Philanthropy and Community Support

CDPHP Philantropy

As a community-based, nonprofit health plan, CDPHP is committed to making a difference among the people and the communities we serve. Over the years, our robust corporate giving program, which includes both CDPHP The Foundation and our sponsorship program, has donated millions of dollars and contributed thousands of volunteer hours to extend the reach and impact of numerous charities, improving the lives of residents in our service area.

CDPHP® The Foundation

The mission of CDPHP® The Foundation is to support and promote health, wellness, and education in our community through philanthropy and service. In 2020, in addition to supporting area nonprofits like United Way and the Regional Food Bank, the foundation focused its efforts on addressing the opioid crisis and increasing access to health-related education.

  • Addictions Care Center of Albany. In 2020, CDPHP The Foundation continued its support of the Addictions Care Center of Albany (ACCA), helping the organization combat the opioid crisis by strengthening and expanding the reach of their school-based programming for young people (An Apple a Day). Our partnership with CBS 6 and its “Dose of Reality” programming helped to amplify the message and raise awareness of both the issue and the community resources available for those affected by addiction.

  • University at Albany Foundation and John H. Carter Scholarship Funds. CDPHP invested in future public health leaders and doctors by offering academic scholarships to high-achieving students with financial need who were pursuing health-related master’s degrees at University at Albany or a medical degree from Albany Medical College.

    Meet the 2020-21 UAlbany Public Health Scholars » Meet a John Carter Scholarship Recipient »

Community Sponsorships

Because of pandemic-related regulations restricting large public gatherings, many not-for-profit organizations were forced to cancel fundraising events and activities or switch to virtual platforms, severely hampering their ability to maintain their services to the community. Contributions from the CDPHP sponsorship program helped them sustain their operations in 2020.

In addition, sponsorship funding supported a number of COVID-19-related initiatives, including:

  • A partnership with SEFCU, BBL, and MVP Health Care to create Heroes Landing at The Hilton Garden Inn across from Albany Medical Center, where frontline health care workers from Albany Med and St. Peter’s could get access to a shower, bed, and hot meal.

  • A partnership with Centro Civico of Albany and Amsterdam to distribute 1,000 face masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, and tissues to those in need.

  • Generous grants to help 200-plus not-for-profit organizations address health equity and continue their critical services in the community.

  • Collaboration with MVP Health Care and Quick Response to provide critical sanitation equipment to first responders in the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.

  • A donation of iPads to the Pathways to Health outreach program at St. Catherine’s’ Center for Children to facilitate access to virtual medical care, as well as the distribution of more than 500 used laptops to schools, senior centers, not-for-profit organizations, community centers, and municipal agencies. Additional laptops were made available for purchase by CDPHP employees, a fundraising effort that netted more than $6,500 for CDPHP The Foundation.

  • Continued investment in CDPHP Cycle!, which attracted substantial ridership as individuals sought socially distant activities to benefit physical and mental health.