Giving in the news – Week of 04.16.07

* Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies gave $12.5 million to The Mount Sinai Medical Center to establish Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine.

* U.S. Department of Education awarded RAND Corporation $6 million grant to conduct five-year study of effectiveness of technology-based mathematics curriculum created by Carnegie Learning, Pittsburgh.

* Community Servings, Massachusetts, received $1 million grant from Smith Family Foundation to increase capacity to deliver meals to individuals dealing with life-threatening illness.

* Colonial Williamsburg received $1 million gift from Bill and Jean Lane, Portola Valley, Calif., to endow Director of Coach and Livestock position, to be held by Richard Nicoll.

* Annenberg Foundation made $750,000 gift to Step Up On Second, Santa Monica, Calif., housing and service provider for mentally ill clients, to support construction of new facility, Step Up on Fifth; gift is largest ever received by Step Up from a private foundation.

* Daniels Fund announced 250 students from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to receive funding to attend college or university of their choice.

* Planet Dog Foundation and corporate partner Planet Dog announced $3,500 contribution to medical expenses of Michael Keenan, who sustained life-threatening injuries while saving friend’s dog from burning San Francisco apartment building.

* Grant from Louise and Arde Bulova Fund is currently supporting Special Aces Junior Development Program, eight-week Brooklyn, N.Y., tennis program for children with physical and cognitive challenges.

* America’s Promise Alliance launched new annual grant program as part of 100 Best Communities for Young People Competition, with $300,000 in grants awarded to eight communities of the 100 selected in 2007 competition.

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