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Building a Legacy of Grace

Building For The Next Generation

Since our founding in 1946, Grace Adventures is passionate about seeing students, adults, and families grow deeper in their relationship with God and one another. Our campus and programs have been a place for people to step away from their ordinary life so that they can encounter God in a real and life-transforming way. However, we have seen the world continue to descend into isolation, division, and a lack of hope purpose, and godly leadership.

The need is too great and the cause too compelling for Grace Adventures to remain the same.

God has called us to change that trajectory by equipping individuals and families to be a beacon of life for Christ through building healthy relationships, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training which serve as the foundation for godly families, healthy churches, supportive communities, and a transformed world.

One Life Touched by God can Change the World

Over the years, Grace Adventures has consistently grown to serve more and more people, allowing greater opportunities to impact people with Jesus Christ, one child, father, mother, church at a time. Our 40+ ministry programs span all age groups, group sizes, and demographics to provide unique ministry experiences for kids, adults, families, churches, schools, and businesses.

Our heartbeat is to see the lost saved, the discouraged strengthened, and the broken made whole by the living Word of God. The need to share the gospel in a Christ-centered environment is greater than ever.

Legacy of Stewardship

At Grace Adventures our program fees and program-related gifts cover 100% of our operating expenses.

That means that every dollar that is invested in the ministry by individuals, families, businesses, and foundations goes straight into scholarships for campers, annual programs, equipment upgrades, and capital projects.

Amid 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace Adventures was able to complete $1.86 million of fundraising payments and emerge from the hardest season of ministry in our history debt-free.

Lakeview Commons Drone View

Building A Legacy for Future Generations

The major project in this campaign, our new dining center, offers a world-class dining experience for both children and adults. Through having sufficient seating for all guests to dine together we gain at least 6 additional hours of program ministry time every day.

Additionally, through a ministry-centered design, we are now able to incorporate programming into meal times for a more integrated experience. This includes events, worship and teaching sessions, and themed activities.

The improved kitchen and dining room allow us to enhance menus, provide a more comfortable experience for adults, and serve multiple groups at once. Overlooking Upper Silver Lake, Lakeview Commons turns meal times into another opportunity for ministry to happen.

The Finish Line

It is easy to set goals; it is much more challenging to complete them.
As racers round the final turn, they look down the home stretch to the finish line.  The end is in sight, but they have to give their best effort all the way to the end.  1 Cor. 9:24 says, “Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” Our investment and faithfulness matter all the way to the end.  We want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
We believe in this campaign we are on the homestretch right now, and we want to reach the Finish Line!  We have raised $10.5M, and we have $700K to raise to cross the Finish Line.  God continues to do remarkable things at Grace Adventures, and we need your help in inviting others to join us.

Campaign Goal

Construction, finishing, landscaping, and more for 21,000 square foot dining center: $8.1 million.

Furnishing dining center including tables, chairs, and appliances: $825,000

Necessary infrastructure updates: $725,000

Grace Adventures' annual fundraising needs for duration of the campaign (three years): $1.5 million

Total Campaign Goal: $11.2 million

Range Rider in a riding lesson

Future Projects to Increase Impact

Replacing 55 Year Old Cabins
Replacing our original cabins will bring our year-round capacity up to approximately 400 beds, increasing bathroom space, and creating a more relational environment for groups through joint meeting rooms. These Cabins will be significantly more comfortable for adults than our current cabins while still meeting the needs of children.
Building a new Welcome Center
This will provide a clear check-in point for groups, improve campus security, and increase staff workspaces.
Remodeling the Keep Building
Remodeling the Keep will increase seating in our main meeting space and additional additional large group meeting spaces and create a larger camp store.
Upgrading Infrastructure
Paving roads and parking, increasing accessibility, and adding additional lighting around campus.

Does a gift to the campaign replace the need for annual contribution?

This is an “all-in” campaign for Grace Adventures. Annual giving contributions typically include $500,00 annually to fund scholarships and annual projects that provide improvements and upgrades to our programs, sites, and facilities. This amount is reflected in the overall campaign budget.

If I make a faith promise today, when are payments due?

You may give your gift immediately, or you may specify the timing for payment on your faith promise form. You may pay your faith promise over a period of one to three years, with monthly, quarterly, or annual payments. Please choose the option that works best for you.

There are many ways to make a financial gift to Grace Adventures. Here is an overview of some of the most common ways and the benefits of each. The information contained herein is not intended to be all-inclusive, nor does it constitute legal or financial advice. All prospective donors are urged to seek the guidance of a qualified professional(s) before making their investment decisions. Gifts to Grace are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

If you would like to learn more about giving to Grace or have any questions, please contact the Development office at 231.873.3662 or

Consider giving in one of the following ways:

One-Time Gifts
Checks made payable to Grace Adventures may be mailed to 2100 N Ridge Rd, Silver Lake, MI 49436. You may also give online at a credit card.
Faith Promises
If you would like to make a faith promise that spreads your gift over a period of up to three years, we will gladly send reminders monthly, quarterly, or annually. You may also choose to have your gifts automatically charged to your credit card.
Electronic Funds Transfers
We offer convenient electronic funds transfers to draw a designated gift from your checking or savings account monthly, quarterly or annually. You may change or cancel the withdrawals at any time.
Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, and Other Liquid Assets
Securities are excellent ways to give. If you give stock that has increased in value, you may receive a tax benefit for the gift and avoid capital gains tax. If the stock has decreased in value, you may receive tax benefits for the loss as well as for the donation.
Personal Property
Gifts of real estate, art work, or other personal assets may be accepted, pursuant to legal guidelines and board policies.
Charitable Gift Annuity
This is an interest-drawing gift that provides lifelong income to you, a spouse or another loved one. The interest rate is dependent upon your age and when you begin taking payments.
Will or Trust
You can leave a legacy through a bequest to Grace Adventures in your will or trust. You may specify a particular use for the gift, or allow Grace to use it where most needed. This gift may reduce the estate tax for your heirs.
Life Insurance
If you find that you have more insurance than you need, you may name Grace Adventures as sole beneficiary and transfer ownership. This type of gift might also qualify for a tax benefit in the current tax year.
Retirement Plans
You can designate Grace Adventures to be the beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, pension plan, profit sharing plan, stock bonus plan 401(k) or 403(b). This can be a convenient option as well as one with tax benefits.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many employers will match gifts given to recognized charities. Check with your employer or your spouse’s employer when contributing.