Aetna, Aetna Foundation Gave More Than $14.6 Million to Nonprofits in 2012
-- Support aimed at improving health and health care and other causes --
-- Aetna employees donated $6.8M in 2012, up 25 percent over prior year;
volunteer hours also increased by 12 percent --
HARTFORD, Conn. -- May 02, 2013
With an eye on increasing wellness and eliminating health disparities, Aetna
Inc. (NYSE: AET) and its philanthropic arm, the Aetna Foundation, donated more
than $14.6 million to nonprofit organizations in 2012. Grants were awarded to
tackle poor nutrition and increase physical activity, confront the shortage of
primary care physicians and find new ways to fix the fragmented delivery of
health care, issues that disproportionately impact low-income and minority
“We believe in helping people stay healthy by giving them the support they
need, when they need it, and to make confident choices that can lead to
healthier lives. Our philanthropy is focused on helping people take charge of
their health,” said Mark Bertolini, chairman, CEO, and president of Aetna Inc.
and chairman of the Aetna Foundation.
In addition to their focus on better health and well-being, Aetna and the
Aetna Foundation made grants and sponsorships to help veterans, promote
diversity and inclusion and support community development.
Focus on wellness and health care
More than 20 percent of Aetna’s and the Aetna Foundation’s giving was directed
to healthy eating and fitness programs for communities who are most at risk
for poor health -- low-income, underserved or minority populations. Funding
built community gardens in Greater Philadelphia that grow produce for food
pantries; taught kids in San Antonio about good nutrition; provided healthy
meal planning and dancing classes to Latino families in the Bronx; and
expanded a free soccer-based fitness and nutrition program to children in
Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. In all, more than 75 organizations
received grants to promote healthy diets and physical exercise and to make
fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable and accessible.
To address the looming shortage of primary care physicians and the present-day
scarcity of doctors from minority populations, the Aetna Foundation was the
founding sponsor in 2012 of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine. This volunteer
effort is working to diversify health care professions by giving minority
college students advice and resources to pursue careers in medicine and
The Aetna Foundation also is supporting work to prepare doctors for
21^st-century medicine. In 2012, grants were made to the Institute of Medicine
of the National Academies to help improve medical residency programs and to
the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to train primary care physicians
in “hotspotting,” a technique used to identify patients who utilize health
care resources at abnormally high rates and subsequently work to improve their
Aetna employees make a difference
In 2012, Aetna employees stepped up their personal charitable donations
through the company's matching gift program. Employees gave $6.8 million, an
increase of nearly 25 percent over the previous year. Aetna employees also
generously donated their personal time, volunteering more than 380,000 hours,
a 12 percent increase over 2011.
Working together, Aetna, the Aetna Foundation and Aetna employees helped The
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provide free summer camp and family retreats for
children with sickle cell disease and other serious illnesses. For the third
consecutive year, Aetna was the lead sponsor of the organization’s annual Camp
Challenge Ride, a bike ride that has raised more than $1.5 million since 2009.
About 125 employees and their family members joined in the fun, riding as Team
Aetna. Additionally, several hundred Aetna employees cleaned and painted the
campsite in Ashford, Conn., to get it ready for summer programs. In 2012, The
Aetna Foundation awarded a $100,000 leadership grant to help The Hole in the
Wall Gang Camp expand its activities.
“Aetna employees believe in giving back,” said Floyd Green, head of Aetna’s
Community Relations and Urban Marketing. “We are proud to support their
efforts with our matching gift program and volunteer grants.”
In November, 2012, Aetna was recognized as the fourth most community-minded
company in the “Civic 50” survey, a ranking of Standard & Poor’s top 500
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 more
than $427 million in grants and sponsorships, including more than $14.6
million awarded in 2012. 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
four million hours since 2003. The Aetna Foundation’s 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
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 38.3 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, Medicaid health care management services, workers'
compensation administrative services and health information technology
services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college
students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers,
governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates.
For more information, see www.aetna.com.
Marnie Goodman, 860-273-2314
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