Blue Cross Receives National Honor for Community Service
Insurer Also Earns Civic 50 Volunteer Leader Award

June 16, 2021

Baton Rouge, LA) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has been named a 2021 honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Blue Cross receives this recognition for the third year in a row, being named among The Civic 50 in 2019 and 2020.

This year, Points of Light is also presenting the Civic 50 Volunteer Leader Award to Blue Cross. This special honor recognizes the company for leading a volunteering culture among employees and truly embracing volunteerism as a priority for civic engagement. Blue Cross earned this award based on the percentage of employees volunteering and their average number of volunteer hours.

The Civic 50 compares data from thousands of companies about how each invests its time, skills and resources to create a positive social impact in the communities it serves. Blue Cross achieved three gold medals (designating it among the top 10 companies nationwide) for its community service and investments in 2020, including:

  • 46,000+ hours of employee-led volunteerism, including 35,000+ hours of COVID-related service to neighbors and communities
  • $14 million in sponsorships, grants and other investments in community organizations, including $10 million in disaster funding to organizations supporting Louisianians affected by COVID-19 and natural disasters like Hurricane Laura
  • 6.4 million people served by programs supported by Blue Cross and its employees

While we are delighted to be recognized among so many large companies using their size and scale to make good in the world, we know that this kind of impact happens mostly because of Louisiana’s powerful and resilient nonprofits, a business community that invests in our state and everyday people showing up for each other,” said Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, President and CEO of Blue Cross. Udvarhelyi also noted that Louisiana is home to another Civic 50 honoree, Entergy, with whom Blue Cross has partnered to promote civic engagement over the past few years.

“Points of Light believes that corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement is critical to strengthening communities,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. We thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for their investment in the communities where they live and work, and look forward to supporting them in leveraging their time, talent and assets to make transformational change.”

On June 16, Points of Light will publicly announce and celebrate The Civic 50 2021 honorees as part of a virtual event that will feature highlights from the survey, including equity and diversity findings, new corporate racial equity research presented by Edelman CEO, Lisa Ross, and a conversation on corporate leadership in advancing equity with PolicyLink CEO Michael McAfee and Points of Light CEO Natalye Paquin.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We have been recognized for the past three years as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at or talk to us on social media.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana 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 more than $14 million in Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits with programs and services reaching 6.4 million Louisianians