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 inequality.

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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Strategic programs and partnerships

Parkinson’s Outreach Campaign

Blue Cross partners with the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation and Kirk Gibson Foundation to increase awareness and fundraise for critical treatment and support services for those living with the disease. In April, Blue Cross observed Parkinson's awareness month by lighting the windows of the Detroit Headquarters with the shape of a tulip, the national symbol for the disease. Blue Cross also hosted a special interview and conversation with Kirk Gibson, highlighting the athlete’s experience living with Parkinson's. The partners' plans culminate in October with a gala fundraising event in Detroit supporting the two foundations, "Everyone Versus Parkinson's."

2019 Community Services Awards

BCBSM continues to recognize outstanding senior citizen advocates by presenting our annual Community Service Awards. Every year, BCBSM gives the Claude Pepper Award to two outstanding senior citizen advocates, whose work or volunteer activities have a positive effect on the lives of older adults. We also offer the Tess Canja Innovation Award to social service agencies that implement action to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Find out how you can nominate an advocate or agency (PDF). Please submit your nomination by Aug. 2. The Community Service Award recipients will be recognized in October. 

Interested in learning more?

Read our 2018 CR Annual Report (PDF). It provides 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.