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Giving in the news – Week of 03.26.07

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* Eli Lilly and Company announced plans to invest additional $50 million in Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, international alliance charged with fighting multi-drug resistant tuberculosis; total investment is $120 million to date.

* Mann Foundation for Biomedical Engineering provided $100 million endowment to Alfred Mann Institute at Purdue University to enable commercialization of innovative biomedical technologies that improve human health.

* Travelers Companies, Travelers Foundation and Travelers Connecticut Foundation awarded $15.5 million in grants in 2006, with focus on education, community development and arts and culture.

* Smile Train awarded $1.5 million to Mercy Ships to be disbursed over next nine years to fund cleft lip and palate surgeries aboard nongovernmental hospital ships, mostly in West Africa.

* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded ten grants of $1 million to initiatives aimed at increasing college enrollment and graduation among low-income students.

* Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles, announced plans to award grants totaling $231,000 to 13 community groups addressing critical environmental issues, in honor of Earth Day 2007.

* Leon Levy Foundation announced $800,000 grant to Prospect Park Alliance, supporting tree care in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

* Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable Trusts announced renewed funding of Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, with $3 million from Pew to expand research of environmental and health implications of nanotechnology “revolution.”

* Rex Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $78,000, including grants under 2006 Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards.

* Trust for Public Land, San Francisco, received $600,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to create six parks and playgrounds across country; grant brings to $2.6 million the foundation’s investment in Parks and Playgrounds Fund.

* Awecomm Technologies, Troy, Mich., to donate web services to Gull Lake Fellowship Open, amateur golf tournament benefiting Cancer research and care organizations throughout U.S.

* Teagle Foundation awarded $1.5 million in grants funding 11 innovative projects focusing on enrichment of liberal arts education, involving 40 colleges, universities and institutions of higher education.

* James Irvine Foundation made $250,000 in grants to four California community foundations in response to economic crisis among farmworkers brought on by crop freeze:

  • Ventura County Community Foundation, $75,000
  • Desert Community Foundation, $75,000
  • United Way of Tulare County, $75,000
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County, $25,000

* Astrophysicist George Smoot converted prize money from winning Nobel Prize in 2006 to donor advised fund with East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif.

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