* Microsoft received Corporate Stewardship-Large Business Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center for its civic activities, including skills training for underserved populations.
* World of Children, New York, awarded Nobel Prize for Children, including cash awards of up to $100,000, to each of eight social entrepreneurs working to improve children’s lives.
* Tonkon Torp, Portland, Ore., launched www.sustainabilitylawblog.com, blog covering issues affecting businesses that aim to create sustainable future for their organizations, environment, community.
* Dana-Farber Cancer Institute raised $33 million for cancer research and care through Pan-Massachusetts Challenge cycling event, which group says is most ever raised for charity by an athletic event.
* California adopted research-based program for algebra readiness from MIND Research Institute, Santa Ana, Calif., to prepare middle and high school students for success in algebra I.
* Jennifer Colman, formerly manager of marketing communications, Affinia Hotels/Denihan Hospitality Group, named director of marketing and communications, Phipps Community Development Corporation, New York.
* Stephanie Powers, former CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards, named project director for National Fund for Workforce Solutions at Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.
* Xerox released 2007 Report on Global Citizenship, which says company diverted 2 billion pounds of waste from landfills, among other achievements.
* National Center for Family Literacy accepting nominations for 2008 Verizon Tech Savvy Awards honoring programs that improve parents’ and children’s understanding and use of technology; apply by Jan. 11.
* Salvation Army USA and Convio launched 3rd annual Online Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, which supports holiday meals, coats, toys for homeless and needy families.
* P&G brands Always and Tampax partnering with HERO, initiative of UN Association, to launch Protecting Futures, program designed to raise awareness of need for sanitary facilities and products with goal of keeping sub-Saharan girls in school during menstrual cycles.
* Cone LLC and True Impact LLC launched Social/Business Return Indicator, service available to clients that measures business and social outcomes of cause-related initiatives.
* Roger Olson, former president of Rural Lifestyle Media, named vice president of rural and agribusiness development, National 4-H Council.
* National Urban League’s 51st annual dinner raised record $2 million, with help from Bank of America; Cris Carter, former Minnesota Viking, and brother John Carter of Carter Brothers LLC, received League’s inaugural entrepreneurship award.
* Thrive by Five, Washington State-based group working for children’s success, selected Social Solutions, Baltimore, to support service-integration initiatives designed to prepare young children for school.
* Friends of Orchha Youth Club, Madhya Pradesh, India, working to rid town of polythene bags used to carry offerings to Temple by exchanging for handmade eco-friendly paper bags.
* Holly Sampson, president, Duluth Superior Area community Foundation, elected to second term as board chair, Minnesota Council on Foundations.
* Joseph D. Greene, founding board member and immediate past board chair, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Atlanta, died after long battle with cancer.
* Robert M. Buckley, former lead economist at World Bank, named managing director, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, effective Jan. 2.
* First Lady Laura Bush and seven others received National Promise of American Founders’ Award from America’s Promise Alliance for commitment to children, youth.
* Bill S. Kim, chairman and CEO, Louis Raphael men’s trouser company, named board chair of Give2Asia, charity facilitating giving to causes in Asia-Pacific region.
* Full Circle Fund, San Francisco nonprofit engaging talents of business and community leaders, launched Environment/Energy Impact Circle; Ella Baker Center for Human Rights received grant of cash and project team for Green Jobs Corps, effort training Oakland residents for green collar jobs.
* Maatiam, company advocating socially-conscious shopping, facilitating donation to nonprofits every time online shoppers purchase from more than 200 web merchants.
* Travelers partnering with HomeFree-USA, homeownership and financial empowerment group, to provide Travelers Home Safety program, interactive CD-ROM educating homeowners on how to reduce risks in their homes.
* Impact Makers, Richmond-based consulting firm designed to give away all profits, celebrated first anniversary, grossed $500,000 in consulting fees, netting $73,000, of which $13,000 to date has been given to Safe Harbor.
* Papilia, provider of online fundraising solutions, launched Papilia Online Tax Receipts, allowing nonprofits to provide donors with secure web page listing giving history and personalized tax receipts.
* Al’s Angels, Westport, Conn.-based nonprofit, to begin Holiday Charity Drive to provide more than 750 local families with Thanksgiving dinners.
* More than 600 employees of CA information technology company participated in CA Together in Action program by working on 60 projects around globe.
* Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance released Holiday Season Wise Giving Guide focusing on charities that failed to disclose organizational information alliance uses for evaluation.
* University of Nebraska Omaha expanded online bachelor of general studies program to include concentration in nonprofit administration starting 2007-08 academic year.
* Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide selected Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud NetCommunity to serve its donors.
* Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation launched Maryland Small Grants Program, including expedited grants process and grants of up to $50,000 over two years to groups serving poor and vulnerable populations.
* California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, released “Civically Engaging Immigrant Boomers in Los Angeles County: How Do We Do It?”, which reports on civic engagement activities of immigrant baby boomers.
* ARAMARK, professional services provider, and Neighborhood Centers, Houston, launched three-year community partnership to help families in need and build stronger neighborhoods throughout Houston.
* John Richard Grimes, former director, American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, named vice president of institutional advancement, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Anchorage.
* Ted Hart, president and CEO, ePhilanthropy Foundation, resigned; Bob Carter, board chair, to assume CEO responsibilities.
* United Health Group launched “United Minnesota,” 10-year $100 million effort to advance health, education, social well-being in Minnesota communities.
* American Association of Museums launched Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad, grant competition designed to strengthen connections between U.S. people and those overseas through museum-based exchanges.
* TechSoup and Mailshell launched fifth annual “Stop Spam Today!” campaign, month-long effort to help nonprofits and public libraries fight spam.
* Google launched its “Google Checkout for Nonprofits,” enabling nonprofits to collect online donations free of charge; Google Checkout badge to be displayed on AdWords ads of nonprofits using Checkout.