Press release

Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Granted Nearly $800,000 to Florida Nonprofits in 2010

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08/02/11

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HARTFORD, Conn.

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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 nearly $800,000 in community grants and sponsorships in Florida 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 pleased and proud to support nonprofit organizations here in Florida that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities," said Mark LaBorde, president of Aetna's Jacksonville and Tampa markets.

Grant amounts and recipients in Broward County and Ft. Lauderdale were:

  • $25,000 to Hispanic Unity of Florida Inc.;
  • $15,000 to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County Inc.;
  • $12,500 to the United Way of Broward County Inc.;
  • $10,000 to FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth);
  • $10,000 to Food For The Poor Inc.;
  • $2,500 to Covenant House Florida;
  • $2,500 to the American Diabetes Association Inc.; and
  • $2,500 to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center Inc.

Grant amounts and recipients in Jacksonville were:

  • $25,000 to the American Heart Association Inc.;
  • $25,000 to the Baptist Health Foundation;
  • $25,000 to WJCT;
  • $15,000 to the American Diabetes Association;
  • $10,000 to Volunteers in Medicine;
  • $5,000 to Communities In Schools of Jacksonville; and
  • $5,000 to HandsOn Jacksonville Inc.

Grant amounts and recipients in the Greater Miami area were:

  • $85,000 to TeamFootWorks;
  • $35,000 to the United Way of Miami-Dade;
  • $35,000 to the University of Miami;
  • $25,000 to the Miami Police Athletic League Inc.;
  • $10,000 to Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation;
  • $10,000 to Miami Dade College Foundation;
  • $10,000 to the Florida Heart Research Institute;
  • $10,000 to South Florida Sports Foundation Inc.;
  • $10,000 to Voice of Love Training and Development Center Inc.; and
  • $5,000 to Amigos Together For Kids Inc.

Grant amounts and recipients in Orlando were:

  • $65,000 to MicheLee Puppets Inc.; and
  • $50,000 to the University of Central Florida Foundation Inc.

Grant amounts and recipients in Tampa were:

  • $264,000 to the University of South Florida.

Nationwide during 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation gave $15.6 million in grants and sponsorships. 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 www.AetnaFoundation.org.

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 www.aetna.com.

Contact:

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Walt Cherniak, 410-401-9490
cherniakjrw@aetna.com