PORTLAND, Ore. – In its 2010 two-week employee giving campaign, Regence BlueCross BlueShield employees donated $1.27 million to more than 1,450 nonprofits.  Combined with the company’s 50 percent match, local communities will receive more than $1.9 million.

“I am deeply humbled by the generosity of Regence employees,” said Regence president and CEO, Mark Ganz.  “Community involvement has been the cornerstone of our company for nearly a century, and in what continues to be a difficult economy, employees gave from their hearts to support the communities where they live and work.”

Nearly 70 percent of Regence employees participated in the event.  That’s more than double national participation averages, according to Nita Kirby, Director of Client Relations for JK Group, one of the world’s largest corporate philanthropic services. “The standard participation rate for a company of Regence’s size in a normal economy is 27 to 30 percent. In a down economy, that rate drops to 20 to 25 percent,” Kirby said.

To learn more about Regence’s community involvement efforts, visit www.regence.com/about/community.

About Regence
Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence serves nearly 2.5 million members as Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each health plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or follow us on Twitter.