The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

OVERVIEW: This health insurance foundation supports health, wellness, and education causes in the state of Alabama. 

FUNDING AREAS: Health, wellness, and education of Alabamians

IP TAKE:  This is a great funder to know in Alabama, and not only if you’re running a health nonprofit—education groups often see this foundation’s support as well.

PROFILE: The Caring Foundation is the charitable and grantmaking arm of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. It was established in 1990 to serve as the corporate charitable foundation for needs in the state. The foundation is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

This insurer is the largest provider of healthcare benefits in the state, serving over three million people and employing at least 3,600. You can learn more about the health insurance company here. The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is a member of Alabama Giving, a statewide association of grantmakers dedicated to strengthening organized philanthropy in the state.

Caring Foundation focuses on the health, wellness, and education of people in Alabama. Nonprofits must be based in Alabama or serve Alabama communities to be eligible for grants. All grant funds must benefit state residents. Past grantees include the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, which received a $20,000 grant for educational programs.

Grant applications are only accepted via online system. But the foundation accepts and reviews grant requests throughout the year, for both program initiatives and general operating support. The Caring Foundation does not support individuals, politics, private foundations, or sports teams. Also, organizations can only submit a grant request once per year.

The insurance company also conducts corporate giving and sponsorships for Alabama groups. Those can be applied for on the insurer’s website. For a recent school year, Blue Cross made $250,000 available in the form of $10,000 grants to 25 schools in the state. This was part of the Be Healthy School Grant Program, which is separate from foundation giving. These grants have been going to schools that enroll students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. There has been a big push for school-based health and wellness programs that include nutrition education, exercise, and parent involvement. These grant applications are typically due between January and March. Community annual reports can be viewed here.

The Caring Foundation’s manager is Tim King. Questions should be directed to King’s attention at TheCaringFoundation@bcbsal.org or by phone at 205-220-5837 or 205-220-5388. For information on the Be Healthy School Grant Program, which is more of a corporate giving program than a foundation one, contact CommunityRelations@bcbsal.org or 205-220-7821.

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