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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health announces second round of grants in inaugural year

New Round of Grants Totaling More than $250,000 to Fund Programs to BenefitWest Virginia Communities

Parkersburg, W.Va. (December, 2021) – Wrapping up its first six months of grant making, the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health announces its second round of funding, totaling $252,000. Six West Virginia-based non-profit organizations will receive grants to support existing programs and newly created initiatives that focus on the health and wellness of West Virginia residents.

The grant recipients below will receive funding this year for programs and initiatives focusing on Social Determinates of Health (SDoH), Oral Health and Dental Care, and Family Health:

  • Capital City Give Kids A Smile, Inc. (Kanawha)
  • Florence Crittenton Services, Inc. (Ohio)
  • Marshall University Research Corporation (Cabell)
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (Wood)
  • Walking Miracles Family Foundation (Putnam)
  • West Virginia Health Right (Kanawha)

This year alone, the Charitable Fund has awarded more than $1 million in funding to more than two dozen organizations throughout the state, making its current total more than $1.3 million. The Charitable Fund awards programs and initiatives that specifically address and improve the health, well-being and quality of life for West Virginia residents.

“It is humbling and rewarding to partner with so many organizations that are moving the needle in improving the health and well-being of West Virginians every day. This Charitable Fund enables us to join efforts to enhance the quality of life for so many in need in our communities,” said Jim Fawcett, president of Highmark West Virginia. “Also, I’m excited to share we are expanding the Fund’s focus to include a new RFP, which will be announced early next year.”

Interested non-profit organizations are encouraged to watch for additional communications and announcements by visiting the Highmark Foundation’s website at

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 246,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia holds the largest share of the commercial market, and more West Virginians carry a Blue Cross Blue Shield card than any other insurance carrier in the state. With offices in Parkersburg and Wheeling, Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 700 people and serves as a key economic driver in the state with its total economic impact reaching $262 million.

Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the areas served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. We fulfill our mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health. Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously re-evaluation our region’s prevailing health care needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well equipped to pinpoint issues that most urgently need support. For more information, visit   

About Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund
The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is a restricted fund of the Highmark Foundation. The Charitable Fund for Health‘s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in all 55 counties in West Virginia. The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health strives to support programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit  

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Cathy McAlister
Highmark Inc.