* Cmmunities Foundation of Texas, Dallas, awarded total of $1 million in grants to 23 area nonprofits.
* Real Estate Center at DePaul University received $3.5 million grant from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to participate in effort to save affordable rental housing in Chicago area.
* Rose Community Foundation, Denver, awarded total of more than $3 million in grants to 33 nonprofits supporting health and well-being of Greater Denver community during first quarter of 2007.
* University of California Santa Barbara received $12.5 million from Virgil Elings and Betty Elings Wells for research and innovation at California NanoSystems Institute.
* Bush Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., to expand Bush Artist Fellows program with addition of Enduring Vision Awards, three $100,000 awards for artists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota with at least 25 years of continued work.
* Connect US, coalition of five major U.S. foundations, announced Global Security and Cooperation Initiative, two-year $5 million grant program designed to spur more effective U.S. leadership on global, foreign policy and national security issues; information online.
* American Dental Education Association received $672,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to administer and expand free, interactive health careers website: www.explorehealthcareers.org.
* Ronald McDonald House Charities awarded total of more than $1.7 million in grants to nine nonprofits serving children in U.S. and worldwide.
* Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California and affiliated children’s hospitals received total of $6.4 million in Shared Research Laboratory Grants from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to fund lab space and equipment for unrestricted stem cell research.
* YMCA of the USA announced Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund awarded $10,000 grants to 25 local YMCA’s within 25 miles of Kellogg manufacturing facilities to expand and improve programming.
* McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, awarded total of more than $9.6 million in grants to 19 nonprofit across the country working to improve communities and lives of children.
* MGM Mirage Voice Foundation awarded total of $100,000 to four Mississippi-based nonprofits; investment will close out foundation’s Katrina Recovery Fund.
* James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, awarded total of more than $19.5 million in grants to 36 organizations working to expand opportunity for people of California.
* International Women’s Media Foundation received $2.5 million grant from Howard G. Buffett Foundation to launch project to enhance coverage of agriculture, rural development and women in Africa.
* Purdue Agriculture at Purdue University received $11.4 million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to protect and increase staple food supplies in West and Central Africa.
* Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich., to use gifts totaling $150 million over next five years to create Russell G. Mawby Fellowships at its Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; fellowships will fund applied research in philanthropy.
* Culture & Heritage Foundation, Rock Hill, S.C. received $200,000 gift from Fred Faircloth of Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company and $100,000 from National Sierra Club Board President Lisa Renstrom and husband Bob Perkowitz.