We focus our charitable investments with organisations that are closely aligned to our purpose - to unite our science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together. We support programmes across three key areas.
Health for people
We use our community investments to strengthen health and wellbeing systems across the world to improve the health of vulnerable and marginalised people.
Innovators for the future
We support equitable education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and invest to improve educational and career outcomes for those who are under-represented in these specialist areas.
Health for the planet
We are looking at new partnerships to improve water quality, reduce carbon emissions and protect and restore nature.
Our UK charitable investments
GSK UK STEM Equity Mentoring programme
Our UK STEM equity programme aims to help reduce the significant barriers to entry faced by women and young girls, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Black communities (under-represented groups), which limit STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) opportunities and contribute to the lack of diversity in STEM sectors.
A report commissioned by STEM Learning using data from the Office for National Statistics found significant differences in engagement with and attainment in STEM GCSEs and A-Levels across gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background. This ‘STEM equity gap’ widens as young people progress into the workforce.
To address this issue, we are investing £6m over a 10-year STEM equity programme. This initiative is specifically designed to inspire and support the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from under-represented groups in the UK.
One highly effective approach we are taking is providing mentoring opportunities for young people aged 11-25 from under-represented groups. Through one-to-one relationships with mentors working in STEM, these individuals will receive valuable tools, guidance and support for their personal and professional development through their STEM education. We fund high-quality STEM mentoring, in collaboration with five established grassroots partner organisations: Stemettes, STEM Learning, the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE), Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, and Spark!. In the first three years, this initiative will reach almost 4,000 young people across the UK.
Furthermore, we are encouraging our employees to become mentors themselves with our partners through our employee volunteering programme.
 Science Education in England, STEM Learning, February 2022
We support a number of national and local community projects through our UK charity investments, the GSK IMPACT Awards and GSK Grow.
GSK IMPACT Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards, established in 1997, is an annual programme that recognises and rewards charities in the UK doing outstanding work in their local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable or marginalised people. The awards are run in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, and are open to charities with an annual income of between £120,000 to £3 million that are at least three years old.
The name ‘IMPACT’ is derived from the following criteria: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting need - all of which applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate.
GSK IMPACT Award winners
However, becoming a GSK IMPACT Award winner means so much more than just receiving the unrestricted donation. As part of the award, all winners are invited to participate in a three-day training and development programme with The King’s Fund (valued at an additional £9,500). In addition, all award winners are also encouraged to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, providing ongoing support and connecting past winners together. This is designed to encourage members to work with each other, grow together, and share best practices both online and at face-to-face meetings to promote their continued success and growth.
Award winners receive unrestricted funding of £40,000 together with promotional assets to tell their organisation’s story. Runners-up receive unrestricted funding of £4,000.
- Aurora New Dawn - supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.
- Birth Companions - supporting and empowering women facing inequality and disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.
- The Cellar Trust – providing mental health services to support people in Bradford District and Craven.
- Croydon BME Forum – working to tackle health inequalities and improve the physical and mental health of ethnic minority communities in Croydon
- LGBT Switchboard (Brighton & Hove) – connecting the LGBTQ people of Sussex with targeted support since 1975.
- New Citizens’ Gateway – supporting the physical and mental well-being and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees in London and beyond
- The Rainbow Foundation – 2023 GSK IMPACT Overall Winner - an active ageing charity delivering outstanding services to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
- Red Rose Recovery – improving individual lives, building resilience, empowering service user voice, and creating stronger, better-connected families and communities.
- Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care - providing older people with a helping hand when they need it most.
- Street Doctors – empowering young people affected by street violence with emergency lifesaving skills and knowledge about the consequences of violence, to keep themselves and their communities safe.
- BHA for Equality - tackling health inequalities in ethnic minority communities in the north of England by offering advice and screening services for infections and diseases including HIV, cancer and tuberculosis (TB).
- Brigstowe - enhancing the quality of life of people living with HIV and other long-term health conditions in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
- Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid - providing a place of safe refuge and support for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
- Dads Unlimited - a Kent-based charity supporting the mental health of dads across England who are undergoing family breakdown.
- Dementia Forward - providing information, advice and support along with wellbeing activities and respite for people across North Yorkshire affected by dementia.
- Haemochromatosis UK - improving the diagnosis and care of people affected by the genetic condition haemochromatosis (iron overload).
- Mancroft Advice Project – 2022 GSK IMPACT Overall Winner - an - providing advice, counselling, and holistic mental health support to young people in Norfolk aged 11-25.
- Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs- supporting anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland.
- The Haven Wolverhampton - providing safe accommodation and support for women and children in Wolverhampton affected by domestic abuse.
- Trekstock - supporting young adults affected by cancer to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity and social support.
2022 runners up: Broomhouse Centre, City Hospice Trust, Diverse Excellence Cymru, Integrate UK, Lantern Trust, The Mulberry Centre, New Citizens’ Gateway, The Lowdown, Treasures Foundation, WomenCentre.
- Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum - advancing education, relieving sickness, assisting vulnerable people and the aged to promote the preservation and protection of health.
- Healthworks - supporting and enabling local communities across the Northeast of England to improve health, wellbeing and life outcomes.
- Hounslow Youth Counselling Service - offering free, confidential counselling services to young people across the London Borough of Hounslow.
- MumsAid Maternal Mental Health Support – 2021 GSK IMPACT Overall Winner – providing life-changing specialist perinatal counselling and therapeutic care to pregnant women and new mums struggling with their mental health.
- NEXUS NI – Northern Ireland’s leading charity supporting people affected by sexual trauma.
- Redthread - supporting young people by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector.
- SARSAS - supporting anyone affected by sexual violence to heal and recover. Campaigning so that no-one is left unheard.
- Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association - the go to service for anyone affected by eating disorders in Somerset & Wessex.
- Streetwise Young People's Project - making a positive difference in young people’s lives by providing access to free, confidential mental health and emotional wellbeing services.
- The Wish Centre – a specialist domestic abuse charity supporting individuals and families to live a life free from abuse.
2021 runners up: Allsorts Youth Project, Croydon Vision, Every-One (Cares), Hampton Trust, Health and Wellness Hub, Penley Rainbow Centre, Positive East, Savera UK, West Wales Domestic Abuse Service, Women's Work.
GSK IMPACT Awards judging criteria
Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:
Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited, impact on access to healthcare; difference made.
Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need.
UK charities we partner with
We are committed to improving and promoting positive health and wellbeing across the UK through charity partnerships and the exceptional work they do within their communities.
Child Bereavement UK
Helping families rebuild their lives after the loss of a child
The UK national charity for people experiencing homelessness
Providing free cancer support and information at centres across the UK and online
A national charity that gives young people the opportunity to discover their passion
Connecting people, with the right skills to support good causes
Giving seriously ill children the best chance to thrive
US Charitable Investments
Across the US, we invest our charitable funds with nonprofit organisations 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. Visit our US website to learn more.