* Facing Race, anti-racism initiative of Saint Paul Foundation, Saint Paul, Minn., seeking nominations for $10,000 Ambassador Award honoring people working to build up East Metro community; nominations due Nov. 30.
* Iris Cornelius, president of IaM Resources and of Cornenlius & Assoc., and co-founder of Women Leaders Connect, named to boards of Minnesota Community Foundation and Saint Paul Foundation.
* Convio, Austin-based provider of software for nonprofits, named 15 winners in eight categories of Innovator Awards, program recognizing clients’ creative use of Convio software in online efforts.
* Elizabeth Starnes, former administrative assistant/finance, named finance manager, United Way of York County, S.C.; Sara Smith, former Warehouse Manager, York United Way, named customer relationship/data specialist.
* Three clients of DMW Worldwide won overall development category of 2007 PBS Development Awards: Iowa Public Television, Kentucky Educational Television, KLRU/Austin.
* Aloca Foundation, Pittsburgh, served as key sponsor of “The Next Century for Parks,” National Park Foundation Leadership Summit on Partnership and Philanthropy held Oct. 14-16.
* Kristi Nelson, former executive director, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, named director of development for Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Mass.
* Casey Marsh, former vice president of development for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, named director of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Midwest Region, replacing Marjorie Schaffner, who retired after five years in post.
* Virginia Tech held naming ceremony for Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Career Center, honoring couple’s $10 million gift to Campaign for Virginia Tech: Inventing the Future, which aims to raise $1 billion; $550 million raised during quiet phase.
* Annual Advanta World Team Tennis Smash Hits benefit, held Oct. 10 at Villanova University, raised over $400,000 for Elton John AIDS Foundation and ActionAIDS, Philadelphia.
* Richard Diaz, former senior manager of applications development, DaVita Healthcare, named director of information technology, United HomeCare, Miami; Jose Alvarez, former corporate controller, Catalina Lighting, named chief financial officer.
* DonorsChoose, online marketplace matching donors with public school teachers in need of funding for classroom projects, now serving all U.S. public school classrooms; online proposals from teachers accepted.
* Discovery Eye Foundation celebrated 37 years supporting research treatment of eye diseases, bestowed awards:
- Iris Cantor, chairman, co-founder, president, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, named philanthropic honoree
- James V. Mazzo, chairman, president and CEO, Advanced Medical Optics, named industry honoree
- Anthony B. Nesburn, eye surgeon and medical director for Discovery Eye Foundation, named medical honoree
* Lyn Chamness McGee, former senior marketing officer, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, named director of marketing and communications, Center for Women’s Business Research, Washington, D.C.
* Richard W. Dreiling, chairman, president and CEO, Duane Reade pharmacy chain, received Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award from ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.
* BBYO, Jewish teen movement, providing fully-funded masters of business administration degrees from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for up to 20 of its professionals.
* Hearst Magazines Digital Media and Estee Lauder Companies partnering to highlight Hearst’s network of websites in Breast Cancer Awareness Pink from Oct. 22-31, including links to Breast Cancer Research Foundation website.
* Southeastern Council of Foundations received grant from Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for one-year pilot to communicate positive messages about philanthropy through its Southern Philanthropy News Service; Emily Edwards, formerly with Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, to coordinate program.
* Hartford, Conn. System of Schools providing TeacherDollar Cards, $250 special-purpose debit cards, to almost 300 teachers, principals, family-resource aids to offset out-of-pocket spending for classroom supplies.
* Friends at Middlebury College launched campaign to raise $400,000 to provide housing and ongoing support to Butch Varno, disabled fan of Middlebury sports; $60,000 raised to date.
* Seventh Generation, maker of environmentally safe household and personal care products, Burlington, Vt., released corporate social responsibility report for 2006.
* Xerox named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in recognition of company’s economic, environmental and social performance.
* Business school at University of Missouri-Columbia now named Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business in recognition of series of gifts from Geraldine Trulaske in honor of her late husband.
* Terry George, film director, received 2007 Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award for his support of Action Against Hunger and impact of movie Hotel Rwanda.
* Jossey-Bass published new book by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McCleod Grant, “Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.”
* South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations selected Donorbuddy to provide online donation and member fee collection to member groups at discounted prices.
* Hip Hop Association joined Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning program, adopted Rafael Hernandez I.S. 217 School of the Performing Arts in South Bronx, N.Y.
* Global Water Initiative created by seven international nonprofits to address world’s declining supply of fresh water and lack of access to clean water by world’s poorest people.
* Build-A-Bear Workshop, Nebraska City, Neb., celebrating 10th birthday by donating more than 280,000 trees for new Friendship Forests to be located in U.S., Canada and U.K.
* Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., launched $200 million “Babson Rising” campaign, school’s largest effort to date; $65 million raised during quiet phase.
* Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Meriden, Conn., seeking nominations for $150,000 2008 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award recognizing innovation and experimentation by curators; details and nomination on foundation website as of Nov. 1.
* MicroEdge, software company serving grantmaking community, released MicroEdge Portico Exec, web-based business analytics tool providing foundations with online access to performance data.
* Barclays hosting 800 students from Wilmington, Del., area for Community Service Volunteers Make A Difference Day to teach them money and saving skills.
* MicroPlace, subsidiary of eBay, launched new website providing opportunity for public to invest in microfinance programs to help people in poverty-stricken areas.
* Montana State University Foundation, Bozeman, selected Agilon to provide new advancement information management and fund accounting solution.
* Montessori Model UN, revenue partner of BidGive International, partnering with Shanghai Pearl Consulting Company to develop major presence in China to supply Montessori classroom materials.
* Suzanne Murphy, former vice president of college resources, Sarah Lawrence, named vice president for development and external affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.
Depot received Environmental Excellence Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership in recognition of energy conservation and lowering of greenhouse gas emissions.
* Macy’s West, San Francisco, received 2007 Green Power Leadership award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for company’s California solar power program.
* Blackbaud, software provider for nonprofits, now has about 1,700 higher education clients.