Skip to content

Press Release

The Blue Cross Foundation Awards $1.7 Million

Awards support health impact assessments and accessing health care coverage

April 2, 2014

EAGAN – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has awarded $1.7 million to date in 2014. Recent awards include funding in support of outreach, screening and application assistance to help uninsured people across the state enroll in state health care coverage programs; support for up to three Minnesota health impact assessment projects, training and capacity building; and early childhood development.

The organizations include: 

  • Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia
  • Children’s Defense Fund, St. Paul
  • Clearbrook-Gonvick School District, Clearbrook
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), Minneapolis
  • HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield
  • Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, Detroit Lakes
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, St. Cloud
  • Minnesota Council of Churches, Mankato
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul
  • Neighborhood Hub, Minneapolis
  • Open Door Health Center, Mankato
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis
  • Portico Healthnet, St. Paul
  • Western Community Action, Marshall

“We’re pleased to be able to support the work of this diverse group of organizations,” said Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Link. “Together we can help all Minnesotans reach their full health potential."
For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation  exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $37 million since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives by improving the community conditions that affect the health of children and families.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.