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Charitable Contribution Requests for 2016 2nd Quarter

Four times a year, BCBSNE accepts applications to fund programs and events throughout the state of Nebraska. The application period for 2016 1st Quarter Charitable Contributions has now closed. Applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks if their funding requests have been approved.

Our committee will review requests on a quarterly basis, with 2nd through 4th quarter deadlines typically in March, May and August.  We are currently evaluating how even further-improved grant application software could refine this process, and we will publicize and announce the exact deadline and award dates in the coming two months. If you have not already joined our email notification list for such news, please complete this simple form to stay abreast of all Community Engagement updates. 

Giving Guidelines

We are in the process of reviewing giving guidelines. In general, community relations activities must complement our mission, vision and core values, and align with our strategic goals and objectives. With this in mind, 1st Quarter giving considerations will be made to:

  • Health and wellness programs and events
  • Programs and initiatives that have statewide reach and will give BCBSNE visibility above and beyond the Omaha metropolitan area
  • Education at all levels, both public and private
  • Causes that support our community and civic relations
  • The arts and humanitarian efforts influencing the overall quality of life in our community
  • Programs serving or promoting diversity

We generally will not consider requests for or from:

  • Alumni Associations
  • Athletes and athletic teams (except for advertising at high school, college and professional sporting events)
  • Beauty pageants
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Construction projects for hospitals and health systems
  • Direct funding of labor or fraternal organizations
  • Current grant recipients twice in the same calendar year
  • Individuals
  • Organizations or causes that do not complement our corporate civic goals
  • Organizations that are in direct competition with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt
  • Political campaigns, candidates, parties or partisan activities
  • Providers or provider organizations
  • Programs or events outside of Nebraska
  • Sectarian, denominational, or religious organizations for support of theological functions
  • Students raising funds for travel to an out-of-state competition


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emergency care services

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special enrollment period

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A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.


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tax credit

Financial assistance from the government that helps those who are eligible pay for health insurance. Eligibility is generally determined by household income and family size.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider.