Press release

Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Granted $620,000 to Texas Nonprofits in 2010





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"Aetna is proud to support nonprofit organizations in Texas that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities"

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation together awarded $620,000 in community grants and sponsorships in Texas 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 support nonprofit organizations in Texas that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities," said Ralph Holmes, president of Aetna's Texas market.

Grant amounts and recipients include:

In Austin:

  • $15,000 to the Health Start Foundation;
  • $15,000 to the Seton Fund of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, Inc.;
  • $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Central Texas;
  • $5,000 to the Junior League of Austin; and
  • $2,500 to the Austin Community Foundation.

In Dallas/Fort Worth:

  • $50,000 to the Community Council of Greater Dallas;
  • $30,000 to the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas;
  • $25,000 to The American Heart Association;
  • $20,000 Dallas Methodist Hospitals Foundation, Inc.;
  • $16,000 DFW Business Group on Health;
  • $15,000 American Diabetes Association, Dallas chapter;
  • $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas;
  • $15,000 to Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
  • $10,000 to Black Tie Dinner, Inc.;
  • $10,000 to the Dallas Foundation;
  • $10,000 to the Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc.;
  • $10,000 to Junior Achievement of Dallas, Inc.;
  • $10,000 to Open Arms Inc.;
  • $7,500 to AIDS Arms Inc.;
  • $7,000 to the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
  • $6,000 to The Empowerment Project, Inc.
  • $5,000 to Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS;
  • $3,900 to the Dallas Women's Foundation; and
  • $3,600 to Akiba Academy of Dallas;

In El Paso:

  • $10,000 to the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

In Houston:

  • $50,000 to the Harris County Hospital District;
  • $25,000 to Gateway to Care;
  • $25,000 to the Houston Area Urban League;
  • $25,000 to the Houston Parks Board;
  • $20,000 Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc.;
  • $15,000 to Precinct2gether, Inc.;
  • $10,000 to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund;
  • $5,000 to the Houston Ballet Foundation;
  • $5,000 to the National Hispanic Professional Organization, Inc.;
  • $3,500 to the Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services;
  • $5,000 to the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation; and
  • $10,000 to the Fort Bend Education Foundation.

In San Antonio:

  • $50,000 to the Witte Museum;
  • $15,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank;
  • $10,000 to the Barshop Jewish Community Center;
  • $10,000 to the King William Association;
  • $5,000 to the American Diabetes Association, San Antonio chapter;
  • $5,000 to the San Antonio Sports Foundation; and
  • $5,000 to the South Central Texas Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"During 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation were pleased to provide $15.6 million in grants and sponsorships 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."

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 $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.

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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