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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation releases latest Journal of Change: Navigating Uncharted Waters

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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) released a special edition of the Journal of Change, Navigating Uncharted Waters: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the (Un)Certainties for Nonprofits. In the issue, leaders from across the region share insights about the pandemic’s impact on community health and nonprofits, and their vision of a better safety net for the future. The issue’s contributors include:

  • Congressman Dwight Evans, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation
  • Ala Stanford, M.D., Founder and Director of It Takes Philly and the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
  • George Fernandez, CEO of Latino Connection
  • Anne Gingerich, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Barbara Mancill, Director of Quality of Care and Population Health and Co-Interim CEO, La Comunidad Hispana
  • Sidney Hargro, President of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

“In our region, our public and private sectors have united to expedite resources to health and human service agencies that care for our neighbors,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “As the saying goes, a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, and the IBC Foundation remains committed to Navigating Uncharted Waters together.”

In 2020, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $5.5 million that included accelerated grants of $2.4 million to the region’s health center through its Blue Safety Net Program. It also contributed more than $1.4 million to nonprofit sustainability and COVID-19 related causes including food insecurity, community testing and domestic violence.

To read the full Journal of Change issue, click here.


Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX 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 IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX 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.

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