Tufts Health Plan Foundation Completes Fifth Year of Healthy Aging Funding; Awards Nearly $3.5 Million to More Than 75 Organizations in 2013

Nearly $13 Million in Healthy Aging Grants Distributed to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Nonprofits since 2009

WATERTOWN, MA – January 7, 2014 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.5 million in new funding to 39 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2013. In total, the foundation distributed nearly $3.5 million in grants to more than 75 non-profit organizations in 2013, bringing its total giving up to nearly $13 million since the foundation began focusing on healthy aging in 2009.

The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation’s Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs. Two Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for initiatives targeted at improving transportation and safe walking environments for older adults.

“By focusing our grantmaking on healthy aging, we’ve been able to create a thoughtful pattern of giving that helps older adults in our communities live more meaningful lives,” said Jim Roosevelt, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “We hope through the programs we fund, we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of older adults and in encouraging all of our society to see aging as an opportunity for healthy aging rather than aging as a way in which people are limited in their lives.”

In 2013, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation also matched nearly $72,000 in Tufts Health Plan employee contributions made through the company’s Workplace Giving Campaign to the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Community Works and Community Health Charities of New England. In addition, in response to emergencies at home and abroad, the foundation contributed $25,000 to The One Fund following the Boston Marathon bombings and $20,000 to the American Red Cross International Relief Services in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 2, 2013 grant recipients is included below.

Cycle 2, 2013 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

Cycle 2, 2013 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island