* IRIS Center, University of Maryland’s nonprofit policy research center, received five-year $6 million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess impact of six of foundation’s microfinance grants.
* Wallace Foundation announced three-year $8 million grant to help establish Dallas Arts Learning Initiative, partnership between City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District, and local organizations managed by Big Thought.
* Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation announced recipients of 2007 Relationship Grants to improve inner-city education through volunteer work: recipients include 12 organizations across Boston; Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; and New York City.
* On behalf of Baxter International Foundation Health Recovery Fund, Foundation for the Mid South distributed $834,000 in grants to five organizations assisting Gulf Coast recovery.
* Rhodes College announced plans to create Mike Curb Institute for Music, in recognition of $5 million gift from Mike Curb Family Foundation.
* Bequest of $2 million to Southern Methodist University from former U.S. Congressman and Judge Brady P. Gentry will double size of scholarship fund for students from eight East Texas counties.
* Bennington College, Vermont, received $1 million gift from 1954 alumna Judith Rosenburg Hoffberger, in honor of college president Elizabeth Coleman, primarily to provide funding for science programs.
* Liberty Hill Foundation awarded total of $250,000 in grants to 18 Los Angeles organizations fighting poverty and inequality.
* Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, received $3.8 million for Akron City Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit from Florence Weaver, in memory of late husband, Wilfred; gift is largest in system’s history.
* Valparaiso Family YMCA, Indiana, has raised $10 million toward $15 million needed to build new facility, with help of Suddes Partners, Atlanta fundraising and consulting firm serving nonprofits.
* Hispanic Scholarship Fund received $265,000 grant from New York Life Foundation to fund college awareness outreach programs in Latino community.
* Vanderbilt University Medical Center selected by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of nine teams participating in program to design and test ideas for individuals to better manage health through information technology.