East coast community builder Sharon Prince, Chair and President of Grace Farms Foundation, lives for engagement through art, nature, justice, and faith. The private operating foundation is enhancing lives. Ms. Prince spearheaded the organization in 2007 on the heels of an opportunity to preserve dozens of acres in the northeast corner of New Canaan, Connecticut. That exact land now acts as a mission dedicated to communal as well as global change. Since its 2015 launch, the foundation’s renowned River building has won many awards including Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good. As a result, Prince was appointed to the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury.
Along with her work with the Foundation, Prince is instrumental in battling the global ramifications of child exploitation, human trafficking, and violence. She also participated in a United Nations University meeting titled Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict. UN Resolution 2331, a report condemning slavery on an international scale.
Sharon Prince Grace Farms spends her time reuniting exploitation victims with families by way of the Board of Next Generation Nepal, a charity dedicated to developing and initializing strategies toward safety and security. She would go on to receive the 2017 Network’s Abolitionist Award and Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award for her valiant service to humanitarian issues.
Grace Farms is reinventing the traditional idea of a topical “community center”, normally a recreational gathering place rarely associated with engagement and education through thought leadership. The River building is attracting attention from institutions internationally.
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