SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER
SPRINGFIELD – Since 2005, North American Jewish camps have received $10.9 million in matching grants and $10 million worth of consulting services from the Grinspoon Institute of Jewish philanthropy. According to Grinspoon Institute director Mark Gold, that accomplishment is attributable to one thing: “Teamwork.”
On Nov. 4th and 5th, the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy will host more than 425 leaders from Jewish camps and other organizations at its annual Conference at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, in Springfield.
The Conference will provide training sessions and networking opportunities geared toward helping non-profits better manage their operations. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Power of Teamwork.” Gold says the theme developed after a series of first-person observations.
“While visiting Jewish camps across the country, we’ve been struck by the group effort put forth by committed camp leaders,” Gold said. “Teamwork is an idea at the heart of the Jewish camp experience from the recruitment and training of staff to the making of bunk assignments.”
This year’s Grinspoon Institute Conference will engage Jewish camp leaders in best practices for improving the long-term viability and success of Jewish camps across the nation. Grinspoon Institute founder Harold Grinspoon says the conference will do this by leveraging the team spirit witnessed at Jewish camps across the country.
“The future leaders of Judaism and Jewish giving can be found in the bunks of Jewish camps today,” Grinspoon said. “Our camps
are established, grown, and improved through teamwork.”
Delivering the keynote this year will be ESPN’s Karl Ravech, host of “Baseball Tonight.” Having spent his career analyzing professional sports, Ravech recognizes the characteristics of a highly functioning team. An alumnus of Grinspoon-affiliated Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury, Mass., he is also familiar with the life-long impact camp can have on young Jewish people.
Just six years ago the Grinspoon Institute Conference was little more than a private gathering inside the home of Harold Grinspoon. Today, the conference is a national Jewish camp event devoted to strengthening the fundraising and organizational capacity of more than 90 Jewish organizations across the nation, including overnight and day camps, day schools, and other umbrella groups and special projects. Working in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Grinspoon Institute has helped Jewish camp attendance grow from 43,000 in 2004 to 70,000 campers across the nation today.
Through the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Grinspoon Institute Conference is free to all participants. Advance registration is required. For more information contact the Grinspoon Institute at (413) 736-2561 or visit www.gijp.org.