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Social Connectedness and Health: A Fresh Approach to Community-Driven Grantmaking

June 2013

Carolyn Link, Executive Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Lindsay Hanson, Principal, Grassroots Solutions

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation sought to engage the public in learning about social connectedness and the impact those connections can have on health. In an experiment that broke from traditional grantmaking processes, the foundation piloted an open, community-driven grantmaking “Challenge” designed to fund projects that strengthen social connectedness in low-income Minnesota communities.


PDF Format Views from the Field: 6-17-13 (BCBSMN Fdn)