbaum, dean of School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, named board trustees of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, San Francisco.

* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 10 MacArthur Fellows for 2007; fellows receive $500,000 in “no-strings” support for five years to pursue creative, intellectual, professional inspirations.

* International Youth Foundation launched YOUth, flagship magazine providing interviews, personal stories, essays focused on youth development around the world.

* Ward Heneveld, former education expert at World Bank, named program officer for Global Development Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

* Trust for Public Land purchased Estate Maho Bay, beachfront property in Virgin Islands National Park for $19 million; group raising $35 million to cover acquisition and other purchases in vicinity.

* Mary Pittman, president of Chicago-based Health Research & Educational Trust, named president and executive director of Public Health Institute, replacing Joseph Hafey, who will retire after 33 years of service.

* Several Japanese women attending Japanese Women Leadership Initiative at Simmons School of Management, Boston, to receive intense exposure to U.S. women’s leadership strategies; effort funded by Fish Family Foundation and three Boston civic leaders.

* Thoreau Center for Sustainability, green nonprofit office center opened by Tides, established in New York City; center offers healthy shared work environment for nonprofit tenants and social investment opportunities for funders.

* SigEp Educational Foundation partnering with search provider Prodege to create, search engine allowing supporters to raise money for foundation and win prizes.

* Safeway and Safeway Foundation partnering with National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University to launch Connect Together print, broadcast, in-store and online campaign urging parents to connect with children.

* California United Bank hosting 1st annual golf tournament to benefit Boys & Girls Club of West Valley, Nov. 5, Woodland Hills Country Club, Canoga Park, Calif.

* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to host 24th annual Jimmy Carter Work Project beginning Oct. 28; over 4,000 volunteers will complete 5 homes throughout Los Angeles County in five days.

* Humana, health benefits company, sponsoring Humana Starlight Award to recognize a senior citizen for community service by donating $10,000 to nonprofit of recipient’s choice; nominations due Oct. 24; call 801.661.0164.

* Charles R. Bronfman, co-founder and chairman, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, to receive Distinguished Community Service Award from United Hospital Fund for his funding of Charles R. Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine.

* UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare seeking applications for $25 million in new grants to benefit health care consumers and to improve health care service delivery in California.

* Rick Smith, former executive with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, named president and CEO, American Liver Foundation, replacing interim CEO John W. Corwin.

* CXtec, global technology provider, hosting fifth annual Cables for a Cure campaign during Octobe
r, donating a portion of sales to support American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness effort.

* Teach for American ranked 10th on Business Week’s 2007 list of “Best Places to Launch a Career.”

* Georgia Cancer Center selected Altum’s proposalCENTRAL as e-grantmaking solution.

* Geico partnering with Association of Zoos and Aquariums to promote zoo and aquarium wildlife conservation; three-year partnership will include traveling gecko exhibit.

* National Academy Foundation’s Academy of Engineering received $1 million from Xerox and Xerox Foundation to support creation of 110 academies of engineering in high schools across U.S.

* Lynne Sallot, professor at University of Georgia, named Outstanding Educator for 2007 by Public Relations Society of America.

* YMCA of the USA and Lance Armstrong Foundation announced multi-year partnership to create physical and well-being initiatives to address needs of cancer survivors.

* Campbell & Company consulting firm, Chicago, added new staffers in Chicago and Washington, D.C.:

  • Robert Alpaugh, former interim vice president for development, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, named senior consultant
  • Valerie Broadie, former development consultant, named senior consultant
  • Joanne Ray, former chief development and communications officer, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, named senior consultant
  • Tracy Tajbl, former consultant to Nashville Symphony, named senior consultant

* Mission Research, maker of GiftWorks software, providing discount program through Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) to provide discount on GiftWorks software to NTEN members.

* Rwanda, Earthpark founder Ted Townsend and Great Ape Trust of Iowa partnering on The Rwanda Rain Forest Protection Project, joint 10-year program to develop national conservation park and field station for reforestation and conservation of great apes.

* Margaret Engel, managing director of The Newseum and Carolyn West, senior vice president and group manager of PNC Bank’s nonprofit/public finance group, elected to board of Helen Hayes Awards, Washington D.C.

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