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History: Timeline


  • Aetna was recognized as the fourth most community-minded company in the "Civic 50" survey, a ranking of Standard & Poor's top 500 companies. 


  • Aetna Foundation leads coalition of funders to launch study of health care quality in Connecticut.


  • The National Hispanic Health Foundation presented the Aetna Foundation with its Leadership Award for efforts to reduce disparities in health and health care.


  • The Aetna Foundation announces obesity, racial and ethnic health care equity, and integrated health care as its grant program areas for 2010 and beyond
  • Anne C. Beal, M.D., M.P.H, is appointed President of the Foundatione Aetna Foundation announces obesity, racial and ethnic health care equity, and integrated health care as its grant program areas for 2010 and beyond


  • Foundation President Marilda L. Gándara retires after 30 years of service to Aetna, including over a decade with the foundation
  • Local Market Community Building Program awards over $8 million in grants and sponsorships in 28 communities across the country
  • The Aetna Foundation publishes Breaking Barriers - Celebrating 27 Years of the Aetna African American History Calendar


  • Foundation hosts "Health Policy Forum on Transparency and Choice in Health Care" engaging business, health and policy leaders in a conversation about advancing health care reform
  • Chairman and CEO Ronald Williams, accepts A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award, recognizing Aetna's long-standing record of diversity and corporate social responsibility


  • Ronald A. Williams succeeds John W. Rowe, M.D, as Chairman of Aetna and the Aetna Foundation
  • Aetna Employees Reaching Out (AERO), established in 2003, achieves milestone of documenting 1 million hours of volunteer service completed by employees


  • Aetna was awarded one of six 2005 Awards for Excellence in the Workplace Volunteer Programs from the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network
  • $2.25 million awarded to 14 nonprofit organizations through the inaugural Quality of Care Grants program with many of the grants specifically designed to reach across cultural sensitivities to ensure quality care at the end of life


  • Aetna's Board of Directors makes a $45 million contribution to the Foundation
  • The Aetna Foundation introduces a Quality of Care Grants Program to address racial and ethnic disparities in health and end-of-life care


  • Aetna celebrates its 150th anniversary on June 14
  • The Aetna Foundation launches Aetna Employees Reaching Out (AERO) to build on employees' enthusiasm for volunteerism
  • Aetna Foundation giving centers on racial and ethnic disparities in health care


  • Regional Grants Program targets women's health, children's health and disparities in health
  • Corporate Public Involvement and the Aetna Foundation report directly to Chairman and CEO, John W. Rowe, M.D.


  • The Aetna Foundation implements a Regional Grants Program focused on community grants, emerging markets and volunteerism
  • John W. Rowe, M.D., succeeds William H. Donaldson as Chairman of Aetna


  • Aetna Volunteer Council expands from six chapters in 1999 to 26 chapters
  • William H. Donaldson succeeds Richard L. Huber as Chairman of Aetna

More history - 1931-1999 

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