* Five member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas received computer equipment valued at total of more than $30,000 from IBM’s Technology Grant program.
* Communities in School of Charlotte-Mecklenburg purchased new activity bus using donations from AT&T, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Myers Park United Methodist Church’s Jubliee Plus Fund, Cogentrix Energy, anonymous donor.
* Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, Cary, was one of 17 organizations receiving total of more than $357,000 from Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation; grant to support center’s Family Support Fund.
* The Carying Place, Cary, received good-as-new kitchen appliances, including double oven, flat cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher, from a SearStone model home.
* Winston-Salem State University received three-year $600,000 grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand efforts in building affordable housing in areas along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
* Cary Community Foundation, created in 2005, awarded total of $50,000 to 18 local nonprofits during inaugural grant ceremony.
* Jocelyn Taliaferro, assistant professor in Department of Social Work, N.C. State University, one of 17 faculty and staff to receive total of $169,666 in seed funds from 2007-08 University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant program.
* United Way of Greater Greensboro received four Young Explorer Participation Kits for Guildford Child Development from IBM’s Technology Grant Program, facilitated through Gifts in Kind International.
* East Carolina University’s Heart Institute, Greenville, received $500,000 pledge from Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Rocky Mount; two areas of institute to be named for company.
* Winston-Salem State University received $5.4 million from North Carolina Baptist Hospital to renew partnership offering accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degrees.
* Wake Education Partnership received $7,500 from William Heard, regulatory affairs associate for Closure Medical Corporation, who received the funds as a volunteer recognition grant from Johnson & Johnson.
* North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, received “Askew,” 43-foot tall stainless steel tree designed by artist Roxy Paine, from Daniels family of Raleigh in honor of former board chair Julia Jones Daniels.
* Bent Creek Institute, Asheville, received $50,000 grant from Mission Health & Hospitals, Asheville, to equip genetic repository for medicinal plants.
* IBM selected United Way of Greater Greensboro as 2007 community grant partner, including $3,500 cash gift plus donated equipment.