St. David's donates $7 million to area nonprofits

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by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 1:36 PM

AUSTIN -- More than 30 nonprofit groups from Kyle to Georgetown will benefit from the St. David's Foundation's semi-annual gift of $7.6 million.

Among them is Caregiver U, which brings support and resources to families caring for an older loved one. It will get nearly $250,000 for facility upgrades.

Meals on Wheels is getting a $90,000 grant to purchase two new vehicles, and Family Eldercare will receive a $250,000 for in-home care and therapeutic counseling.

Some of the groups getting grants came as suggestions from Mayor Lee Leffingwell's Task Force on Aging. The foundation's CEO says all are committed to helping seniors stay in their homes and stay active.

"We are an aging population. We have 85 million baby boomers that are turning 65 year after year after year, and as we age that has a great impact on our health care and our health care system. The longer we can keep people active the more likely they are to remain healthy," Earl Maxwell told KVUE.

The money the foundation gives away in grants comes from its ownership in St. David's Health Care. Half of the profits from the hospitals go into the foundation which helps an average of 55 agencies every year.

Maxwell says they often turn down very worthy state and national organizations in order to keep the money local.

The foundation's next grant presentation will be in June, and the amount will likely be even higher than December's amount.

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