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The Annenberg Foundation has awarded $1 million to the Enterprise Foundation for a program to improve the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore.

The foundation, based in Columbia, Md., was set up in 1982 by the late developer James W. Rouse and his wife, Patty. Mr. Rouse gained recognition for spearheading "festival marketplaces" that revitalized urban downtowns, including Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Quincy Market in Boston.

Since its inception, Mr. Rouse's foundation, in partnership with 500 nonprofit organizations, has created 61,000 units of affordable housing across the nation.

In 1990, it launched the Sandtown-Winchester renewal project, an effort to improve the quality of education, health, housing, and public safety in one of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods. (See Education Week, June 16, 1993.) Two years ago, the Baltimore school board agreed to let Community Building in Partnership, the nonprofit administrator of the project, take over the management of three elementary schools in the neighborhood.

Leaders of the effort hope the Annenberg money, awarded last month by the St. Davids, Pa., philanthropy, will help the three "New Compact" schools serve as models for improving other schools in the city's federally designated empowerment zone.

The Kellogg Foundation has announced a small but significant change to one of its initiatives.

The foundation recently renamed the Kellogg Youth Initiatives Program: It's now the Kellogg Youth Initiative Partnerships. Tyrone Baines, a program director at the Battle Creek, Mich., foundation, hopes the change will draw attention to the role communities play.

"We are not about creating programs. Rather, we are about creating partnerships that can bring about change in how communities prepare their young people for adult responsibilities," he said in a statement last month.

The foundation is especially involved in philanthropy to better the lives of young people. In 1987, it pledged to spend 20 years improving the quality of life for children in three Michigan communities. Since then, it has aided 130 youth-related projects in those areas.

In late July, Kellogg--along with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Flint, Mich.-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation--will co-sponsor a national conference to encourage young people to get involved in philanthropy and community service. For more information, call Norma Scheele or Terry Langston at the Council of Michigan Foundations, (616) 842-7080.

--Meg Sommerfeld
e-mail: msommer@epe.org

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