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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415


Foundation Center Elects Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm
to Board of Trustees

New York, NY — March 5, 2009. The Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy, has elected Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm to its board of trustees. Alberdingk Thijm is the executive director of WITNESS, a global human rights organization that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations and empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

Alberdingk Thijm has nearly two decades of experience in media and new technologies. Prior to joining WITNESS in August 2008, she served as executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition at Joost, the global online video platform formed by the founders of Skype and Kazaa. Before that she was executive vice president of business affairs for MTV Networks International, where she oversaw business affairs for all of its branded businesses and channels worldwide (outside the U.S) and was a key contributor to its international growth and ventures into new media.

"We are excited to welcome Yvette to the Center's board," said M. Christine DeVita, chairman of the Center's board of trustees and president of the Wallace Foundation. "We look forward to drawing on her expertise in both the nonprofit sector and innovative media technologies as the Center pursues new ways to provide knowledge for the field of philanthropy."

The Foundation Center's Board of Trustees

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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