* Catalog for Giving of New York City seeking applications for unrestricted grants to support grassroots afterschool programs for disadvantaged youth; eligible groups must be located in New York City, have budget from $150,000 to $1 million, be independent, provide direct services to low-income kids and/or teens.
* Community Renewal Society, Chicago, announced staff changes;
- Alysia Tate, former Chicago Reporter staffer, named chief operating officer of Society
- Alden Loury, former senior editor, Chicago Reporter, named editor and publisher
- Kimbriell Kelly, former staff writer, Chicago Reporter, named senior editor
* Toyota USA Foundation, New York, increased endowment to $100 million from $42 million; awarded more than $4 million to boost K-12 math, science teaching during 2007.
* Henry Schein Inc., provider of health care products, New York, held “Holiday Cheer for the Children” program, sponsoring more than 800 children by providing clothing, toys, food.
* Chase Card Services Canada received community service award from British Columbia Contact Centre Association in recognition of support of United Way, Surrey Food Banks, public education, other programs.
* Elizabeth Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration at Brown University, and William E. Trueheart, retired president and CEO of Pittsburgh Foundation, named to board of trustees of Commonfund, Wilton, Ct.
* Southern California Wildfire Relief Fund at California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, has raised more than $1.4 million in donations for recovery efforts.
* Sean C. Rush, former general manager of IBM’s Global Education Industry business, named president and CEO of Junior Achievement, Colorado Springs, Co.
* Elton John Aids Foundation surpassed $25,000 goal to receive matching gift from Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City.
* Make-A-Wish Foundation of America’s newly rebuilt website named Outstanding Web Site in 2007 WebAwards by Web Marketing Association.
* Hagemeyer North America, Charleston, S.C., raised $172,000 during United Way Campaign and $8,000 during American Heart Association HeartWalk drive.
* Paul R. Levy, founding CEO of Center City District in Philadelphia and executive director of Philadelphia Development Corp., named to board of managers of Philadelphia Foundation.
* Lift & Care Systems, provider of in-home equipment for seniors and disable people, based in Lakeville, Mass., offering 5 percent discount to all 501c3 organizations for new customers in 2008.
* Brooke Mahoney, founding executive director of Volunteer Consulting Group, died from breast cancer Sept. 7 in New York City.
* Points of Light Foundation and Hands on Network merged to form Points of Light & Hands On Network.
* YMCA of the USA issued New Year’s Resolution to increase opportunities for people in their pursuit of health and well-being in spirit, mind, body.
* Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., launched search for new CEO; board currently engaged in strategic planning to be completed after new CEO joins in early spring.
* Darren Walker, vice president of foundation initiatives at Rockefeller Foundation, named to board of Arcus Foundation, Kalamazoo, Mich.