Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards $3.9 million to Further Strengthen California’s Healthcare Safety Net & Address Domestic Violence

San Francisco, CA (December 20, 2016) Blue Shield of California Foundation announced today $3.9 million in fourth-quarter grantmaking, raising its total 2016 giving to more than $29 million to advance its mission to improve health equity and end domestic violence in California. Fourth-quarter grants include $1.46 million to support community organizations working to connect mental health services and primary care for low-income patients.

“In the face of looming changes and challenges, this quarter represented an incredibly productive period for the Foundation and our grantees. We will continue to work together toward our long-term goals, defend the significant progress that has already been made, and re-commit to our values more firmly than ever,” said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “The innovations, ideas, and collaborations supported by this quarter’s grants will be paramount to our ongoing success as we navigate the road ahead.”

In addition to investments in integrated behavioral healthcare services and systems, the Foundation continues to be a partner in the Cultural Responsiveness Domestic Violence Network to ensure that domestic violence prevention and intervention strategies are tailored to meet the unique needs of survivors in diverse communities across the state. This includes grants to engage communities and survivors in prevention, as well innovative efforts to encourage cross-sector strategies that support individuals and families in marginalized communities.

These grants bring the Foundation’s total philanthropic giving to more than $384 million since 2002.

A complete list of Q4 awards can be found here.

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About Blue Shield of California Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state's largest and most trusted grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. For more information, visit:  www.blueshieldcafoundation.org.  

Press Contacts:

BSCF Contact: Christine Maulhardt 415.229.6145

The Reis Group Contact: Lauren Musiol  336.692.4238