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Humana Foundation Pledges “Topping Off” Grant

November 15, 2011

Press Release:
The Humana Foundation Announces Topping-Off Grants
For Two Louisville Metro United Way Agencies

Family and Children’s Place and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana are grant recipients

Louisville, KY – November 9, 2011 – The Humana Foundation is proud to announce “topping off” grants for two local Metro United Way agencies. The Family and Children’s Place and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana organizations are the recipients of these 2011 grants. “Topping-off” grants provide the final dollars needed to reach a campaign’s fundraising goal by a determined date.

The Humana Foundation will contribute the final $500,000 to Family and Children’s Place, and the final $100,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, if the organizations raise the remaining balance to complete their respective campaigns by year-end. In committing these funds, Humana hopes to encourage other donors to support these worthwhile organizations.

“We all know these are tough times for children and families in our community with demand for social services increasing every day,” said Mike McCallister, Humana’s chairman and chief executive officer, and chairman of the Humana Foundation. “Humana wants to be part of community solutions that connect those in need with helpful services from outstanding organizations, such as Family and Children’s Place and Boys & Girls Clubs. We urge others to join us in supporting these critical campaigns.”

Both organizations are excited about the support and its potential to create momentum for reaching their campaign goals.

“This incredible gesture sends a clear message that providing services for children touched by abuse is of the utmost importance,” said Family and Children’s Place President Dan Fox. “We applaud the Humana Foundation for their commitment to Building Brighter Futures for Kentuckiana children and families. The generosity of this grant is inspiring, and we are confident that our community will follow Humana’s example.”

Jennifer Helgeson, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, said,

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana appreciates the continued partnership with Humana and is thrilled to receive a $100,000 “topping-off” grant from the Humana Foundation.  We touch the lives of many youth on a daily basis by offering them a safe haven after school and in the summer.  Our Clubs also provide our members with academic assistance, mentoring, and character building experiences while giving them the encouragement and tools needed to reach their full potential.”

“These extraordinary grants demonstrate once again the deep and abiding commitment of the Humana Foundation to the well-being of our community’s most precious resource – our children,” said Joe Tolan, President and CEO, Metro United Way. “We are thankful and grateful to the Humana Foundation for once again providing philanthropic leadership and, in so doing, offering hope for a brighter future for so many of our young people and their families.  This is great news!”

Here are some distinguishing factors about the grants and recipients:

Family and Children’s Place

  • The Humana Foundation will donate the last $500,000 of the Family and Children’s Place’s capital campaign to complete its new Child Advocacy Center, if the agency raises the remaining $1 million of its campaign goal before December 31, 2011.
  • The Child Advocacy Center is envisioned as Louisville’s first comprehensive site to help young victims of abuse or violence.
  • The mission of the Family and Children’s Place is to strengthen community through healing trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promoting safe, healthy, and stable families though research based services.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
    • The Humana Foundation will provide the last $100,000 of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana’s call-to-action campaign to raise $500,000 before year-end to serve children affected by the closing of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs.
    • As of November 8, 2011, $193,430 has been raised toward the goal.
    • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana offers its members a safe, convenient, and affordable place to spend time after school and during school breaks. It helps youth advance in three primary areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.

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-benefits companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters, the Foundation’s mission is to support charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation’s key priorities for funding are childhood health and education, health literacy, and active lifestyles and wellness. For more information, visit

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