About the Foundation

Our Mission in Action

Our Mission

Improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence.

What We Do

Blue Shield of California Foundation believes all Californians can be healthy and safe. So we support solutions to ensure the best possible care and services for the Californians most in need. Through our two program areas, Health Care and Coverage and Blue Shield Against Violence, we are advancing the health and safety for the most vulnerable Californians by:

  • Supporting new solutions. We're always looking for the most promising practices, talent and tools to help everyone in California get what they need to be healthy and safe.
  • Elevating the best ideas. As we advance toward health and safety for all Californians, our learning continually evolves and is informed by the innovative partners and leaders in the field. And as we learn, we elevate leading-edge solutions.
  • Building the field. As policies, practices, and systems evolve, so must the leaders and organizations working together toward health and safety for the Californians most in need.Our shared goal demands we all work together at our best.
  • Strengthening organizations – our own and our partners'. Because we believe accelerated solutions demand strong organizations with adaptive leadership, we strive for these qualities in our work and our engagements with partners. We work to always acknowledge and build on the strengths of our team, our allies and our communities. We believe cross-field collaboration brings better results for all.

Our Corporate Parent

Blue Shield of California Foundation is funded entirely by contributions from Blue Shield of California, a mission-based, not-for-profit health plan founded by physicians in 1939. We are a private foundation that shares the corporation's core mission of providing everyone access to quality health care. Foundation grantmaking is approved by a distinguished Board of Trustees.

Legacy Projects

Three Foundation legacy projects fall outside of the focus of our two program areas. The California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) reviews the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The California Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative (CHAIPI), which concluded its work in 2010, focused on promoting quality and safety in care. And the Domestic Violence Workplace Training Program, operated by the Foundation until 2008, helped employers recognize and prevent domestic violence in the workplace. Read more »