Oregon: Regence employees pledge $1.2 million to support community nonprofit organizations

Top Oregon recipients include Oregon Food Bank, Catholic Charities and The Dougy Center

PORTLAND, Ore. – Whether it’s feeding the hungry, supporting grieving children and their families, or helping an abandoned pet find a new home, Regence employees are giving back to the communities where they live and work through the company’s annual employee giving campaign. In the recently completed 2012 campaign, employees from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and its affiliated companies in Idaho, Utah and Washington pledged charitable gifts of more than $1.2 million to nearly 1,550 nonprofits. In addition, a 50 percent match from Cambia Health Foundation brings the total to nearly $1.8 million that will go to support communities in the region and across the U.S.  

Of that $1.8 million, about $850,000 will be directed to 58 Oregon nonprofits. Major recipients in Oregon include Oregon Food Bank ($72,800), Catholic Charities ($27,600), The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families ($25,100), Oregon Humane Society ($20,900) and The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation ($17,700).

“As an organization, and as individual employees, we appreciate the opportunity to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Don Antonucci, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Nonprofits need committed partners to sustain their mission and to serve those in need, and we’re proud to do our part to further their great work.”

Regence’s employee giving campaign is an annual event where employees can donate to an eligible nonprofit of their choice, and Cambia Health Foundation matches those donations at 50 percent. Sixty-five percent of company employees participated in this year’s campaign (68 percent of Oregon employees participated), which is nearly three times the national average for employee giving.

Over the past five years of the giving campaign (including the match), employees at Regence-affiliated companies have donated more than $7.7 million to nonprofits across the nation.

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is a leading health plan in Oregon, with nearly 750,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and is affiliated with Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Together, the companies serve more than two million members in the Northwest/Intermountain Region. The Regence affiliated companies are committed to improving the health of its members and communities, and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or www.twitter.com/RegenceOregon.