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Who’s in the news – Week of 12.03.07

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* Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy launching “The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth,” study exploring cultural underpinnings of wealth for society; supported by grants from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Calibre, division of Wachovia Wealth Management.

* Claire Gaudiani, with David Burnett, published new book, “Generosity Rules! A Guidebook to Giving,” celebrating American tradition of giving, offering tips for leading generous life.

* Action Against Hunger, humanitarian aid group, sent emergency crews, life-saving materials to Bangladesh to assist with devastation from in Cyclone Sidr.

* Annie Kennedy, former director of ALS division of Muscular Dystrophy Association, named vice president of advocacy for association.

* Andrew Campbell, public relations, marketing, communications consultant, Columbus, Ohio, named affiliate consultant for Shoestring Creative Group, firm providing discount services for nonprofits.

* Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation launched “Tuttles Madcap Misadventures,” online video game from Legacy Interactive, which is giving back 75 percent of proceeds from game.

* Independent Sector elected five new board members; Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way of America, named board chair; J.D. Hokoyama, president and CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, relected as vice chair.

* New York Academy of Medicine elected seven new board members: Paula Allen-Meares, Christine K. Cassel, Alvin Deutsch, Terry Fulmer, Mary Lake Polan, Allan Rosenfield, Allen M. Spiegel.

* Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development and Organic Style introducing Freedom, a rose in honor of Rosa Parks; Organic Style to donate 10 percent of proceeds from sale of the roses to institute.

* Susan G. Komen for the Cure released State of Breast Cancer report outlining progress to date and remaining challenges in fight against the disease.

* Beliefnet.com online community selected 10 nominees for eighth annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year award, recognizing individual’s humanitarian actions; public to vote for winner through Dec. 10.

* Dream for Darfur, group fighting genocide, released “And Now…Not a Word from Our Sponsors,” report card for Olympic sponsors; 16 of 19, including Coke, Visa, received Ds or failing score.

* RSM McGladrey offices across U.S. during November collected donations for care packages for U.S. troops.

* Jane Dunne, former vice president and chief financial officer, Palladia social service agency, New York, named chief operating and financial officer, Arcus Foundation, Kalamazoo, Mich.

* Goldman Sachs Group, New York, created Goldman Sachs Gives donor-advised fund, which will receive donation of portion of firm’s partners’ compensation to support charity; group expects fund to reach $1 billion over next few years.

* SodaHead social network created viral poll and contributed $.50 for each of more than 18,000 people voting to California Wildfire Relief Fund; effort was part of partnership with Music For Relief and Unite the United.

* Ashoka, network of social entrepreneurs, launched Youth Venture programs in Belgium, Canada; effort invests in and encourages work of young changemakers.

* King Baudouin Foundation seeking nominations for international development prize worth 150,000 euros honoring people, groups supporting development in Southern hemisphere; deadline Feb. 1.

* Marguerite Casey Foundation released 2006 annual report, “Movement: Action that Creates Change,” noting award of 208 grants totaling $29 million.

* Citi held second annual “Global Community Day” Nov. 17; more than 58,000 volunteers participated in more than 1,000 projects in 100 countries.

* Independent Sector seeking nominations for 2008 John W. Gardner Leadership Award, which honors individual within nonprofit community who demonstrates transformative leadership; deadline Jan. 31.

* Civic Ventures, San Francisco, seeking nominations for 2008 Purpose Prize, which will invest over $500,000 in senior entrepreneurs developing new ways to solve social problems; deadline March 1.

* Qwest Foundation and South Dakota Department of Education awarded $25,000 for grant program for South Dakota teachers to support innovative programs promoting technology in classrooms.

* Rock Bottom Restaurants, Louisville, Colo., served Thanksgiving meal to more than 2,000 homeless or displaced people during annual “Thanksgiving Gathering.”

* John Schmidt, former chief financial officer, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, named vice president and chief financial officer, Families International.

* Opportunity Knocks helping VocationVacations, which organizes career immersion experiences with mentors, recruit nonprofit professional to team of expert mentors.

* Action Against Hunger, international humanitarian group, raised $1.2 million at annual benefit; screenwriter/director Terry George received group’s humanitarian award.

* Douglas S. Delaney received private-letter ruling from IRS to offer CHIRA, charitable microfinancing and planned giving strategy allowing donors to use IRAs to help charity without diminishing inheritance.

* BoardAssist, group connecting board members and nonprofits, published “Joining a Nonprofit Board: All Your Questions Answered,” to advise financial professionals on “giving back;” visit website for info.

* Hal Moore, U.S. Army Lieutenant General, received inaugural National Freedom Award from Operation Gratitude, group providing care packages to overseas troops.

* City Club, Los Angeles, offering to donate membership valued at more than $15,000 to charity for use in auction fundraiser; interested groups contact bbednarz@lasports.org.

* Mrs. Beasley’s bakery, Hollywood, donating 15 percent of each purchase made through website to SPCA International.

* Arcus Foundation revised funding guidelines for Arcus Gay & Lesbian Fund and Arcus Great Apes Fund, effective in 2008; includes “rolling” admission process, new funding priorities, quarterly grant awards.

* American Dental Association and Colgate-Palmolive partnering to create curriculum on dental plaque, gum inflammation and treatment options for dental, allied dental programs.

* Frank Douglas, partner in PureTech Ventures and chief scientific advisor of Bayer Healthcare, named senior fellow in entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

* Awareness Inc., social-media platform, released new guide, “Six Myths and Realities of Blogging and Social Media in the Enterprise.”

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