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Local nonprofits make a bigger IMPACT with $40,000 award from GSK in the Triangle region of North Carolina

Issued: Research Triangle Park, NC

GSK and Triangle Community 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 Triangle region.

“Local nonprofit organizations make the Triangle 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. Diaper Bank of North Carolina (@DiaperBankNC) won in 2017: “The GSK IMPACT Award is adding up to significant change in our community – helping 14,285 girls receive feminine hygiene products so they can attend school with peace of mind, enabling 6,153 parents to have necessary diapers to bring their children to daycare while they pursue work and supporting 2,222 seniors to stay active and engaged by providing adult incontinence supplies,” said Michelle Old, Executive Director of Diaper Bank of North Carolina. “This money continues to further our goal to distribute dignity and open doors to family stability, education, and overall community health.”

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. Since it began, over $10 million has been awarded across the Triangle Region and Greater Philadelphia, PA. This is the 10th year of the program in the Triangle region and GSK is proud to continue its partnership with Triangle Community Foundation in the administration of the awards.

“The Foundation is dedicated to working with passionate donors to build strong nonprofits and successful community leaders, so that this can be a region where everyone thrives,” says Lori O’Keefe, President and CEO, Triangle Community Foundation. “We recognize that our area’s nonprofits are key partners in creating an environment where all members of our community can prosper and be healthy, and we’re honored to continue our partnership with GSK to recognize that success.”


Eligible organizations include small and mid-size nonprofits with existing programs that have demonstrated results; that are operating in Chatham, Durham, Orange and/or Wake Counties; 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 Gina Andersen at Triangle Community Foundation at 919-474-8370 or

Selection Process

GSK and Triangle Community Foundation staff review applications and select no more than 20 finalists (spring). Independent reviewers 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 RTP facility 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 Triangle Community Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation inspires and mobilizes giving, leadership, and action. By working together with donors and nonprofits to address critical community issues, we envision a vibrant Triangle that ensures everyone thrives. Since 1983, the Foundation has been committed to this work, and with the help of our generous family of donors, each year we grant over $25 million back into the community to make a difference. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit Triangle Community Foundation or connect with the Foundation on FaceBook or Twitter.

Contact information

For interview opportunities, please contact:

Marti Skold-Jordan

Triangle Community Foundation
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