WASHINGTON, D.C. | JUNE 22-24, 2022

THANK YOU to all the charter schools across the country who shared their stories with us of excellence in student empowerment, community engagement, and educational innovation. The amazing work that is happening in charter schools across the country is amazing, and we are so honored to be highlighting some of the best-of-the-best with our list of semi-finalists and honorable mentions. Finalists for the grant awards will be announced on May 24.

Thank you for supporting Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Innovative Education!




Thank you to all the amazing schools, leaders, and volunteers who applied for our First Annual Building Hope Summit & Awards. We received interest from 38 states and have been impressed with the breadth and depth of the impact charter schools are making across the country!

Please see below for some important upcoming dates*:

May 10: Semi-Finalists in Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Educational Innovation will be announced on the site, on social, and via email.

May 17: Finalists of the Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award will be announced.

May 24: Finalists for the Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Educational Innovation grant awards will be announced.

Our Summit will be held on June 22-24 at the Courtyard by Marriott DC Convention Center for inspiring talks from our category finalists, deep dives into how to level-up education, opportunities to connect and an evening awards dinner to announce the winners.

We will be filming the talks and deep dives to share with all charter school leaders who are interested in taking the next steps in providing innovative, student-focused, community-minded education.

More details to come.

Questions? Please reach out to impactawards@bhope.org

***Please note: Dates are subject to change.***


Building Hope announces its First Annual slate of $130,000 in grants and a host of additional prizes for charter schools who are making an IMPACT in Community Engagement, Educational Innovation, and Student Empowerment. The Shellie-Ann Braswell “Shine Brighter” Award will also be given to two charter school volunteers who have made an IMPACT on their school’s families.

Finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2022 BH IMPACT Summit to work with fellow charter school leaders in deep dive sessions to create a community, learn from each other, and expand the impact of the important work they do. Networking opportunities, special leadership sessions, and one-on-one coaching are also part of the experience, along with the distinction of being the first honored cohort of the Building Hope IMPACT Awards.

The Summit will also be open to Semi-Finalists to attend, and virtual content will be provided post-summit for all applicants, to increase the impact and inspiration of these exemplary leaders.


Community Engagement Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that engage local communities in partnership and shared purpose to make their corner of the world a better place are ideal candidates.

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Student Empowerment Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that empower students to be creators of their own futures by providing effective support and programs for each individual student are candidates.

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Educational Innovation Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that play outside "the box" and take risks to best prepare the students of today for the world of tomorrow.


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IMPACT AWARD for Individual Charter School Volunteers

Shellie-Ann Braswell “Shine Brighter” Award

Two $5,000 Grants named in honor of a dedicated volunteer leader who led with love and made everything around her shine brighter. This award recognizes two charter school volunteers who embody the spirit and is making memories for charter school families to cherish.

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“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

~ Dalai Lama