Barra Foundation Award Press Release







Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory Wins 2018-2019 Barra Award for Exemplary Nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia Region

December 5, 2017 – Wayne, PA — The Barra Foundation has announced that Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory (PWBF) is a recipient of a 2018-2019 Barra Award. PWBF is among 43 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region that will each receive $50,000 in grant funding. Barra Awardees are nominated by their peers in the social sector and are then invited to submit an application to the Foundation. The application questions focus on the organization’s leadership, performance and adaptability.

“Our Board, staff and students all want to thank our anonymous Barra Award nominee and the Board of the Barra Foundation for believing in our work and for spearheading innovative approaches to philanthropy that help catalyze the non-profit sector in Philadelphia”.  –Brett Hart, Executive Director

In line with the Foundation’s mission to invest in innovation in the social sector, the Barra Awards provide unrestricted funding and introduce awardees to a diverse network of social sector leaders. “Without unrestricted capital, nonprofits have little margin for error or appetite for innovation. Through the Barra Awards we hope to provide organizations with some financial breathing room and their leaders with opportunities to learn from their peers—a diverse and inspiring network of entrepreneurial thinkers from across the nonprofit sector,” said Kristina Wahl, president of The Barra Foundation.

Since its 2013 inception, the Barra Awards has granted more than $6 million to area nonprofits. Awardees represent a range of nonprofits from the Arts and Culture, Education, and Health and Human Services sectors in the Greater Philadelphia region.

A full list of the 2018-2019 Barra Award winners is available here.

To learn more about the Barra Awards program, click here.

About The Barra Foundation

The Barra Foundation invests in innovation to inspire change that strengthens communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. Through its Catalyst Fund and Barra Awards, the Foundation provides approximately $4 million in annual grants that are focused on supporting innovation in and across the fields of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services.

About the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Using the maritime arts and environmental sciences as a framework, Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory provides strength-based, trauma-informed OST educational experiences (academic, 21st-century, and social emotional) for youth ages 12-21 in the Kensington, Port Richmond and Frankford sections of Philadelphia.