Supporting the communities where we live and work, GSK provided grants totaling $250,000 to the organizations listed below to help with the recovery efforts for families impacted by Hurricane Ida. US Charitable Investments collaboration with Save the Children and the Save the Children Emergency Response Teams provide essential items including hygiene kits, diapers, wipes, portable cribs to help families continue to care for their children and support restoration of child-care centers and schools so kids can get back to learning and routine as quickly as possible.
Supporting people suffering from the impact of natural disasters and helping communities to better prepare for and meet their unique needs during and after disaster strikes.
Enabling local emergency responders and medical facilities to increase their capacity to safely care for patients and communities affected by the hurricanes and the aftermath in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New York, and New Jersey. Providing critically needed medical products, PPE, and solar power backup units and fridges delivered to approved facilities and agencies in a timely and secure manner. Ensuring that medical professionals will be equipped with the tools they need to care for patients and to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Shipping and fulfilment of donated medicine, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and relief supplies. Re-establishing local health services for low-income patients by supporting safety net providers in addressing power outages, securing temporary space, and securing medicines and supplies to treat patients and protect health workers. Leveraging expertise in emergency mental health, providing targeted mental training and technical assistance, including self-care, stress management, and psychological first aid, to health care workers and response professionals in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Leveraging existing referral pathways including national and local mental health and substance abuse resources
Identifying gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most. Providing expert, timely and relevant advice from professionals with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy while placing an emphasis on medium- and long-term recovery and disaster giving with an intersectional racial equity lens to increase the effectiveness of funding support
Providing services and support, both tangible (assistance with finding temporary housing, financial assistance for basic needs) and intangible (mental health and spiritual care), to survivors of Hurricane Ida as they journey to recovery in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region
Providing funding to local nonprofits in the greater New Orleans region to support emergency food and shelter as well as legal aid and technical assistance for residents working to navigate applications for assistance.
Health doesn’t just happen inside the doctor’s office, which is why we invest in local nonprofits making our communities healthier.
Building and sustaining healthy communities is more important now than ever. The unprecedented economic and public health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the critical role local nonprofits play in helping those who need it the most.
GSK IMPACT Awards honor local nonprofits
GSK recognizes the tremendous needs that nonprofits meet in improving the health of the communities where our employees live and work. In 2022, the IMPACT Awards will again honor small- to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in Greater Philadelphia and in the Triangle Region of North Carolina, to help these vital groups continue to improve the lives of the people they serve.
GSK will select up to 10 winners in each region and award individual nonprofits with $50,000 for a total charitable investment of $1,000,000 this year. IMPACT Award winners are nonprofits that demonstrate excellence in their operations and make positive impacts on the health of their communities. Through the awards of these unrestricted funds, GSK hopes to build the capacity of nonprofits to continue improving the health and welfare of marginalized individuals and communities.
Philadelphia Foundation and Triangle Community Foundation continue to work with GSK in the administration of the GSK IMPACT Awards program. This year's registration period is now closed. The 2022 winners will be announced later this year.
To learn more about our 2022 IMPACT Awards, please visit:
Meet our 2021 winners
These IMPACT Award winners have been recognized for innovative and transformational programs that make our communities healthier. These local nonprofit organizations are improving education, keeping kids active, making homes and neighborhoods safer, connecting families to support services, and preparing people of all ages for successful careers – all important factors to improve health outcomes in underserved neighborhoods.
The 2021 GSK IMPACT Winners in the Triangle Region are:
The 2021 GSK IMPACT Winners in the Greater Philadelphia Region are:
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.
Learn more about our STEM programs
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.
GSK Science in the Summer ™
A free science education program that helps elementary school children learn to love science.
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 elementary school children 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 2021, more than 25,000 students participated in GSK’s Science in the Summer™ program both virtually and in-person depending on the COVID-19 protocols in their community. The program was established in 1986 in Philadelphia, PA, and then offered in the Raleigh-Durham, NC metro area in the summer of 2008. The program expanded nationally in 2017 and will be offered in 32 sites across the US this summer.
GSK Science in the Summer™ is administered by the Franklin Institute, and the University of North Carolina’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in cooperation with participating local science centers, libraries, and community centers.
‘Be a Biologist!’ in Summer 2022
The 2022 curriculum invites elementary school-aged children to play the role of biologists and tackle challenges in fisheries, plant biology, paleobiology and wildlife biology through hands-on activities and experiments. Students will explore the world of living things as they tackle real-world problems—such as solving a mystery at a troubled fishery, uncovering ancient fossils, planning the perfect plant habitats, and lending a hand to threatened hummingbirds.
Through active, hands-on learning, students in second through sixth grades will 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.
Visit http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/ to learn more about all of our GSK Science in the Summer™ sites.
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective
The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is a 10-year collaborative effort to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students 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 underrepresented in STEM.
GSK provides backbone support for the STEM Equity Collaborative, funding dedicated staff to drive the initiative at the Philadelphia Education Fund and through the time and talent of pro bono GSK volunteers. In addition, GSK will support in-school programming and community efforts through an annual grantmaking process committing $1 million a year for 10 years, as well as a shared measurement system to guide actions and track outcomes.
The efforts are being guided by the Philadelphia Education Fund, which coordinates the city’s 400-member Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem and other organizations:
- Equal Measure, supported the development of the Theory of Change.
- Little Giant Creative, supporting the Community Engagement launch
Learn more about the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective and our participating organizations.
To further our commitment to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030, GSK will support at least $1 million in grant funds each year to nonprofit organizations working to address inequity in STEM education and career pathways.