Nominations for $25,000 grant awards open through April 12, 2021


(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is asking Louisianians to nominate people doing extraordinary good for local children for The Angel Award®. The Foundation will accept nominations through April 12, 2021 online at

For nearly 30 years, this prestigious award has shined a light on everyday people who have given their time, talent and resources to improving the lives of young people in the state. The award is also a grant program – each honoree chooses a nonprofit to receive a $25,000 grant in their name.

“Over the decades, The Angel Award has been given to more than 200 Louisianians,” said Michael Tipton, president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. “Some of our Angels have gone on to become regional and national leaders in movements. Others are hometown heroes who stay local and build a legacy of change for their neighbors. But they all have one thing in common: they have demonstrated great perseverance in making life better for our state’s young people.”

Past honorees have made their mark in education, housing, the arts, support services of children with disabilities and much more. Profiles of all of the Angels can be found at

Angel honorees, their families and supporters are usually celebrated at an awards gala in October. Because of COVID-19, the Foundation broadcast a one-hour special in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting in place of a 2020 in-person event. Plans for the 2021 Angel Award ceremony and whether it will be in person or virtual will be determined later in the year, but the Foundation is committed to telling the stories of its honorees.

About the Blue Cross Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. In 2020, Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation invested $13 million each year into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits, including grants made in response to COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura.