The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s largest health plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota traces its roots in Minnesota back to 1933, and today serves 2.7 million members in every Minnesota county. The Foundation was established in 1986.

Blue Cross and its family of companies focus on key elements of health across the spectrum. Prevention Minnesota is Blue Cross' initiative to tackle the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating throughout Minnesota. And part of Blue Cross' nonprofit mission is to advocate for public policies that ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care for members. As the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross, the Foundation has a unique opportunity to focus "upstream" on social determinants of health to improve the health of entire communities throughout the state of Minnesota with a special focus on low-income communities.


What's Going on at The Blue Cross Foundation

Casa de Esperanza's focus on listening and learning allows for change to come from within the community, based on people’s needs and the strategies they develop.

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Northside Achievement Zone recognizes that education is key to better health and is working with families to ensure that children are on a solid path toward college.

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Grantee Northcountry Cooperative Foundation was recently featured in a news story "Taking Control: MN Mobile Home Residents Seek Park Ownership."

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The Foundation has awarded $1.5 million across the state for creative work to address social and economic influences that affect health.

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