GSK Celebrates 25th IMPACT Awards, Boosting Investments Now Totaling $13M to Improve Health in RTP and Greater Philadelphia
20 nonprofits each receive $50,000 for work in mentoring, providing access to food, fighting homelessness and more
GSK is honoring 20 nonprofits from the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Greater Philadelphia regions today for their outstanding contributions to providing life improving and sustaining services and resources, reinforcing healthy habits, and serving those in need. The 20 IMPACT Award winners (10 per region) each are receiving $50,000 to support their missions dedicated to improving health outcomes.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the inception of the US-based IMPACT Awards, GSK increased the award from $40,000 per nonprofit to $50,000, for a total of $1 million donated in 2021. To date, GSK has awarded over $13 million in unrestricted funding to local nonprofits across the two regions that are home to its US corporate hubs.
“Nonprofits are critical for connecting people in RTP and Philadelphia with vital services including housing, food, employment, education and youth mentoring,” said Maya Martinez-Davis, President, US Pharmaceuticals at GSK. “We are pleased and honored to expand our support of many of these outstanding organizations so they can continue to make a difference for people and communities across these two regions far into the future.”
The awards are unrestricted, meaning nonprofits may use the money for any purpose furthering their work.
The 2021 GSK IMPACT Winners in the Triangle Region are:
- Boomerang Youth
- Communities in Partnership
- Durham Literacy Center
- Durham Nativity School
- Housing for New Hope
- North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development
- PORCH Chapel Hill - Carrboro
- Read and Feed
- The Carying Place
- The Hispanic Liaison / El Vinculo Hispano
The 2021 GSK IMPACT Winners in the Greater Philadelphia Region are:
- Beat the Streets Wrestling Program Philadelphia
- C.B. Community Schools
- Career Wardrobe
- Education Law Center – PA
- Healthy NewsWorks
- Neighborhood Bike Works
- Neighborhood Gardens Trust
- Orion Communities, Inc.
- Uplift Center for Grieving Children
- Women's Community Revitalization Project
The winners were selected by a panel of local and national community leaders through a competitive process. The nonprofits needed to demonstrate innovative, measured and sustainable approaches to addressing at least one of the following six community health factors: Community Safety, Education, Employment & Income, Family & Social Support, Housing & Shelter, and Nutrition & Physical Activity.
In the Philadelphia region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in collaboration with Philadelphia Foundation (@PhilaFound).
“We have been a proud partner of GSK’s IMPACT Awards for many years,” said Pedro A. Ramos, Philadelphia Foundation President and CEO. “These unrestricted grants give nonprofits the additional funds needed to continue meeting increased community needs and ultimately improve lives across the Philadelphia region.”
In the RTP region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation (@TriComFdn).
“We are so fortunate to have a corporate partner like GSK right here in the Triangle region that understands the importance of supporting the capacity of nonprofits,” said Triangle Community Foundation President & CEO Lori O’Keefe. “In order to achieve our mission of a better Triangle for all residents, relationships like the one we have with GSK are crucial.”
Join the conversation using @GSKUS, @TriComFdn, @PhilaFound and #GSKimpact.
See photos and videos of the winning organizations: https://us.gsk.com/en-us/about-us/us-community-partnerships/impact-awards/.
View the 2021 IMPACT Award ceremony on YouTube. The awards were presented at a virtual ceremony on December 2, 2021.
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About Philadelphia Foundation
Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit: https://www.philafound.org/.
About Triangle Community Foundation
Triangle Community Foundation is building a brighter future for everyone in the Triangle. By working with dedicated donors and strong nonprofits, we are able to guide gifts in a strategic way to fill in gaps, reduce inequities, and solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Since 1983, we have envisioned a Triangle that works together so everyone can thrive. Learn more at www.trianglecf.org.