Anthem Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Anthem Foundation's (formerly known as the WellPoint Foundation) disease grantmaking focuses on cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. 

IP TAKE: Anthem supports programs that offer measurable results, so it comes as no surprise that its biggest grants tend to go to large national organizations like the American Heart Association. But this is a funder that also likes to invest in the local communities in which the company operates. Small community-based outfits have a good chance at gaining Anthem funding as well.

PROFILE: The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the health insurance giant Anthem Inc., with the stated goal of promoting “the organization’s commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in the communities we serve.” The foundation awards grants in 24 states across the country where it has a strong employee and operational presence. The main grantmaking vehicle at Anthem is its Healthy Generations program, which aims to improve the overall health of people in every generation, from babies to adults to seniors.

Anthem’s Healthy Generations program awards grants in five focus areas:

  • Healthy Hearts: Anthem invests in “preventive programs that minimize controllable cardiovascular diseases and strokes, including efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and stressful and inactive lifestyles.”

  • Cancer Prevention: Anthem partners with organizations that “implement lifesaving cancer-prevention and early-detection programs.”

  • Health Maternal Practices: Anthem funds “programs that encourage and facilitate first-trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies.”

  • Healthy Diabetes Prevention: Anthem supports “programs that stem the spread of diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes and increased physical activity.”

  • Healthy Active Lifestyle: Anthem funds “programs that raise awareness for, educate on, and encourage new behaviors, resulting in healthy, active lifestyles that offer long-term benefits.”

Anthem’s grants generally range from $25,000 to $150,000. The foundation accepts applications online throughout its annual grantmaking cycle. Note that Anthem only funds organizations in states where the health insurance company operates, a list of which may be found on This Page.

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