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Giving in the news – Week of 10.22.07

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* Palm Foundation, Sunnyvale, Calif., awarded seven grants and product donations totaling $147,000.

* Western Union Foundation, Englewood, Colo., awarded almost $2 million in grants as part of new “Western Union – Our World, Our Family” program.

* Justin Brands Inc. partnering with Armed Forces Foundation, Adopt-a-Chaplain Inc. and Sprint to donate 46,000 calling cards worth 1,380,000 minutes to members of U.S. military this holiday season.

* James Irvine Foundation awarded 37 grants totaling almost $11.9 million to groups working to expand opportunity for people of California.

* HP awarded more than $5 million in cash and equipment to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide to advance economic growth through microenterprise development in low-income communities.

* John F. Kennedy Library Foundation received $250,000 grant from AT&T to digitize, index, archive presidential documents for eventual public access through library website.

* Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford, Conn., received $500,000 grant from Aetna for exhibit, Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera.

* Society for the Advancement of Native Interests-Today, Rapid City, S.D., received $500,000 grant from Northwest Area Foundation to build capacity and community programs to reduce poverty among urban Indian populations.

* Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech received $100,000 donation from engineering firm Stantec for scholarships.

* School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University received $10.1 million gift from W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to create and endow Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and support new building.

* Francesca Facco of Northwestern University and Frauke von Versen-Hoynck received 2007 Vision Grants from Preeclampsia Foundation to support research into the condition affecting pregnant women.

* HP awarded total of more than $5 million in cash and equipment to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide to advance microenterprise development in low-income communities.

* National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C., received grant from Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Cornerstones for Kids, sponsored by Annie E. Casey Foundation, to advance policies promoting high-quality early childhood educators.

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