Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program  |  P.O. Box 644017  |  Vero Beach FL  32964



Providing hope & help to our neighbors in need so they can lift themselves out of poverty

e-Clmpact Training for GHCOP Philanthropy Team Volunteers Takes Place


Have you ever wondered how Grand Harbor Community Outreach’s hard working and dedicated Philanthropy Team reviews its many Grant requests?  Well, as it turns out, it is a very detailed and thorough process.


All non-profit agencies applying for a GHCOP grant are required to complete an on-line application using a system called e-CImpact.  The application requires detailed information about the agency, the grant request, financial information and governance issues.  GHCOP partners with United Way and John’s Island Community Service League in its use of the program.  The program was developed by an outside contractor and is used extensively by most United Way agencies in the U.S. plus many other non-profits.


Agencies receive training, as needed, on how to enter information and all Philanthropy Team members receive training on how to access the grant application and the Evaluation Form. Site Team members use the detailed Evaluation Form to note their comments and evaluation of the agency following their site visit.


All 32 site team members are invited to attend one of three new or refresher e-CImpact training sessions.  The most recent session was held December 5th and was led by Nate Bruckner of United Way.  Dale Jacobs, VP Philanthropy, and Liz Crowther, Co-Chair Philanthropy, assisted Nate.


As shown in the photos everyone attending brings a computer or tablet and has a “Hand-On” session for a complete understanding of the system. As our numerous Grant requests are received, this team begins the vetting process using e-Clmpact along with site visits assuring that your generous donations reach those meeting our philanthropy guidelines.

Philanthropy Team Launches 17th Year

Pictured are Dale and Liz hosting the 11/6/17 briefing.

The 17th year of vetting our more than 30 local grant recipients began in earnest lead by V.P. Philanthropy, Dale Jacobs and Co-Chair Liz Crowther.


Hosting several briefing sessions, Dale and Liz meet with all Philanthropy team members and reviewed the scope and timing of the season outlining the work needing to be accomplished.


They have a full complement of committee members, including 4 Team Leaders (Kathy Tonkel, Charlene Friedman, Grant Withers and Betty Jacobs), 28 team members (8 volunteers for each team) and 4 Financial Analysts.  Of the 28 team members, 11 are brand new to the Philanthropy Committee this year.


A great team of outstanding and dedicated volunteers.



GH Community Outreach provides first grant award of the season
 GH Community Outreach President, Doug Sweeny and V.P. of Philanthropy Dale Jacobs presented the first grant award of our new season early morning on 11/7/17 at the Habitat Work site in south Vero Beach. They presented a $6,000 check to Andy Bowler, Habitat's Executive Director in front of Grand Harbor’s newly started house, which is in it's beginning stages (pictured above). There were about 10-12 of the Grand Harbor Habitat volunteers present including Bob Garrison and Jim Maxwell, the GH Habitat volunteer team leaders. Grand Harbor men and women have financially supported construction of about 17 homes and have consistently provided labor every Tuesday for nearly 2 decades to construct homes and rehab many others. And every Wednesday a team of enthusiastic volunteers work in Habitat's Restore located at 4580 N. US hwy 1. Grand Harbor Community Outreach's $6,000 early donation traditionally kick starts GH Habitat’s fundraising efforts as well as our own Grant season launch.