Highlights From 2021 Booz Allen Foundation Annual Report

Driving Progress in STEM, Equity, Resilience

Imagine. Invent. Deliver. The Booz Allen Foundation is dedicated to empowering human potential and driving wider social impact in a spirit of passionate service.

Each year, the Foundation shares highlights of how its technology investments and solutions fueled transformation in and for traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Highlights follow from the 2021 Booz Allen Foundation Annual Report.

Connecting COVID-19-related Solutions to Ongoing Priorities

In 2020, the Booz Allen Foundation awarded 21 Innovation Fund grants to nonprofits, small businesses, and universities to immediately accelerate their development of solutions to COVID-19 challenges. In 2021, the Foundation built upon these efforts and the report features spotlights on four grantees that not only received funding from the Foundation, but also received support from Booz Allen Hamilton employees through pro bono or volunteer projects. These include:

  • Abaton, which designed a device capable of decontaminating nearly 40,000 N95 healthcare masks per week, moved into the manufacturing stage with a plan for global scalability
  • Becky’s Fund refined and launched its ENDOVI app, which more than 800 people have used to date to find help leaving an abuser, explore options for taking that step later, or aid relatives or friends experiencing domestic abuse
  • The Filipino Young Leaders Program expanded its Tayo platform, which provides culturally tailored messages for countering misinformation and fraud, which will also soon provide a technology help desk for Filipino-American senior citizens
  • The Coleman A. Young II (CAY II) Educational Foundation in Detroit expanded its Coding Lab Accelerator, which provides a supportive and advanced environment for STEM learning

“As grantee projects reached fruition, we saw the myriad ways in which the Foundation’s responsive support created a measure of resilience in communities under stress,” said Christine Hoisington, executive director of the Booz Allen Foundation.

“A second round of grants this year helped our community partners expand and intensify their missions in alignment with ongoing Foundation priorities: addressing educational challenges that the pandemic created or worsened, increasing access and opportunity to make workforces more inclusive, and supporting underserved communities by using innovation, including technological advances, to uncover solutions to pressing problems,” she said.

Joining Forces to Drive Progress, From Cell Phones to STEM

Guided by these priorities, the Foundation both responded to immediate crises and strengthened its own capacity to make an impact over the past year.

When evacuees flying to the United States from Afghanistan in August 2021 lacked cell phones, the Foundation provided funding toward a homeland security program that helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation address this need. The program rapidly supplied nearly 10,000 mobile phones and preloaded six-month service plans to more than 34,000 Afghan refugees.

The Foundation launched new initiatives under its well-established impact pillars of empowering diverse talent and driving community resilience. These included a new employee-nominated grant cycle, launched with a $200,000 Equity Grant by Booz Allen, five-year pathbuilder grant cycles in Washington, DC, and San Diego to expand opportunities for diverse student populations, and a number of capacity-building efforts, from partnerships to advanced analytics.

“We’re looking forward to enhancing our grant-making effectiveness, increasing the focus and impact of all our work, and driving progress in the year ahead,” Hoisington said.

Read the full 2021 Booz Allen Foundation Annual Report and learn more about the Booz Allen Foundation.

New Executive Director and 2020 Annual Report

Booz Allen Foundation Names Christine Hoisington as New Executive Director, Releases 2020 Annual Report

Washington, DCMay 12, 2021 – The Booz Allen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to convening diverse stakeholders to solve challenging social issuestoday announced Christine Hoisington as its new Executive Director and released its 2020 Annual Report. The Foundation builds upon Booz Allen Hamilton’s strong legacy of passionate servicea legacy Hoisington has upheld in her nearly thirteen years with the firm. 

We’re thrilled to have Christine step into the Executive Director role,” said John M. Murdock, President and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation. Christine has provided critical program support for the Foundation since the beginning. Under her leadership, the Foundation is well-positioned to continue our mission of empowering people to use technology and innovation to break cycles of structural inequity and build generational resilience. 

Hoisington has been a member of the Booz Allen’s Community Impact & Philanthropy team since 2008, serving in the leadership role for the last several years. She helped stand up the Booz Allen Foundation in 2017. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Hoisington served on the Board of Directors for Cultural Tourism DC, as Director of Partnership Programs with Smithsonian Business Ventures, Director of Contributing Membership with Smithsonian Institution and held roles with the World Federation for Mental Health and the American Red Cross National Headquarters.  

Our founding partners, Edwin Booz and Jim Allen, believed that values of corporate and individual citizenship made our communities better for all,” said Nancy Laben, Treasurer and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation, who also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Booz Allen“More than a century later, as we build upon their vision, we’re proud to name Christine our Executive DirectorWith her at the helm, whether championing STEM education or stepping up in times of crisis, we’re focused on increasing resiliency in the communities in which we live and work.  

Under Hoisington’s leadership, the Foundation also today released its 2020 Annual Report, which outlines the STEM education and COVID-19 response activities it led in 2020, including:   

  • Launching the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund, which awarded a total of nearly $1 million in grants to 21 organizations working to develop new solutions that help build lasting community resilience by protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or supporting the safe return to work. Nearly 3,000 applications from all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and Washington, DC were received and vetted. To support the Foundation’s Innovation Fund work, Booz Allen Hamilton has provided pro bono consulting projects to help four nonprofits that received grant funding navigate key issues like strategic planning, data science and analytics, cybersecurity, and financial modeling. 
  • Capitalizing on momentum created by the Innovation Fund, the Booz Allen Foundation in September 2020 hosted “Innovation Unlocked,” a virtual event that convened over 200 practitioners, experts, influencers and all 21 Innovation Fund grant recipients to discuss issues and solutions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Donating $1 million to Feeding America, which provided 4 million meals served to children in need across 10 metropolitan regions in the U.S. This $1 million donation matched an equal contribution from Booz Allen, coming at a time of significant need when much of Feeding America’s initial pandemic response funds had been exhausted. 
  • Hosting an Educators STEM Open House at Marymount University’s campus in Arlington, Virginia—just before COVID-19 reshaped the world. The event brought together over 100 representatives from public schools, community colleges, universities, nonprofits, and private companies to learn about the STEM skills companies look for in new hires and the challenges hindering inclusive STEM career pathways. 

“Amid the uncertainties of the past 12 months, the Foundation’s work has never been more important,” said Hoisington. “Our work epitomizes the idea that innovative technologies can help traditionally underserved communities achieve a brighter future, no matter the obstacles. As we look ahead, we remain committed to helping develop sustainable solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities. I’m excited to lead the Foundation and help connect Booz Allen’s expertise in areas like technology and healthcare and convene diverse groups to develop solutions to real world problems.  

Looking ahead at the Foundation’s 2021 fiscal year, which began January 1, the organization is focused odriving equity and resilience through initiatives such as creating inclusive pathways into future-forward careers for underrepresented groups, partnering with schools and education groups to inspire and enable girls and minority students to pursue STEM careers, and making connections between technology and the passion and expertise of Booz Allen Hamilton employees to drive community resilience. 

About The Booz Allen Foundation 

The Booz Allen Foundation was formed in 2017 as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It serves as a convener of diverse stakeholders from the private, public, academic, and social sectors to solve challenging social issues through innovation and technology and build community resilience from the ground up. For more information visit https://boozallenfoundation.org. 


Booz Allen Foundation Awards $1M In Innovation Fund Grants To Support COVID-19 Solutions

21 winning teams selected to receive funding for innovative solutions to most pressing issues caused by pandemic

Washington DC, September 17, 2020: The Booz Allen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to convening diverse stakeholders to solve challenging social issues,today announced the recipients of nearly $1 million in grants from the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund.

Established to support the development of creative solutions that address the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund was open to individuals, nonprofit organizations and eligible small businesses to apply from April 30 to June 5, 2020. Nearly 3,000 applications were submitted, coming from all 50 states, four U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.

The 21 winners selected to receive grant funding—ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 per project—are working to develop new solutions, systems, technologies and approaches that help build lasting community resilience by protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or support the safe return to work. Projects selected to receive grant funding include innovative methods to scale production of and sanitize personal protective equipment (PPE), new methods of contact tracing, the creation of mobile health units to serve at-risk communities, and advancements in providing mental health services, among other pioneering solutions to pressing issues caused by the pandemic.

“Our diverse set of winning teams displayed creativity, innovative thought and best-in-class ability to create impact for our most vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic,” said John M. Murdock, President and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation. “We asked applicants to provide their best and brightest ideas in an unprecedented time, and these award recipients delivered a wide range of solutions that will not only change the world, but also provide hope.”

Innovation Fund grant applications were reviewed by more than 150 individuals during a multi-stage evaluation process. From nearly 3,000 applications, 30 semi-finalists were selected to virtually pitch their projects to a team of external evaluators with backgrounds in innovation, grant making and entrepreneurship. The 21 winning teams were then evaluated and approved by the Booz Allen Foundation Board.

In addition to grant funding, award recipients also have access to ongoing support provided by Booz Allen Foundation partners, including: priority review for potential pro bono services for the nonprofit winners from Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., such as strategic planning, data science and analytics, cybersecurity, financial modeling, war gaming simulations and more; a virtual Seed Spot Boot Camp that includes business-building workshops, coaching and mentorship; and a complimentary copy of “IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change”by Sir Ronald Cohen.

The Innovation Fund continues the Booz Allen Foundation’s ongoing support for communities impacted by COVID-19. On April 1, 2020, the Booz Allen Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton launched a coordinated philanthropic initiative to address pandemic-related issues, including initial giving to address the immediate needs of vulnerable local populations through the Feeding America® network of food banks and community-based agencies, the CDC Foundation and the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative.

Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund Winners:

Nonprofit Category: $100,000 Each

On the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advance Peace Health and Safety Initiative supports formerly incarcerated community leaders who are going beyond their mission of preventing shootings by filling gaps in the social safety net for more than 25,000 of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Through safe and silent technology, the ENDOVI mobile app will offer those affected by domestic violence immediate access to critical resources by location and a pathway to escaping abuse. ENDOVI will help save lives, turning victims into survivors.

MasksOn is a nonprofit initiative to produce durable, reusable, and sanitizable medical PPE for healthcare workers at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the grant funding, this project will produce and distribute emergency PPE mask kits to frontline health workers.

The Minority Psychology Network’s Mobile Mental Health Unit and app will bring culturally competent mental health care directly to essential workers in the neighborhoods they live in, connecting them to services, helping them navigate a complex system, and helping build resilience amid COVID-19.

SPARK at Stanford, a translational medicine program at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, develops egg yolk-derived anti-SARS CoV-2 antibodies (IgY) as nose drops to inhibit viral infection. Unlike vaccines, IgYs are cheap and fast to produce for the world’s population, including for immunocompromised and older patients. When added to masks and handwashing, IgY will help slow down and potentially even stop the pandemic.

The RECOVER study uses experimentally assigned financial incentives and novel statistical methods to accurately estimate antibody prevalence in the general population. This will inform government decisions, improve epidemiological models, and provide a scalable blueprint for improved disease surveillance.

Non-Profit Category$40,000 Each

The Coding Lab Accelerator: COVID-19 Challenge will challenge youth to use a series of innovative design solutions to use technology to address a crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the incubator model, high school students will form start-ups that utilize technology to solve a real-world problem.

The Art of Us is an innovative, community-centered project blending art and social and emotional learning (SEL) to allow middle school students throughout North Tulsa the opportunity to be agents of change within their community.

Non-Profit Category: $25,000 Each

Abaton is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting frontline workers in low-resource settings by building and donating PPE disinfection devices. Shortages of personal protective equipment are endangering frontline staff across the globe. Abaton’s mission is to fill this critical supply gap and protect vulnerable populations.

Educational Alliance is launching Community P.A.C.T. (Public Advisors Contact Tracing), an initiative to train and place at least 50 out-of-work New York City residents as public health advisors to support COVID-19 contact tracing efforts in New York City and state.

The Caretaker Project fills in the gaps in services to the most vulnerable in the Filipino community. It is a virtual help desk service that will: connect Filipinos to vital services (legal, wellness), debunk misinformation and warn against fraud and scams, and improve collection of community data.

For-Profit Category: $10,000 Each

CNA Simulations VR is building the first suite of clinical simulations dedicated exclusively to the certified nursing assistants (CNA) who help our nation’s older adults to age with grace. We are democratizing access to cutting-edge, virtual reality clinical simulations to grow the graduate pipeline for this essential workforce whose clinical training has been interrupted by the pandemic.

  • Copia; San Francisco, California

Copia is Solving the World’s Dumbest Problem by dramatically reducing food waste to end hunger. Copia’s technology platform helps businesses measure and prevent food waste; donate edible excess food to those in need; and reap significant financial benefits from reducing waste and feeding the community.

Olifant Medical responded to the call to protect vulnerable frontline healthcare workers at risk of infection when treating COVID-19 patients. Their STAT Enclosure™ aims to provide an additional protective barrier between clinicians and infectious droplets produced during high-risk airway procedures.

There is a need to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 pathogen) rapidly and accurately at the point of care. OmniVis is developing a low-cost, portable SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic on a smartphone-based platform. By rapidly detecting SARS-CoV-2 in patient saliva samples, frontline workers will benefit from a reduction in testing burden.

Canines are a rapid and mobile platform for detecting emerging threats and a variety of diseases. SciK9’s device allows safe training of canines without exposure to potentially harmful samples, aiming to demonstrate dogs’ ability to detect unique odors from humans infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The PPE Exchange, a Strike Labs LLC project, is a national clearinghouse of vetted buyers and sellers of personal protective equipment. It is a radically transparent financial platform for institutional entities that decreases PPE transaction friction and increases the fair market value of these PPE goods.

Individual Startup Category: $10,000 Each

  • Masks & Robots; Boston, Massachusetts

Masks & Robots teaches digital fabrication skills to ten tailors/seamstresses in the Boston area through the design and production of face masks, addressing a local supply need while equipping small entrepreneurs with 21st century technical skills that can elevate their business and communities.

  • Ryde; Atlanta, Georgia

Ryde is a contactless method of calling an elevator. The platform will help the general public and at-risk population safely adjust to the new normal while optimizing elevator efficiency. Ryde is specifically designed to be accessible and useful for the elderly, frontline workers, and other at-risk populations.

Shield the Bay provides face shields for Bay Area healthcare workers passed over by large-scale sourcing. Our human-centered designs improved the face shield product, but to build lasting community resilience we are aiming to meet growing demand by helping health systems procure high-quality alternative personal protective equipment in a way that supports local business.

The Urinall COVID Wastewater Detection System is a sensor platform that targets Sars-CoV-2 in wastewater streams closer to the source. A portable platform that provides rapid results, it is frontline protection for our most vulnerable populations in places such as hospitals and nursing homes.

About The Booz Allen Foundation

The Booz Allen Foundation was formed in 2017 as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It serves as a convener of diverse stakeholders from the private, public, academic, and social sectors to solve challenging social issues through innovation and technology and build community resilience from the ground up. For more information visit https://boozallenfoundation.org.