PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Red Sox Foundation is once again accepting nominations for the 5th Annual “IMPACT” Awards (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together).
The program provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favorite local non-profits to decide which organizations will be awarded grants.
The theme of the IMPACT Awards changes annually, with this year focused on organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving health and wellness outcomes in their community. Fans can nominate a non-profit that fits within the theme. The nomination period is open through May 24. Finalists will be announced on June 7, at which time the voting period will begin. Voting ends July 28.
The foundation will donate a total of $75,000. Voting will help determine a first, second, and third place winner in each of the five states. First place winners will receive a $10,000 award and check presentation during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on September 5, tickets to a game, and recognition on the team and Foundation websites. Charities with the second- and third-most votes will receive grants of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, along with additional benefits.
To be eligible, charities must be 501(c)(3) non-profits in good standing whose work is consistent with the Red Sox Foundation’s mission of serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children, families and veterans in need across New England.