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Corporate Giving Criteria

We give preference to organizations that have a 501(c)(3) designation. Organizations that do not have that designation must provide their tax ID or EIN number to be considered for funding.

We will consider applications from:

  • Programs and services that tie to our mission and have a compelling potential impact to the health and well-being of individuals
  • National organizations seeking support for local programs
  • Grassroots and faith-based organizations

We generally do not accept applications for or from:

  • Capital or building campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Fraternal or civic groups
  • Individual causes
  • Religious programming
  • Multiple-year grants
  • Seed money for start-up organizations

Requests for political causes or campaigns will not be considered. We also do not award grants, scholarships or sponsorships to individuals.

We review grant and sponsorship requests continuously and make awards throughout the year. Submit your sponsorship request at least eight weeks prior to the event. We will consider one funding request from an organization per calendar year. If you have multiple funding requests, please consolidate them.

To request grant support or a sponsorship, send a letter with the following information to the Community Affairs department in your area.

For grant support, please include the following details:

  • Name of organization; a brief organizational overview that includes the mission, board of directors, executive professional staff and the number of clients served; and a list of any Highmark employees involved with the organization
  • Program or project description
  • Counties that the program serves
  • Dates of program or project implementation and anticipated duration
  • Potential impact of the program or project and how it will be measured
  • Amount requested, project budget and other funders approached (also include any comments for funding already received)
  • Description of promotional opportunities, if any, available to Highmark as a result of its investment in the applicant's program or project
  • If your organization has a 501(c)(3) designation, attach a copy of the determination letter verifying this status to the request; if your organization is not a 501(c)(3), its tax ID or EIN number is required to be considered for funding

For sponsorships, please include the following details:

  • Name of organization; a brief organization overview that includes the mission, board of directors, executive professional staff and the number of clients served; and a list of any Highmark employees involved with the organization
  • Event details including date, time and location
  • Counties that the organization serves
  • Overview of the event including demographics of the anticipated audience, list of any honorees or awardees to be acknowledged at the event, and names and backgrounds of any speakers participating in the event
  • Sponsorship levels and benefits, an explanation of how the funds will be used, confirmed sponsors, other sponsors approached, event budget and number of years that the event has occurred including past significant or presenting sponsors
  • If your organization has a 501(c)(3) designation, attach a copy of the determination letter verifying this status to the request; if your organization is not a 501(c)(3), its tax ID or EIN number is required to be considered for funding