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Local nonprofits make a bigger IMPACT with $40,000 award from GSK in Greater Philadelphia region

Issued: Philadelphia, PA

GSK and The Philadelphia Foundation today issued the call for applications for the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards. This annual awards program recognizes local nonprofit organizations that are breaking down health barriers in communities across the five-county region.

“Local nonprofit organizations make Greater Philadelphia a healthier place to live and work,” said Becki Lynch, Acting Director, Community Partnerships, GSK. “Through our GSK IMPACT Awards program, we celebrate organizations that help our neighbors access healthy foods and stay active, find high-quality jobs and education, and strengthen their family and social supports – because we know that these things are fundamental to a healthy community.”

A $40,000 GSK IMPACT Award can go a long way for a local nonprofit. Local sports-based youth development nonprofit, SquashSmarts (@SquashSmarts) won in 2016: “The GSK IMPACT Award was a game-changer for SquashSmarts. It’s a truly thoughtful, intentional and powerful award that left a mark on each level of our non-profit: from our student-athletes, to our staff, to our leadership, to our overall way of thinking,” said Stephen Gregg, Executive Director of SquashSmarts. “GSK’s financial support enabled SquashSmarts to provide intensive, year-round tutoring and squash instruction to 143 children from our Philadelphia public schools.”

The GSK IMPACT Awards honor effective nonprofit organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to make neighborhoods healthier. 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 22nd year of the program and to date over $10 million has been awarded across Greater Philadelphia and the Triangle, NC region. This year, GSK is proud to partner with The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) in the administration of the awards.

“We’re proud to continue our partnership with GSK on not only the IMPACT Awards, but also GSK Opportunity Scholarships and the collective Get HYPE Philly! Initiative,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Foundation. “GSK sets a stellar example of corporate community commitment and leadership. The organizations that receive these awards are highly effective and rooted in the community, often providing direct service to some of our region’s most vulnerable residents.”


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

  1. Nutrition & Physical Activity,
  2. Education,
  3. Housing & Built Environment,
  4. Employment & Income,
  5. Community safety, and
  6. Family & Social Support

To view additional criteria and to apply, visit GSK IMPACT Awards.

Nonprofits must register online by Friday, March 30, 2018 and submit a completed application by Friday, May 4, 2018.

Interested applicants are invited to participate in one of four conference calls being held on:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27 from 10:00 – 11 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To learn more about the program and application process – visit GSK IMPACT Awards to sign up for a conference call. For questions, contact TPF at

Selection Process

GSK and TPF staff review applications and select no more than 20 finalists (spring). TPF staff conduct site visits and a panel made up of community health experts and GSK representatives evaluate the finalist applications and select up to 10 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 facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 2018.

The History of GSK IMPACT Awards

For more than 20 years, GSK has honored outstanding nonprofit organizations that are improving health in and around our US 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
  • Transformative

To date, 241 exemplary nonprofits have been honored with over $10 million in GSK IMPACT Awards in both the Greater Philadelphia and Triangle (NC) Regions.

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 more company information, go to

About The Philadelphia Foundation

Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, civic and social vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. To learn more, visit

Contact information

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Marti Skold-Jordan

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