The Lark Awards

I have learned that the journey is often more important than the destination - Lark Galloway-Gilliam

The Lark Awards support the collective care and renewal of staff at small community-centered organizations with deep roots in their Los Angeles communities.

The Lark Awards support the collective care and renewal of staff at small community-centered organizations with deep roots in their Los Angeles communities. 

Nonprofit staff often sacrifice their own well-being for their communities and are caught in a cycle of burnout and recovery. Many come from historically marginalized communities with limited access to time off and rest. This program offers the time and resources to pause, think deeply about collective care, and reimagine a more sustainable and just future.

The Lark Awards provide up to 10 nonprofit organizations with $30,000 each for the collective care of their staff. Each organization determines the best way to use and allocate the funds, such as staff-wide activities, individual uses, or both. The program includes a wellness coach for guidance and facilitation, and access to annual alumni convenings for wellness check-ins and continued support. 

Goals:

  • To offer small budget, community-centered nonprofits the resources to support the collective care and well-being of their staff
  • To recognize accomplished small nonprofit organizations, most often led by and working with historically marginalized communities, that are key community leaders
  • To promote a culture of collective care and address burnout in the nonprofit sector

Lark Galloway-Gilliam

The award is named in honor of the late Lark Galloway-Gilliam. Lark was the founder and Executive Director of Community Health Councils, a recipient of the Durfee Sabbatical Award, and a beloved member of our community. She passed away in 2014, leaving behind a powerful legacy for improving health and environmental equity in South Los Angeles.