Giving in the News – Week of 10.08.07

* Prudential Foundation and Prudential Financial awarded total of $461,000 in Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants to 444 nonprofits worldwide, recognizing volunteer efforts of 567 company associates and retirees.

* Carolyn and Jeffrey Leonard, Chevy Chase, Md., awarded challenge grants totaling $1.15 million to Beacon House, City Year, both in Washington, D.C., and Round House Theatre and Strathmore, both of Bethesda.

* America’s Second Harvest foodbank network received $150,000 from H. J. Heinz Company, which also created cause marketing effort encouraging consumers to donate as well.

* America’s Second Harvest foodbank network received seven refrigerated trucks from Newman’s Own Foundation and Ford Motor Company; trucks filled with Newman’s Own products.

* Staples Foundation for Learning awarded 29 grants totaling $300,000 to nonprofits nationwide serving youth.

* Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech received $1 million gift from J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to endow professorship in Hospitality and Tourism Management department.

* Center for Transitions and Health at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing received $5 million from NewCourtland Elder Services to support work in transitional health; center to be renamed NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.

* Global trading firm Liquidnet donated $1,875,000 and company resources to develop Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, residential community for orphans in Rwanda; part of company’s pledge to donate annually 1 percent of revenue for global social engagement efforts.

* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarding $4 million through Local Initiatives Support Corporation for comprehensive community revitalization in 10 cities.

* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh received $400,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to support Libraries for LIFE capital campaign by funding children’s areas in neighborhood libraries.

* College of Engineering at Virginia Tech received $300,000 from General Electric Co. to endow three fellowships in memory of professors slain April 16; Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received $25,000 from GE employee James Berlin.

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