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A Message from Our President:
Even when the world stops, Louisiana’s nonprofits keep going. While COVID and multiple natural disasters disrupted life at home, work, and school, the needs of people most affected by those changes only grew. Nonprofit leaders didn’t hesitate — they jumped in to fill the gaps.
Nonprofits work on thin margins. The last few years have been even leaner for an industry that knows how to stretch a dollar. Across the board, volunteerism and donation rates fell off. It’s been a topic of constant conversations in nonprofit and philanthropic spaces — how do we get people to come back?
If Blue Cross’ employee giving is any indication, I’m pleased to tell you that things are rebounding beautifully. After coming back together for the first time in years, our employees went from 30,000 volunteer hours in 2021 to giving more than 50,500 hours last year. They dug deep and made more than $2.3 million in charitable gifts — nearly double what they gave before.
Our Community Partnerships teams continued to process funding for essential nonprofit services, many of which are a last resort for people who have no place else to find shelter, get a meal, or access physical or mental healthcare. Our partners provided more than 17 million services to Louisianians in need.
We are honored to play a small part in the work of so many exceptional organizations. We strive to put the resources of our company and Foundation behind everyday people doing extraordinary good — regular folks who see their neighbors suffering and show up to make life better for them.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those people. We are so grateful to you.
We are also grateful to the employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, who have exercised great ingenuity and resourcefulness in continuing to find ways to serve friends, neighbors and communities.
Once again, we were honored in 2022 to be selected by the Points of Light Foundation as a member of The Civic 50.
While there’s a lot to celebrate — Louisiana still faces serious challenges. But these numbers, programs, and stories give me hope that Louisiana will continue to rise to the occasion.
Michael Tipton President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Head of Community Relations
VOLUNTEERING, CHARITABLE GIFTS, AND MORE
Improving the health and lives of Louisianians means more than just paying claims on time. It’s a commitment that we make to each and every one of our friends, families and neighbors to use our might for right.
Our employees live this commitment by giving their time, talent and financial resources to Louisiana’s nonprofits through Team Blue, our volunteer force. We believe that connecting our employees to causes they care about makes us real to our customers, builds community trust and opens up a new dimension of our company’s mission for the people who work here. Most importantly, it shows that our employees support the causes they care about with more than just our dollars – they back it up with hands and hearts.
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COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS BY BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF LOUISIANA
Our company has a long history of investing in Louisiana’s nonprofit community. We partner with hundreds of organizations each year to empower them in fighting food insecurity, improving educational opportunity, opening up access to care, responding to disasters, and more.
In 2022, we invested $1.3 million in sponsorships and project funding in 173 community partners with a focus on bigger, sustainable impact.
Click the sections below to expand and see highlights of our partners’ activities.
Marillac Community Health Centers - Providing immunizations to 6,200 newborns, dental care to 6,000 people living in poverty, and a CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program to promote healthy lifestyles, lowering type 2 diabetes risk by 58% or 71% for 5,500 individuals over 60.
Med-Camps of Louisiana - An outdoor summer camping experience for 500 young people with physical disabilities, developing community, independence, and physical health habits.
Pilots for Patients - Providing volunteer airlift services for patients (and caregivers) who must travel long distances for treatment of chronic or series diseases such as cancer.
United Way of Acadiana - Providing a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment to coordinate the efforts of dozens of agencies supporting tens of thousands of patients.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center - Serving 425 uninsured or underinsured families with primary care and pharmacy services.
Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services - Supporting more than 1,000 people living with HIV with mental health and support services.
Miles Perrett Cancer Services - Providing medical supplies, supplements and treatment care kits to more than 19,000 patients undergoing cancer treatement.
Girls On the Run - Helping 3,500 girls across the state learn to love running and run their first 5k through community outreach programs.
Louisiana Center for Children's Rights - Providing mental health screenings and counselling for students in the juvenile justice system.
Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge - Supporting continuing education opportunities for hundreds of mental health professionals.
Northwestern State University Foundation - Providing mental health screenings and referrals for 1,000 residents.
Southern University System Foundation - Weekly counselling and mental health support for a cohort of students coming from backgrounds of poverty.
Family & Youth Counselling Agency - Supporting 6,800 hours of counseling, case management, and other services for 537 children alleged to be abused and/or neglected.
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GRANTS TO IMPROVE THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH FOR ALL LOUISIANIANS
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes grants to improve the social determinants of health for all Louisianians.
The Foundation also works to build community partnerships that deepen the impact of the work everyday people are doing to improve the state.
Currently, the Foundation makes grants through three funds:
New Horizons – Grants of up to $50,000 to foster innovation as a means of improving health and well-being in Louisiana. Through this program, we hope to encourage a research-based and scientific approach to philanthropy through testing ideas and seeing what works. The first step in that process is challenging the status quo with new ideas.
Special Project – Grants of up to $100,000 to make one-time investments to scale or grow successful programs that, in most cases, have been previously funded by Blue Cross or its Foundation.
Collective Impact – Grants of up to $1 million in support of large-scale community coalitions who are tackling big health issues at a systemic level.
In 2022, the Foundation also completed funding cycles in its Angels of Change grant fund, and shifted to long-term recovery efforts in its Community Crisis & Disaster Response grant funding.
Lastly, the Foundation continues to recognize people doing extraordinary good for Louisiana’s children with The Angel Award, a legacy program that provides $25,000 grants to each honoree’s nonprofit of choice.
2022 Grant Awards
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Sankofa Community Development Corporation - Supporting the SNAP Enrollment Project with a team of community health ambassadors to enroll SNAP-eligible seniors who face barriers to entry.
Sprout Nola - Creating a cohort of 15 local growers to support food systems in southeast Louisiana.
Food Bank of Central Louisiana - Piloting ready-to-eat food distribution for families through library summer reading programs.
Hunters For The Hungry - A project to get FDA approval to accept more types of game from hunters to be distributed to those facing good insecurity.
Louisiana Center for Health Equity - Creating a two-phase pilot program to develop a holistic approach to improve school environments and student performance.
Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation - A study to assess the validity of the PortionSize™ app to quantify children’s own dietary intake and children’s intake by parents or caregivers.
Lukes House - Piloting a unique approach to identifying and addressing gaps in mental health services for low-income Latinx community members who are undocumented and their first or only language is Spanish.
Louvis Services - Creatig a prototype/ model of the tiny house duplex that the organization will replicate throughout the city, including housing, supportive services, and an edible landscape program.
Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc. - A program to provide local actors (government, foundations, nonprofits) with the information needed to promote understanding of early childhood education, including the existing opportunities and the accountability measures that ensure money will be spent prudently.
Dress For Success Shreveport/Bossier - Creating a mobile unit for women entering the workforce that provides professional attire, a fitting room, and a work station with a laptop and mobile hotspot.
Teach for America of South Louisiana - Expanding the IGNITE Fellowship, which accelerates learning and fosters belonging for 1st-3rd grade students. Each student in the program receives consistent high-dosage tutoring through small group sessions within the school day that balance academia and wellbeing.
Family & Youth Counseling Agency - Providing much-needed mental health care for up to 75 women suffering from depression and anxiety caused by Pre and Post-delivery, pregnancy, and/or grief.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.- Expanding mental health outcomes with trauma informed care mentoring for youth in the Community and Site Based Mentoring Programs in Beauregard, Vernon, Allen, Rapides and Jeff Davis Parishes.
100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge - Building capacity to grow the Respect 4 Life curriculum with students at the local, state, and national levels.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana - Expanding Groceries to Geaux home delivery program for older adults in partnership with DoorDash. Dashers will make deliveries of nutritionally balanced food boxes to 340+ older adults with limited mobility or access to transportation each month.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation - Expanding the Baby’s First Years (BFY) project, which provides financial support to 1,000 low-income mother to lessen the effects of poverty and improve childhood health and early learning outcomes.
The Split Second Foundation, Inc.- Scaling the Split Second Cares Program, a comprehensive mental and emotional health program that centers providing individuals and families impacted by life altering injuries with immediate support after discharge from the hospital or in-patient setting.
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center - Expanding the Louisiana Community Health Empowerment by training Community Health Workers to provide free Marketplace and Medicaid enrollment assistance and information resources for uninsured people.
Operation Restoration - Operation Restoration’s (OR) Lab Assistant Program prepares currently and formerly incarcerated women to work in laboratory healthcare settings and obtain immediate employment.
Louisiana Association of United Ways, Inc. - Expanding the Ride United Vaccination Access Campaign to provide free rides for patients in active Lyft markets to get to health and social service appointments.
Boys & Girls Clubs In Louisiana, Inc. - Adoption of a membership tracking system called MyClubHub, which will transform how Clubs connect with schools, families, and other partners. MyClubHub, a Salesforce platform, is designed to help Clubs track members, program outcomes, Club safety, volunteers, and more, and will create a real time, statewide dashboard that can translate into data-based decisions about the needs and challenges of Club youth in each region.
Pelican Center For Children And Families - A statewide partnership to create more opportunities for family and community support, including advocacy, short-term case management, and referrals to wrap-around services.
Northwestern State University - A community-wide partnership between nursing schools, local hospitals, and other workforce partners to train 300 nurses withing four years, and 1,000 nurses within ten years.
Southern University System Foundation - A partnership to recruit and support nursing students at HBCUs across Louisiana, offering resources that make it possible for students of color to enter the nursing education pipeline to practice culturally appropriate compassionate care.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and two years of devastating natural disasters, the Blue Cross Foundation allocated $15 million in funding to Community Crisis and Disaster Response Grants. These grants were general operational support to nonprofits and other community partners to address the immediate community needs after a disaster or crisis.
In 2022, the Foundation made $877,000 in grants to support long-term recovery programs, bringing total spending to $14.97 million.
In support of The Angel Award’s 25th anniversary, the Foundation’s board authorized grants of up to $250,000 to partnership of past honorees working together to solve problems. In 2022, the Foundation made its final Angels of Change grants:
Sulphur Christian Community Coalition – To create the Neighborhood Family Learning Center, a nexus of services to help eradicate generational poverty.
Med-Camps of Louisiana, Inc. – Supporting MedCamps on the Move!, a 3 to 5 day mobile day-camping program designed for children living with disabilities and their siblings.
Peer Initiative – Leaders of Tomorrow – Growing PILOT’s program in partnership with other Angel organizations to train students across Louisiana on how to spot, speak with, and refer fellow students considering suicide.
Heritage Ranch – Creating a Family Coaching cohort to teach parenting skills, improve physical and mental health, and decrease ACE risk factors.
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The Angel Award
HONORING EVERYDAY PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY GOOD FOR LOUISIANA’S CHILDREN
To live healthy lives, children need safe places to live, learn and play. They need access to healthy food, guidance and educational opportunity. Across Louisiana, there are thousands of children without access to the support they need to thrive. Thankfully, there are also thousands of everyday people working to make a difference in the lives of children.
The Angel Award® honors everyday people doing extraordinary good to meet the physical, emotional, creative or spiritual needs of Louisiana’s kids. Since 1995, the Foundation has recognized more than 200 of these outstanding individuals. Each Angel Award also provides much-needed resources—a $25,000 grant for each Angel’s nonprofit charity.
Once again, we partnered with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to produce a one-hour television special celebrating the work of these exceptional individuals giving their lives in service of children. More than 100,000 people tuned in The Angel Award in October.