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

Top Salt Lake City recipients include United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Food Bank, and American Red Cross Utah Region

SALT LAKE CITY – Whether it’s feeding the hungry, engaging kids in healthy after-school activities 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 Utah and its affiliated companies in Idaho, Oregon 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 $81,000 will be directed to 62 Utah nonprofits. Major recipients in the Salt Lake City area include United Way of Salt Lake ($14,200), Utah Food Bank ($10,300), American Red Cross Utah Region ($7,200), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah ($6,100) and Humane Society of Utah ($5,300).

“We know there’s a tremendous amount of good work Utah nonprofits do to strengthen our community and help those in need, and that’s why Regence has long been committed to supporting them,” said Jennifer Danielson, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah president. “Yet, the generosity of our employees during the employee giving campaign never ceases to inspire me. It is truly a reflection of their commitment to serving our members and the community.”

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 (72 percent of Utah 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 Utah
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is a leading health plan in Utah, with more than 330,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah 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 Oregon 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.regence.com/RegenceUtah.