* National Park Foundation received $1 million grant from ARAMARK to support Foundation’s new First Bloom project, which allows children to participate in hands-on natural resource protection activities in national parks.
* Mercy Housing Lakefront, Chicago, received $150,000 grant from Chicago Community Trust’s Basic Human Needs program to develop and renovate affordable housing in metro Chicago.
* Debora Carstens donating 78 percent of $26 million in proceeds from sale of Sound of Music Ranch, near Telluride, Colo., to 10 charities.
* Sofa Mart and Furniture Row Outlet donated more than $218,000 to help about 2 million street children in Mexico City through “Hope is Always in Style,” campaign donating $20 per sofa sold to World Vision.
* East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif., awarded 2,321 grants totaling $36.7 million during 2006-07 grantmaking year.
* College of Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, received $15 million gift from Robert Kern, founder of Generac Power Systems; gift is fourth eight-figure donation to school in less than a year.
* Pacific Service Credit Union, Walnut Creek, Calif., exceeded $1 million in giving through Community Involvement Program, launched in 2001.
* Grand Canyon Council of Boy Scouts of America received $5,000 from Qwest Foundation and Telecom Pioneers, Arizona Chapter 66, to sponsor communications merit badge.
* Rose Community Foundation, Denver, awarded total of more than $1.6 million in grants to 39 nonprofits during third quarter of 2007 to support well-being of Greater Denver Community.
* Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., received $800,000 grant from Kresge Foundation to complete challenge grant for construction of Stone Hill Center.
* California Community Foundation awarded $25,000 to each of eight nonprofits based in El Monte working in areas of education, health, human services, civic engagement, neighborhood revitalization.
* Center for New Media, University of California, Berkeley, received $100,000 from SAGE Publications to support new Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media.
* Montana Nonprofit Association received $10,000 from Qwest Foundation to support annual conference Sept. 24-26 in Billings.