Dear friends and Neighbors:
Community Benefit is a central part of our mission. In 2009, it became even more compelling to serve our communities. As the recession worsened, millions lost their jobs and their health insurance. This placed increased demands for service on thousands of community-based organizations that care for low-income people and improve community health. At the same time, these same organizations faced budget cuts caused by shrinking charitable donations and reduced state and local revenues.
We faced economic uncertainties ourselves, but rather than scale back our efforts, we increased the scope of our activities.