Greater Grand Island Community Foundation has a new home

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Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 8:36 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Greater Grand Island Community Foundation opened its new facility at the intersection of W. 2nd and N. Madison Street in June, but they purchased the building in August of 2021 and had it fully renovated by Chief Construction earlier this year.

The new building will give the organization a better way to function with much more space. A ribbon cutting is also set for August 18th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

“We had a really great opportunity to purchase the facility,” said Melissa DeLaet, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Grand Island Community Foundation. “We were needing a little bit more space for our own operations but then also wanted to also have the opportunity to have a community resource and a community room. This space was the perfect opportunity for that.”

GGICF’s goal is to have the community operate as a common space for all nonprofits in the Grand Island area. The space can serve as a specialty area for programs and meetings.

“We needed some space to be able to do those programs, but we also identified that other organizations needed space to be able to programs, host strategic planning sessions work on, possibly host board meetings and that type of thing, and so we wanted to be able to offer that to local non profits as a resource,” DeLaet said.

The community room was only part of the reason GGICF desired their new location.

“Part of the reason why we selected this location is because it’s in the heart of the city and in the heart of the community, that’s important to us,” DeLaet added. “It’s a great location, it’s a centralized location, and it gives the opportunity for nonprofits to utilize the space. There’s upgraded technology and that type of thing and for nonprofits in Hall County - it’s no cost.”

The room can hold up to 52 people and has the potential to be one of Grand Island’s best resources.

“That’s a great size of space to be a resource for the community,” DeLaet said. “We’ve been very fortunate that our current trustees and former trustees have jumped on board to help support the ability for us to purchase this building and renovate it, and it’s just going to be a great community resource.”

DeLaet hopes all nonprofits in the area utilize the space for whatever their needs may be.

“I just hope it makes an impact in the Grand Island community,” she said.

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