GSK IMPACT Awards

Challenge 
Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors, such as access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks, undeniably contribute to our health. Where we are born and raised, where we live and work, matters to our health. Yet too many kids are growing up in communities that are hazardous to their health.

Solution
The more we understand the connection between our health and our community, the more we can improve it. At GSK, we are guided by our mission of helping people do more, feel better, and live longer. To achieve this mission, we must go beyond discovering, developing, and delivering new medicines, vaccines, and healthcare products. We must address health challenges where they often start – in our communities.

GSK IMPACT Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards is one of our signature charitable programs with a nearly twenty year history of honoring outstanding local nonprofit organizations throughout the Research Triangle and Greater Philadelphia Regions. In 2013, we redesigned the awards to align with our focus on building healthy communities. Up to twenty winning nonprofit organizations are recognized annually with a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each.

Eligibility
Eligible organizations include small, mid-size, or large nonprofits with exemplary, evidence-based programs that address at least one of the following factors that affect health: 1) Diet & Exercise, 2) Education, 3) Built Environment, 4) Employment, and 5) Family & Social Support. The application deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

NC Application - GSK IMPACT Awards for the Triangle Region
The GSK IMPACT Awards for the Triangle Region is administered in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation (TCF). Up to 10 outstanding nonprofit organizations with programs serving Chatham, Durham, Orange, and/or Wake Counties will earn a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each. Interested applicants are invited to participate on a conference call on Thursday, May 22nd from 1:00pm – 1:45pm ET and can register for the call here. Questions can be directed to TCF at (919) 474-8370 or GSKImpactAwards@trianglecf.org. Apply now.

PA Application - GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia Region
The GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia Region is administered in partnership with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). Up to 10 outstanding nonprofit organizations with programs serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia Counties will earn a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each. Interested applicants are invited to participate on a conference call on Thursday, May 22nd from 2:00pm – 2:45pm ET and can register for the call here. Questions can be directed to UWGPSNJ at (215) 665-2423 or GSKImpactAwards@uwgpsnj.org. Apply now.

Selection Process
Staff members from GSK US Community Partnerships and partner organizations review applications and select no more than 20 finalists (spring/summer). A panel comprised of local and national community health experts perform site visits, evaluate the finalist applications, and select up to ten winners (summer/fall). The winners will be notified in the fall and presented with their GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each at a ceremony at the GSK campus in Durham, NC and Philadelphia, PA respectively in late 2014.

Past Winners
In 2013, more than 100 applications were submitted and judges selected 16 winners (nine in the Triangle Region and seven in the Greater Philadelphia Region). Learn more about the 2013 winners, find out how you can get involved in their award-winning work to build healthier communities, view pictures of the winners (RTP pictures and Philadelphia pictures), and watch the 3-minute highlight reels from the award ceremonies (RTP video and Philadelphia video).

The History of GSK IMPACT Awards
For nearly 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’ derives from the focus that winners must be: Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative. To date, 173 exemplary U.S.-based nonprofits have been honored with $6,920,000 in GSK IMPACT Awards in both the Greater Philadelphia and Research Triangle Regions. The GSK IMPACT Awards for Greater Philadelphia was launched in 1997 and since then we have honored 136 nonprofit programs with $5,440,000. The GSK IMPACT Awards for the Triangle Region was launched in 2009, and since then we have recognized 37 exemplary local nonprofits with $1,480,000 in GSK IMPACT Awards. In 2013, the GSK IMPACT Awards were redesigned to align with our efforts to explore what it means and what it takes to be a healthy community. Eligibility expanded to nonprofit programs that promote healthy lifestyles, advance educational outcomes, and address other determinants of our health. This focus on healthy communities continues in 2014.

Background on Healthy Communities
As part of GSK’s longstanding commitment to building healthy communities, in 2012, the company launched a national initiative designed to better understand the barriers and identify opportunities for building healthier communities in the United States. This initiative included a series of events, called “Conversations on Community Health,” which were held in three cities: Philadelphia (September 2012), St. Louis (December 2012), and Denver (February 2013); a National Advisory Council convening in New York City (February 2013), and the release of a national survey (March 2013). Phase one uncovered new insights about what it means, and what it takes to build a healthy community.  Phase two, which includes the launch of the new GSK IMPACT Grants and the redesign of the GSK IMPACT Awards, leverages that knowledge and demonstrates innovative ways local organizations and businesses can work together to make a meaningful difference for healthier communities.

 

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