In recognition of its outstanding contributions to improving health, Girls on the Run Philadelphia County recently received $50,000 to continue improving the lives of young people throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
“We’re pleased to provide funding to nonprofit organizations that connect underserved communities with access to critical services like community safety, education, employment, affordable housing, family/social support, nutrition and activity programs,” Maya Martinez-Davis, President, US Pharmaceuticals, GSK said in a released statement.
“At GSK, we aim to improve health equity in the communities where we live and work through programs like the IMPACT awards.”
Selected by a panel of GSK and community leaders through a competitive process, Girls on the Run Philadelphia County is one of 20 nonprofits, in the Triangle (North Carolina) and Greater Philadelphia regions, that has demonstrated that they improve community health.
Through innovative ideas, measured outcomes, collaborative partnerships, accountability and racial equity, Girls on the Run Philadelphia County has served over 5,000 girls since 2013.
“We are fortunate to have a corporate partner like GSK here in the Philadelphia region,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of Philadelphia Foundation.
In the Delaware Valley, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in collaboration with Philadelphia Foundation.
“GSK’s IMPACT Awards bring a thoughtful and consistent approach to supporting well-run nonprofits,” said Ramos.
“The flexible, general operating dollars these IMPACT Awards provide are precious to the organizations that receive them as is the endorsement they reflect.”
Unrestricted funding allows Girls on the Run Philadelphia County to use the money for any purpose furthering their work. To date, GSK has awarded over $14 million in unrestricted funding to local nonprofits across the two regions that are home to its US corporate hubs.
Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run International is a nonprofit that has served 2 million + girls across North America. Girls on the Run Philadelphia County has been dedicated to making an impact on girls since 2012, serving as a leader in evidence-based girl-centered programming.
“Girls on the Run gave me self-confidence to accomplish things that might be hard in my life, and really just taught me to be brave and be strong,” said Addyson, a Girls on the Run participant.
Meeting in small teams, Girls on the Run Philadelphia County trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.