PHILADELPHIA, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (@GSKUS) and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (@PhillySJUnited) today issued the call for applications for the GSK IMPACT Awards. This annual awards program will honor up to ten local nonprofit organizations with $40,000 each in recognition of their exceptional achievements in contributing to a healthier Greater Philadelphia Region.
"Where we live matters to our health," said Katie Loovis, Director, US Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GSK. "Through the GSK IMPACT Awards, we will find and honor some of the most outstanding local nonprofit organizations that are leading the difficult and often thankless work of making our community a healthier place to live."
The GSK IMPACT Awards honor innovative and collaborative nonprofit organizations with evidence-informed programs that are helping people – especially underserved populations – live healthier lives, and contributing to the health of the Greater Philadelphia Region. GSK IMPACT Awards is one of several charitable programs GSK offers in the U.S. as part of a commitment to building healthier communities and a healthy America. This is the 18 th year of the program, and new this year - GSK is proud to partner with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in the administration of the awards.
"The opportunity to work with GSK in the administration of the GSK IMPACT Awards is a great example of the power of collaboration," said Jill M. Michal, president and CEO, UWGPSNJ. "These awards will allow local nonprofit organizations to build healthier communities, which benefits our entire region and creates impact that none of us can achieve alone."Eligibility: Eligible organizations include small, mid-size, or large nonprofits with existing programs that have demonstrated results; that are operating in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia Counties; and that address at least one of the following factors that affect health: 1) Diet & Exercise, 2) Education, 3) Built Environment, 4) Employment, and 5) Family & Social Support. To view additional criteria and to apply, visit www.gskimpact-us.com. The application deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Interested applicants are invited to participate in a conference call on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET and can register here. For questions, contact UWGPSNJ at GSKImpactAwards@uwgpsnj.org. Selection Process: GSK and UWGPSNJ staff review applications and select no more than 20 finalists (spring/summer). A panel comprised of local and national community health experts and GSK representatives perform site visits, evaluate the finalist applications, and select up to ten winners (summer/fall). 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 new facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in late 2014. Past Winners: In 2013, more than 50 applications were submitted and judges selected seven GSK IMPACT Award Winners. Learn about the 2013 Winners, view photos, watch the 3-minute highlight reel of the awards ceremony, and find out how you can get involved in the award-winning work to build a healthier community.