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Charitable partnerships in the UK

At GSK, we partner with like-minded charities and community organisations to support programmes that have local, national and international impact.

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Key areas

We take great care to focus our charitable partnerships and financial giving on organisations we feel are most closely aligned to our own purpose - to unite our science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together. To do this, we commit to supporting programmes across three key areas.

Human health
We aim to use our community investments to strengthen health and wellbeing systems across the world,  to improve the health of vulnerable and marginalised people.

Innovation
We fully support equitable education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and invest to help improve educational and career outcomes for those who are under-represented in these specialist areas.

Sustainability
We are also looking at new partnerships to improve water quality, reduce carbon emissions and protect and restore nature.

Impact Awards

Our UK charitable partnerships

We support a number of local community projects through our UK charity partnerships and the GSK Impact Awards.


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.

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GSK IMPACT Awards judging criteria

Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:

Innovation

Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.

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Management

Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.

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Partnership

Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.

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Achievement

Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited, impact on access to healthcare; difference made.

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Community focus

Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

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Targeting need

Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need. 

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GSK Grow

To mark the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards and in recognition of the importance and value of grassroot charities and their work, we are proud to have launched GSK Grow.

This new programme aims to support smaller health and wellbeing charities, working with the most underprivileged and diverse communities throughout the UK.  Winning charities receive unrestricted funding, plus access to first class training and development with The Kings Fund.

GSK Grow is open to charities who have been operating for a minimum of one year, with an annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000. 

  • Breaking Barriers NW  - challenging the barriers to inclusion for disabled children, young people and their families by providing support, activities and opportunities in Bolton.
  • CoDa Dance Company - delivering dance as a physiotherapy tool for neurodisabled people in hospitals and community settings, giving people joyful and meaningful experiences that inspire creativity and curiosity.
  • Fumble – providing young people aged 11-25 with the skills and knowledge to successfully manage their sexual health, mental health and relationships in the digital age.
  • GamFam – offering help and support to anyone affected by the devastating effects that gambling can have on family and friends.
  • Live Through This  - supporting and advocating for LGBTIQ+ people affected by cancer.
  • The Maggie Oliver Foundation - working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation nationally to turn the pain of their abuse into power through emotional support and advocacy.
  • The Parent Rooms - supporting parents in Northern Ireland who are experiencing concerns around their mental and emotional wellbeing to lead full and healthy lives.
  • Plasma of Hope– supporting individuals living with Sickle Cell disease and other related illnesses in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell.
  • Suicide & Co– providing support for all who are bereaved by suicide.
  • The Widows Empowerment Trust - supporting the widowed community (male and female) who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation in and around Manchester.
  • Youth@Heart – empowering and supporting young people aged 15-24 living with congenital heart disease and their families across the Southwest of England and South Wales. 

GSK and The King’s Fund have actively encouraged organisations to apply who are led by and support people from underrepresented backgrounds, including ethnic minority communities, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger. 

Other UK partnerships

At GSK, we are committed to improving and promoting positive health and wellbeing across the UK. Learn more about each of our partnerships and the exceptional work they do within their communities.

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