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Charitable Giving in Flux at HDL 

click to enlarge HDL's name remains tied to its $4 million partnership with VCU's athletic department, but the beleaguered company is adjusting its community giving next year.

Scott Elmquist

HDL's name remains tied to its $4 million partnership with VCU's athletic department, but the beleaguered company is adjusting its community giving next year.

Health Diagnostic Laboratory has been a leader in community giving. But it’s unclear how that role will continue with the company reeling from news of a federal investigation, the departure of its founding chief executive and a 132-worker layoff.

The medical testing company earned a local reputation for its rapid rise to prominence and accompanying charitable donations — including a $2.2 million donation to the Science Museum of Virginia. The company also attached its name to a $4 million partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s athletic department last year.

The company announced last month that it was cutting its work force by 15 percent.

A spokesman for the company declines to get into specifics of the company’s plans for charitable giving, but says in a statement that there will be changes next year.

“For 2015, we have adjusted our community giving as we transition our business back to our core mission of preventing and beating heart disease and diabetes,” spokesman Jeff Kelley says. “It is important that we strengthen our company for future success.”

As for a relationship with VCU, the university declines to comment on the specifics of its arrangement except to say it’s moving ahead.

“HDL is a valued corporate sponsor,” VCU spokesman Mike Porter says in a statement. “The company is current on its gift, and we have a good working partnership."

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