SPRINGFIELD – The Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s program dedicated to the sustainability and vitality of Jewish summer camps has a new name – JCAMP180.
More than 400 camp professionals and board leaders from across North America attended this year’s JCAMP Jewish summer camp conference in Springfield on Nov. 4 at the Springfleld Shereton. The theme was “The Power of Teamwork.”
Participants discussed best practices for improving the long-term viability and success of Jewish Camp, with nearly 100 camp professionals and board members leading sessions.
While the name of the program has been changed, the mission remains unchanged. JCamp180 provides management consulting services and financial support to Jewish Camps throughout North America.
“I believe building Jewish camaraderie over the summer months is incredible for Jewish kids — gathering children around a campfire builds self-confidence, a love of Judaism, and fun,” said Harold Grinspoon, founder and philanthropist of JCamp180. “Camping is an essential place to build a stronger Jewish future beginning with our young people. This work is important, and all of the camp professionals and board leaders in attendance at the conference are the reason it is all possible.”
At the conference, JCamp180 presented its annual awards to those individuals who demonstrated outstanding achievements over the past year. The following awards were presented at the conference:
• The Harold Grinspoon Foundation Outstanding Philanthropist Award was awarded to Reuben Bar-Yadin whose philanthropic leadership throughout the Dallas, Texas area and support for Camp Young Judaea – Texas embodies the mission of JCamp180 programs.
• The Outstanding Board Leadership award was given to Daryl Messinger for her work to significantly improve URJ Camp Newman’s board governance, fundraising and planning.
• The Outstanding Fundraising Professional award was given to Ellen Alexander, Development Director of URJ Camp Henry S. Jacobs Camp for her significant impact building long-term vitality and sustainability through increased cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts.
• The Impact in Technology Award was given to URJ Camp George for its integrated use of technology for internal effectiveness and improved communications, community-building, and fundraising through the strategic use of their donor database, social media tools, e-Newsletters and website.
During the conference, seven camps received incentive awards for meeting their goals in the JCamp180 Legacy initiative. In five years, this program has resulted in an estimated $65 million in estate based commitments to Jewish overnight camps from over 2300 individuals.
The conference also marked the new affiliation of seven camps with JCamp180. The program offers free consulting services to the boards of sirectors of more than 90 nonprofit Jewish camps and other organizations throughout North America in the areas of board development, strategic planning, fundraising, and technology for outreach.
The seven new camps are: Camp Alonim (Brandeis, CA), Camp Be’chol Lashon (San Francisco), B’nai Brith Montreal (Montreal), Capital Camps (Rockville, MD), Daisy and Harry Stein Camp (Prescott, AZ), Eden Village Camp (Putnam Valley, NY), URJ 6 Points Sports Academy (Greensboro NC).
During the conference JCamp180 announced new matching grant programs that will make more than $2.5 million available to affiliated camps who participate. These programs will result in more than $10 million dollars being raised for capital improvements, scholarships and operating fund support for the participating camps.