Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Granted $847,000 to California Nonprofits in 2010

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation together awarded $847,000, in community grants and sponsorships in California 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 California that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities,” said Beth Andersen, president of Aetna’s West region.

Grant amounts and recipients include:

In Southern California:

  • $250,000 RAND Corporation (Santa Monica);
  • $100,000 to Students Run America (Tarzana);
  • $50,000 to the CHOC Children’s Foundation (Orange);
  • $50,000 to the Volunteer Center Orange County;
  • $25,000 to the American Diabetes Association (Los Angeles);
  • $25,000 to the HAX Foundation (Hawthorne);
  • $25,000 to the Janet Goeske Foundation (Riverside);
  • $20,000 to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County Education Foundation;
  • $20,000 to the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County;
  • $15,000 to the Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach);
  • $15,000 to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Southern California and Southern Nevada (Sherman Oaks);
  • $15,000 to the Oak View Renewal Partnership (Huntington Beach);
  • $15,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure- Los Angeles County;
  • $12,000 to San Diego Lesbian & Gay Pride;
  • $10,000 to the DangerMan Education Foundation Inc. (Studio City);
  • $10,000 to Junior Blind of America (Los Angeles);
  • $10,000 to the Native American Land Conservancy (Indio);
  • $8,000 to the Magic Johnson Foundation, Inc. (Beverly Hills);
  • $5,000 to the American Diabetes Association (Costa Mesa);
  • $5,000 to the California Black Women’s Health Project (Inglewood);
  • $5,000 to Challenged Athletes, Inc. (San Diego);
  • $5,000 to the National Latina Business Women Association (San Diego);
  • $2,500 to the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles; and
  • $2,500 to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Los Angeles).

In the Central Valley:

  • $25,000 to the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Sacramento);
  • $12,000 to the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Fresno);
  • $10,000 to Serotonin Surge Charities; and
  • $5,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Valley (Madera).

In Northern California:

  • $250,000 to the University of California at San Francisco;
  • $25,000 to Out & Equal (San Francisco);
  • $25,000 to San Francisco Bay Area Council Learning (SFBAC), Learning for Life (San Leandro);
  • $20,000 to the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (San Francisco);
  • $13,000 to the Dance Out Diabetes (San Francisco);
  • $10,000 to the American Cancer Society, Inc. California Division (San Francisco);
  • $10,000 to the American Heart Association, Greater Bay Area Division (Oakland);
  • $10,00 to the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (Oakland);
  • $7,000 to La Clinica de La Raza, Inc. (Oakland);
  • $6,000 to Hospice By The Bay (Larskspur);
  • $6,000 to Sierra Service Project (Carmichael);
  • $5,000 to the American Cancer Society, CA Division (Oakland);
  • $5,000 to the Cancer Patients Alliance (Pacific Grove); and
  • $3,000 to The Tech Museum (San Jose);

“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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