Ten innovative nonprofits receive $40,000 GSK IMPACT Awards for contributing to a healthier Triangle region

Issued: Research Triangle Park, NC

- Winners build healthy communities by tackling employment, housing, literacy, and other pressing community health challenges

GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] and Triangle Community Foundation today announced the GSK IMPACT Award Winners in a ceremony at GSK’s Research Triangle Park facility. Ten local nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier Triangle region.

“There is an important connection between our health and our community,” said Becki Lynch, Manager GSK Community Partnerships. “The more we understand this connection, the more we can improve it. Today’s GSK IMPACT Award Winners show us how there are many ways to build a healthier North Carolina.”

The winners are:

A Helping Hand, Inc.

www.ahelpinghandnc.org

CASA

www.casanc.org

Durham Community Land Trustees, Inc.

www.dclt.org

Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network 

www.dihn.org

Durham Literacy Center, Inc.

www.durhamliteracy.org

East Coast Greenway Alliance

www.greenway.org

East Durham Children’s Initiative

www.edci.org

Emily Krzyzewski Center

www.emilyk.org/

First In Families of North Carolina

www.fifnc.org

The Hope Center at Pullen, Inc.

www.hopecenteratpullen.org

 

In the Triangle Region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation (@TriComFdn). “A healthy community is the result of the dedicated, thoughtful, and intentional work of many people and programs,” said Triangle Community Foundation President & CEO, Lori O’Keefe. “The GSK IMPACT Awards not only recognize some outstanding programs, but also provide a healthy financial investment – allowing the winners to maximize their impact on their critical community health programming.”

The GSK IMPACT Awards for the Research Triangle Park Region is one of several charitable programs GSK offers as part of a commitment to building healthier communities across the nation.  Much of what influences health happens outside the doctor’s office – ensuring that communities have access to healthy foods, safe places to play and exercise, and the support of family and social networks are all important factors in improving health outcomes and helping people do more, feel better, and live longer.

How the winners were selected: This was a competitive awards process with nearly 60 applications. GSK US Community Partnerships and Triangle Community Foundation staff members reviewed the applications and coordinated site visits, and the winners were selected by a panel of local and national community health experts.

Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations that addressed at least one of the following health factors and measures: 1) Diet and exercise; 2) Education; 3) Built environment; 4) Employment; and 5) Family and social support.

The History of GSK IMPACT Awards:

  • For 19 years, GSK has honored outstanding nonprofit programs that are improving access to health in and around our U.S. corporate campuses in Durham, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with GSK IMPACT Awards.
  • To date, exemplary U.S.-based nonprofits have been honored with $8.4 million in GSK IMPACT Awards. Over the past seven years, $2.3 million has been awarded to 56 local nonprofit organizations in the Triangle region.
  • The name ‘IMPACT’ represents the criteria winners must demonstrate that their work is: Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative.

About GSK:

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).

About Triangle Community Foundation:

For over 30 years, Triangle Community Foundation has enhanced the lives of all its residents by connecting donors to causes they care about, providing funding for nonprofits, and serving as a resource for local issues in the Triangle region of North Carolina.  Each year, the Foundation grants over $15 million back into the community, partnering with donors and nonprofits to make a difference, now and for the future.  To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.trianglecf.org or connect with the Foundation at www.facebook.com/trianglecf or http://twitter.com/TriComFdn.

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For more information:
GSK Inquiries:  
Marti Skold-Jordan
919-328-0507
Marti.x.Skold-Jordan@gsk.com  

Triangle Community Foundation Inquiries:
Greg Behr
919-272-5621
gebehr@gmail.com

Billy Warden
919-412-0630
billy.warden@gmail.com