Building Hope Announces First Annual Impact Awards Finalists
Building Hope, the non-profit leader in charter school facilities, financing, and services, today announced the names of nine charter school finalists in the first annual Building Hope IMPACT Summit and Awards. The finalists were selected for having an impact on community engagement, educational innovation, or student empowerment. Three grants will ultimately be awarded in each of the three categories: one $20,000 grant and two $10,000 grants.
"I would like to congratulate every charter school that took the time to submit an application, and, of course, our nine outstanding finalists for their commitment to foster excellence, innovation, empowerment, and community for their students," said President of Building Hope Joseph Bruno. "These school finalists will surely inspire and influence the charter school community today and will continue to for years to come."
Selected from nearly 400 charter school applicants stretching across 38 states, the nine 2022 IMPACT Awards finalists are:
"As an environmental justice-themed charter high school, we are focused on building access and a sense of wonder in nature for students growing up in an urban community," said Executive Director Monica Maccera Filppu. "Our audience is intentionally inclusive - through our programs, we aim to help people from across Greater New Haven connect to their urban environment. That connection creates a ripple impact by bringing nature, nature learning, and the farm experience to our community."
IMPACT Award finalists will learn their grant award amounts during Building Hope's first annual IMPACT Summit taking place from June 22-24, 2022, in Washington, DC. The IMPACT Summit will gather a cohort of top charter school leaders for a deep-dive masterclass, so they may share their successes, discuss challenges, and inspire each other to increase their impact. Additional information is available at www.buildinghope.org/impactawards.
About Building Hope
Building Hope is a non-profit foundation created to support education and public charter schools. Since 2003, Building Hope has created impact by investing in facilities, financial, and operational services for charter schools nationwide. With Building Hope's support, schools can devote more resources to educating students in underserved communities. Building Hope has supported over 300 charter school projects and more than 150,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia, by providing more than $375 million in direct loans, credit enhancements, and equity investments to support more than $2 billion in school construction. For more information about how Building Hope helps charter schools nationwide with facilities, financing, and operational services, visit www.buildinghope.org.