AGAWAM — This fall, Jcamp180®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), will host more than 425 leaders from non-profit Jewish camps and other organizations during its 10th anniversary Conference to celebrate their collective effort of raising $90 million through HGF’s matching challenge grant campaign to support Jewish children’s camps across the country. Set for Nov. 2 and 3 in Springfield, the annual event provides training sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and speaking programs to help non-profits better manage their operations.
Over the past nine years, Jcamp180® has contributed more than $13 million in matching grant funds and $11 million in consulting services, which equates to more than 75,000 hours, for Jewish children’s overnight and day camps. The result: Jewish camps have raised another $225 million on their own to be used for capital improvements, expansions, and endowments, helping Jewish camp attendance grow from 43,000 in 2004 to 70,000 campers across the nation today.
Today, Jcamp180® serves 115 camps. The goal of the program is to engage Jewish camp leaders in best practices, helping them to raise money, improve their facilities and technology, and grow attendance. Jcamp180® staff work onsite with camp professional and lay leaders to help with board development, governance, strategic planning, alumni outreach and other personalized organizational, recruitment, and fundraising initiatives. Participating camps take part in successive matching grant initiatives led by Jcamp180®.
“Jcamp180® is responsible for turning camps into more transformative, professional and sophisticated organizations,” says Mark Gold, director of the program. “This program has enabled Jewish camps to compete with other nonprofit and for-profit camps by raising more money in the last 10 years than they had in the previous four decades.”
The 10th anniversary Jcamp 180 Conference will kick off with a keynote by Warren Berger, best-selling author of A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, who will lead a discussion on building a culture of inquiry by focusing on how to ask and answer the right questions. Each camp will receive a copy of his book at the conference. Other topics to be covered include fundraising, board development, strategic planning, and technology.
Top individuals and camps will receive one or more of the following honors: Outstanding Development Professional, Impact in Technology, Gail Littman Memorial Legacy Stewardship and Camp Philanthropist of the Year. Award winners will receive a plaque and cash donation to individual camps.
The two-day event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Attendance is free to participating camps by advanced registration. For more information about Jcamp180®, the Jcamp 180 Conference and how to register, visit www.Jcamp180.org. To participate in the conversation follow Jcamp180® on Facebook and Twitter and post using #JCampConf.