US charitable investments

Across the US, we invest our charitable funds with nonprofit organizations that are doing good for people in need in the communities where we live and work. We invest in equitable STEM education, community health and disaster response. 

GSK STEM Equity

girl doing a science experiment

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are the fastest-growing jobs in the US and drive innovation. We also know that these careers are not equally accessible to all students and that women and people of color are underrepresented in science and technology careers. Diverse businesses are more successful and more innovative, and GSK is committed to making STEM education more equitable and increasing the number of underrepresented people in STEM careers through our philanthropic investments.

Through our STEM investments, we aim to equitably increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers. Through our local and national investments, we intentionally focus on diverse and under-served populations and aim to increase students’ access to exciting STEM education that is culturally relevant, connected to real careers and builds science identity. We also collaborate with community organizations to improve pathways for diverse students to succeed in school and pursue STEM careers.

To make STEM equitable, we must work together in earnest to change our systems and institutions. Because it is up to us to clear the path for the next generation of innovators who can help us build a better future."

Maya Martinez-Davis

President US Pharmaceuticals, GSK

GSK Science in the Summer™

Kids in school doing a science experiment.

We want children to discover the wonders of science and consider a career in science one day. That's why we offer GSK Science in the Summer™, a free, inquiry-based science education program that helps students grow to love science. Through classes held in public libraries and other community-based organizations, the program gets kids excited about learning science with hands-on experiments.

We want children to discover the wonders of science and consider a career in science one day. That's why we offer GSK Science in the Summer™, a free, inquiry-based science education program that helps students grow to love science. Through classes held in public libraries and other community-based organizations, the program gets kids excited about learning science with hands-on experiments. 

In 2023, more than 30,000 students will participate in GSK’s Science in the Summer™ program. In collaboration with The Franklin Institute and the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The program is offered nationally to over 36 sites across the US through participating out-of-school time providers, science museums, and libraries. GSK Science in the Summer™ was established in 1986 in Philadelphia, PA.

‘Be a Physicist!’ Summer 2023

The 2023 GSK Science in the Summer™ curriculum invited students to play the role of a sound engineer, laser scientist, accident investigator, power plant engineer, and material scientist by finding solutions to problems that may face these scientists. The program helps students recognize the importance of science, thinking scientifically, and improving problem-solving skills through age-appropriate activities that included sending laser signals to relay messages to Earth, engineering a device to amplify video game sounds and designing a ski suit to keep athletes warm.  

Learn more about our GSK Science in the Summer™ programs at www.scienceinthesummer.fi.edu (Greater Philadelphia and National sites) and https://moreheadplanetarium.org/sis/ (North Carolina sites). 

Through active, hands-on learning, students learn through knowledge, education, and hard work, that science can be interesting, exciting, and challenging as they learn the basic STEM skills that will prepare them for academic and professional success.

Take a glimpse at what our future innovators were able to explore this summer!

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

Students using the Mutter Museum to understand science

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is a 10-year collaborative effort launched in 2020 to increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphians entering STEM careers.

GSK is honored to bring together Philadelphia schools, out-of-school time providers, universities and colleges, employers, local government and the philanthropic community using a collective impact approach to identify and close gaps confronting children from backgrounds under-represented in STEM.

GSK provides backbone support for the Collective, funding dedicated staff to drive the initiative at the Philadelphia Education Fund and through the time and talent of skills-based GSK volunteers. 

To further our commitment to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030, GSK also supports at least $1 million in grant funds each year to nonprofit organizations working to address inequity in STEM education and career pathways.

Learn more about the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective 

Learn about the programs we are proud to support with GSK STEM Equity Grants.

GSK IMPACT Awards

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Tree House Books

Whether it’s feeding people who are hungry, fostering mentoring relationships with youth, or providing access to affordable housing for families, this year’s nonprofits selected for GSK IMPACT Awards are changing lives. On the front line of their communities, these groups often fill a gap that no one else can. 

This is no easy feat given the unprecedented economic and public health challenges generated by the pandemic.  It’s now more important than ever to support the groups committed to helping those who need it the most. 

GSK IMPACT Awards honor local nonprofits

Kids in gym
West End Community Foundation

The GSK IMPACT Awards recognize small- to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in Greater Philadelphia and in the Triangle region of North Carolina.  Many have been in their neighborhoods for years; they’ve earned the trust of the residents and fulfilled their promises.  These relationships are critical to creating a world where all can thrive. 

Ten winners were chosen in each region and awarded $50,000 each for a total charitable investment of $1 million this year. These unrestricted funds enable recipient organizations to focus on their work supporting marginalized and vulnerable communities.   

 

Meet our 2023 winners

The 2023 GSK IMPACT Award winners leverage innovation and pair it with enthusiasm to drive transformational programs that make our communities healthier. Their missions range from enhancing education, providing trauma-informed legal services, mentoring at-risk youth through music and supporting the families of those incarcerated. These are all important factors to improve health outcomes and equity in the communities where we live and work.

Watch the 2023 GSK IMPACT Awards virtual ceremony

Disaster Relief

Young girl with a backpack hugging a volunteer

GSK provided grants totaling $250,000 to the American Red Cross in 2022 to help with the recovery and relief efforts for families impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.

These funds were used to provide shelter, essential items, and comfort to those impacted by these storms. As a part of our global partnership with Save the Children (STC), GSK also matches employee donations to support emergency response efforts in the US.