* 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.