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WEEK OF DEC. 29

Rockefeller Foundation, New York City, gave $941,000 to 43 arts groups to promote creation and production of high-quality new work in contemporary performing arts.

Ronald S. Lauder Foundation gave $241,000, as part of $500,000, five-year grant, to World Monument Fund, both in New York City, to begin or sustain restoration of 11 historically significant synagogues in nine countries.

Boston Foundation, Tufts Health Plan and Massachusetts Medical Society started homeless prevention initiative and gave $1 million to programs that address causes of homelessness.

Boston Foundation gave over $7 million in fourth quarter grants to groups in Boston and nationwide, especially for elder services, urban and minority students, and Boston harbor and waterfront-related issues.

Saint Paul Foundation gave $150,000 total to six local charter schools and sponsors for their innovative approach and commitment to success of low-income and racially diverse students.

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts gave $1.15 million through MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture to 65 Chicago-area arts and cultural groups for general operating support.

WEEK OF DEC. 22

* American Red Cross International Services received $240,000 in two grants from World Bank for clean-water project in flood-prone areas of Cambodia and program in Zambia that uses handheld computers to link local development workers with experts and collaborators.

* Crew Foundation, philanthropic arm of Crew Network, commercial real estate women’s group, Lawrence, Kan., gave $100,000, its largest grant ever, to four groups that help women and girls become economically self-sufficient.

* Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, received $10 million to develop systems for early diagnosis and prevention of cancer, from Don Listwin, CEO, Openwave Systems, Redwood City, Calif., and head, Listwin Family Foundation.

* National Institute on Aging gave $580,000 grant to Jonathan Bean, director, Geriatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Boston.

* Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is giving $25 million total to eight universities nationwide to fund new entrepreneurship education program.

WEEK OF DEC. 15

* Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Scottsdale, Ariz., gave over $1 million to 14 nonprofits in Arizona, including seven grants for education, service and civic opportunities for older adults.

* Jewish Community Federation, San Francisco, raised record $2.7 million with help of 1,000 volunteers for its Super Sunday event to launch annual fundraising campaign.

* Rasmussen Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska, announced program to strengthen cultural institutions in the state, encourage creative work, and improve public participation in cultural events. Foundation will give $6 million over first three years, and $10 million total over 10 years.

* McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, gave its 1-billionth dollar to Metropolitan family Services as part of a $250,000 grant to support campaign for communities program.

* Wallace Foundation, New York City, gave $6 million to the city’s three public library systems to help libraries serve as learning places during non-school hours.

WEEK OF DEC. 8

* Ruth Ray Hunt Philanthropic Fund III, Community Foundation of Texas, will give up to $5.5 million in matching grant to Dallas Baptist University.

* Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York City, gave $400,000, three-year grant to School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, to fund program to increase number of women studying computer science at graduate level.

* Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, will give $10 million challenge grant to Carter Center, Atlanta, to try to eliminate river blindness disease in the Americas. Carter Center must raise $5 million to match grant.

* Jeff Skoll, former eBay president, gave $7.5 million to create Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, Oxford University, Great Britain.

* Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, received $500,000 from Eastern Broadcasting Corporation, Taiwan-based media group, to fund scholarships and support research for students in communication management degree program.

* National Science Foundation gave $10 million to partnership between Boston University, Educational Development Center and five Boston-area school districts to create collaboration of school teachers and university mathematicians to help increase student achievement in math.

WEEK OF DEC. 1

* Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, gave $2.4 million to Physicians for Human Rights and its Health Action AIDS campaign to help American and African health professionals influence decision-makers in fight against AIDS.

* Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar, construction, mining and engine-manufacturing company, pledged $1 million to Southern Community Cohort Study, largest population-based health study of blacks in the United States.

* Miles & Brinson, Indianapolis-based advertising and public relations firm, donated Spanish translation compact discs to help local police communicate with Latino community.

* CitiMortgage, St. Louis, will pay $700,000 over three years to California Community Foundation and $300,000 to City of Los Angeles general fund as part of settlement of civil nuisance property enforcement action.

* Greater Long Beach Foundation gave over $50,000 to six local nonprofits that run intervention programs for youth and work to prevent gang violence.

* American Eagles Outfitters Foundation and ESKAL8, national skate park program, announced new challenge grant program that will give $8,000 to community groups that are building skate parks and nearly $1,500 to purchase skateboards and safety equipment.

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