GSK, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Issue Call for Applications for 20th Anniversary GSK IMPACT Awards Totaling $400,000

Local nonprofits working to build a healthier community encouraged to apply for ten $40,000 awards

GlaxoSmithKline (@GSKUS) and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (@PhillySJUnited) today issued the call for applications for the 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards. This annual awards program marks its 20th year in Greater Philadelphia and will honor up to ten local nonprofit organizations with $40,000 each in recognition of their exceptional achievements in contributing to a healthier Greater Philadelphia Region.

“At GSK, we know that place matters when it comes to health,” said Becki Lynch, Manager, US Community Partnerships, GSK. “Through the GSK IMPACT Awards, we recognize outstanding local nonprofit organizations that help community members access healthy foods and safe places to play and exercise, find high-quality jobs and education, strengthen their family and social supports, and many other services that make the Greater Philadelphia region a healthy place to live, learn, work and thrive.”

The GSK IMPACT Awards honor innovative and collaborative nonprofit organizations with evidence-informed programs that are helping people – especially the underserved – live healthier lives. The GSK IMPACT Awards program is one of several charitable programs GSK offers in the US as part of a commitment to building healthier communities and a healthy America. This is the 20th year of the program in the Greater Philadelphia region and GSK is proud to continue its partnership with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in the administration of the awards.

“At United Way, we believe a healthy region is a strong region,” said Jim Cawley, President and CEO, UWGPSNJ.  “We value our partnership with GSK because the IMPACT Awards enable local nonprofits to provide more of our neighbors with vital resources needed to live healthier lives.  Together, we can strengthen our communities – one child, adult and one family at a time.”

Eligibility: Eligible organizations include small and mid-size nonprofits with existing programs that have demonstrated results; that are operating in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia counties; and that address at least one of the following factors that affect health:

  1. Diet & Exercise
  2. Education
  3. Housing & Transit
  4. Employment
  5. Community safety and
  6. Family & Social Support

To view additional criteria and to apply, visit http://us.gsk.com/en-us/about-us/us-community-partnerships/gsk-impact-awards/. The application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016 (prior to submitting an application, organizations must register online by Friday, March 25, 2016). Interested applicants are invited to participate in one of two conference calls being held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 11:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. ET (click to add to calendar) or Wednesday, March 16 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (click to add to calendar).  For questions, contact UWGPSNJ at GSKImpactAwards@uwgpsnj.org

Selection Process: GSK and UWGPSNJ staff review applications and select no more than 20 finalists (spring). A panel comprised of local and national community health experts and GSK representatives perform site visits, evaluate the finalist applications, and select up to ten winners (summer). The winners will be notified in the fall and presented with their GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each at a ceremony at GSK’s new facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in late 2016.

Past Winners: Learn about the 2015 Winners, view photos, and learn more about GSK’s work to build a healthier community.

The History of GSK IMPACT Awards:  For twenty years, GSK has honored outstanding nonprofit organizations that are improving health in and around our U.S. corporate campuses in Durham, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with GSK IMPACT Awards. The name ‘IMPACT’ is an acronym capturing the six guiding principles of the awards – winning organizations must be: Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative. To date, 201 exemplary U.S.-based nonprofits have been honored with $8,460,000 in GSK IMPACT Awards in both the Greater Philadelphia and Triangle (NC) Regions. The GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia Region was launched in 1997, and since then we have recognized 155 exemplary local nonprofits with $6,210,000 in GSK IMPACT Awards.

About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit UnitedForImpact.org.

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 GSK on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit GSK’s blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).

 

Contact – For interview opportunities, please contact:

GSK
Marti Skold-Jordan         Marti.x.Skold-Jordan@GSK.com                      919-328-0507

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Natalie Janis                 njanis@uwgpsnj.org                                          215-665-2509