January 3, 2014

BlueCross employees give $2.5 million to South Carolina nonprofits, including Healthy Learners

In 2013, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina employees donated more than $2.5 million to the community, including gifts to Healthy Learners. BlueCross and its employees have been major supporters of Healthy Learners for many years.

The Columbia Regional Business Report recently ran an article about BlueCross employee giving. The new edition of the Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners also features information about BlueCross raising money and awareness for Healthy Learners.

Read more in this article seen in the Columbia Regional Business Report:

BlueCross employees give $2.5M to S.C. nonprofits

Employees of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina gave back to the community out of their own pockets this year to the tune of $2,519,530.

BlueCross, based in Columbia, is one of the state's largest companies with 9,200 employees in South Carolina out of 12,000 company-wide. While the corporation supports a foundation that awards grants to South Carolina-based health care nonprofits, the company also authorizes major workplace fundraising campaigns run by the employees.

“As a longtime corporate citizen, we've always said that a healthy community is more than just healthy people. It's being actively involved. I'm proud, and not surprised, that my fellow BlueCross employees give their time, talents and money to benefit those who don't have the resources to do for themselves,” said BlueCross CEO David Pankau.

This year, the larger campaigns raised funds for the American Heart Association, Palmetto Place children's shelter, Healthy Learners, Sistercare services for battered women and children, and the United Way. In addition, employees brought 14,500 pounds of food to work to donate to Harvest Hope food bank and filled 3,500 children's holiday stockings to give to the Salvation Army for needy families. Most of these campaigns took place at the Columbia offices, where the majority of employees are located.

Offices in Camden, Florence, Surfside Beach, Charleston and Greenville raised more than $55,000 for local nonprofits, including Manna House Lighthouse Ministries, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Operation We Care SC, Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, Fisher House and the American Diabetes Association.

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 47 companies involved in health insurance services, the U.S. Department of Defense 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.

Healthy Learners is a ministry of The Sisters of Charity Health System that removes children’s barriers to learning throughout South Carolina.

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