Big numbers tell a story. What is harder to quantify is the overall impact of dollars, hours and efforts directed toward improving the health of all Americans.
However, with its eighth annual Investing in America’s Health report, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association captures the collective commitment of the 36 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ to moving the needle on health in communities across the country.
Last year alone, those efforts contributed to a national total of nearly 400,000 volunteer hours and nearly $350 million in grants and sponsorships, coupled with employees’ personal donations of more than $10 million to community health initiatives. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s endeavors contributed to those big numbers.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina employees volunteered more than 2,000 hours and donated nearly $3 million in personal funds to a wide range of community projects in 2015, including support for more than 200 low-income families, as well as enough food for 66,715 meals to help the state’s citizens.
Included among the nearly 500 organizations supported by SC BlueCross employee campaigns in 2015 were Children’s Chance, Families Helping Families, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Healthy Learners, American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Special Olympics of South Carolina.
Moreover, since 2003, one of the largest recipients of corporate sanctioned fundraising in South Carolina has been the United Way of the Midlands. SC BlueCross employees lead the state in funds raised to address the needs of vulnerable populations. In addition, annual United Way campaigns were held at offices in Camden, Columbia, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Surfside Beach and other sites.
Separately from employee fundraising, the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation last year awarded $13.5 million in grants, including $1 million for flood relief efforts. The Foundation awarded another $4.8 million to 13 organizations across the state earlier this month.
“While we take a great deal of pride in our local roots, what is meaningful about this report is that it demonstrates a collective commitment of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans to improving health at the local level. It represents our corporate citizenship, but perhaps most importantly, it spotlights the incomparable generosity of our employees,” said BlueCross CEO David Pankau. “It makes me proud to know that the efforts we see in our own organization are replicated across all Blue Plans.”
To learn more, view the full report at www.bcbs.com/
About the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
Headquartered in Columbia, the foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote and support healthier South Carolinians, particularly the economically vulnerable, by supporting solutions to address gaps in health care and serving as an agent of change to support innovation and value-added public-private partnerships.
About BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Also headquartered in Columbia and operating in South Carolina for nearly 70 years, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 20 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.