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Philanthropy Is Our Culture

As a regional, not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP has always been a strong advocate for the health, well-being, education, and cultural vibrancy of the communities we serve. We consider it a privilege to have touched the lives of countless people in our service area through our corporate giving program, which has donated millions of dollars and dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to extend the reach and impact of numerous charities.

CDPHP The Foundation
Our tradition of giving has been formalized by the establishment of CDPHP The Foundation, which provides funds and oversight for a range of initiatives:

  • Annual Charity of Choice Campaign. Each year, our employees select a charity to be the beneficiary of a year-long fundraising and volunteer campaign. In 2017, our workforce embraced the mission of two charities focused on meeting the needs of children and their families: the Bus Stop Club, which provides encouragement and support for the siblings of children with chronic illness or developmental, physical, or intellectual disabilities, and Family Promise of the Capital Region, which offers a unique, community-based approach to helping homeless families achieve lasting independence.

  • Support for Area Non-Profit Organizations. CDPHP employees also lend their support to a number of annual projects, including quarterly on-site blood drives, an annual chefs’ challenge that addresses food insecurity in our community, monthly meal preparation for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, and holiday and back-to-school drives, among others.

  • Scholarship Programs. Our Foundation also funded three academic scholarships in 2017: the John H. Carter, MD Scholarship Fund, established in 2000 to help medical students with financial need; the CDPHP Scholars Program at the University at Albany School of Public Health, designed to advance the study of health administration, epidemiology, and health promotion; and the George Biddle Kelley Education Foundation’s “Collegiate Scholars of Tomorrow Program,” which will help more than 1,000 underserved children in the City of Albany establish college savings accounts in an effort to increase the number of low income children who can attend college.

Community Sponsorships
Since our founding, we have also provided community support through a robust sponsorship program. The program helps hundreds of charitable organizations address needs relating to community health and wellness, disease prevention and treatment, social services, education, and the cultural arts.