Who We Are

Mission stAtement

The mission of the Grand Harbor Outreach Program is to address the unmet needs of groups and individuals in the area of health, education and human services in Indian River County.

The Organization ____________________________________________________

The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program is an all-volunteer organization operating as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity*, founded in 2001. Through a direct appeal to Grand Harbor members and residents, solicitation of corporate sponsorships and hosting several major events, we raise funds which are distributed to over 30 local charities. Nearly 400 donors and volunteers support the activities of GHCOP. We have an active Board that oversees all our activities and we are always looking for additional volunteers and Board members.  GHCOP raised over $406,000 in the 2020-2021 season  and since our founding, has raised over $6.0 million.  We have no paid employees and 100% of each donor’s contribution goes to support a local charity.

How We Generate Funding _____________________________________________

Annual Fund Campaign

The Annual Fund Campaign is the major source of funds for the Outreach effort each season.  Every October we mail a solicitation letter to the residents of Grand Harbor.  Last season, 2020 – 2021, we raised $345,705 from individual donors.

We hold four fundraising events each season:

Evening of Giving
Spoonbill Walk
Gala Dinner & Live Auction
Golf Classic

In addition to the fundraising events we sponsor a Philanthropy Agency Award Breakfast and a Major Donor and Corporate Sponsor Recognition Reception.

Corporate Sponsors
Each season we have a number of generous sponsors from various local businesses.  These funds cover all of our administrative expenses so that 100% of our individual contributions go directly to area non-profit programs.

Meet The Board
Since its inception GHCOP has been served by a volunteer Board. As a true “working Board” they have given of their time and worked selflessly to grow the organization into an important part of the Indian River County support community.

Kathy Tonkel, President
Dale Jacobs, Immediate Past President
Liz Crowther, President Elect
Michael Spence, VP Annual Fund
Bill LaViolette, VP Communications
Lisa Alcock, VP & Chair Philanthropy
Ron Wnek, VP Corporate Sponsorship
Tina Wilcox, VP Strategic Planning
Ed Churney, Treasurer

Diane Reheis, Secretary
Al Gallo, Co-Chair Philanthropy
Catherine Reichert, Co-Chair Golf Classic
Jerry Reichert, Co-Chair Golf Classic
Theresa Kelso, Chair Evening of Giving
Maureen Kahrmann, Chair Gala & Live Auction
Maryann UrbanBraden
Barbara Reis

GHCOP has been awarded several times for its work in the Indian River County community.

*Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, INC. is a 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Organization, Federal Tax ID#51-0418002. A copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the State of Florida (800) 435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State of Florida. GHCOP Registration # CH15327.