“Many of our associates regularly volunteer, but we are proud to bring the full strength and spirit of our company together once a year for an extra special day of projects,” said Chrisman. “Best of all, in many cases, the new connections our associates make with the local nonprofits continue long after the conclusion of the event.”
Community Service Day projects benefited a variety of local organizations and resources, including food banks, parks and community shelters.
Annual Associate Giving Campaign
Each year, WellPoint associates have the opportunity to make pledges and one-time donations to health-focused charities through the company’s Associate Giving Campaign. The campaign allows WellPoint associates to not only select which of the eligible charities they wanted to support, but also to direct their gifts to thousands of local chapters and affiliated charities within the campaign’s charities. Associate contributions are backed by a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation – increasing the impact of each dollar contributed. As a result, more than $6.7 million was paid out to the campaign’s six charities in 2012: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Community Health Charities, Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and United Way.
WellPoint and its affiliated health plans also support events and community organizations across the country focused on improving the health and well-being of local communities. This often takes the form of both formal and informal sponsorships, including support for run-walks, contributions to food and clothing drives, and support for school-based programs. Beneficiaries of this support include organizations such as: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and local YMCAs.
The ongoing efforts of WellPoint and the WellPoint Foundation have been recognized by leading organizations. Most recently, in December 2012, WellPoint Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America received the “Best Partnership” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). In addition to the BCLC award, in 2012 the company and its foundation received: Gold Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility;
Excellence in Employee Giving
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awards from the American Cancer Society; Workplace Giving Partner of the Year award from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and a PR News Corporate Social Responsibility award for the annual WellPoint Community Service Day. The WellPoint Foundation is also a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, in recognition of its continued support of the nonprofits’ disaster relief efforts.
“It’s a true honor to work with so many outstanding organizations and we thank them for all they are doing to improve health and transform lives,” Chrisman said. “We look forward to continuing to find ways to enhance the effectiveness of our efforts, and look forward to working with health-focused organizations in year ahead to create brighter futures and positively impact the health of our country.”