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Who’s in the news – Week of 02.11.08


* Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google, named board chair, New America Foundation, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.

* VSA arts, Washington, D.C., partnered with CVS Caremark All Kids Can Create to encourage children and youth to share creativity; calling for visual art submissions.

* Independent Sector seeking nominations for 2008 American Express Building Leadership Award honoring outstanding nonprofits at annual conference in November; nominations due Feb. 18.

* Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity, Nebraska, recognized as top aluminum can recycler in 2007, received $30,000 grant from Cans for Habitat, Arlington, Va.

* Bo Fishback, BioMed Valley Discoveries, named vice president of entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Mo.

* Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite, National Community Development Institute, named board chair, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Washington, D.C.

* Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Gaithersburg, Md., increased online donations by 65 percent last year through Bone China Tea virtual tea party initiative, raised nearly $42,000 from 778 people.

* San Francisco Conservatory of Music met $65 million fundraising goal for campaign to build new home at San Francisco’s Civic Center.

* John Wiley & Sons published new book “Winning Gifts: Make Your Donors Feel Like Winners” by Tom Wilson; “People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities” by Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, Sheeraz D. Haji.

* New Silicon Valley Education Foundation, San Jose, launched with total of $2.1 million in grants from Cisco and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

* ACS Technologies, Florence, S.C., acquired Membership Plus, which has 27,000 members; ACS now serves over 50,000 churches.

* Claudia Bonn, executive director, Film Society of Lincoln Center, named executive director of Wave Hill, public garden and cultural center in Riverdale section of the Bronx.

* Alaska Humanities Forum of Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, launched “Alaska’s Statehood Experience” competitive grant program; funds available for projects exploring history of statehood.

* Art and Living magazine, Beverly Hills, launched Change a Life outreach program to help underprivileged children, adolescents gain access to the arts, arts education.

* Brian Byrnes, former president, Vermont Community Foundation, named senior vice president and managing director, Tides Foundation, San Francisco; Carla Dartis, former vice president, Community Investment for East Bay Community Foundation, named senior vice president and managing director, Tides Center.

* Pacific Dental Services, Irvine, Calif., and affiliated offices provided free dentistry to over 300 children in need on Feb. 1 for “Give Kids a Smile.”

* R Baby Foundation, New York, raised $2.5 million in first year, announced five new hospital programs receiving grants totaling $500,000.

* HP, Palo Alto, Calif., recycled nearly 250 million pounds of hardware, print cartridges in 2007, increase of 50 percent over previous year.

* Carl M. Casale, executive vice president for strategy and operations, Monsanto, elected to board, National 4-H Council, Chevy Chase, Md.

* Children’s Burn Foundation, Sherman Oaks, Calif., launched “Safety Smart” burn-prevention curriculum in schools during National Burn Awareness Week.

* Scott Bittle, editor and reporter, Public Agenda, New York, promoted to executive vice president for public issues analysis.

* Racepoint Group, Waltham, Mass., launched World 2.0 practice to establish online, offline dialogues and communities to promote agendas.

* Company executives of Unilever, Las Vegas, to participate in community service projects enhancing health, well-being of during 2008 Customer Development Meeting.

* Center for Women’s Business Research announced board leadership: board chair, Margaret A. Smith, president of Domus; chair-elect, Beverly Holmes, senior vice president for retirement services and strategic relationship marketing, MassMutual Financial Group.

* Avon Foundation brought together nearly 275 breast cancer experts from 50 states for annual Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum, Houston, Tex., to report on breast cancer mortality rates for Africa-American, white women in Houston.

* Sherry M. Hirota, CEO, Asian Health Services, and Robert R. Davenport III, entrepreneur, appointed to board of Easy Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif.

* Women’s Edge Coalition, Washington D.C., changed name to Women Thrive Worldwide.

* Trent Stamp, founder of Charity Navigator, named executive director, of Eisner Foundation, Los Angeles.

* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, announced Knights Arts Partnership initiative; donated $20 million each in endowment grants to Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, New World Symphony.

* Jan Masaoka, former executive director, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, launching Blue Avacado, online magazine for nonprofits, in April 2008, serving as director and editor-in-chief; Lynora Williams, Washington, D.C., serving as senior editor.

* Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich., launched The Foundation Review, peer-reviewed journal for philanthropy; Teresa Behrens, former director of evaluation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, named editor-in-chief.

* Altum Inc., software company, Reston, Va., released Easygrants 5.0, enterprise grants management solution.

* Muscular Dystrophy Association selected cMarket, Cambridge, Mass., as preferred partner for online fundraising auctions; since January 2007, cMarket has powered auctions that raised more than $600,000 for 12 local chapters of association.

* HeadBlade Inc., headcare company, partnering with St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancer by providing merchandise, equipment for use in foundation events throughout U.S.

* American Association of Museums, Washington, D.C., launched redesigned magazine for museum professionals, changing name to Museums from Museum News.

* Dominion, energy distributor, Cleveland, honored prominent African-Americans for their leadership, accomplishments through its Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership educational series, which will be converted into stories for distribution during Black History Month.

* Andrea Koppel, former CNN correspondent, tapped to lead communications division of M+R Strategic Services, Washington, D.C.

* Ashoka: Innovators for the Public selected 21 social entrepreneurs from North and Central America to serve as Ashoka Fellows.

* Melissa Mikesell, former associate attorney, Sutton Law Firm, San Francisco, named senior counsel, west coast office of Alliance for Justice.

* American Association of Museums awarded accreditation to four museums, re-accreditation to 19, in recognition of achievement of high standards.

* Rohm and Haas Company donated $100,000 over three years to serve as lead corporate sponsor for “Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya,” traveling exhibit of Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania.

* Young Audiences, nonprofit providing art-in-education programs, offering MetLife Dance for Life program to public schools in 17 cities across U.S.; program encourages students to explore connections between physical and expressive elements of dance.

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