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Independence Blue Cross Foundation announces more than $4.5M in grants to support nonprofit long-term sustainability and COVID-19 recovery

By August 20, 2020November 19th, 2020News

Philadelphia, PA —August 20, 2020 The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) today announced more than $4.5 million in funding as part of the Foundation’s continued commitment to community health and nonprofit sustainability.

The Foundation accelerated grants totaling more than $2.4 million to support operations at nearly 40 health centers that receive funding through the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net program. Health centers deliver care in medically underserved communities and are essential providers in the healthcare safety net.

The Foundation pledged support of nonprofit pandemic recovery this year and awarded $675,000 in grants to regional coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts, including:

  • The PHL COVID-19 Fund, the region’s rapid response and recovery fund, to aid nonprofit organizations that serve the 11‑county region of Southeastern PA and Southern NJ. The Fund is co-led by The Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ.
  • Black Doctors COVID Consortium, for conducting community-based testing in under-resourced neighborhoods to help address disparities in access to COVID-19 testing.

The Foundation also awarded nursing education scholarship grants totaling more than $1.1 million to 20 nursing schools in the region. These grants are awarded through the Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow program to support undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. The Foundation continued its summer nursing internship program, virtually hosting its largest cohort of 30 students nurse from 10 nursing schools.

“The Independence Blue Cross Foundation remains committed to our region’s nonprofits serving the community and the next generation of nurses who will be on the frontlines of care,” said the Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation: 

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:           

  • Strengthening the Blue Safety Net: Improving access to quality, affordable health care in medically underserved areas.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce: Advancing the nursing workforce through education and professional development.
  • Addressing Health Priorities: Finding local solutions to national health issues through research and cross-sector partnerships. Currently focusing on the opioid epidemic through the Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative.
  • Community Innovation: Supporting pilot projects that pursue new approaches to existing health-focused challenges in the community.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter at @ibxfdn. 

Media Contact:
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
215-667-9537 (cell)


Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.