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:
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
Eastern State Penitentiary
Face To Face
The Food Trust
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 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
Vetri Community Partnership
Visiting Nurse Association Community Services
Women Against Abuse