Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation

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HPHC Foundation Overview

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation was founded in 1980 by the Harvard Community Health Plan as the corporate philanthropy of the not-for-profit health plan.

Since 2007, the Foundation’s focus has been on childhood obesity prevention and healthy food access for low income communities and older adults.

Initially active in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, the Foundation expanded to Connecticut in 2013. The Foundation was funded annually by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care at the level of approximately $6 – 7 million annually. Overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in its market regions, as well as supported an active program of employee service and giving. This program included the opportunity for all employees to designate a $500 grant from the Foundation to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

In 2021 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan combined to form one organization, now known as Point32Health. While our Foundations remain separate entities they operate as one, building on the strong community relationships formed over the years. The Foundations will continue to support healthy food and healthy aging efforts.


Introduction to this Collection

These materials illustrate the focus and programs of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (HPHCF) from 2007 – 2021, when it combined with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. As such, it covers key initiatives in childhood obesity prevention, fresh healthy food access, healthy aging, health equity and employee giving and service. Practitioners and students of these areas, as well as those involved with philanthropy, will find them useful. Materials are listed and annotated as they appeared on the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation website. Purpose and focus of each are contained in the introduction and/or opening letter for each publication. Materials are not covered by copyright and credit for use should be attributed to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Questions about these materials can be directed to Kimberly Winn, senior communications specialist, Kimberly_Winn@harvardpilgrim.org.


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Major Publications 2007 – 2021

2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Get a by-the-numbers snapshot of Harvard Pilgrim corporate citizenship activities that are making our communities healthier places to live and work.

Healthy Delicious Food at Every Age

Provides easy-to-use information on eating and living well as an older adult, including tips on how to shop for and cook your own healthy food.

The Bottom Line: We Gain by Giving

This 2015 report highlights the unique staff-directed strategy that drives Harvard Pilgrim’s employee service and giving programs. Also, it helps connect the dots between staff-led philanthropy and Harvard Pilgrim’s business success.

Five Year Progress Report: Gaining Traction

After 5 years of helping kids to eat better and move more, we take a look back at some of our successes and lessons and suggest some next steps on this road to a healthier nation. (2012)

Balancing Act: Healthy Ideas for Families

A guide for families with children on how to eat better and stay active. (2011)

Dishing Out Healthy School Meals

Profiles successful models in school food programs. The Foundation supported school nutrition directors in Maine to implement report’s recommendations. (2010)

Soup to Nuts

A toolkit for school personnel on how to make changes in school lunch programs. (2010)

Tipping the Scales


Making Good Happen 2

A toolkit for building an effective employee service and giving program that tracks experiences and learnings from Harvard Pilgrim’s own programs.

Leading Towards Health Equality

Provides details and stories of Culture InSight’s work in New England.