Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, Bellevue, WA, awarded $25, 000 to the Washington Commission for the Humanities, Seattle, WA, to expand its family literacy program, Motheread/Fatheread.
Mary Flagler Charitable Trust, New York, NY, awarded $452,000 to 32 music and theatre institutions in the New York area for commissions for 48 composers and 5 librettists.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, awarded $17.6 million to University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, to help construct a new laboratory complex that will house programs in the biological and physical sciences.
Cannon Foundation, Concord, NC, awarded $100,000 to Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, to construct Eco-Dorm, an economical and environmentally sustainable building on campus.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, awarded $500,000 to the Children’s Trust Foundation, Seattle, WA, to develop community-based family-support centers throughout Washington State.
Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, San Antonio, TX, awarded a $500,000 matching grant to the SPCA, San Antonio, TX, to fund the animal adoption and humane education center.
Bell Atlantic Foundation, New York, NY, awarded $25,000 to the New York AIDS Coalition, New York, NY, to establish a database and web site that will allow New York area HIV and AIDS service groups to share information.
BellSouth, Atlanta, GA, awarded $10,000 to Independent Sector, Washington, DC, for start-up support of the Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships Initiative.
David Altshuler named executive director, Technology Solutions for Nonprofits, Cambridge, MA.
Mark Kraus, former chief development officer, Wernle Children’s Home, Richmond, IN, named vice president of foundations, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY.
Michael C. Cather, former director of annual giving, named assistant director of corporate relations, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Gale Doyel, former executive director, Albuquerque Community Foundation, NM, named director of donor relations, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Alice Herman, former executive director, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York, NY, named executive director, Women’s American Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training, New York, NY.
Alex Wilde, representative for the Andean region in Chile, Ford Foundation, named vice president for communications, Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Margie O’Driscoll, former executive director, Friends of the San Francisco Library, San Francisco, CA, named director of special projects, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Abu Bangura, former assistant vice president and director of field operations at Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA, named controller, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC.
Judith Eigen Sarna, community volunteer, named president, Abraham Fund, New York, NY.
Carol Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, named member of the board of trustees, Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Changingourworld.com, New York, NY, launched its first world-wide fundraising iCampaign to benefit a program to help alter the course of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, Africa. The program includes both public and private groups and all money given will go directly to the Cabrini Mission Foundation.
National conference of the Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC, will be held March 1-3 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC. Call 202-638-2952.
Campus Outreach Opportunity League will hold its national conference on volunteerism, March 9-12, at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Call 202-637-7004 for information.