* Grand opening held Nov. 8 for new $300,000 Boundless playground at McCullough Elementary School, winner of PLAYSKOOL Win a Boundless Playground Essay Contest, sponsored by Hasbro and GameTime.
* Trabian Shorters, former U.S. co-director of Ashoka, named vice president of communities program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, pending board approval.
* Maureen and John Winter, managers of charity auctions, launched Charity Auctions website, online community devoted to providing information, solutions for nonprofits implementing fundraising auctions.
* Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University awarded honorary degrees at its 20th anniversary celebration:
- Emmett Carson, president and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Parry Stonesifer, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Juree Vichit-Vadakan, chair, Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society at National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand
* World Wildlife Fund named recipient of first “10Best Causes Award” by 10Best Inc. in recognition of fund’s Extraordinary Gifts Catalog showcasing opportunities for global giving; award includes online promotion campaign valued at more than $250,000.
* Payless Cellular will donate $20 per phone, $10 per prepaid wireless phone order, $30 per Blackberry sold through its internet site or toll-free number to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through end of year.
* Philanthropy Project and American Film Institute, with $10 million grant from John Templeton Foundation, launching “Filmanthropy Scholarship Competition” among first-year Institute students to create films about small foundations, citizen philanthropists; winners will volunteer time to philanthropies featured in their films.
* Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, contemporary dance company, appointed three board members, rehearsal assistant, five dancers.
* Southeastern Council of Foundations, Atlanta, selected BoardWalk Consulting to conduct search for group’s next president.
* Safeway Foundation raised $172 million during 2007 to support organizations working in areas of cancer research and treatment, support for people with disabilities, education, feeding the hungry.
* Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University presented Henry A. Rosso Medical Award for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fundraising to:
- Patricia F. Lewis, senior professional-in-residence, Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University
- Robert Pierpont, fundraising consultant, Bonita Springs, Fla.
- Ed Schumacher, founder and president, Third Sector Consulting
* Frank Hanna, CEO of Hanna Capital, Atlanta, received 2007 $250,000 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, sponsored by William E. Simon Foundation and presented by Philanthropy Roundtable; Hanna to donate prize to Atlanta’s Holy Spirit Preparatory School.
* Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO, MGM Mirage, received 2007 CEO Diversity Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices for diversity leadership in corporate America.
* Patricia A. Woodworth, executive vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer, Art Institute of Chicago, named chief financial officer and chief operating officer, J. Paul Getty Trust, effective Dec. 17.
* Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, new effort launched by coalition of foundations, including Annie E. Casey and Eos, working to move issues of poverty and opportunity to center stage during presidential campaign.
* Sustainable Endowments Institute published College Sustainability Report Card 2008, with 3 percent receiving “A” rating on green practices and policies.
* Case Foundation, Washington, D.C., selected 100 ideas for “Make It Your Own Awards,” grant program aiming to increase citizen involvement in communities; 20 finalists to receive $10,000 each, with four receiving additional $25,000.
* Neighborhood Partners released Stickymap.com, free web tool to help community development groups create and share interactive maps of their neighborhoods.
* California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, opening new multi-media fun center for child patients sponsored through partnership of Hollywood Entertainment, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Nintendo of America.
* Cheryle Jackson, CEO, Chicago Urban League, received inaugural $100,000 “Game Changer” Award from Boeing Chicago.
* Flozell Daniels, Jr., former associate vice president, Tulane University, and chair of New Orleans Urban League, named president and CEO, Louisiana Recovery Foundation, Baton Rouge, effective Dec. 1.
* Blackbaud, Charleston, S.C., named winner of 2007 Outstanding Business Award by South Carolina Low Country Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals for commitment to philanthropy, community involvement.
* Wendy R. Nadel, former principle of Creative Vision nonprofit consulting firm, named executive director, Yonkers Partners in Education, Yonkers, N.Y.
* Winslow Green Mutual Funds, Boston, launched Winslow Green Solutions Fund, offering investors opportunity to invest globally in companies deriving primary revenue from green, products, services.
* Maria Acosta, former vice president of planning of U.S. and Mexico oil exploration and production division of Royal Dutch/Shell, named executive vice president of corporate development, United Home Care Services, Miami.
* GrantCraft published new guide, “International Grantmaking: Funding with a Global View,” describing benefits, challenges of global grantmaking.
* World for Children awarded more than $2 million to 62 child advocates in more than 35 countries in recognition of promising leaders working on behalf of children.
* Abigail Gorman, chief operating officer, American Dental Education Association, received CFO Nonprofit Rising Star Award at 2007 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon.
* Compassion International investing $5 million over five years in Opportunity International to fund microfinance operations serving working poor.
* Cone LLC launched http://www.doyoustandforsomething.com/, blog providing insights, research, tools, best practices addressing cause-related initiatives.
* American Express and World Monuments Fund launched initiative to support projects addressing sustainable tourism; will grant $4 million over four years.
* Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York, which has $969 million investment portfolio, selected Investure as its outsourced investment office.
* MacArthur Foundation committing $150 million to preserve and improve at least 300,000 affordable rental housing units across country.
* Tracy Gary, philanthropic and legacy advisor and member of Pillsbury family, released 3rd edition of “Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy.”
* Cyalume, West Springfield, Mass., launched SnapLight Academic Program to help elementary students teach each other how to stay safe during power outages.
* Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation sponsoring Artrain USA’s presentation of “Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture” exhibition in Springfield, Mo., Nov. 15-19.
* AHADI International Institute, Tanzania, received $1 million Opus Prize for faith-based, social entrepreneurship from Opus Prize Foundation.
* America’s Second Harvest Food B
ank and Dick Clark Productions to join forces to raise awareness about hunger in America and help feed the hungry.
* Young People’s Chorus of New York City raised $900,000 during 10th anniversary benefit evening at Carnegie Hall and New York Athletic Club.
* Shirley R. Madigan, chair of Illinois Arts Council and wife of Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan, received 2007 Spirit of Inukshuk Award from Little City Foundation for her support of people with disabilities.
* HGTV launched “Change the World. Start at Home,” cause-related community revitalization and environmental campaign at Boys & Girls Club of West Valley in Canoga Park, Calif.
* Carnegie Corporation of New York and Institute for Advanced Study created Joint Commission in Math and Science Education to address instruction in science, mathematics and technology.
* William A. Von Hoene, Jr. and Exelon Corporation Legal Department received 2007 ACC/CPBO Pro Bono award from Association of Corporate Counsel for dedication to pro bono services and volunteerism.
* Providence House, Cleveland, appointed five new corporate officers to board of trustees; Paul O’Connor, president of Providence Home Healthcare named board chair.