* Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Los Angeles, to received about $1.2 billion from foundation’s chairman, Barron Hilton, in form of charitable remainder unitrust that eventually will benefit the foundation; gift brings total value of Hilton Foundation to about $4.5 billion.
* City of Hope Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif., received $2 million gift to create Lester M. and Irene C. Finkelstein Chair in Biology; Gerd Pfeifer, co-leader of center’s Cancer Biology Program, to be first holder of chair.
* NFC Foundation, created by Nash Finch Company, Minneapolis, donated almost $300,000 to groups in communities where company’s employees live.
* Drury University, Springfield, Mo., received $6 million from O’Reilly Family, founders of O’Reilly Auto Parts, for $12 million O’Reilly Family Event Center.
* UCLA Live received $100,000 grant from Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for artistic programming and audience development.
* Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix received $50,000 from Holt Foundation to create Kidscan! Cancer Support Program, providing educational and emotional support for children of cancer patients.
* Rochester Institute of Technology received $600,000 from Endowed Scholarship for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Johnson Scholarship Foundation; will allow students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf to become entrepreneurs.
* National Center for Family Literacy, Lousiville, Ky., received $515,000 grant from Dollar General to fund literacy programs targeting young children, American Indians, immigrant families.
* Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Mo., awarded $20,000 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowships to 16 Ph.D. students studying entrepreneurship at U.S. universities.
* Traders at BTIG, institutional trading firm, donated all commissions earned Nov. 14, totaling more than $2 million, to children’s charities.
* Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, partnered with employees and financial advisors to pledge more than $4.6 million to nonprofits during its 2007 Employee Giving Campaign.
* American Welding Society and AWS Foundation received $100,000 donation from both OKI Bering and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology for Welder Workforce Development Program, with goal of relieving nationwide shortage of welders.
* SAGE publishing company made donation to Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, new foundation aimed at interpreting academic research for general public.
* Foundation Fighting Blindness, Owings Mills, Md., received six-year $1 million gift from Marjorie C. Adams Charitable Trust to launch women’s career development program supporting women pursuing careers in research to cure retinal degenerative diseases.