March 11, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa employees helped build stronger communities by sharing their time, talents and gifts through The Wellmark Foundation's BluesCare GivingSM program resulting in more than $1.8 million in funding to nonprofit organizations across the state. Employees also provided nearly 38,000 volunteer hours to a wide-variety of nonprofit organizations located throughout Iowa.
Through The Wellmark Foundation's BluesCare Giving program, employees are encouraged to log their volunteer hours which earn them the opportunity to direct monetary donations to non-profit organizations of their choice. Wellmark employees also may request a matching gift for personal contributions to nonprofit organizations through the BluesCare Giving program.
"Girl Scout troop leaders use their time and talents in many ways to support their Girl Scouts and the many projects they take on," said Beth Shelton, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. "From experiencing the high adventures of camp to learning the practical applications of cyber security, when Wellmark employees volunteer and select our organization to receive critical financial support from the Foundation, it's a win-win for everyone but most importantly, the future for Iowa's girls."
Through the BluesCare Giving program, more than 630 organizations throughout Iowa received funding in 2018.
The top-five Iowa organizations chosen by Wellmark employees to receive matching funds from The Wellmark Foundation's BluesCare Giving program included:
- Variety – The Children's Charity
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Iowa State University Foundation
- United Way of Central Iowa
- Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Since 2012, more than $12.5 million has been distributed to nonprofit organizations in Iowa through The Wellmark Foundation's BluesCare Giving program.