Building Hope Announces IMPACT Summit and Awards


Summit To Honor Inspirational Charter School Leaders Who Impact Community Engagement, Educational Innovation, And Student Empowerment With $130,000 In Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FEB. 7, 2022) – Building Hope, a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating high-quality K-12 charter school opportunities for students through its expertise in real estate, finance and operational services, today announced it will host the first annual IMPACT Summit & Awards for charter school leaders on June 22-24, 2022, in Washington, DC. During the summit, Building Hope will award a total of $130,000 in grants to inspirational charter school leaders from across the country who have demonstrated their impact on community engagement, educational innovation, and student empowerment.

“Charter schools build hope for a better future every day in the lives of the students, families, and communities they serve,” said President of Building Hope Joe Bruno. “Bringing the top charter school leaders together to share their successes can create a ripple effect of impact for all charter schools.”

The IMPACT Summit will gather a cohort of top charter school leadership for a deep-dive, masterclass summit to share their successes, challenges, and to inspire each other to increase their impact. During the summit, Building Hope will award three $20,000 grants and six $10,000 grants in recognition of charter school excellence in community engagement, educational innovation, and student empowerment. Building Hope will also grant the Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award to two charter school community volunteers who lead with love in honor of a late Building Hope team member who made the world shine brighter. Following the summit, session content will be made available to the country’s 7,500 charter schools, so they can level-up their own efforts in Community Engagement, Student Empowerment, and Educational Innovation.

“It is a privilege to recognize, support, and honor the charter schools, leaders, and volunteers whose programs and efforts carve a path to a better future, one school at a time,” said Sherilyn Moore, chief marketing officer and IMPACT Selection Committee Chair. “Our goal is to create a tidal wave of ripples through the educational landscape by shining a light on the deep impact of their work, to thank them, and to remind us all the impact is still, very much, worth the effort.”

The period to nominate and apply for the IMPACT Awards begins Feb. 7 and will continue through March 27. Additional information, including selection criteria, public voting process, and program rules, is available at


About Building Hope

Building Hope is a non-profit foundation created to support education and public charter schools. Since 2003, Building Hope has invested in impact by providing facilities, financial, and operational services to 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.


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