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Who’s in the news – Week of 12.10.07

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* Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer encouraging shoppers to use iBakeSale.com; providing up to 20 percent of online shoppers’ purchases back as cash, which can be donated to charity of choice.

* Jackie Drinkwater Poole, of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, received Keep America Beautiful’s 2007 “Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Award” for her role with the nonprofit and in Katrina recovery efforts.

* Standard Fruit Company de Costa Rica, Dole division, received 2007 Grant Winner Award from American Chambers of Commerce for corporate social responsibility efforts; Dole Thailand received 2007 Excellence Award.

* Youth Service America sponsoring 20th annual Global Youth Service Day April 25-27; information online.

* KaBOOM!, nonprofit promoting play among kids, to award $100,000 in grants to communities across U.S.; significant portion of awards determined by votes cast for videos of 21 communities.

* Rebecca Sager, former director of development, Alliance for Justice, named development director, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Washington, D.C.

* Jennifer Weber, Seattle fundraiser, named vice president of development, Global Fund for Women, San Francisco.

* Henry Schein Inc., BD, Yahoo pledged support through donations and advertising to International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in advance of World AIDS Day.

* Marc Chardon, CEO, Blackbaud, Charleston, named to Industry Advisory Council of Council for Advancement and Support of Education, effective 2008.

* Mercy Corps, humanitarian relief group, and Community reinvestment Fund USA among groups receiving 2008 Social Capitalist Award from Fast Company and Monitor Group for innovates approaches to combating challenging problems.

* Ralph Nelles, businessman and philanthropist, received Beatrice Renfield Caring for the Caregiver Award from American Journal of Nursing for generosity to nursing at St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, Montana.

* Salvation Army released Christmas Wish List, which includes 488 examples of specific capital needs as part of national effort to educate donors about charity’s specific needs.

* Belmont University and Center for Nonprofit Management, Nashville, Tenn., partnering to create new masters program in nonprofit leadership, with courses beginning Fall 2008.

* Covance, drug development services company, and CARE partnering to support Covance-CARE Early Childhood Development Center for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rwanda.

* San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis moved into temporary location while permanent offices are expanded over next 18 months; temporary address is 2340 Jackson St.

* Arabella Philanthropic Advisors, Washington, D.C., released “High-Impact Giving Opportunities: Philanthropy that Makes a Difference,” list of top ten under-recognized but urgent philanthropic issues.

* Douglas Sauer, CEO, Council of Community Services of New York State, named board chair, National Council of Nonprofit Associations, Washington, D.C.

* John Gunn, chairman and CEO, Dodge and Cox Investment Managers, to become board chair, San Francisco Opera Association effective Aug. 1, 2008, replacing outgoing chair Franklin P. “Pitch” Johnson.

* Allen Bell, former executive director, Rome Area Council for the Arts, Rome, Ga., named director of contemporary art & new initiatives, Southern Arts Federation, Atlanta.

* Diversity and community outreach efforts of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Miami, received Diversity Award from Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management.

* Coca-Cola Company launched new website to raise public awareness about plight of polar bears; established Coca-Cola Polar Bear Support Fund, conservation seed fund supporting World Wildlife Fund projects.

* FacingUp.org launched to provide citizens with hub for dialogue, discussion, action on America’s financial future and challenges to federal budget.

* Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, Calif., seeking nominations for 2008 Tech Museum Awards, including $50,000 prizes for 25 groups selected; individuals, organizations invited to apply by March 24.

* Nonprofit Academic Centers Council released “Curricular Guidelines for Undergraduate Study in Nonprofit Leadership,” guidelines for study in nonprofit, philanthropic studies field.

* ExxonMobil and its employees raised more than $1.4 million for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas during charity’s annual campaign.

* Middlebury College invited to participate in Compton Foundation’s one-year Mentor Fellowships for graduating seniors; includes $36,000 stipend.

* Robert Alaniz, former director of communications, WellPoint Inc. and WEllPoint Foundations, named vice president of communications and public affairs, California Endowment, Los Angeles.

* Grantmakers in Health, Washington, D.C., named new board members:

  • Gail Christopher, vice president for programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Tom David, senior strategist, Community Clinics Initiative, joint project of Tides and California Endowment
  • BettyWilson, president and CEO, Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis

* Elizabeth Carey, former executive director, Michigan Federations for Children and Families, named senior vice president and chief financial officer, Alliance for Children and Families, Milwaukee.

* GuideStar, provider of information on nonprofits, launched online donation capability, allowing individuals to contribute to charity through GuideStar website.

* Acumen Fund, New York, received 2008 Social Capitalist Award from Fast Company magazine and Monitor Group recognizing company’s social impact.

* United Way of York County, S.C., published first United Men of York County Calendar, featuring Most Outstanding Men of county, as voted on by local employees, residents; available for $5 at Rock Hill office.

* Daniel R. Tishman, head of Tishman Realty & Construction Co. and current vice chair of board, Natural Resources Defense Council, named board chair.

* Keith Stamm, former chief operating officer, Aquila Inc., named first chief operating officer, WaterPartners International, Kansas City, Mo.

* Gail Kalver, former executive director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, named interim executive director, Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

* Comcast Corporation and Internet Keep Safe Coalition launched “iKeepSafe with Comcast,” national effort to promote cyber safety awareness in local communities by bringing together advocacy groups aiming to encourage healthier habits by youth on Internet.

* Exelon received U.S. Presidential “Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership” in recognition of company’s Stay in School initiative, which has helped boost academic performance of almost 5,000 students over three years; Northrop Grumman and Procter & Gamble also honored for community relations efforts.

* Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series 2007, held in eight cities, drew more than 28,000 walkers, raised $47 million to date.

* Women’s Edge Coalition launched Shop the Cause, to supports women artisans abroad while using 10 percent of purchase amounts to empower women worldwide.

* Seventh Generation, maker of non-toxic household products, received Social Capitalist Award from Fast Company magazine and Monitor Group.

* Neville Isdell, chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Company, appointed to Corporate Fund Board of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

* Hilton Family of Hotels added seven partners to Giving Back Programs, which allows members to redeem points for cash contributions to charities: C5 Youth Foundation, GRAMMY Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Lance Armstrong Foundation, March of Dimes, Room to Read, World Wildlife Fund.

* Denver Mattress factory hosted Basket of Joy, project to provide fruit baskets and visits for 5,000 low-income homebound seniors; delivered by Volunteers of America.

* Alcoa’s 2007 Worldwide Month of Service, held in October, drew more than 47,000 participants for community service events across globe, up a third from 2006.

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