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Who’s in the news – Week of 10.22.07

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* Kathleen O’Donnell, former vice president and senior associate dean for clinical administration, Columbia University Medical Center, named senior vice president of finance and administration, New York Academy of Medicine; Patricia J. Volland, director, Social Work Leadership Institute, named senior vice president of strategy and business development at academy.

* Kintera, software provider for nonprofit sector, launched Kintera Connect, open application integration platform allowing clients to connect directly with Kintera technology.

* Daniel A. Biederman, co-founder and president, Bryant Park Corporation, received $100,000 William E. Simon Lifetime Achievement Award from Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of Manhattan Institute; five winners of $25,000 Social Entrepreneurship Awards also named.

* Kelly Overley, former senior director of development, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, named vice chancellor for institutional advancement, Texas Tech University.

* United Way of York County, S.C., distributing FamilyWize prescription cards provided by Membership Services Corporation to uninsured residents, saving more than $26,000 in prescription drug costs since July.

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

* Community Technology Foundation selected 16 people for Class III of two-year ZeroDivide Fellowship designed to increase capacity of California leaders to promote social justice through use of information and communications technology.

* Los Angeles Police Foundation raised more than $1.5 million for Los Angeles Police Department through eighth annual True Blue fundraising event.

* Craig Ruppert, CEO of Ruppert Companies and board member of EasterSeals Greater Washington Region, named Philanthropist of the Year; Ruppert recently donated $1 million to group’s new intergenerational center in Silver Spring, Md.

* Ruth L. Gottesman, founder of Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities, elected board chair, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York City.

* Qwest Communications International launched “1% Back to Schools,” program donating one percent of residential customers’ bills monthly to school district of customer’s choice if signed up for online billing and auto-pay.

* Coca-Cola Company opened Coca-Cola Research Center for Chinese Medicine at China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing; center to focus on beverages using Chinese herbal ingredients and formulas.

* Larry Ottinger, former director of policy and leadership development, Fannie Mae Foundation, named president, Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest.

* Leslie Stahl of CBS News/60 Minutes to interview John C. Whitehead, founding chair of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation during National Philanthropy Day Celebration hosted by Greater New York Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals Nov. 13.

* Farmers Insurance serving as national sponsor of “Every Baby Has a Story,” new March of Dimes awareness effort running Oct. 18 – Nov. 13.

* Enterprise affordable housing developer and Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation completed Jacob’s Place, 63-unit green affordable housing development in the Bronx, N.Y.

* John B. Carew, founder, president and chief investment officer, Tandem Investment Advisors, named to board of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

* American Jewish Congress presenting Thomas Alva Edison Energy Awards recognizing people, groups working to protect environment: American Honda Motor Co., Edwin Black, Dr. Gal Luft, Alvin Blain, California Hydrogen Business Council.

* American Institute of Architects launched new website developed by Ironworks Consulting; site focuses on developing collaborative online community.

* Home Depot Foundation and Alliance for Community Trees presenting NeighborWoods Month, celebration of importance of trees to health, beauty, livability of communities; includes more than 200 tree planting and restoration events in 50 cities.

* BidGive, manager of partnership programs between nonprofits and companies, creating calling card program benefiting Shaolin Temple monastery, Henan, China; long-distance cards to be marketed to people interested in calling China.

* Convio, Austin-based provider of software for nonprofits, launched Convio Fusion, partner program facilitating exchange of ideas, innovation among clients within Convio community.

* Dolores Kreiger, former director of community foundation services, Council on Foundations, named managing director of family philanthropy services at Council.

* Worcester Center for Performing Arts, Worcester, Mass., to receive $5.6 million from Nonprofit Finance Fund New England via new markets tax credit transaction through Citibank to restore historic local theatre.

* Youth Service America and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at U.S. Department of Justice offering $2,000 grants for groups replicating successful youth engagement experiences; applications due Nov. 30.

* Foundation Center, New York City, named 50 new U.S. Cooperating Collections funding information centers in 2007, one in Mexico; centers provide funding information through libraries, nonprofit centers, community foundations, other agencies.

* WaterPartners International expanding WaterCredit Initiative, mirco-financing for water projects, through partnership with India’s Gramalaya Urban and Rural Development Initiatives and Network credit facility.

* PBS and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched MediaShift Idea Lab blog featuring 36 bloggers working to reinvent community news for digital age; all bloggers won funding from Knight for startup idea.

* Emily Dale, former program associate, Medical Service Corporation International, Atlanta, named program specialist, Curamericas Global.

* Design centers owned by Charles S. Cohen sponsoring AIDS Walk Events in Los Angeles, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, New York.

* Boy Scout Councils nationwide joining Operation Popcorn, with goal of raising 300,000 $25 donations of Trails End popcorn products for active-duty troops and their families by year end; SupportOurTroops.org to deliver.

* NOW, newsmagazine of PBS, launching “Enterprising Ideas,” competition to discover and track progress of breakthrough social entrepreneurs; public can vote for winners at show’s website until end of Oct.

* One Brick, San Francisco, holding third national volunteer trip of 2007 by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans, Nov. 5-9.

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