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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Strategic programs and partnerships

Holiday donations

Blue Cross Employees Support 12 Michigan Organizations During the Holidays

Blue Cross employees time and again demonstrate great generosity during the holidays, and this year was no different. In mid-November, we offered an online giving opportunity enabling employees to easily send personal contributions to their choice of selected community agencies from across the state. Blue Cross Community Responsibility sweetened the pot this year, by also offering a new, corporate match for all gifts made on Giving Tuesday, November 29. 

Beneficiaries included Brilliant Detroit, and Gleaners Community Food Bank (Southeast Michigan); Other Way Ministries, In the Image, UCOM and Baxter Community Center (West Michigan); the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Cristo Rey Community Center (mid-Michigan); the Salvation Army, and Father Fred Foundation (Northern Michigan); and St. Vincent de Paul, and Bay Cliff Health Camp in the Upper Peninsula. In total, between employee holiday gifts and our corporate match a combined $68,473 was donated to our nonprofit partners.

Blue Cross holiday float

Blue Cross 2022 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Campaign

In 2022, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan selected Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention as our community health focus. After a highly successful, year-long activation, which started with an impressive awareness initiative that resulted in the “planting” of over 200 “pinwheel gardens” across Michigan, we celebrated the finale of the campaign with the addition of a larger-than-life pinwheel being added to Blue Cross’ annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade float. Made for us by our partners at The Parade Company, the giant pinwheel was added to demonstrate Blue Cross’ strong commitment to child abuse and neglect prevention. During the parade, we also handed-out pinwheels to the children of the families joining us in our Blue Zone section.

The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol of child abuse prevention. Other campaign highlights included the distribution of a community tool kit which provided resources and information on how to report abuse, neglect and human trafficking; two employee fundraising events which raised almost $6K for our key partner Children Trust Michigan (CTM); and our corporate support and promotion of CTM’s annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction. Blue Cross’ President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp and his wife Amy Tattrie Loepp served as honorary co-chairs for the event, which shattered past fundraising records, raising $1.1 million dollars for the organization.

2022 Community Outreach Annual Report

Interested in learning more?

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

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has dedicated Community Responsibility team members in all parts of the state. Please check our regional oversight map (PDF) to connect with our representative in your area.

Corporate volunteer program
Blue Cross Volunteer

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.