About Us

Our mission is to partner with local heroes and communities on small-scale community development projects that make a difference by empowering people to improve their lives. We do this with respect to local cultures and traditions. This is accomplished by helping to build healthy, educated, just and productive communities. GRACE Cares provides expertise, funding, and support for health, education, peace and social justice, cultural preservation, and economic development projects.

GRACE Cares, Inc. is a Vermont non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)3 Public Charity. GRACE Cares was founded in 2002 by Ken Giancola, Zoe Kopp and T Namaya, and is run by volunteers. Our Board of Directors has management, development, education, and healthcare experience in over seventy countries.

These experiences led to the recognition of the value of community as an integral part of a healthy world. Globalization, population increase, and economic expansion often apply pressure to once healthy communities without always providing the accompanying benefits. Especially in the case of rural communities, traditional living arrangements, medicine and education are often lost before the “modern” alternative is available. Frequently, the answers to present problems can be resolved by returning a community’s traditional strengths. Supporting a school, building a well, or having community meetings on healthcare can serve as a rallying point and social catalyst for a community.

Over the past decade GRACE Cares has partnered with communities in the US and abroad on projects that improve quality of life, provide necessary services, and preserve or rediscover cultural traditions. GRACE Cares uses income generated through donations, fundraisers, and grants to fund small projects with big impacts.

Learn more about our Successes and Current Projects.

Your generosity provides needed guidance and technical assistance to our projects around the world.

91 cents of every $1 donation goes directly to programs:

  • $50 can educate a child for 3 months
  • $100 can support health education for a whole community for 1 month
  • $250 can provide water filters for 10 families
  • $500 can save trees by supporting efficient stoves for 10 families