* Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System, Sioux Falls, S.D., received $400 million gift from businessman Denny Sanford, to establish new initiatives; board of trustees renamed system Sanford Health in honor of gift.
* Kacyra Family Foundation received grant from U.S. National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to advance archaeology documentation methods in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
* Rose Community Foundation, Denver, awarded 54 grants totaling $2.5 million in fourth quarter of 2006.
* North Carolina Central University received $100,000 gift from Durham residents Christopher and Jenette Meldrum, directors of family foundation based in Salt Lake City, Utah, for creation of Christopher S. Meldrum Chemistry Scholarship Fund.
* University of Pennsylvania received $2 million grant from W.M. Keck Foundation, Los Angeles, to support study on biology of and possible treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
* Girls For A Change, San Jose-based nonprofit serving urban youth, received $200,000 grant as a Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence 2006 recipient; received additional $700,000 in growth capital from New Profit Inc., venture philanthropy fund.
* Public Health Institute’s Regional Tobacco-Free Rodeo Project received $100,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide rodeo governing boards with tools to restrict tobacco sponsorship and use at rodeos.
* Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine phone recycling program awarded $1.3 million in cash grants and donated 16,000 phones with airtime to domestic violence shelters and other organizations during 2006, thanks to customers’ donations of 900,000 wireless phones.
* MetLife Foundation awarded Alzheimer’s Association $300,000 to assist Hispanic/Latino community in U.S., which is at greater risk for Alzheimer’s than general population.