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Cancer center receives $16.5 million for protein research facility.

* Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, received $16.5 million from John F. and Shelley Blais, Framingham, Mass., to establish Blais Proteomics Center, protein research facility.

* California Endowment awarding $7.5 million in grants to local Children’s Health Initiatives in 18 California counties, including $2 million for Los Angeles.

* Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Burbank, Calif., awarded $500,000 grant to Islamic Relief to help Pakistan earthquake victims with short-term and long-term shelter.

* Daniels Fund awarded $ 8.4 million during quarterly grants cycle; grant recipients include Denver Rescue Mission ($500,000), Gathering Place ($500,000), and Catholic Charities initiatives ($262,500).

* Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, awarded $8.74 million in grants to 18 projects across Alaska in recognition of foundation’s 50th anniversary.

* Dallas Police Department received $15 million from W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas to purchase new equipment.

* Ford Foundation, New York selected 26 higher education institutions to receive grants of $100,000 each for projects promoting constructive dialogue about contentious political, religious, racial, and cultural issues.

* Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis, awarded $750,000 to Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation improve Indiana’s higher education, and $2 million to Ivy Tech Community College to help community college system develop programs to better meet Indiana’s economic, workforce, and student needs.

* University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va., received $45 million from Ivy Foundation, Charlottesville, to expand laboratory space for biomedical research.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., awarded grants to nine organizations to increase adoption of rapid response teams throughout hospital systems and networks.

* Community Foundation for National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., approved $364,000 in grants to 13 organizations serving greater Washington, D.C., area.

* As part of Accenture Corporate Citizenship Investment Program, Accenture, New York, announced $2 million grant to Junior Achievment Worldwide to support development and implementation of new technology platform.

* Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., Washington, D.C., announced Scholastic to celebrate RIF’s 40th anniversary by donating 250,000 children’s books for educationally at-risk children.

* Teagle Foundation, New York, announced $1.4 million in grants for projects at six colleges and universities and consortia of three higher education associations intended to promote and strengthen liberal education.

* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., launched InformationLinks, awarding 21 grants of up to $100,000 to state and local health departments and public health institutes for 12-month projects.

* Lawrence University received $100,000 grant from Teagle Foundation’s Working Groups in Liberal Education Program for its postdoctoral fellows teaching program.

* The Christian Academy, private K-12 school, Brookhaven, Pa., received  $6 million from estate of Joseph and Emily Fisher, founders of Chester Fisher Tank Company, Chester, Pa.

* Alliance of Artists Communities received $500,000 grant from James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, to place artists displaced by Hurricane Katrina in two-month residencies in six California artists communities; applications due Dec. 23.

* James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, awarded total of $16.9 million in grants, including $3.9 million to California Community Colleges, for programs for low-income and racially diverse students.

* Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago awarded grants totaling $140,000 to support 19 domestic and international projects addressing issues affecting Jewish women and girls.

* Bridges to the Future, after-school program, Flint, Mich., received full year of funding through $2.17-million grant from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to United Way of Genesee County.

* City of Hope Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif., received four-year, $1.4 million grant from National Cancer Institute to train professional caregivers at annual three-day seminars from 2006 through 2009.

* St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., received $1 million grant from Kresge Foundation, Troy, Mich., for construction of Sarah Johnson Redlich ’82 Hall of Science.

* Teagle Foundation, New York, announced $600,000 grant to assist in hurricane recovery efforts at New Orleans’ Dillard and Tulane Universities.

* Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, awarded $1 million grant to Scholarship America Disaster Relief Fund and $2 million to American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, D.C., to provide monetary assistance to students affected by hurricanes in Louisiana and Mississippi.

* Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods, Community Technology Centers’ Network, Washington, D.C., initiative funded through Learn and Serve America, awarded grants to eight community-based organizations.

* McGregor Foundation, Cleveland, disbursed $495,000 in fall semiannual grant-making cycle to area groups, including $60,700 to Slavic Village Development Corporation.

* America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth to receive $1 million grant over two years from Capital One Financial Corporation renewing corporation’s commitment as founding sponsor of alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People competition.

* ING, global financial services company, donated $350,000 to Junior Achievement in support of National Job Shadow Day 2006 initiative.

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