Giving in the news – Week of 05.28.07

* Carter Center, Atlanta, completed challenge portion of grant for program to eradicate Guinea worm disease; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided $5 million outright and additional $20 million to match $20 million raised from other sources.

* Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Va., received multi-year $250,000 grant from SunTrust Bank to fund opening exhibitions.

* Cancer Treatment Research Foundation awarded total of $1.2 million to four efforts involving early-stage or first-time clinical research.

* Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore, awarded 20 grants totaling more than $48 million to assist poor and vulnerable people.

* Smithsonian received $1 million in equipment and services from EMC Corporation, Orlando, to provide digital preservation and online access to museum’s collections and research data.

* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to invest $26 million in community and economic development effort focused on 16 of Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods; grant expected to leverage additional $500 million in new investment over five years.

* Fund for Artists, sponsored by East Bay Area Community Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded arts teacher fellowships to six bay-area arts teachers.

* Healthcare Georgia Foundation awarded more than $900,000 to 11 health-related organizations and programs to benefit underserved Georgians by enhancing capacity of nonprofits serving them.

* Latino USA, weekly public radio program, received $300,000 grant from William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation to expand coverage of immigration issues through 2008 presidential election.

* Helen Hayes Awards received $2.85 million gift from Robert M. Fisher Memorial Foundation in memory of Washington, D.C., philanthropists Jess and Mildred Fisher and daughter Cecilia “Cookie” Fisher Rudman; gift will create Helen Hayes Awards Endowment.

* World Wildlife Fund received $2 million in cash and equipment from HP to create three projects addressing causes and consequences of global climate change.

* Twenty-five winners of first Knight News Challenge named; contest funded by $25 million over five years from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

* Soldiers’ Angels, Orlando charity serving deployed soldiers and their families, received $35,000 from in-store and online sales of Tijuana Flats “Smack My Ass & Call Me Santa” holiday hot sauce.

* Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of Aspen Institute awarded four grants totaling more than $231,000 for research on emerging aspects of philanthropy.

* Colorado Trust, Denver, created seven-year $13.1 million program to reduce disparities among state’s minority populations: African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders.

* College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri-Columbia received $400,000 gift from The Roetheli Lil’ Red Foundation to support Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction.

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