Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is watching developments involving novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and what it means for those we serve. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this potentially deadly virus. Because of this disruption, we are carefully evaluating all corporate giving requests to assess where these dollars will do the most good as our communities begin to recover. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Learn more about how we are supporting our communities during the pandemicLearn more about how we are supporting our communities during the pandemic.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to making Upstate New York a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a nonprofit health plan, our mission is to provide access to affordable health care and continually work to improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve.

Through our community investments and partnerships programming, we strive to improve access to care, advance specific health outcomes and support organizations in our community that share our mission.

Corporate Sponsorship

We invest in local nonprofit organizations through one-time funding opportunities that support a health specific program, event or service.

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Community Health Awards

Through a competitive application process, Community Health Awards support programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Each recipient is awarded up to $4,000 allocated by the company to help fund health and wellness programs in our community.

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Member and Community Health Improvement (MACHI) Grant Program

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Member and Community Health Improvement grant program provides finite funding to local, nonprofit organizations that share our vision for healthier communities. The initiatives we support span multiple years, include specific objectives and measurable outcomes for improving health, and help us reach our company’s key goals. Collaborating with selected organizations, we leverage and coordinate our resources to bolster member and community health.

Employee Volunteerism

Employee volunteerism aligns with our company’s vision and values of improving the health of our community.

Excellus BCBS provides employees with volunteer time off hours to cultivate community connections through volunteer service, engage with the community via board membership and help nurture meaningful community relationships.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our company is committed to fostering an environment where inclusion, diversity, equity and access are explicitly recognized as fundamental parts of our organizational culture. As a result, diversity, equity and inclusion is a uniting principle that runs through all our community engagement activities. By building authentic connections with organizations that share in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we can better fulfill our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

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Contact the Community Investments and Partnerships Team:

Rochester (Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Yates and Seneca counties)

Matt Oldenburg, Matthew.Oldenburg@Excellus.com

Southern Tier (Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties):

Melissa Klinko, Melissa.Klinko@Excellus.com

Central New York (Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland and Tompkins counties):

Lindsay Bentley, Lindsay.Bentley@Excellus.com

Utica/North Country (St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Oneida, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego and Delaware counties):

Ted Byrnes, Edward.Byrnes@Excellus.com
Lindsay Bentley, Lindsay.Bentley@Excellus.com

Corporate Investments:
Holly Snow, Holly.Snow@Excellus.com

Corporate Diversity Relations Director:
Joseph Searles, Joseph.Searles@Excellus.com

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield receives hundreds of corporate giving requests every year. Each corporate giving request that benefits a charitable organization will be reviewed. Our corporate giving must follow all applicable laws, regulations, and corporate policies and refrains from contributing to political organizations, political candidates and labor unions (unless the payees are registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations). In addition, we will not fund organizations that conflict with our corporate mission, goals, policies or products, including organizations that discriminate against persons or groups on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status or religion.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county region includes: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties.

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