CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Today, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation marked its 10th anniversary by investing $1 million in 10 nonprofit organizations across North Carolina. Each organization will receive $100,000 to continue efforts that positively impact the health of individuals and communities across the state.
“After 10 successful years, we reflect on the partnerships and relationships that are making strides in access to care, healthy eating, physical activity and enabling nonprofits to do their good work throughout North Carolina,” said Kathy Higgins, president of the BCBSNC Foundation. “Our continued investment in the 10 anniversary grantees represents our commitment to partner with organizations that are demonstrating real impact and that share in our mission – to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians.”
The BCBSNC Foundation is using the 10-year milestone to emphasize its continued commitment to supporting organizations and programs that have a track record of improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. The BCBSNC Foundation is “reinvesting” in 10 partner organizations that are a testament to programs having a tangible impact on the health of North Carolinians across the state.
“We want to see improved health, and we’ve been able to identify and support organizations that demonstrate great abilities to build and execute programs positively impacting the health of their local communities,” said Brad Wilson, chairman of the BCBSNC Foundation. “The 10 grantees recognized today are shining examples of organizations living out our mission and that embody our decade-long commitment to our home state.”
The 10 nonprofit organizations receiving 10th anniversary grants include:
- Access East, Greenville
- Be Active North Carolina: Be Active Kids®, Morrisville
- Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University: MATCH program
- Communities in Schools of Moore County
- The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.
- Diabetes Management Solutions: Diabetes Bus , Raleigh
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh
- North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, Winston-Salem
- North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh
- Student Action with Farmworkers, Durham
“The people we work with every day are hungry, and for the past 21 years we have evolved from a place they turn for food, to a place they turn for the nutrition they need,” said Jill Staton Bullard, co-founder and president of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) and one of the 10 grantees. “The BCBSNC Foundation’s support allows us to further our impact, to continue our work in food rescue, to provide nutritious fruits and vegetables, and to establish community gardens in local neighborhoods. Without their support, we could not do what we do today. We are honored to be recognized as part of this select group.”
Since November 2000, the BCBSNC Foundation has invested more than $67 million into communities across the state through more than 440 grants. Its impact has been felt throughout North Carolina. Highlights include:
- In 2009, more than 200,000 patient visits were conducted at free clinics across the state, providing more than $167 million in free care.
- Diabetes Management Solutions is reducing its participants’ hemoglobin A1c by an average of 2.1 points. A drop in hemoglobin A1c of just 1 percentage point can save a diabetes patient an average of $820 a year, reduce complications, increase life span and improve overall health.
- The first two years of the MATCH program improved the weight status of more than two-thirds of all participating overweight middle school students.
- Communities in Schools of Moore County has created 10 elementary school gardens impacting more than 2,500 children, staff and parents.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation:
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is a separate, independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. BCBSNC Foundation focus areas include: Health of Vulnerable Populations – improving health outcomes of populations served by safety-net organizations; Healthy Active Communities – increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits; and Community Impact through Nonprofit Excellence – increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2000, BCBSNC Foundation has invested more than $67 million into North Carolina communities. More information is available at bcbsncfoundation.org.