* Comcast to provide production and airing of public-service announcements highlighting National Urban League’s programs and services; company inducted into League’s Five Million Dollar Hall of Fame.
* Wallace Foundation presented Excellence Award grants to 10 Philadelphia-area regional arts organizations in recognition of commitment to community, audience building activities; also funding learning network for all area arts groups, to be led by Philadelphia Foundation and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
* University of Missouri, Columbia, received $2.55 million gift from Sam Cook, chairman of Central Bancompany in Jefferson City, Mo., to fund chair in Department of Economics in College of Arts and Science and library endowment to support chair’s research.
* Habitat for Humanity received $50,000 from Western Union Foundation to help flood victims in State of Tobasco, Mexico; Western Union Company providing zero transfer fee consumer-to-consumer money transfers from U.S. to Tobasco through Nov. 30.
* Fisher House Foundation, which builds housing for military families at military hospitals, received $25,000 donation from Pepsi Bottling Group Foundation to commemorate Veteran’s Day.
* Services and Advocacy for GLTB Elders and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force received $500,000 grant from Arcus Gay and Lesbian Fund for joint national advocacy and policy effort around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender aging.
* Mercy Corps humanitarian agency received $1 million grant from Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to support construction of new facility in Battery Park City focused on global struggle against hunger, poverty.
* Center to Serve Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, received three-year $1.2 million grant from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to use accreditation requirements as framework to train leaders of black colleges.
* On Leong Merchant Association Building received $110,000 grant from American Express and National Trust for Historic Preservation as winner of Partners in Preservation effort; 14 other sites received grants ranging from $26,000 to $100,000.
* Planet Dog Foundation, Portland, Maine, awarded total of $50,000 in grants to six groups furthering field research and outreach and supporting dogs.
* Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, Newport Beach, Calif., received $1 million gift from community members Dick and Mary Allen as lead gift in campaign for new Hoag Diabetes Center.
* Rady School of Management at University of California San Diego received $5 million from Wachovia Foundation for construction of Phase II of school’s campus.
* University of Chicago’s Division of Humanities received multi-million dollar gift from alum Karla Scherer, who earned master’s at age 62, to create Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.
* Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, awarded 13 grants ranging from $2,961 to $5,000 to area artists as part of Individual Artist Award program.
* Northwest Area Foundation awarded total of $7.71 million in grants to urban-based Native American groups in four states to break cycle of inter-generational poverty.
* Hanesbrands, Winston-Salem, donating almost $100,000 to Tropical Storm Noel relief efforts in Dominican Republic.
* School of Veterinary Medicine at University of Pennsylvania received $1 million gift from philanthropists Marianne and John K. Castle to support laminitis research.
* OpenGate Consulting, Wayne, Pa., to award $20,000 in free business and technical consulting in 2008 to Philadelphia-area nonprofits as part of Service Grant program.