History

Since our founding in 2000, over $107 million has been invested into North Carolina communities through more than 850 grants.

Guided by the mission to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation partners with organizations to transform communities and improve health. While our mission has remained the same, our strategies and priorities have shifted over time to reflect what we have learned and changes to our state. As we’ve grown and evolved, so too have the challenges of health disparity and obesity. We provide more than just funding for our grantees, we partner with them to support their growth through training and leadership opportunities. As such, the BCBSNC Foundation team remains dedicated to fulfilling its mission with a sense of purpose and a passion to change behaviors and policies that support healthy lifestyles.

Below is a timeline that highlights key events in our history.

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2000

File Articles of Incorporation with North Carolina Secretary of State. Announce the creation of the Foundation with a grant to Eastern Carolina University for the ECU Care program.

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2001

Create the Breast Health Awareness signature program with the Button Chair as its focal point, traveling the state to promote breast health awareness. Hold first Healthy Community Institute for Nonprofit Excellence.

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2002

Be Active Kids® becomes a Signature Program of the Foundation.

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2003

Create the Community TIES Award Program, first award winners announced in May 2004. Be Active Kids ® wins the American Association of Health Plans Ellis J. Bonner Community Leadership Award.

2004

Begin partnership with North Carolina Association of Free Clinics through a five-year initial grant to support and create free clinics in underserved areas throughout the state.

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2005

Develop the Fit Together grant program. Appoint Kathy Higgins president of the BCBSNC Foundation.

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2006

Create special, one-time Emergency Preparedness grant program. Invest in a five-year partnership with North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Community Practitioner Program to increase the number of practitioners in underserved communities.

2007

Initiate 5 Good Ideas Make Them Great program. Surpass $30 million invested through more than 200 grants.

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2008

Create first annual report as a public radio style collection of grantee stories. Continue investment in NC Free Clinics with second five-year grant focusing on improving health outcomes.

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2009

Invest in a three-year partnership with UNC-Asheville to create the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness. Invest in the North Carolina Dental Health Fund for a mobile X-ray unit.

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2010

Celebrate 10th anniversary. Appoint J. Bradley Wilson chairman of Foundation Board. Recognize the first recipient of the Robert J. Greczyn Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award.

2011

Develop and launch Shape NC in partnership with NC Partnership for Children. Begin grantee cohort focused on investing in capacity for oral health safety net clinics.

2012

Invest in NC Department of Agriculture Farm to School refrigerated trucks. Support Piedmont Health and UNC School of Medicine in starting a Family Medicine Residency Program.

2013

Partner with Catchafire to create a skills-based volunteering program to support grantees. Publish Stories Behind the Stories annual report.

2014

Launch redesigned website. Introduce Community-Centered Health Homes initiative.