As Regence has grown, so has our commitment to you: our neighbors, business and community partners. Throughout the Regence family, you will find individuals who are passionate about making an impact in the communities we serve. Every day, we give our time, our talents and our financial resources to improve the health of our members.
Last year, our family of companies invested more than $13.5 million philanthropically to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for people and families. Employees generated $2.1 million for almost 2,800 organizations across the US and contributed over 10,000 volunteer hours. We're honored that our employees have such a strong connection and commitment to the communities we serve.
Being local means more to us than just an address. It's understanding the communities we're a part of and actively supporting the organizations and programs that keep those communities healthy. Community partner organizations are an important part of our community giving efforts. Each year, local nonprofits are chosen based on how well they match the goals and ideals of our Cause of transforming health care.
Community partner organizations get support through financial grants, board member involvement, featured placement in our annual Employee Giving Campaign, and volunteer support from our employees. This combination of funding, leadership and helping hands works to strengthen these organizations and our communities.