The Cameron Foundation in Petersburg, Virginia, has announced the appointment of ATHAN L. LINDSAY as director of capacity building. Lindsay, a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists, has more than a decade of experience working in the philanthropic sector, including service at the National Rural Funders Collaborative and the Warner and Mary Reynolds Babcock foundations. He also ran a management consultancy that advised small businesses, nonprofits, foundations, municipal entities, and educational institutions.
The New York City-based Nathan Cummings Foundation has announced the selection of SIMON GREER as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2012. Greer, who has more than twenty years of experience as a social change leader, is currently president and CEO of the Jewish Funds for Justice, which under his leadership experienced a period of growth that included successful mergers with the Progressive Jewish Alliance, the Shefa Fund, and Spark: The Partnership for Jewish Service. Greer will succeed LANCE LINDBLOM, who is retiring after more than a decade at the helm of the family foundation.
In other news, PND notes the passing of RUTH CAPLAN PERELMAN and JOHN ANDERSON. Perelman, with her husband, Raymond, was a leading donor to Philadelphia institutions, including the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Perelman Jewish Day School. She was also a trustee of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation as well as several other cultural and educational institutions. In May this year, the couple, whose son Ronald is is chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings and its wholly owned subsidiary, Revlon, gave a naming gift of $225 million to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Anderson, 93, was founder and president of Topa Equities and was philanthropically active in the Los Angeles area. With his wife, Marion, he gave $25 million earlier this year to the school of management at his alma mater, UCLA, which has received a total of $42 million from the couple, and $50 million to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.