Every year, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees help build stronger communities by sharing their time, talents and gifts through BluesCare GivingSM. BluesCare Giving recognizes employees for their volunteerism in their communities and their personal monetary contributions by providing contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations in Iowa and South Dakota.
Personal volunteer time
Community service is part of the culture at Wellmark. Each year, hundreds of employees provide their personal time and talents to support projects and initiatives that contribute to the health and vitality of their communities and nonprofit organizations.
For every eight hours an employee volunteers, The Wellmark Foundation provides a monetary donation to the employee's chosen nonprofit organization. This program has resulted in both thousands of volunteer hours and dollars provided across Iowa and South Dakota.
More than $21 million has been distributed to nonprofits in Iowa and South Dakota through BluesCare Giving since the program began in 2011.
The Wellmark Foundation also matches Wellmark employees' personal contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations through Matching Gifts. That means, every dollar employees personally donate is matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation, doubling the employees' personal contribution.
Between the two BluesCare Giving components — personal volunteer time and matching gifts — each Wellmark employee has a maximum of $10,000 to direct to the nonprofit organizations of their choice.
Nonprofit organization eligibility
All qualified nonprofit organizations must certify that they do not exclude individuals or groups from agency services, or volunteer participation on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, age, physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identification. Nonprofit organizations must be located in Iowa or South Dakota or provide services to Iowans or South Dakotans.
To find out if your nonprofit organization is eligible for the BluesCare Giving program, contact BluesCareGiving@wellmark.com Send Email.