Acknowledging & Advancing Excellence

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.

“Barra’s trust in previous grantees shifts the balance of power to nonprofits, which is rare, but it makes a lot of sense. After all, we know first-hand how an unrestricted, multi-year gift can strengthen programming or enable us to try a new idea.”

Christine Simiriglia, President & CEO, Pathways to Housing PA

Nonprofit organizations are indispensable pillars of our communities. In its third round, the Barra Awards aims to acknowledge and advance the work of exemplary organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. This year, The Barra Foundation has awarded $2,150,000 to 43 exemplary organizations from across the field of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services.

In line with its mission to invest in innovation in the social sector, the Barra Awards provide $50,000 in unrestricted funding over a two-year period. Without unrestricted capital, nonprofit organizations have little margin for error or flexibility to innovate. In addition, awardee organizations’ leaders become members of a diverse network of entrepreneurial thinkers—their fellow awardees. This combination of flexible financial support and the opportunity to share ideas with other leaders from different disciplines and networks helps them discover new ideas and better solutions to problems.

To identify Awardees, Barra turns to the community. A new slate of nominators, selected each grant cycle from among previous awardees and other social sector leaders, recommends up to three organizations. Eligible nominated organizations are invited to apply and, ultimately, Awardees are approved by Barra’s Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the Awardees:

Barra Award

$50,000/Awardee
43 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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