* Newly-merged Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, Calif., opened Jan. 3, with $1.5 billion in assets, 1,400 funds under management.
* Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington DC Metro Area Chapter and Direct Marketing Association of Washington to co-host 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising conference, Dec. 8-10, Washington, D.C.
* Holly Sampson, president, Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, named board chair, Minnesota Council on Foundations; Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, interim CEO and president and vice president for community philanthropy, The Minneapolis Foundation, named vice chair.
* Best Buy Children’s Foundation announced 2007 Best Buy Scholarship Program to award $2.7 million in scholarships to graduating high school seniors; apply online.
* Bravewell Collaborative, group of health philanthropists formed in 2002, has funded 28 physician fellowships, awarded $200,000 in leadership awards, funded Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
* United Way of York, S.C., and WRHI-AM Radio sponsored Toys for Happiness, providing toys for more than 3,000 local children.
* Point Foundation, funder supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, relocated headquarters to Los Angeles and added staff, including new executive director Jorge Valencia.
* Joseph A. Boateng, former director and member, Johnson & Johnson investment committee, named chief investment officer, Casey Family Programs, operating foundation based in Seattle.
* Nonprofit called “charity:” held ball for its “charity: water initiative,” raising $250,000 to build wells and provide clean water to communities in Malawi, Uganda, Central African Republic and Ethiopia.
* Debra Nelson, vice president of corporate diversity, communications and community affairs, MGM MIRAGE, named to Black Professionals magazine’s list of “Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America.”
* Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams player, named team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, in honor of community service and on-field performance.
* John W. Corwin, of Corwin Consulting, New York City-based transition-management firm, named interim executive director, American Liver Foundation.
* East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif., awarded 759 grants totaling record $12.2 million during 2006 holiday period, up from $5.8 million in 2005.
* Robert E. Denham, a partner in law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, elected board chair, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.