The purpose of the Blue Cross Foundation is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow. As the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, we have the opportunity to address significant influences on health that are beyond the traditional reach of the health care system. Through our work, Blue Cross furthers its social investment as a nonprofit health plan with a unique charter to improve the health of all Minnesotans.
These values drive our purpose, influence our relationships and guide our practices and programs:
We demonstrate respect and empathy for community organizations and the people they serve. We work in culturally appropriate ways. The composition of our board and staff reflect diverse perspectives. In everything we do, we stay focused on the human element.
We achieve more in partnership with others than we can alone. We collaborate with community organizations for the benefit of everyone. We attract other resources to continue and to expand this important work.
We are honest and ethical in conducting all aspects of our work. We adhere to the highest standards of philanthropy. We do not permit prejudice or bias to divert us from our vision or from fulfilling our purpose.
We take a stand for what we believe in because controversy and taking risks are often essential for innovation and learning. Our work will be a catalyst for change to enable people to live healthier lives.
We are committed to the responsible use of the resources entrusted to us for the benefit of Minnesota communities.
We commit to continuous learning, including learning from our successes and failures. We share what we learn and help others build on our experiences.
The Blue Cross Foundation is a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and subscribes to its principles and practices.