DC man sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing girlfriend

DC man sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing girlfriend

A D.C. man convicted of killing his girlfriend while her 7-year-old son slept nearby was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday.

A D.C. man convicted of killing his girlfriend while her 7-year-old son slept nearby was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday.

Darnell Sterling, 57, was previously found guilty of second degree murder, among other charges, in the 2020 killing of his 34-year-old girlfriend, Olga Ooro.

In July 2020, Ooro was reported missing a few days after the couple returned from a date after another tenant of her apartment building discovered her 7-year-old son wandering the halls, sobbing and asking for his mom.

Prosecutors say Sterling killed Ooro inside her Northwest D.C. apartment while her son was asleep, cleaned up the crime scene, hid her body and left. He returned the next day to retrieve her body from the hidden location and transported it to a secondary site that has yet to be uncovered.

At the time of Ooro’s disappearance, Sterling was under a protective court order stemming from a domestic abuse incident with Ooro in April 2020. Sterling was arrested July 23, 2020, and has been in custody since then.

Sterling also faces five years of supervision after his release.

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Community Foundation Update (03/25/2023)

Community Foundation Update (03/25/2023)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is accepting applications for its annual grant cycle. Established in 2010, the fund typically awards grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 in support of animal organizations in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties. The deadline to apply is April 30.


The Pasadena Community Foundation has announced the appointment of three members of its board of directors. Frank Cárdenas is an attorney whose private practice focuses on business, administrative, and public law. K. George Dulgeryan is a vice president and banker in the Pasadena office of J.P. Morgan. And Tracy S. McCormick is the chief financial officer of Mill Creek Development Company.

The San Diego Foundation (SDF) has announced that, as part of the SDF Early Childhood Initiatives grants, the San Diego & Imperial Women’s Business Center was awarded support for an eight-week program that helps low-income women of color launch their own in-home family childcare business. The program empowers women and teaches them how to be entrepreneurs, provides insight to marketing their business and money management, and explains the health and safety requirements needed to run a successful small childcare business. In addition, the women receive a child development certificate from Southwestern College.


Members of the Center for Housing Equity and Opportunity, a coalition initiated by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to address barriers to housing opportunities, gathered at Connecticut College recently to improve affordable and equitable housing in the region, The Day reports. The coalition of nonprofits, land trusts, colleges, and banks will work with 42 towns served by the foundation and anticipates expanding to 10 additional towns in New London, Windham, and Tolland counties.


During its 10th annual Community Foundation Awards, the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation recognized the contributions of a dozen volunteers and community leaders, 1350 KMAN reports. Among those recognized was Jamie Coons, who received the Young Trustee Volunteer Award for his efforts to launch the annual Young Trustees Chili Cookoff, and Robert and Tracey Debruyn, founders of the Master Teacher, who were awarded the Philanthropist Award for their help in establishing the Museum of Art and Light project.


The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the election of Dianna R. Payton, president and CEO of the YWCA, and J. Wesley Daniels, president and CEO of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority and Partners Southeast, to three-year terms on its board, and the reelection of Thomas J. Adamek, Beverly M. Haydel, and Linda O. Posner to second terms. In addition, the board appointed Jeffrey W. Koonce as chair, Thomas J. Adamek as vice chair, Helena R. Cunningham as secretary, Daniel A. Gardiner Jr. as treasurer, and Annette D. Barton as an at-large member on the executive committee.


The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) has announced the additions of Mark Miller and Jill Norwood to its board of trustees. Miller, a retired General Motors executive, previously served on the CFGF board and is rejoining it as co-chair. Norwood, a longtime educator, is past president of the Junior League of Flint.

North Carolina

Foundation For The Carolinas has announced that Federico Rios will join the community foundation in April as senior vice president of the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership. Rios previously served as assistant director of the City of Charlotte’s office of equity, mobility, and immigration integration.


The Columbus Foundation has announced its “5 Nonprofits to Watch for 2023,” which recognizes local organizations that are working to strengthen and improve the community. This year, the honorees are Black Girl Rising, Elevate Northland, Form5 Prosthetics, Remember Us Urban Scouts, and Riverview International Center. Each nonprofit will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant, as well as a consulting engagement with UpRys, a local strategy consulting and project-based delivery firm, to help address growth, capacity building, and sustainability. Capacity-building projects will be developed by the organizations themselves and reflect the organizations’ greatest priorities.

South Carolina

Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) has announced a $2.174 million grant from the Truist Charitable Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation to invest in minority-owned and small businesses and provide resources to develop affordable housing in rural and and under-resourced communities. The foundation’s Place-Based Impact Investing program will provide education and resources for aspiring business owners, as well as capital to launch new businesses. Charleston City Paper reports that while the funding hasn’t been allocated to any specific organizations yet, CCF is working with its community partner Metanoia to create 30 affordable housing units in the Liberty Hill neighborhood in North Charleston.

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Woodruff Foundation awards $6 million to ACS, Winship Cancer Institute

Woodruff Foundation awards $6 million to ACS, Winship Cancer Institute

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, has announced a three-year, $6 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

The grant will fund a project aimed at significantly accelerating cancer research and improving patient outcomes by connecting Winship’s expert researchers with ACS Population Science researchers and relevant biospecimens and data within their premier Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS) cohorts. Over the next three years, ACS will build a cloud-based data pipeline and engage Winship experts in research using its CPS cohort data and specimens through 10 new collaborative pilot projects. The Winship team will help maximize the value of the CPS resources by contributing specific expertise in core pathology and bioinformatics.

“These CPS cohorts have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of cancer prevention and improving outcomes after a cancer diagnosis,” said Alpa Patel, senior vice president of Population Science for ACS and the principal investigator of the CPS-II and CPS-3 studies. “This partnership offers us a tremendous opportunity to amplify and accelerate the scientific discoveries that will come out of these cohorts in the future.”

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Los Angeles schools, union leaders reach contract deal

Los Angeles schools, union leaders reach contract deal

The Los Angeles Unified School District and union leaders said Friday they reached a deal on a new contract for…

The Los Angeles Unified School District and union leaders said Friday they reached a deal on a new contract for workers after a strike that shut down the nation’s second-largest school system for three days.

The agreement includes a pay raise for workers such as bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, special education assistants and other support staff. Leaders from Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union say that will raise the average pay for those workers significantly.

The deal must still be voted on by the full union.

The roughly 30,000 workers represented by the union walked off the job from Tuesday to Thursday amid stalled contract talks. Classes resumed Friday.

District superintendent Alberto Carvalho, SEIU Local 99 Executive Director Max Arias and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass announced the deal together.

Members of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing 35,000 educators, counselors and other staff, joined the picket lines in solidarity.

The union said district support staffers earn, on average, about $25,000 per year and many live in poverty because of low pay or limited work hours while struggling with inflation and the high cost of housing in Los Angeles County.

The strike had wide support among union members.

SEIU members have been working without a contract since June 2020, while the contract for teachers expired in June 2022. The unions decided last week to stop accepting extensions to their contracts.

Teachers waged a six-day strike in 2019 over pay and contract issues but schools remained open.

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Download the Ultimate A to Z List of Live & Silent Auction Item Ideas

Download the Ultimate A to Z List of Live & Silent Auction Item Ideas

Get your copy of this Essential Auction Resource for Nonprofits.  When it comes to planning your next benefit auction event, one of the most critical elements for success is making sure that the items you’re putting up for bid during your live and silent auctions are irresistible. Download The Ultimate A-to-Z List of Live & Silent Auction Item Ideas for Benefit Auction Success today to get started on brainstorming amazing ideas for unique live and silent auction items!

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Blackbaud Releases SKY APIs for Blackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru

Blackbaud Releases SKY APIs for Blackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru

Blackbaud announced the general availability of SKY API endpoints for Blackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru that will make it easier for customers to expand further and extend the capabilities of these solutions to meet their fundraising and constituent engagement goals—and to drive better outcomes and achieve their missions ultimately.

“The inclusion of SKY APIs empowers our partners to create new integrations rapidly, benefit from a standard deployment model, and offers customers new alternatives to address their unique needs and transform business processes,” said David Marcucci, director of product management at Blackbaud. “One of our goals has been to bring Blackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru more closely into the SKY ecosystem to enable customers to leverage the core platform benefits of SKY more fully, and this launch is our first step.”

Accelerating Growth of the Blackbaud Marketplace

Blackbaud’s growing network of third-party development partners use SKY APIs to build and connect applications for the Blackbaud Marketplace quickly. In turn, Blackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru customers will be able to leverage applications in the Marketplace to seamlessly integrate with complementary point solutions that meet their specific use cases and needs.

As part of the rollout, Blackbaud worked closely with partners in a client technical preview to test and optimize endpoints. “The Blackbaud CRM SKY API release has been seamless, and our development team was able to quickly adopt this new framework to drive matching gift software innovation,” said Adam Weinger, president of Double the Donation, a Blackbaud Partner. “This integration enhancement will enable our clients to easily activate our solution and begin driving matching gift funding automation from donors without extra operational lift.”

Enabling Customers to Take Full Advantage of the Microsoft Power PlatformBlackbaud CRM and Blackbaud Altru customers can use SKY API templates and connectors to harness the low-code automation and application development capabilities of Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Power Apps.

Leveraging the Power of the Blackbaud SKY Developer Community

Customers and partners can speed development by deploying updates and enhancements that come with the SKY Developer Portal, accessing a dedicated SKY API support team, and utilizing the help, stories and learning opportunities that come from being part of an 8,000-member-strong SKY API developer community.

Source: Blackbaud 

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