2014 marks the program's 20th year of support for state’s children.
Nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, have been opened by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award will honor eight individuals.
Deadline for nominations is April 4, 2014.
Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000. In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor. With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.
There is no age limit, upper or lower, imposed on potential nominees. They have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between. They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”
An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.
Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)
Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners. The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:
- NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children?
- ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
- INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
- ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
- IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
- TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
- CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?
A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various non-profit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.