Humana co-founder David A. Jones has gifted Louisville’s Catholic Education Foundation $1 million to help its mission of funding Catholic education in the River City.
Jones is making the donation with his wife Betty, and the goal is to help students who would not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of a Catholic school.
Such moves have earned the Jones family the praise of Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who says they have been among the most generous donors to the foundation, dating back to its 1996 inception.
Kurtz also has been in the news as a leader in the movement to reform the nation’s immigration policy.
The funding of the gift will take place over a four-year period.
The gift should have meaningful impact on the foundation as it has just under $1 million in cash, according to its 2012 audited financial statement, the most recent year for which official information is publicly available.
Richard Lechleiter, the foundation’s president, has said some 20,000 students attend Catholic schools in Louisville.
Jones’s son, David Jones Jr., also is involved deeply in education-related issues, as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education.