Blue Cross Foundation Opens 2013 Angel Award Nominations
Friday, March 1, 2013
Posted by: Matt Mullenix
Statewide honor brings $20,000 in grants for outstanding service to Louisiana children
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has opened nominations for the 2013 Angel Award. The deadline to nominate an individual who has done extraordinary volunteer work on behalf of Louisiana kids is April 5, 2013.
This year, up to eight Louisiana angels will be selected and will receive grants of $20,000 each for their chosen 501(c)(3) organizations. Anyone who knows a deserving individual is encouraged to nominate him or her for the 2013 Angel Award by April 5.
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. You are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos, but these materials cannot be returned.
A selection committee made up of past Angel Award recipients will choose this year’s honorees based on the following criteria:
- 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.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ABOUT THE AWARD: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana founded the Angel Award in 1995 to seek out, honor and reward Louisianians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to our state’s most at-risk children.
In the course of its 19 years, the Angel Award program has helped to identify and honor 143 outstanding individuals and has given $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the honorees. Past nominees have come from all walks of life and ranged in age from 17 to 93. What they all had in common was their unselfish contribution of time and energy to improve the welfare of needy children in their communities.