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Giving in the news – Week of 06.04.07

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* Banning High School, Los Angeles, received $250,000 from Amateur Athletic Foundation for synthetic turf for athletic field; contribution brings to more than $160 million the foundation’s total donations since inception.

* California Endowment launched four-year $3.35 million partnership with Tides Center to create Integrated Behavioral Health Project with goal of accelerating integration of behavioral health sciences.

* Genetic Alliance received two cooperative agreements from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ genetic services branch of child and maternal health for three-year projects involving screenings of newborns.

* Koegel Autism Center at Gervitz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, received $940,000 gift from Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to create Eli and Edythe L. Broad Center for Asperger Research.

* I Have a Dream Foundation, which mentors and tutors at-risk youth, reports 2007 graduating class of 110 that will go to college with full scholarships.

* Live Monarch Foundation’s Educator Outreach Program to provide funding for 4,600 U.S. teachers to enroll in national campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into classrooms; nomination information online.

* Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation awarded $100,000 each to mid-size arts and cultural groups in New York City’s five boroughs: Bronx Museum, Harlem Stage, Queens Museum of Art, Queens Theatre in the Park; Staten Island Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center.

* Vanderbilt Divinity School received $2.9 million from businessman Cal Turner Jr. to fund 21 new United Methodist ministers and professional development seminars for pastors and lay leaders in mid and west Tennessee.

* Ron and Lucille Willett, Walnut Shade, Mo., established scholarship in name of son, John Charles Willett, who died in 9/11 Trade Center bombings, at University of Missouri-Columbia in son’s name; provided $2,000 for one student in 2006 and $1,500 for two in 2007.

* High school students from Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s SHAPEfund, Riverdale N.Y., will award total of $6,000 to three programs serving youth in New York City area; additional pledge grant to be awarded in December.

* National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies received challenge grant from anonymous Washington D.C.-area donor, who will match each dollar raised up to $100,000.

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