Ovation Awards Winners 2018: Aetna Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation

New Orleans, LA June 21, 2018

CyberGrants presented their annual Ovation Awards at the 2018 CyberGrants User Conference in New Orleans.  The Aetna Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation were awarded “Ovations” for their philanthropic excellence.

“CyberGrants has the privilege of working with the most prestigious and generous organizations in the world. The positive impact our clients have on the greater good is truly incredible,” noted Mark Layden, CyberGrants CEO. “While we are proud to be part of all of our clients’ efforts, we would like to recognize those clients whose philanthropic efforts are consistently inspirational and raise the bar for the rest of the industry. Therefore, we created the CyberGrants ‘Ovation’ award.”

Ovation winners were selected for their philanthropic leadership, innovation and use of technology. While they come from different industries and execute a variety of giving programs, they all share a deep commitment to carrying out their visions and inspiring positive change. These companies also create innovative programming and solutions that break new ground in the industry and for other corporations and foundations. Additionally, they take the lead in leveraging technology to insure their giving is as efficient and secure as possible.

“CyberGrants uses a hand to symbolize our brand because it represents giving and receiving. ‘Giving a hand’ has two important and distinct meanings. We’re helping someone, or we’re acknowledging hard work and success. These ideas truly are the embodiment of CyberGrants, our team, but most importantly our clients. We felt an ‘Ovation’ was an apt name to use to recognize our most influential clients, as an Ovation is genuine and heartfelt celebration of truly outstanding work” explained Layden.

“Aetna is thrilled to accept the CyberGrants’ Ovation Award in front of so many of our peers in the industry”, said Melenie Magnotta, Chief Operating Officer, Aetna

“We have been partnering with CyberGrants for the last six years and converted 30 years’ worth of grant data to CyberGrants from multiple access databases and it could not have gone more smoothly.  It’s so helpful to have a single view into all our giving. We’ve always been very happy with CyberGrants and are thrilled to have them recognize our philanthropy and Paul Newman’s legacy.” said Kelly Giordano, Managing Director for Newman’s Own Foundation.

“Aetna and Newman’s Own Foundation are both trailblazers in the industry, leveraging CyberGrants for multiple initiatives including matching gifts, disaster relief, volunteering, grants, community partnerships, and more.  These leaders understand the need for agile philanthropy and embrace the positive impact it can have on their brands, employees, and the community. Regardless of the forms their philanthropy takes, they know they can count on CyberGrants to support their efforts,” said Jeff Summers, CyberGrants Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

In 2017, CyberGrants presented the “Ovation Award” to ITW, JP Morgan Chase, Target, and U.S. Bancorp.

About CyberGrants

CyberGrants is a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for corporate social responsibility. CyberGrants’ mission is to provide innovative software and services in the most secure and efficient way; to connect the world’s givers to those who can benefit from them most. Since its founding in 1999, CyberGrants has delivered fully-hosted web-based SaaS solutions to many of the largest companies and foundations in the world, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100. In the past 12 months alone, CyberGrants’ integrated grants management and employee engagement software has processed over $6 billion in donations and tens of thousands of volunteer hours.  For additional information on CyberGrants, visit  http://www.cybergrants.com/

About the Aetna Foundation 

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 430,000 hours in 2016 alone.

For more information, visit https://www.aetna-foundation.org/

About Newman’s Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by Paul Newman in 2005 to assure the continuation of his commitment to use 100% of the net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $500 million to thousands of charities around the world.

For more information, visit http://newmansownfoundation.org/

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