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Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Provides more than $100,000 to Area Non-Profits in First Quarter of 2021

Health Plan Supported 15 Local Organizations and Initiatives Committed to Improving the Community’s Health

May 03, 2021

Latham, N.Y. Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York announced today that it invested a total of $101,800 in 15 non-profit organizations in Northeastern New York in the first quarter of 2021 for partnerships and sponsorships, supporting and enhancing the community’s health and well-being.

Among the organizations benefitting from sponsorship investments between January and April of this year are the Capital District YMCA, Girls on the Run Capital Region and the New York State Office of General Services to support free Fitness at the Plaza, presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York.

These confirmed non-profit sponsorships are in addition to 2021 Blue Fund grants that will be awarded by Highmark Blue Shield in health-focused grants this June. The regional health plan will also invest in partnerships focused on racial and health inequities in both Northeastern New York and Western New York.

“Our company has a 75-year history of investing in organizations that make our region a healthier, more vibrant place to live,” said Keith Dolan, Regional Executive for Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. “Supporting community partners so that they can further their impact is part of who we are as a not-for-profit, community-based health plan. We will continue to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enhance the health of our entire region.”

Highmark Blue Shield’s local investments support programs that aim to improve the overall health and well-being of the community, close gaps in health disparities, reduce the prevalence of specific disease states, promote health education and assist communities in recovering and rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-profit organizations that received community funding from Highmark Blue Shield during the first quarter include:

American Heart Association; Capital District YMCA; Capital Region Chamber of Commerce; Empire State Winter Games; Foundation for Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital; Girls on the Run Capital Region; Girls, Inc.; Kingsway Community; New York State Office of General Services; North Country Chamber of Commerce; Saratoga Hospital Foundation; Schenectady Greenmarket; Stand Up To Parkinson's, Inc.; SUNY Adirondack Foundation; and Twin Town Little League.

Organizations interested in learning more about Highmark Blue Shield’s corporate giving should visit To apply for support visit