Indianapolis-based health benefits company Anthem and the Anthem Foundation have announced a five-year, $50 million commitment in support of efforts to combat racial injustice, strengthen communities, and address health inequities.
Building on the foundation's partnerships with more than four thousand nonprofits working to address racial inequality and health disparities in minority and underserved communities, the initiative will support "organizations working to build a more just nation." To that end, the company will target funds to efforts aimed at reviving and rebuilding neighborhoods in Indianapolis and other communities where it operates that have been impacted by recent social unrest, as well as increase health opportunities, economic development, and job creation.
The company also will provide a one-to-one match through its employee giving program for contributions to the National Urban League, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), NAACP, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Race Forward, and United Way, and will expand employee volunteerism opportunities with small businesses as they work to clean up and recover from damage incurred during the recent protests.
"The effects of COVID-19, together with the recent social unrest, have further illuminated the racial inequities and health disparities that have historically plagued our communities for far too long," said Anthem president and CEO Gail K. Boudreaux. "These local communities, where we live and work, are also where we serve others through the lens of inclusion, acceptance, and belonging. That focus will not change. We pledge to be a leader and work in solidarity with our communities to challenge the status quo, and address the factors driving disparities in our healthcare system and in society as a whole."
(Photo credit: UNCF)