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Who’s in the news – Week of 10.15.07

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* Bytes of Learning, developer of multimedia software tools for education, donating UltraKey 5.0 typing-instruction software through TechSoup; Mailshell, provider of anti-spam engines, expanding donation program overseas.

* Elton John AIDS Foundation raised almost $2.3 million to fund grants at An Enduring Vision benefit Sept. 25.

* Amhara Credit and Savings Institution of Ethiopia received Excellence Award from Grameen Foundation for efforts in microfinance; Grameen Koota of India received Pioneer Award; Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS grassroots lobbying group, received Susan M. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award.

* Sun Microsystems released second annual Corporate Social Responsibility report for year ended June 30.

* Xerox Corp. providing equipment and participating in guest lecturer series and Intercultural Leadership Forum for The Scholar Ship, program offering college students classes on ocean liner traveling world.

* Operation HOPE, group providing financial literacy to low-wealth areas, opened Harlem HOPE Center, education and banking center in Harlem, N.Y.

* Peter Hutchinson, co-founder, Public Strategies Group, named president, Bush Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., replacing Anita M. Pampusch, who retired after 10 years in post.

* Susan Denver Brown, former deputy tax legislative counsel for regulatory affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury, named of-counsel in tax-exempt organizations practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Washington, D.C.

* Gergory Hodkinson, chairman, America’s region of engineering and consulting firm Arup, named board chair, WaterAid America, New York City.

* Marjorie Newman-Williams, formerly with UNICEF for 28 years, named chief operating officer, Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

* Qwest Foundation, Denver, awarded $5,000 grants to each of 20 nonprofits at which Qwest employees volunteer their time.

* Simon Solutions created CharityTracker, online assistance network to help charities communicate, share resources, identify fraud, save time and money.

* Hard Rock International launched SERVE2, benefit compilation CD featuring new tracks from artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, benefiting Artists Against Hunger & Poverty.

* BidGive International launched Aggregated Purchasing Program to provide nonprofits with access to savings up to 70 percent on office supplies, hardware, printing services through partnerships with Staples, Lyreco, HP, CJ Graphics; also launched Merchant Services program aggregating credit card processing services for nonprofits’ merchant donors.

* National Christian Foundation, Atlanta, launched Legacy Fund, giving tool in which foundation ensures donors’ giving intent is carried out by heirs and others.

* United Way of New York City selected Cyrano as marketing and communications consultant for Direct Technical Assistance program.

* Tamara Kreinin, former president and CEO, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S., named executive director, United Nations Foundation’s Women and Population.

* John C. McGee, executive director, Family Relations Program, Gainesville, Ga., resigned effective Oct. 1.

* Summer Woods, New Mexico writer, received $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation; awards allow writers to focus on writing for two years.

* Local Initiatives Support Corporation received $133 million in new markets investment authority from U.S. Treasury Department to spur economic development in underserved communities across country.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named eight health professionals as Health Policy Fellows for 2007-08; fellowships develop understanding of policy process for mid-career health professionals.

* City of Hope cancer center, Los Angeles, raised $3.6 million during Spirit of Life fundraising campaign for cancer research and treatment programs; campaign led by Bob Cavallo, chair, Disney Music Group.

* Casey Wasserman, chairman and CEO, Wasserman Media Group, elected to board, LA84 Foundation, Los Angeles.

* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded three-year $10 million grant for launch of Law and Neuroscience Project, effort to bridge fields of law and science in determining how courts use new brain-scanning techniques.

* Patricia L. Krarup, president, PLK Insurance & Financial Services, named president of Million Dollar Round Table Foundation, Park Ridge, Ill., for 2007-08.

* Ann-Laura Parks, former director of foundation relations and marketing, Center for the Visually Impaired, named development and communications director, Southern Arts Federation, Atlanta.

* Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, named to board of trustees, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York City.

* Brightstar, global distribution and supply chain company, to distribute new XO laptop to people in U.S. and Canada who participate in “Give 1 Get 1” program allowing purchase of two laptops for $399, one of which is donated to child in third-world country.

* KABOOM! And America’s Promise Alliance teaming up to give community-built playground valued at $70,000 to one of Alliance’s “100 Best Communities for Young People;” applications accepted until Nov. 2.

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of America named new board members:

  • Brian P. Jackson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, COBANK
  • Kate Snow, co-anchor, Good Morning America Weekend Edition
  • Kevin M. Warren, senior vice president of acquisition transition office, Xerox

* Gail L. Freeman, founder and president, Freeman Philanthropic Services, named board chair, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

* Shuzsociety online magazine sponsoring League of American Theatres and Producers’ “Ladies Night Out on Broadway,” Oct. 24 event benefiting Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

* Macdonald Youth Services, Winnipeg, Canada, launched “About Online Volunteering: Information Non-Profit Organizations Can Use,” web-based resource and podcast about online volunteering.

* UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation concluded two pilot mobile health programs in Africa, concluding benefits can come from monitoring health data and tracking health campaigns using open-source software on mobile hand-held devices.

* Jamie P. Merisotis, founding president, Institute for Higher Education Policy, named president and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education.

* On Leong Merchants Association Building, Chicago, received $100,000 grant to restore roof as winner of Partners in Preservation, initiative of American Express and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

* Stitch to Win Campaign, launched by National NeedleArts Association, raised $70,000 to date to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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