Extended Grace awarded GHACF grant

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has awarded Extended Grace a $1,500 Capacity Building Grant to use toward strategic conversation and coaching for the agency’s board of directors. Funding is through the GHACF Technical Assistance Fund.

Coaching will be through the Grand Valley State University Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, which is a university-based center that serves nonprofits, foundations, and others who seek to transform their communities for public good. Program Director Mathew Downey will lead the training.

The award brings value in addition to funding, according to Barbara Lee, Extended Grace Experi-Mentor and Executive Director. “We’ve been recognized as a nonprofit with impressive goals. This grant helps put us in position for long-term success.”

Extended Grace is a local social justice/human rights agency that provides opportunities for people who want to help people.

Extended Grace has a wide variety of expressions. Monthly Inspire! events encourage community discussion of important topics as well as ways to act upon decisions. Just Goods is a fair trade/social justice store that features traditional fair-trade items along with items created by local CBI (Community Based Instruction) students and inmates through Humanity for Prisoners. The Tri-Cities Historical Museum has donated space in its gift shop for Just Goods sales. Pilgrim Spirit Tours provides opportunities for cultural immersion in locations around the world, including a May tour to Tibet and China. Individuals who have creative ideas for improving communities can apply for $500 Mudita Gifts awarded by Extended Grace.