Community Contributions

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan partners with organizations on programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, increase access to quality health care, and address and reduce health disparity.

All requests must be from Michigan-based 501(c)(3) organizations working to improve health and health care in Michigan. We accept applications for corporate contributions throughout the year.

Please submit your contribution request through our online contributions system. We don't accept them through mail or email. Learn more about our contributions guidelines.

Grant options

If your request doesn't qualify for a corporate contribution, maybe one of these options will meet your needs.

Health program grants

With grants like Strengthening the Safety Net and Building Healthy Communities, we work with schools and clinics to make the future healthier.
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The BCBSM Foundation

Our grants support researchers, students and organizations searching for health care solutions in Michigan.
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Covid-19 Community

Blue Cross’ social media channels, A Healthier Michigan and MI Blues Perspectives offer blog articles on a variety of topics. Read our latest articles to help support you and your family as we navigate through COVID-19.  Read about the ways that Michiganders are staying "community strong."

Strategic programs and partnerships

2020 Latino Youth Conference

This March, Blue Cross sponsored Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Latino Youth Conference. Through workshops and interactive sessions, over 800 middle school students received life-skills to help prepare for the move to high school. Presentations on social engagement and personal development were shared, as were academic, skills-based tools focused on motivating Latina/o students toward paths of higher education. Blue Cross and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan joined forces to provide information on physical wellness and mental health, as part of a current effort to increase suicide prevention awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health concerns.

Blues Go Green – 2019 Re-purposing Book Drive

Throughout 2019, Blue Cross’ Blues Go Green employee workgroup coordinated recycling opportunities with an ambitious series of drives for commonly discarded household items. Each campaign encouraged employees to properly recycle, or strategically re-purpose a variety of goods which could have a beneficial second-life through the community programs of several Michigan community partners. Some to be recycled were can tabs, plastic lids, used crayons and plastic grocery bags. Re-purposed items included tennis balls, VCR tapes, DVDs and eyeglasses. The most popular campaign was for gently used books. Employees donated over 5,000 books to statewide programs like Power Books in Traverse City, Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, and “Badges and Books,” presented by the Southfield Police Department.

 

Community Partnership

Interested in learning more?

Read our annual reports. They provide detailed information on Blue Cross’ community outreach throughout Michigan. 

Corporate volunteer program

Blue Cross employees have a long history of volunteering in communities across Michigan. Each year, thousands of employees donate their time to support events and projects that contribute to the health and vitality of Michigan.

Our executives are also involved throughout Michigan, with many taking part in an Executive Volunteer Program that matches Blue Cross leaders to the boards of several statewide nonprofit organizations.

If you're interested in recruiting a team of Blue Cross volunteers for your event, please contact us.

Advisory councils

Blue Cross convenes nine community advisory councils across the state, comprised of local leaders and advocates. Each council meets three times a year to discuss community concerns and needs along with opportunities for collaboration.

The councils are active in the following communities:  Lansing; Grand Rapids; Kalamazoo; Traverse City; Marquette; Great Lakes Bay region; Oakland/Macomb counties; Flint; and Southeast Michigan. In each area, we invite representatives from faith-based, cultural, community, business, nonprofit, health care and grassroots organizations along with local government, multi-generational, education and human services to participate.

If you're interested in joining a community advisory council in your area, please contact us.