Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Gives $960,000 in Charitable Donations

CHICAGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) recently gave $960,000 in grants to 83 501(c)3 organizations in Illinois. In line with its mission, “to promote the health and wellness of our members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care,” BCBSIL’s giving focused mostly on community-based organizations that provide hands-on health services to the uninsured. BCBSIL also funded programs that provide human services and education to underserved communities in the state, as well as arts organizations. This was the first of two grant cycles that BCBSIL holds annually.

In addition, BCBSIL donated $90,000 in credits toward IBM Certified Used Equipment to 28 local nonprofits in collaboration with IBM. The non-profits used this “credit” to obtain needed laptops, desktops and monitors.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to support health and other much-needed services for those who may not have access otherwise,” said Clarita Santos, director of Community Health Initiatives at BCBSIL. “We have targeted many public health organizations that are making a real difference in communities, and we also are supporting programs that promote child health and wellness.”

For more information about BCBSIL’s charitable giving programs, contact Jennifer Tani at (312) 653-7159 or e-mail her at [email protected] Visit to apply online for a grant. Applications for the second grant cycle are due September 30, 2008.

   The latest grantees are:   1. A Safe Place   2. Access Community Health Network   3. AGAPE Youth Network   4. Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry   5. Alivio Medical Center   6. Alliance for Community Peace   7. American Indian Center (AIC)   8. American Lung Association of Illinois- Greater Chicago   9. Apna Ghar   10. Arab-American Family Services   11. Asian Health Coalition of Illinois   12. Association House of Chicago   13. Avenues to Independence   14. Between Friends   15. Blue Cap   16. Boys Town   17. BUILD   18. Care For Real   19. CASA of Williamson County   20. Cathedral Counseling Center   21. Centro San Bonifacio   22. Chicago Area Project   23. Chicago Christian Industrial League   24. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless   25. Chicago Family Health Center   26. Chicago Freedom School   27. Chicago House and Social Service Agency   28. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation   29. Childcare Network of Evanston   30. Children's Home + Aid   31. Christian Outreach of Lutherans   32. Christopher House   33. CoACH Care Center   34. Community Health Care Clinic   35. CommunityHealth   36. Connections for Abused Women and their Children   37. Deborah's Place   38. Developmental Services Center (DSC)   39. Edwards County Council on Aging   40. Family Health Partnership Clinic   41. Family House   42. Free People's Clinic   43. Global Girls   44. Goldie's Place   45. Hands of Hope Family Clinic   46. Holy Family Ministries   47. Housing Opportunities for Women   48. Howard Area Community Center   49. Infant Welfare Clinic   50. Inspiration Corporation   51. Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)   52. Korean American Community Services   53. Latinos Progresando   54. Lawrence Hall Youth Services   55. Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago   56. Lifelink Charities   57. Mattoon Area Family YMCA   58. Music Institute of Chicago   59. Music Theatre Workshop   60. People's Resource Center   61. Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation   62. REST   63. Sarah's Circle   64. SisterHouse   65. SOS Children's Villages Illinois   66. Southwest Chicago PADS   67. Southwest Community Services   68. Special Olympics Illinois   69. Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois   70. Teen Parent Connection   71. The ARK   72. The Bridge Youth & Family Services   73. The Center for Independence through Conductive Education   74. The Chicago Public Education Fund   75. The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago   76. The Monroe Foundation   77. The Youth Job Center of Evanston   78. Tri City Health Partnership   79. True Star Foundation   80. Umoja Student Development Corporation   81. White Crane Wellness Center   82. Will County Children's Advocacy Center   83. YOU CAN MAKE IT    About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois   

With more than 7 million members, BCBSIL ( is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Started in 1936, BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSIL is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC). HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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CONTACT: Bridget Houlihan of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois,+1-312-653-4668, [email protected]

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