Press release

Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Granted $1.03 Million to Washington, D.C.-Based Nonprofits in 2010





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"During 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation were pleased to provide grants to 661 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and to match the generosity of our employees to another 9,492 organizations within our communities"

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation together awarded $1.03 million in community grants and sponsorships to Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organizations during 2010. The grants were made to organizations addressing a variety of health issues, including obesity among adults and children, racial and ethnic equity in health care, and needed improvements in the integration and coordination of health care services. In addition, grants were made in support of arts and cultural programs, human services and academic organizations, faith-based initiatives and many others.

"Aetna is proud to offer its support to nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities," said Tom Grote, president of Aetna's Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland markets.

Grant amounts and recipients were:

  • $331,000 to the Brookings Institution;
  • $150,000 to the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine;
  • $100,000 to AcademyHealth;
  • $50,000 to Springboard 2000 Enterprises Inc.;
  • $50,000 to Families USA;
  • $37,500 to the District of Columbia Primary Care Association;
  • $31,903 to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;
  • $30,000 to the Hispanic College Fund;
  • $27,500 to the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine;
  • $25,000 to the Better World Fund Inc.;
  • $25,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce;
  • $25,000 to the National Dental Association;
  • $25,000 to the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc.;
  • $20,000 to Grantmakers in Health;
  • $15,000 to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law;
  • $15,000 to the Society for Women's Health Research;
  • $12,500 to Howard University;
  • $10,000 to the National Italian American Foundation;
  • $10,000 to the American National Red Cross;
  • $10,000 to the United Nations Foundation;
  • $10,000 to the Children's Hospital Foundation;
  • $10,000 to The Leapfrog Group;
  • $10,000 to Independent Sector;
  • $9,000 to The George Washington University;
  • $7,500 to the Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian;
  • $5,000 to the National Park Foundation;
  • $5,000 to the National Partnership for Women and Families;
  • $5,000 to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation;
  • $5,000 to the American National Red Cross;
  • $5,000 to the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation;
  • $4,000 to Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc.; and
  • $2,500 to Everybody Wins D.C. Inc.

Nationwide during 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation gave $15.6 million in grants. In addition, Aetna employees, retirees and directors donated an additional $6.9 million through the company's matching gift program, bringing combined giving in communities where Aetna employees and customers live and work to nearly $22.5 million. And, Aetna's employees donated more than dollars, generously giving nearly 335,000 hours of their personal time and talents in communities nationwide. Since 2003, Aetna employees have logged more than 2.3 million volunteer hours.

"During 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation were pleased to provide grants to 661 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and to match the generosity of our employees to another 9,492 organizations within our communities," said Anne C. Beal, M.D., M.P.H., Aetna Foundation president. "We also made significant progress toward our goals of concentrating our grants on specific health issues of national concern, giving nearly $2.35 million to the fight against obesity, $1.24 million to improve racial and ethnic equity in health and health care, and more than $1 million to support better integrated health care in America."

More information about Aetna's and the Aetna Foundation's 2010 efforts to help improve the health of children and adults and to make our health care system more equitable and effective can be found online in the multi-media annual giving report Investing in Our Future.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed $394 million in grants and sponsorships, including $15.6 million in 2010. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.3 million hours since 2003. Our current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see


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