Financial Information

(yr. ended 12/31/11)
Assets: $114,028,784
Total giving: $5,348,556

Area of Service:


Areas of Interest:

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The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
Embrace a Healthy Florida – Addressing Childhood Obesity

The foundation supports programs designed address the causes of childhood obesity that goes beyond traditional nutrition and fitness. The foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations, fund research, and foster community collaboration and engagement. The program is limited to Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida. Visit URL for more information.
Improve Access to Health Care Grants Program

Through IMPACT grants, the foundation supports programs designed to increase access to quality health-related services for Floridians, especially the uninsured and underserved. Special emphasis is directed toward initiatives designed to incorporate new innovative and evidence-based approaches; build program and/or organizational capacity; address health care disparities in a culturally-competent manner; promote collaboration; leverage financial, human and other resources to maximize measurable impact; and programs that are forward-focused and cognizant of a changing health care system. Health-related services include primary care; dental care; vision care; specialty care; mental health services and counseling; case management and health care navigation; outreach, awareness, and education; and advocacy and public policy. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Improve Quality and Safety of Patient Care

The foundation, in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Florida Action Coalition, and the Florida Center for Nursing, supports programs designed to increase educational capacity, workforce diversity, continuing education, and professional development of nurses.
Improve Quality of Life

The foundation supports programs designed to address critical issues in local communities. Special emphasis is directed toward arts and culture; education and literacy; human and social services; disaster relief and preparedness; and diversity and community development.
Sapphire Award

The foundation annually recognizes community heath organizations that have demonstrated excellence in improving access to health-related services and health-related outcomes for Florida’s at-risk populations and communities. The award is divided into three categories: organization, programs, and services and its designed to promote support for improved services and systems that can be sustained over time.


The following grants are a representative sample of this grantmaker’s funding activity:

$116,624 to Prime Time Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, FL, in 2008. For Project GROW (Guided Reflections on Wellness), payable over 1 year.

$100,000 to Institute for Americas Health, Atlanta, GA, in 2008. For The Florida Initiative, which integrates five programs to educate 4th and 5th graders, their teachers and parents about marketing strategies that promote consumption of unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles among children, payable over 1 year.

$100,000 to Light of the World Clinic, Oakland Park, FL, in 2008. For increase in capacity with specific support for case manager/community outreach coordinator, medical assistant, supplies, and lab fees, payable over 2 years.

$100,000 to MicheLee Puppets, Orlando, FL, in 2008. For EXTREME Health Challenge, live performance before children between kindergarten and 5th grade featuring puppet characters who, along with the students, learn the answers to questions regarding nutrition and physical activity, payable over 2 years.

$100,000 to Saint Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, FL, in 2008. For Physician Assistant position and pharmaceutical funding for free clinic, payable over 1 year.

$100,000 to SUSn B. Anthony Center, Pembroke Pines, FL, in 2008. For part-time nurse, full-time case manager, and part-time acupuncturist for At-Risk Families, program that provides medical and case management services to homeless and dually diagnosed women and their children, payable over 2 years.

$97,250 to Manatee County Rural Health Services, Parrish, FL, in 2008. To hire part-time registered dietician and full-time health educator to enhance services of Registered Nurse adherence care coordinator, payable over 1 year.


Giving limited to areas of company operations in FL.

No support for political or lobbying organizations, fraternal, athletic, or social organizations, or religious organizations not of direct benefit to the entire community, private foundations, or Type III supporting organizations.

No grants to individuals (except for the Sapphire Award) or for fundraising.


The foundation supports programs designed to improve the health of Floridians and their communities. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to improve access to health care; consumer health; the quality and safety of patient care; quality of life; and the healthcare system.


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Quick Facts Sheet

Located in:



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Contact Information / Process

Address: 4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy., DC 3-4
Jacksonville, FL 32246-6498
Telephone: (800) 477-3736, ext. 63215
Contact: SUSn B. Towler, V.P.; SUSn F. Wildes, Sr. Prog. Mgr.
Fax: (904) 357-8367
Email: [email protected]

Additional Contact Information: E-mail for SUSn B. Towler: [email protected]; E-mail for Sapphire Award: [email protected]; E-mail for Embrace a Healthy Florida: [email protected]; E-mail for Improve Quality of Life Grants: [email protected]

A site visit may be requested for IMPACT Health Care Grants. Organizations may apply for support only once during a 12-moth period. Unsolicited applications for Embrace a Healthy Florida are not accepted. An interview may be requested for the Sapphire Award. Organizations receiving support are asked to submit a final report. Application form required. Applicants should submit the following:

Qualifications of key personnel
Population served
Copy of IRS Determination Letter
Geographic area to be served
Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
How project’s results will be evaluated or measured
Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
Copy of current year’s organizational budget and/or project budget
Listing of additional sources and amount of support

Initial approach: Complete online letter of inquiry and application for IMPACT Health Care Grants; complete online nomination form for Sapphire Award; complete online application for Improve Quality of Life Grants
Board meeting date(s): Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., and Dec.
Deadline(s): Mar. 28th for letter of inquiry for IMPACT Health Care Grants; June 29 for full application for IMPACT Health Care Grants; Aug. 31 for Sapphire Award; None for Improve Quality of Life Grants
Final notification: Oct. for IMPACT Health Care Grants; Feb. for Sapphire Award
Additional information: Nominations for the Sapphire Award must include 3 letters of support from people familiar with the nominated organization or individual.

Donors & Leadership

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.
Health Options, Inc.
Tracy Leinbach

Cyrus M. “Russ” Jollivette,* Chairperson
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc., Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs
Charles S. Joseph,* Vice-Chair
SUSn B. Towler, Vice President
Mark S. McGowan,* Secretary
Cheryl O. Mose,* Treasurer
Michael Cascone, Jr.
Gary M. Healy
V. Sheffield Kenyon
Joyce A. Kramer
Penelope S. Shaffer
Darnell Smith

Senior Staff:
Sharon Hackney, Sr. Manager
Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Director, Grants and Programs
Kim W. Read, Director, Finance and Operations
Barbara S. Riggan, Foundation Coordinator
Jared T. Skok, Sr. Program Manager
SUSn F. Wildes, Sr. Program Manager