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Who’s in the news – Week of 01.21.08


* Center for Effective Philanthropy, Cambridge, Mass., published study highlighting how one foundation improved grantees’ experience by creating clear, public standards, holding program officers to following them.

* Medtronic Foundation, Minneapolis, will focus funding of HeartRescue program on projects educating students about heart attacks and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

* Sir David Attenborough, supporter of World Land Trust, to launch webcam in Forest at Linnaean Society of London on Jan. 17.

* Two MicroSociety schools, Chula Vista Community Learning Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and Sarah Cobb Elementary in Americus, Georgia, chosen to participate in Oprah Winfrey’s O Ambassadors program.

* Alvin Starks, former associate director of racial justice initiative and fellowship program of Open Society Institute, named senior program officer for Racial Justice, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity program of Arcus Foundation, Kalamazoo, Mich.

* University of Central Florida’s American Humanics program received Excellence in Certifications Award from American Humanics Management Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

* Standards for Excellence Institute, Baltimore, partnered with National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management to offer Ethics and Accountability Code to Catholic dioceses, parishes and nonprofits in U.S.

* Chase Card Services, Wilmington, Del., sponsoring J.A. Finance Park in Delaware to help students learn about personal financial management.

* History Channel’s Save Our History to award up to $10,000 to historical organizations to fund educational hands-on projects; applications due June 6, 2008.

* National Council of Nonprofit Associations, Washington D.C., selected 36 state-based leadership organizations as state coordinators for the Nonprofit Congress.

* National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Washington, D.C., appointed four new board members:

  • Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City Department of Education
  • Bart Peterson, former mayor of Indianapolis
  • Josh Edelman, executive officer in Chicago Public Schools’ Office of New Schools
  • Whitney Tilson, founder and managing partner of T2 Partners LLC, Tilson Mutual Funds

* See3 Communications, Chicago, and NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network, Seattle, co-sponsorsing 2nd Annual DoGooderTV Nonproft Video Awards; nonprofit organizations encouraged to submit videos for contest.

* GiveStream to match dollar amount of nonprofit that earns the most contributions through its GiveStream Center, up to $10,000.

* Richard Jove, cancer researcher, named director of City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute, Duarte, Calif.

* Global Fund for Children, Washington D.C., to release “Children of USA” children’s book Feb. 1, with portion of proceeds benefiting community-based organizations.

* William B. Warren, partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, joined Morris & McVeigh LLP as counsel; will continue practice in estate planning, nonprofit organizations.

* Opportunity Knocks, Atlanta, announced winners of 1st Annual Peoples Choice Best Nonprofit to Work for Awards; Winners from nominations based on employee essays.

* Save Darfur Coalition, Washington, D.C.,  recognized Miriam and Jacob Hodesh, Savannah, Ga., as January’s Darfur Heroes; couple deleted wedding registry and requested family and friends make donations to end Darfur genocide.

* Alcoa, New York, named as Founding Reporter on Climate Change Registry, nonprofit organization measuring, publicly reporting greenhouse gas emissions.

* New website, Your Luminosity, Atlanta, launched to facilitate creation and management of own personal public foundation.

* Tom Johnson president of Council on Crime and Justice, Minneapolis, stepping down to return to Gray Plant Mooty law practice effective Mar. 1; search for new president underway.

* Glen Fendley, head of GF Consulting/3rd Solutions, named chief executive in Europe of Grenzebach Glier and Associates, Chicago fundraising consultancy.

* Borders, Ann Arbor, Mich., raised over $1.1 million for First Book, literacy organization, during holiday giving campaign.

* Stephen J. Lemire, former executive director of Massachusetts Health Officers Association, hired as first executive director of National Professional Science Master’s Association at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.

* M.S. “Brick” Brown III, senior vice president of Wachovia Wealth Management, named national sales director for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Services Group of Wachovia Wealth Management, Winston-Salem, N.C.

* Qwest, Seattle, donated approximately $980,000 to various causes throughout Washington State in 2007; employees and retirees volunteered more than 163,000 hours valued at more than $2.9 million.

* Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation, Utthan, India, is 2007 recipient of $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability from Rio Tinto Alcan and International Business Leaders Forum.

* Jennifer Moreland, Johnson & Johnson Corp., named vice president, sales and marketing, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Princeton, N.J.

* Janice Rodgers, partner, chair of Quarles & Brandy’s Tax-Exempt Organizations, elected chair, board of directors, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Chicago.

* United HomeCare Services, Miami, named to 2007 HomeCare Elite, compilation of most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in U.S.

* Cadillac and Kellogg Youth Committee of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Cadillac, Mich., accepting grant applications for the Youth Grant Program.

* Cadillac Area Community Foundation accepting grant applications for trustee grant program through March. 31.

* Power Chord Academy, rock ‘n’ roll music camp for teens, has expanded to include six locations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Denver, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., for summer 2008.

* Qwest Foundation, Denver, announced second chapter of Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program, providing $100,000 in grants to selected Colorado teachers who use technology in classroom.

* ERI, Redmond, Wash., assisting charities by offering free software services and data of web-based salary planning, job search module; visit

* Global Green Energy Consortium, Singer Island, Fla., launched to promote green energy and sustainability.

* Susan H Samperi, Shore Country Day School, appointed senior vice president of philanthropy, Northeast Health System, and president, Northeast Health Foundation, Hingham, Mass.

* Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters (InSTEDD), nonprofit aimed at early detection, preparedness and response capabilities for global health threats and humanitarian crises, launched with funding from Google and Rockefeller Foundation.

* New report and evaluation tool for nonprofit data and software inte
gration available from Nonprofit Technology Network, Washington, D.C., in partnership with Idealware.

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