The Pacific Life Foundation gave more than $2.7 million in grants to nonprofit groups earlier this week.

The foundation, affiliated with Pacific Life Insurance Company, Newport Beach, Calif., gave one of the biggest grants, for $120,060, to Junior Achievement of Orange County & Inland Empire, Costa Mesa, Calif.

The Junior Achievement chapter will use the grant to run a business and economics program that reaches 3,000 students in about 46 middle schools.

Pacific Life also has pledged $497,000 to marine mammal protection programs, and it is contributing $320,000 to elementary schools, middle schools and high schools attended by the children and grandchildren of Pacific Life employees.

In other charitable giving news, Aetna Inc., Hartford, says the Aetna Foundation has awarded $450,000 in 2007 community grants and sponsorships in Georgia.

The biggest grant, for $75,000, went to the American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, Va., to support efforts to decrease obesity and increase diabetes awareness in Atlanta’s African American community.