Leadership. Performance. Adaptability.

The Barra Awards provide core support that acknowledge and advance organizations that exhibit qualities of leadership, performance and adaptability. These organizations have demonstrated that they are keeping pace with a changing environment and continually looking for ways to be more effective in strengthening the communities they serve.

“It was an honor to serve as a nominator and to take time to reflect on and recognize the exciting work that my peers are doing in the field.”

Amanda Jefferson, Executive Director, Summer Search Philadelphia, Nominator & Past Barra Awardee

Barra Awards 2016-2017

At Barra, we believe that these strengths—leadership, performance and adaptability—are the defining characteristics of exemplary organizations committed to strengthening the Greater Philadelphia region. This year, 40 exemplary organizations—the 2016-2017 Barra Awardees—have been selected to receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding over a two-year period. In addition to financial support, Awardees become members of a diverse network of organizations from the fields of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services and are provided with opportunities to connect, think creatively and share ideas.

This cycle of applicants was recommended by 31 nominators who represent a broad spectrum of expertise, geographies and backgrounds. Nominators include past Barra grantees and other colleagues, which creates a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to support their peers as they work together to strengthen our region. An entirely new slate of nominators (who serve anonymously until the awards are announced) is selected each grant cycle. Eligible nominated organizations are invited to submit an application which goes through a rigorous review process. Ultimately, awardees are approved by Barra’s Board of Directors.

The 2016-2017 Barra Awards represent a $2 million commitment in unrestricted funding over a two-year period, because we recognize the importance of unrestricted funding to nonprofit organizations—particularly as they must continually adapt and evolve to a changing environment.

But the Barra Awards aim to provide value beyond grant dollars as well. Through events and resources, the organizations’ leaders are encouraged to reflect, share ideas and learn from each other. We at Barra believe that this combination of flexible financial support and the chance to connect with peers from different disciplines can further creative thinking and lead to even better solutions.

The Barra Foundation congratulates its 2016-2017 Barra Awardees:

1812 Productions
Achieve Now
African Family Health Organization
AIDS Law Project
The Attic Youth Center
BlackStar Film Festival
Catholic Social Services of Montgomery County
ChesPenn Health Services, Inc.
The Common Market
Community Integrated Services
Depaul USA
Eastern State Penitentiary
Face To Face
The Food Trust
Gearing Up
Graduate! Philadelphia
HIAS PA
Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Lutheran Settlement House
Manna on Main Street
Maternity Care Coalition
Mission Kids (Child Advocacy Center)
Neighborhood Bike Works
Public Citizens for Children and Youth
Philadelphia Academies Inc.
Philadelphia Folklore Project
Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Outward Bound School
Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
Philadelphia Youth Network
Philadelphia’s Children’s Alliance
Puentes de Salud
Research for Action
Scribe Video Center
Springboard Collaborative
Theatre Horizon
Vetri Community Partnership
Visiting Nurse Association Community Services
Women Against Abuse

Barra Award

$50,000/Awardee
40 Organizations

Why We Funded

  • Proven leadership
  • Strong performance indicators
  • Demonstrated adaptability

Learn More

Visit the Barra Awards section of our website

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