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Who’s in the news – Week 01.14.08

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* Foundation Fighting Blindness received six-year $1 million gift from Marjorie C. Adams Charitable Trust to launch women’s career development program to support women pursuing careers in clinical research to cure retinal degenerative diseases.

* Mary Jo Keating, vice president of BNSF Railway Company, named president, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas.

* Paula Kruger, Qwest Communications executive, named to board of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexndria, VA.

* U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, announced 135 recipients of 2007 U.S. Bank Five Star Volunteer Award, honoring employees for exceptional volunteer service; includes donation totaling $101,500 to nonprofits in honor of recipients.

* National Center for Family Literacy to award $600,000 in direct funding and support services to each of five school districts to implement Toyota Family Literacy Program; complete application survey by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

* Jeffrey Julin, New York public relations veteran, named chair and CEO of Public Relations Society of America.

* Preeclampsia Foundation, Minneapolis, expanding research grant program to four grants totaling $100,000.

* Center for Women’s Business Research, Washington D.C. elected board members:

  • Candida Bush, professor and President’s Chair in Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  • Jana Matthews, founder and CEO, Jana Matthews Group
  • Emily Stone, founder and president, Stone Group

* Robb F. Howell, owner and president, MCD Plastics and Manufacturing, named to board of American Welding Society Foundation.

* PayCycle announced free 1099 form filings for non-profits.

* Rock Bottom Restaurants, Louisville, Colo., fed more than 6,200 homeless and displaced people for “Miracle” events held during Christmas season.

* Children’s Burn Foundation, Sherman Oaks, Calif., named new board members:

  • Ryan Lynch, partner, Larus Capital
  • David Olson, senior vice president of corporate communications, Health Net
  • Kathleen Toppino, president, Children’s Burn Foundation’s Council

* Don W. Taylor, former vice president and chief development officer at Courage Center, Golden Valley, Minn., named vice president of development and client services, Minneapolis Foundation.

* Betty Harris, board member, Friends of Curtis, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, elected to Institute’s board of trustees.

* Rally for the Cure and J. Ryder Group partnering to promote tournament planner and sell branded merchandise to more than 300 Rally for the Cure organizers and participants, Farmington, Mich.

* Heidi Karst, formerly with International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience/Lower East Side Tenement Museum, named communications associate at Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York.

* Rockefeller Foundation seeking nominations for 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal, recognizing two living individuals who contributed to vibrancy of New York City; due Feb. 1.

* Public Radio International and Skoll Foundation created two-year partnership, including $600,000 grant from the Skoll Foundation for productions focusing on people identifying solutions to global problems.

* Drake Company, Houston, released new Lite-Pak, environmental packaging solution for products merchandised through club stores.

* R. Stevens Gilley, founder, Gilley Company, has been named executive director of Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation.

* Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, expects 2008 grants and contracts to exceed forecasted goals by $1.3 million.

* Jerry Fowler, director of U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Conscience, was named executive director of Save Darfur Coalition.

* PayPal released PayPal Kit for Non-Profits to help nonprofits accept donations via PayPal within 45 minutes.

* Southeastern Council of Foundations, Atlanta, elected new board members: H. Speer Burdette III, president, General Manager, Callaway Foundation; Nina M. Waters, president, Community Foundation in Jacksonville.

* Procter & Gamble Fund joined with Greater Cincinnati Foundation to create new philanthropic partnership.

* Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offering annual scholarships to students pursuing careers with agricultural connection; applications due March 3.

* World Wildlife Fund announced partnership with Fairmont Hotels to fight climate change by setting carbon dioxide reduction target for hotels by June 2008.

* Science Service, nonprofit dedicated to science and science education, has become Society for Science and the Public; will continue its science competitions.

* Bayer Corporation, Pittsburgh, changed name of philanthropic arm to Bayer USA Foundation; will expand focus to include environmental issues.

* Entergy, New Orleans, won industry award for efforts initiatives targeting low-income areas; 20-30 percent of customers across four-state service territory live in poverty.

* Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center won 2007 Foster G. McGaw prize for excellence in community service in healthcare; includes $100,000 award.

* Liana Garcia-Fresher, president, Fresher Consultants, named executive director of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, Avon, Conn.

* Fairfield County Community Foundation and Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation merged, with combined assets now totaling almost $150 million; new entity now largest philanthropic organization in Fairfield County, Wilton, Bridgeport.

* Ann Faust, founder, Community Consulting, named vice president of operations of Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middletown, Conn.

* Autism Speaks selected Kintera’s technology platform to power signature fundraising, awareness events including Walk Now for Autism.

* ServiceVote, program of Youth Service America, launched new interactive website to engage young voters in 2008 election; will provide up-to-date news, discussion forum, resources.

* Elizabeth A. LaBorde, former senior vice president of development, Children’s Memorial Foundation in Chicago, named vice president of resource development for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Phoenix.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched new scholars program to develop next generation of nurses, boost junior nurse programs; will provide $28 million to outstanding junior nursing faculty.

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