* California Endowment announced $26 million, four-year initiative to fight childhood obesity in California by pushing for increased physical activity, healthy eating and changing state policies to reduce risk factors for diabetes and obesity.
* Foundation for Child Development, New York City, made $1.7 in grants to help convince the public to support coordinated programs for pre-kindergarten to third-grade education.
* Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation gave $5.5 million total in two grants to School of Nursing, San Jose State University, to help increase number of graduates and give additional education to nursing faculty.
* Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, Oakland, Calif., gave $15 million to Santa Clara University to help build library. University has raised $250 million towards $350 million campaign.
* James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, made $15.6 million in grants to California nonprofits, including $3 million to Orange County Performing Arts Center.
* History Channel accepting grant applications from historical societies, preservation organizations, museums, historic sites or other history groups that partner with schools on Save Our History projects.
* New York Life Foundation gave $226,700, three-year grant to ASPIRA of New York, nonprofit focused on Latino youth and families, to set up curriculum and launch 10 gender-specific leadership clubs for middle school students.
* Annenberg Foundation gave $4 million to Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, Calif., to endow fellowships for scholars in communications.
* Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, gave $483,900 total to 13 nonprofits in Detroit area.
* Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., received $1 million from Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation for school’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, to help create partnerships with New York City schools and push for education reform in certain urban schools.
* Samuel Dalembert, native-Haitian NBA player, is donating $20,000, to be matched dollar-for-dollar by NBA, to Red Cross for hurricane relief work in Haiti.
* Bank of America is giving $15,000 each to three Goodwill agencies, in Medford, Ore., Menesha, Wis., and Indianapolis, to expand Good Sense Initiative, financial-literacy program that teaches money-management skills to poor people.
* Greater Cincinnati Foundation received $3.3 million bequest from Dorothy G. Klasen, Cincinnati native who worked for IRS.
* Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., gave $57,500 to help 13 student businesses with seed money in their early stages of development.