Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Named No. 1 in Volunteerism Nationwide
Insurer makes The Civic 50 list for fifth consecutive year alongside nation’s largest companies

May 23, 2023

Employee-volunteers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of gather to pack meals in the atrium of the company’s corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge. Last year, Blue Cross employee volunteered more than 55,000 hours, leading them to be named nationwide volunteer champions by Points of Light Foundation.

BATON ROUGE, LA — Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, has named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to The Civic 50 for the fifth consecutive year. The Civic 50 recognizes the 50 most community-minded large companies in the United States. To qualify, companies must have revenues of at least $1 billion.

This year, Blue Cross and its employees are also being recognized as first in the nation for volunteer hours given to local communities. In 2022, Blue Cross employees gave more than 55,000 hours of volunteer service and made $2.3 million in charitable contributions, per the company’s annual Community Partnerships Report.

We are honored to be among those recognized on this list,” said Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, Blue Cross CEO. “It’s a reflection of not only our employees’ commitment to community service and our mission, but also the outstanding work of the hundreds of Blue Cross’ community partner organizations who dedicate themselves to improving the health and lives of Louisianians.”

“Altogether, the 200+ Louisiana nonprofits in which Blue Cross and its Foundation invested last year created 17 million service points. That includes  no-cost health screenings, meals distributed, mental health services, and much more. Those services reached more than 2 million people in 2022. We are deeply proud to represent their work and the progress they are making toward a healthier Louisiana for all,” said Michael Tipton, president of the Blue Cross Foundation and head of Community Relations.

“Companies play a critical role in creating thriving, participatory communities,” said Diane Quest, interim president and CEO, Points of Light. “Companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana set a model for others, showing how to best use employee talent, business assets and integration to create meaningful impact, and we’re thrilled to uplift and celebrate their work as an honoree of The Civic 50 2023.”

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, and the results are analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate community engagement.
To learn more about The Civic 50, the2020 honorees, and insights from this year’s survey, please visit


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 were recognized for the past four 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 @BCBSLA.