The Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as Humana's philanthropic arm. Located in Louisville, Ky., the foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners that promote healthy behaviors, health education and access to health services. Since 1975, Humana and the Humana Foundation have provided approximately $270 million to worthwhile initiatives around the country and overseas.
The foundation also supports Humana associates who volunteer through three recognition award programs:
- Volunteer of the Year: Given to the associate who demonstrates consistent commitment to his or her community by volunteering at least 150 hours between January and November; the recipient receives the opportunity to designate a $10,000 Humana Foundation grant to the organization where the associate volunteers.
- Spirit of Philanthropy: A distinction given to a group or department of associates that displays exceptional commitment to the community through volunteerism; awardees are given the opportunity to select a nonprofit organization for a $25,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.
- Dollars 4 Doers: A drawing that gives associates who log at least 12 hours each quarter in the Humana Volunteer Network a chance to win a $4,000 grant for a nonprofit organization where they volunteer
The Humana Foundation funded 71 grants in 2015. Grantees included:
- Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine: pilot program that studies how to promote healthy cooking and eating among minorities who reside in food deserts in New Orleans
- Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America program: Provides trained coach-mentors to local organizations to expand sports-based youth development programming in underserved areas in New Orleans and Tampa, Fla.
- Morningside Ministries’ mmLearn.org website: An interactive, web-based service offering education and support to those caring for older adults across the country
- New Roots’ Veggie Rx program: Partners with local health clinics to write free “prescriptions” for fruit and vegetables for families at risk of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure in Louisville, Ky.
- The Peer Leadership Center at The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: trains peer support specialists nationwide to assist their peers in coping with mental illness
- Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP): A yearlong program developed by the CDC to provide prediabetics with diabetes awareness and education in Tampa, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.; and parts of South Florida
Humana Communities Benefit
Humana Communities Benefit (HCB)
is a charitable giving program that awards a $350,000 signature grant over a three-year period to a nonprofit organization in each eligible location every year. Funded by the Humana Foundation, these multiyear grants are intended to provide a transformational impact on nonprofits that lower barriers to health and well-being in the communities they serve. The 2015 program focused on Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Knoxville, Tenn., and New Orleans. In the fall of 2015, three finalists in each city were highlighted on the HCB website, and the public had an opportunity to weigh in on which projects most deserved the grant. The online community vote accounts for a portion of the finalists’ total score when the top three organizations present to a panel of judges from the community. These were the 2015 winners:
- The Urban League of Broward County’s (Fla.) Living Well program pursues multiple strategies to inform and empower individuals who have been diagnosed with or are at-risk for diabetes, as well as their caregivers, with tools and resources to improve their health and well-being.
- Interfaith Health Clinic in Knoxville is creating a Healthy Lifestyle Classroom to teach patients about local resources for affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking healthy meals. The clinic also holds wellness classes and provides peer-to-peer support groups for ongoing sustainability.
- Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans is establishing a Diabetes Prevention Program that helps at-risk individuals avoid developing diabetes and serves as a critical resource in improving participant health and well-being through a supportive and holistic approach.
Since the HCB program launched in 2003, the Humana Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million to nonprofits in 15 U.S communities.