People in the News (11/27/11): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (11/27/11): Appointments and Promotions

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced the appointment of RAKESH RAJANI, an expert in international development, to its board. Rajani is the founder and head of Twaweza, an East African-based civil society initiative and a Hewlett grantee.At present, Rajani is a Fellow of the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and earlier served at the Center for Population and Development Studies and the Human Rights Program at Harvard University. Rajani has co-founded and served as the first executive director of two other organizations in Tanzania: HakiElimu, the country's leading education advocacy organization, and the Kuleana Center for Children's Rights. He also has served as a consultant on international development for organizations including Hewlett,, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation's Office for East Africa, and UNICEF.

The Seattle Foundation has announced the appointment of FIDELMA MCGINN as vice president of philanthropic services. McGinn, who is resigning from her current position as executive director of the Seattle-based grantmaking public charity Artist Trust, also serves on the board of the Washington State Arts Alliance and as a commissioner on the Seattle Arts Commission. She will remain at the trust through mid-January to support its search for a new executive director.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has announced the appointment of BILL BUCKNER as president and CEO. Buckner, most recently president and CEO of Bayer CropScience, has more than thirty years' experience within various agricultural industries. Buckner recently completed his two-year term as board chair of CropLife America; he currently sits on the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation and of Passage Home, a Raleigh, N.C., based nonprofit. He will replace Michael Cawley, who is retiring after two decades of leading the foundation.

The Association for Fundraising Professionals in Arlington, Virginia, has announced the planned departure of CURTIS DEANE, who has served nearly seven years as president of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Curtis, who will assist AFP in a smooth transition over the next three months, will focus his time and energies in the future on his role as principal at WoodleyLion Consulting. In his absence Martha Kirkland, currently manager of major and planned gifts, will lead the foundation as executive vice president.

PND notes the passing of THEODORE J. FORSTMANN, a financier who helped pioneer leveraged buyouts and a philanthropist on the world stage. Forstmann, who coined the phrase "barbarians at the gate" during the buyout craze of the 1990s, gave hundreds of millions of dollars to charity and was among the first philanthropists to support education voucher programs and, by extension, charter schools. He co-founded the Children's Scholarship Fund with John T. Walton; founded the Silver Lining Ranch, a camp for terminally ill children in Aspen, Colorado; and held a prominent charity tennis tournament at his summer home in Long Island each year for twenty-five years, donating the proceeds to children's charities. An influential donor to Republican candidates and causes, Forstmann was co-chair of George H. W. Bush's re-election campaign in 1992.

PND also notes the passing of Father MAURICE CHASE, known for handing out dollar bills on Los Angeles' skid row. Father Chase, who gave away cash nearly every Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, handed out a total of $2,000 (on Sundays) to $15,000 (on the holidays) until it was gone, not minding any criticism — from street people, other charities, or even the fact that such assistance had little, if any, enduring effect on the needy individuals who gathered for his handouts, blessings, and hugs. "I'm out here to tell people I love them and God loves them," he told the Los Angeles Times several years ago. "I met Mother Teresa in Mexico City once, and she told me to touch the poor. Do you hear that? Touch the poor."

"Theodore J. Forstmann, a Takeover Pioneer, Dies at 71." New York Times 11/20/2011. "Maurice Chase Dies at 92; 'Father Dollar Bill' Gave Cash to Poor." Los Angeles Times 11/23/2011. "Curtis Deane to Step Down as President of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy." Association of Fundraising Professionals Press Release 11/21/2011. "Rakesh Rajani to Join the Board of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 11/23/2011. "Artist Trust Executive Director Announces Move to The Seattle Foundation." Seattle Foundation Press Release 11/22/2011. "Board of Trustees Selects Buckner as New President." Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Press Release 11/21/2011.