How we foster healthy communities


In 2014, BlueCross BlueShield contributed a record $14.5 million to support organizations working to improve the health, quality of life, and education of Tennesseans. BlueCross’ employees also collectively give tens of thousands of hours of their time annually to social service agencies across Tennessee.

Since its beginnings in 1945, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has believed in the power of we. We are Tennesseans. We are neighbors. We are family.

As part of that belief, we have always given back in ways that invest in the current and future health of our family, neighbors and Tennesseans across the state.

We always want to advance the actions of worthy organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of Tennesseans. Grants and donations from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation and the Community Trust, in addition to corporate gifts, help us do that.

Through its charitable giving, BlueCross supported more than 270 Tennessee organizations last year. The foundation has more than 40 active grants ranging from $15,000 to $3 million.

In addition to charitable giving, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation’s own signature Shape the State program recently announced it is making available in 1,100 elementary schools across Tennessee the web-based GoNoodle classroom tool at no cost for three years. Developed by Nashville-based Health Teacher, GoNoodle provides fun “brain breaks,” short bursts of physical activity that help restless students re-focus on learning.

And this year, the number of middle schools receiving the Shape the State physical education grant will reach 100. Each year 20 schools are awarded a grant valued at $10,000 which supplies the acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, training for teachers and hundreds of pieces of equipment.

The foundation was begun in 2003 and since then has issued more than $50 million in grants and services to benefit Tennesseans.

Because we are an independent, not-for-profit company, we reinvest funds back into the communities we serve. Our purpose is to support the well-being of our fellow Tennesseans and to plan for the long-term health needs of our members.

There is a great good in the power of we, because when people work together, their ability to help one another increases dramatically. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is committed to helping people touch the lives of Tennesseans every day. Together we can make a difference.