* The Duke Endowment announced 255 December grants totaling $34 million, bringing 2006 total to $138 million in grants, and surpassing 2005 record by $13 million.
* Child Care Services Association, Chapel Hill, seeking award nominations; eligible nominees include child care providers, elected officials, others who provide outstanding service to or for benefit of young children in Durham, Orange, Wake counties; deadline Mon. Jan. 8.
* United Way of Greater High Point announced plans to organize first-ever Day of Service on Martin Luther King holiday, Jan. 15.
* North Carolina New Schools Project announced partnership with North Carolina Bankers Association to support Camp Challenge, camp teaching financial literacy, entrepreneurship, citizenship and conflict resolution to middle school students.
* Kernersville high school band Bombshell hosted benefit concert raising $350 for Crisis Control Ministries.
* Mr. and Mrs. James McCarl, Lenoir, received 2006 Outstanding Philanthropists Award at annual North West N.C. Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.
* Phil Busher, stepped down from position as communications specialist at United Family Services, Charlotte.
* North Carolina National Organization for Women announced plans to retain Paula A. Wolf, founder of Paulatics political consulting firm, as lobbyist during 2007 Legislative Session.
* Carolina Rollergirls, Raleigh women’s roller derby team, announced Meals on Wheels of Wake County as official charitable sponsor for 2007, and plans to contribute all proceeds from Jan. 21 match to the nonprofit.