Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation together awarded nearly $100,000 in community grants and sponsorships in Colorado during 2010. The grants were made to organizations addressing a variety of health issues, including obesity in children and adults, 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 human services programs.
The five Colorado recipients were:
“Aetna is pleased and proud to support nonprofit organizations here in Colorado that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities,” said Kay Thompson, Aetna’s local market president for Colorado.
The Rocky Mountain Youth Medical and Nursing Consultants received a $30,000 grant to support its Weight Management Clinic for young people. The clinic provides case management for patients age 2 – 21 who struggle with obesity and are at risk of obesity-related diseases.
A $20,000 grant was awarded to the University of Colorado Foundation to support its Chart the Course campaign that educates young girls and women about the importance of good nutrition, increased physical activity and other healthy behaviors to decrease the prevalence of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
A $25,000 sponsorship was awarded to the Aspen Brain Forum Foundation to support its conference for many of the world’s preeminent scientists who are developing cutting-edge innovations in brain science.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado received a $15,000 sponsorship for the Annual Denver Luncheon, the Foundation’s principal fund-raising event that supports the organization’s programs to help women and girls be economically self-sufficient.
A $2,500 sponsorship was given to the Mile High United Way’s Women’s Leadership Luncheon, which raises money and awareness for the organization’s Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiative to help individuals and families in the state become financially stable.
Nationwide during 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation gave $15.6 million in grants and sponsorships. In addition, the 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.
“During 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation were pleased to provide 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.”
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 www.AetnaFoundation.org.
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