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Who’s in the news – Week of 12.17.07

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* Terrie L. Williams, executive officer of finance, Oakland Unified School District, and David Kakishiba, executive director, East By Asian Youth Center, named to board of Joint Powers Agency of Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, Calif.

* International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation, Alexandria, Va., raised more than $100,000 at 114th annual conference in New Orleans.

* Intercollegiate Studies Institute received four-star rating from Charity Navigator, reflecting efficient management, growth of assets.

* Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of media relations, ABC News, elected board chair of Bailey House, New York City.

* Google and One Laptop Per Child lunched “Our Stories,” effort to record stories of children about family, friends, elders in their native languages and post on website; stories can be found through Google Map.

* Healing Emergency Aid Response Teams 9/11, volunteer response team, sent 50 volunteers to St. Barnard Parish, Louisiana, to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina; sponsored by Bear Stearns.

* Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected 12 colleges and universities to participate in Phage Genomics Research Initiative, genomics course involving first-year students in research, developed by Science Education Alliance.

* Trevor Project, 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, raised $463,000 at 10th annual Cracked Xmas fundraising event.

* Youth Service America and Corporation for National and Community Service launching Semester of Service, encouraging 5-25 year-olds to design 12 week service-learning projects beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

* Omni Hotels’ Texas Collection to unveil gingerbread creations through Jan. 1 to support Ronald McDonald Houses; each creation includes mailbox for donations.

* Eaton Corporation named one of “The Most Committed Multi-National Corporations to Corporate Social Responsibility” by Foreign Investment in China magazine for role in protecting environment.

* Charities Aid Foundation America, Washington, D.C., launched new website allowing donors to more easily give to charities worldwide.

* Donations to Toys for Tots program down compared to 2006; to reach goal of 13 million toys for 2007, program extended donation deadline by one week to Dec. 16.

* Young Isaac, marketing and advertising firm, Columbus, Ohio, presenting each of 500 clients and friends with blank $8 check to be given to charity of recipients’ choice.

* Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Scottsdale, Ariz., presented Piper Fellowships, providing up to $30,000 each, to five nonprofit leaders who will participate in self-designed sabbaticals:

  • Blase Bova, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Lisa Glow, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
  • Theresa Leon, Friendly House
  • Connie Phillips, Sojourner Center
  • Kurt Sheppard, Valle del Sol Inc.

* Independent Sector seeking nominations for 2008 John W. Gardner Award honoring individual whose leadership has transformed nonprofit sector; nominations due Jan. 31.

* DonorsChoose, online marketplace connecting donors with public school classroom projects, selected Ariba to help lower overhead costs by providing software identifying lowest-price materials for purchase.

* National Beverage Corporation to include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Thanks and Giving” logo on beverage cans and provide consumers opportunity to support hospital through drink purchases.

* Grassroots.org accepting applications for Spring Social Ventures Consulting program, providing services valued at $9,000 to $13,500 from students at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.

* RSM McGladrey, accounting and tax consultancy, Minneapolis, now authorized iMIS Solution Provider for Advanced Solutions International, serving Mid-Atlantic and New York region.

* Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, American Red Cross and America’s Second Harvest recognized in America’s Greatest Brands, book highlighting achievements of world’s most admired brands.

* Greatnonprofits.org launched to aggregate reviews of nonprofits by people with direct experience giving or volunteering, with Philadelphia as pilot city; viewers can browse nonprofits or add their own views.

* ChangingThePresent, nonprofit website, launched to help nonprofits raise money and awareness by providing specific donation opportunities; information online.

* American Express launched GivingExpress allowing cardholders to make charitable gift in someone’s name and earn double points.

* Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago law firm, launched NGE Philanthropic Advisors to provide consulting services to make philanthropy more efficient for donors, nonprofits.

* UniversalGiving received silver medal from International Academy of the Visual Arts for creative excellence on the web.

* Parsons The New School for Design, in collaboration with nonprofit Games for Change, launched PETLab, public-interest game design and research laboratory for interactive media. Initiative received $450,000 from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

* Liviu Librescu, 76-year-old Holocaust survivor and professor shot and killed while trying to protect Virginia Tech students from gunman in April 2007, named “Most Inspiring Person of the Year” by Beliefnet.com.

* Jeanette Cassano named senior vice president, list brokerage Belardi/Ostroy, New York City, and will bring with her over 50 fundraising clients, along with senior account executive Cheryl Piry and account manager Michael Adkins.

* Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. and tech-hardware firm Intel ranked at top of their industry sectors by Corporate Responsibility Office Magazine in its 10 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2007.

* Dave Stangis, director of corporate responsibility, Intel, named to Ethisphere Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”

* Web portal Accountability-Central.com launched to help inform and update leaders in private, public and social sectors on accountability topics and issues.

* Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, Mich., released 2006 annual report.

* Tim Doke, marketing and communications veteran, named chief marketing officer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Dallas.

* As part of Fund Development Series of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, John Wiley & Sons published Keep Your Donors – The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships, by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux.

* Thurgood Marshall College Fund received four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

* Parade and The Case Foundation announced America’s Giving Challenge to award $500,000 to charities in U.S. and overseas. Through 3 p.m., Dec. 21, 2008, participants can use a web tool to promote their cause to win $50,000, or give to a cause to help it qualify for a $1,000 award.

* Mark Van Lue, director of construction and environmental resources, Habitat for Humanity International, and Jo-An Turman, director of marketing & communications, L.A. Neighborhood Services, named vice president of construction & real estate, and director of marketing & communications, respectively, for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

* Effie Awards announced inception of Green Effie Award, sponsored by Planet Green, Discovery Communication’s network, to honor effective eco-marketing campaigns.

* Blackbaud, Charleston, S.C., entered agreement with Special Olympics to provide
52 state programs in U.S. with endorsed solution for their business and development offices.

* Rebecca D. Beauregard, former president, Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey; former mayor, Cranbury, N.J.; and former staff director, U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing, Select Committee on Aging, named director of government relations, Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

* Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact launched Students4Giving to inspire young people to get more involved with philanthropy, with five academic institutions and their participating students each to receive oversight of $15,000 donor-advised fund to be used for future grant recommendations in their communities – Boston University; California State University, Fresno; Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.

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