By Todd Cohen
* Kintera, a San Diego firm that provides online software and services to nonprofits, has acquired Involve, a Web architecture, design and development firm in New York City. Kintera last fall announced it had closed a round of nearly $8 million in financing that brought total financing to nearly $27 million.
* Convio, a firm in Austin, Tex., that provides online systems for nonprofits to manage relationships with constituents, said it had closed $5.6 million in a third round of financing, bringing total financing to $22.1 million.
* Microsoft is giving $15 million in software, plus technical assistance, to upgrade technology at 45 public historically black colleges and universities.
* Innovation Network, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that provides Web-based tools and consulting services to help nonprofits evaluate themselves, has named Piers Bocock technology development director, a new post to oversee redesign of the group’s Web site and upgrade of its Web tools.