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Who’s in the news – Week of 12.24.07

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* Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program named 467 social justice leaders to receive fellowships for graduate-level study.

* Compassion International, child development ministry Colorado Springs, named one of 30 “Shining Light” ministries for 2007 by MinstryWatch.com, donor-advocacy organization.

* United Way and Deloitte & Touche launched Virtual Team Challenge, high school virtual-world competition to produce fundraising event for United Way’s “Operation Graduation” campaign; top seven teams received $1,000 each to donate to local United Way.

* Burroughs Wellcome Fund launched Institutional Program Unifying Population and Laboratory Based Sciences, providing $500,000 a year for five years to stimulate training programs partnering medical schools and public health schools.

* IndianNGOs.com moved database of 40,000 nonprofits to IndianNGOs.com Consulting, with all to be online by Dec. 15.

* Office Depot presented conference Dec. 13-15 to explore ways to encourage community development and strengthening of nonprofits.

* Frank Altman, CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund USA, named to board of Social Investment Forum.

* Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks launched “Our Time to Vote,” one-year $5 million voter education and registration campaign to increase voting in diverse communities served by cable industry; includes multi-cultural public-service announcements, web resources, information hotline, grants to related nonprofits.

* Lance Armstrong Foundation seeking grant proposals for 2008 grant cycle, focusing on cancer researchers and community programs; applications accepted Feb. 4 through March 14.

* Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan published Winter 2008 report.

* American Lung Association of California published 2006-07 annual report and 2008 calendar.

* Susan Berresford, retiring president and CEO, Ford Foundation, honored by Council on Foundations at dinner at Kennedy Center in recognition of years of service to field of philanthropy.

* W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded total of almost $335 million in grants during 2006-07 fiscal year, jump of almost 17 percent over prior year.

* National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Washington, D.C., released 2007 annual report, “Making a Difference Together,” featuring diversity of ocean conservation activities and profiling group’s activities.

* National New Markets Fund, Fresno, Calif., received a $50 million New markets Tax Credit allocation from Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

* South African Institute for Advancement held inaugural Philanthropy awards in Cape Town to encourage South Africans to give to charities and to recognize those who have given.

* Hugo Morales, founder and executive director of Radio Bilingue and California Endowment board member, received Bader Award from National Federation of Community Broadcasters for efforts to build radio stations serving low-income communities.

* GrantCraft published new guide, “The Effective Exit: Managing the End of a Funding Relationship,” designed for grantmakers.

* Google’s Google Checkout for Non-Profits launched Holiday Page featuring charities available through checkout; 100 percent of donations to go directly to charity of consumer’s choice.

* Isuzu Motors to match $10,332 in donations made by top dealers to Wounded Warrior Project for total donation of $20,664.

* SaraBear Company and Postpartum Support International partnering to provide hang-tag on all SaraBear diaper caddies with list of symptoms of postpartum mood disorder and directions to website and helpline for assistance.

* National Grid, energy delivery company, published first corporate social responsibility report based on themes of climate change, safety, reliability; report summarizes company’s sustainable activities in 2007.

* Alliance for Justice, Washington, D.C., launched web-based state law resources providing state-specific guidance for nonprofits in areas including lobbying, electioneering communications, campaign contributions.

* Social Edge, online community for social entrepreneurs, hosting Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator, capacity-building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises, with up to 20 people receiving scholarship valued at $20,000; apply during January and February 2008.

* Danah Cornutt Craft, formerly with Southeastern Council of Foundations, named vice president of programs and constituency services, Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.

* Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, contemporary dance company, collaborating with James S. Kemper Foundation and five other local arts groups to create Kemper Fellows Program providing mentored internship opportunities for undergraduates.

* Church World Service named one of top 100 humanitarian agencies by GiveSpot.com, charity-ranking website.

* Shepard Nevel, former general counsel and director of member services, Denver Regional Council of Governments, named vice president of operations for Colorado Health Foundation, Denver.

* Independent Sector accepting nominations for 2008 American Express Building Leadership Award, which recognizes an organization for leadership in investing in people of nonprofit community; nominations due Feb. 18.

* Target Stores across country donated more than 4,500 decorated holiday trees to 1,300 local United Ways to be delivered to families in need, shelters, community centers.

* Business Committee for the Arts and FORBES Magazine seeking nominations for BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America, recognizing businesses for involvement in arts; nominations due Feb. 1.

* Luhrs & Associates, Leonia, N.J., collected 6,918 holiday cards during 2007 drive for Bergen Family Center, Bergen County, N.J., to use in art program.

* Proceeds from Jan. 17 gallery showing of artworks by Danielle Mailer, artist and daughter of late Norman Mailer, to be benefit A More Perfect Union, group supporting women in New York City area.

* Larry Thompson & Associates, Dallas-based investment management firm serving foundations and endowments, celebrated 15th anniversary Dec. 18.

* Kim A. Shiley, former director of major and individual gifts for Annenberg Center, named director of development for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Philadelphia.

* Marci Bossow Schankweiler, founder and president of Crossing the Finish Line, Blue Bell, Pa., named ideablob.com monthly $10,000 winner for November; will use prize to fund home for cancer patients near Orlando, Fla.

* Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Mass., closed season with $1,042,300 in ticket sales, second-highest amount in group’s 30-year history.

* X Prize Foundation selected by Scientific American magazine for inclusion in its Scientific American 50, list of people and groups with outstanding achievements in 2006-07.

* CVS Caremark Charity Classic 2007 raised $1.7 million for almost 100 nonprofits in Woonsocket, R.I., area.

* Terence E. Adderley, board chair of Kelly Services Inc., elected to board of Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Dolefil, Philippines division of Dole Packaged
Foods Company, planted one millionth tree under Chairs-for-Trees, program focusing on recycling and reforestation.

* Western industry raised total of $2.5 million for “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink” breast cancer awareness and research initiative over the past year.

* Foundation Center, New York, offering Trend Tracker, free search tool providing access to historical financial data on U.S. grantmakers; available on center’s website.

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