Giving in the news – Week of 02.19.07

* Lakeside Title, real estate firm, Cadillac, Mich., donated $1,000 to Cadillac Area Community Foundation’s Homelessness Prevention Fund.

* Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Priority Grants Program awarded $205,000 in grants to seven initiatives benefiting Chicago’s Jewish community, approved $438,000 to continue funding ongoing projects; awarded $301,000 in grants to eight Chicago-area programs as part of 2007 Fund for Innovation in Health program.

* Random House Children’s Books and Sesame Workshop, organization behind Sesame Street, donated 10,000 Sesame Street books to military children nationwide during second annual Walkaround Elmo Bookstore Tour.

* John S. and James L. Knight Foundation donated $3.5 million to University of Miami to launch Knight Center for International Media; effort also funded through reallocation of previous Knight endowments and $1 million from University of Miami.

* AT&T announced grants benefiting three Atlanta-based programs: $1 million, Atlanta History Center; $1 million, preservation and restoration of Piedmont Park; and $350,000, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Company will also expand Excelerator grant program in AT&T Southeast region, will provide $5 million to support AT&T 20/20 Vision for Education program.

* Estate of Virginia Etheridge contributed $421,000 to support University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine Mule Team and Public Relations Endowment, funding travel and care for the school’s mule team.

* CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust’s All Kids Can community initiative made $12,000 grant to Evanston Northwestern Healthcare’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

* AstraZeneca pledged $10 million to American Cancer Society to expand Society’s Patient Navigator Program, initiative to help individual cancer patients navigate healthcare system.

* Proceeds totaling $17,000 from Tony Mezzadri Surf Classic donated to Mark Tuszynski, head of Center for Neural Repair and Translational Spinal Cord Regeneration Research Program, University of California, San Diego, for spinal research into cord regeneration.

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