Our mission is to support health care research and innovative programs designed to improve the health of Michigan residents.❞

Who We Are

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation was created in 1980 with $800,000 in seed money. Three years later, Michigan physicians endowed the Foundation with $19.2 million in incentive funds from a Blue Cross cost-containment program. Since then, the Foundation’s assets have grown to almost $60 million after 41 years of grant making. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents by supporting health care research and innovative health programs. The diversity, relevance and practical application of the research and service delivery projects we fund have earned the Foundation a reputation for excellence and innovation in health philanthropy.

Our 41-year history of grant funding has resulted in enhancements to the quality of care and improved patient safety and access to care for the people of Michigan. The Foundation also supports efforts to enhance the value of health care through research, demonstration and evaluation projects. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. All three organizations are nonprofits and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.



Michigan’s population will receive improved health and access to quality high-value care. The Foundation will be a leader in fostering the development of socially responsible and innovative solutions to critical issues that affect the health of Michigan residents.



  • Commitment to quality performance
  • Honesty, integrity, collaboration and teamwork
  • Effective and efficient use of resources
  • Excellence in programs, grants, and communications
  • Advancing health equity and eliminating health care disparities