LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 38 years, is awarding $2.2 million to nonprofit organizations in Louisville as part of its ongoing Community Partners Program. The initiative began in 2018 and has since awarded more than $6 million to local nonprofits addressing social determinants of health and creating greater health equity for all in Humana’s corporate hometown.
Initiatives funded by the 2020 Community Partners Program address social determinants of health in Louisville and focus on nutrition and food security, shelter, personal safety, healthcare services, built and natural environment, arts and culture, and education and early childhood development. Special consideration was given to organizations addressing historical and root causes of inequity, collaborative proposals, and initiatives with a strong focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging. The Foundation also took into account the negative impact of COVID-19 and how the virus further marginalizes people in underserved communities.
“When we opened applications for our 2020 Community Partners Program in early January, we had yet to fully realize the challenges posed by coronavirus,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “During the evaluation process in March and April, we realized we must look at applications through a COVID-19 community needs lens and support programs helping those most strongly impacted by the pandemic. We are funding as many initiatives as possible this year to bolster Louisville’s recovery from COVID-19.”
The most vulnerable are disproportionately experiencing the economic and health implications of COVID-19. These challenges are compounding issues many were dealing with before the pandemic, including hunger and financial instability. Initiatives like Dare to Care’s School Programs and CASA’s Raising Up: Working with Vulnerable Children for Positive Futures will work to help children receive healthy food and have the tools necessary to overcome trauma during and after the pandemic. Programs like New Directions Housing Corporation’s Eviction Prevention Program will help create greater financial asset security, especially for those facing furloughs and layoffs during coronavirus quarantine measures.
The Humana Foundation also offered a special incentive to Humana employees in Louisville to help strengthen the city as it faces the impacts of coronavirus – the opportunity to select a local nonprofit for a $10,000 grant. As a result, Backside Learning Center received funding to support staffing and programming that will directly benefit Churchill Downs workers and their families during the COVID-19 health crisis.
The following nonprofit organizations will receive Community Partners Program funding from The Humana Foundation in grant amounts varying from $10,000 to $75,000:
- 2not1 Fatherhood and Families
- Americana Community Center
- Backside Learning Center
- CASA of the River Region
- Seven Counties Services
- Dare to Care
- Fund For The Arts
- House of Ruth
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries
- La Casita Center
- Louisville Parks Foundation
- Louisville Urban League
- New Directions Housing Corporation
- New Legacy Reentry Corporation
- New Roots
- Play Cousins Collective
- Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center
- Smoketown Family Wellness Center
- Uniting Partners for Women & Children
In addition to the above organizations, the 2020 Community Partners Program will fund the following Louisville organizations with continuing Humana and Humana Foundation relationships:
- Actors Theatre – Humana Festival of New American Plays
- Chestnut Street YMCA
- Fund For The Arts
- Greater Louisville Project
- University of Louisville McConnell Center
- Metro United Way
- Southeastern Council on Foundations
- Volunteers of America
The Humana Foundation selected organizations for 2020 funding based on input from Humana’s Community Partners Program Advisory Committee, a diverse group of volunteers from Humana’s Network Resource Groups, and an online vote of Humana employees based in Louisville.
For more information on The Humana Foundation’s Community Partners Program, please visit the Foundation’s website.
About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.
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