Columbia, S.C. – Nearly 1,500 BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina employees made $98,183 in donations to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief, which with a 2-1 company match amounts to a total contribution of $294,549.
This was a four-week campaign that has just ended.
“Our employees have always been generous with their own money, whether it’s for United Way in our local communities or for major disasters elsewhere. But in a down economy, they once more have stepped up to help people who are less fortunate,” said BlueCross Chairman and CEO M. Edward Sellers.
“We are pleased to be able to match their dollars to help create a brighter future for people in need,” he said.
BlueCross employees often break records for their pledges to the United Way, including $1.9 million raised in the most recent campaign by offices in Columbia, Camden, Florence, Greenville, Surfside Beach, S.C., and in other states. The employees also donate to the annual fundraising campaigns for South Carolina organizations involved in health research, human services, youth, senior citizens, diversity, civic activities, and the arts.
Some go beyond making monetary donations and organizing events to raise money for nonprofits – they contribute their time. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation recently announced that, for those employees who perform 40 or more hours of community service with approved nonprofits such as free medical clinics, it will issue a grant to that organization.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 30 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and the philanthropic Foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.