JCamp 180 Conference To Welcome More Than 400 Nonprofit Jewish Camp Leaders
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JCamp 180 Conference To Welcome More Than 400 Nonprofit Jewish Camp Leaders

AGAWAM, Mass. - On November 1-2, 2015, JCamp180®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), will host more than 400 leaders from non-profit Jewish camps and other organizations during its 11th annual conference. During the event, top individuals and camps will be honored for their growth in managing their daily operations and for their collective efforts in raising $90 million through HGF's matching challenge grant campaigns to support Jewish children's camps across the country.

This year's conference theme is Year-Round and Lifelong: Connect, Engage, and Inspire. Participants will celebrate camps' successes at building relationships and learn how a focus on deeper relationships that can lead to increased enrollment and retention, more meaningful alumni engagement, donor-focused fundraising, and fulfilling board and volunteer experiences.

Every year, the conference is highlighted by the presentation of awards to individuals and camps who demonstrated outstanding achievements in the leading of Jewish camps through North America. Awards that will be presented include:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award
  • Outstanding Development Professional Award
  • Outstanding Board Leadership Award
  • Gail Littman Memorial Legacy Stewardship Award
  • Impact in Technology Award

During the 11th annual JCamp 180 Conference, participants will take part in more than 50 training sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and speaking programs geared to help non-profits better manage their operations. Featured speakers will include Andy Shaindlin, the founder of Alumni Futures and an expert on alumni engagement; Amy Friedman, senior advisor at Viacom Corp. and a recognized expert on the millennial generation; Jeff Schreifels, a partner in the Veritus Group; and Stacey Jaffe, the Managing Director of Social Media and Community for Teach For America. These four speakers and dozens of workshop leaders will lead discussion on the conference theme "Year-round and Lifelong: Connect, Engage, and Inspire." Other topics to be covered include fundraising, board development, strategic planning, technology, and camp enrollment.

To date, JCamp180® has contributed more than $13.5 million in matching grant funds and $12 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 73,000 campers across the nation today.

Today, JCamp180® serves 125 camps. The goal of the program is to engage Jewish camp leaders in utilizing best practices, helping them to grow attendance by improving their facilities, better using technology and social media, and raising funds for scholarships, capital improvements, and endowments. 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®.

About JCamp 180®:
JCamp180® is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, located in Agawam, Massachusetts. JCamp180® provides training and support to the Boards of Directors of non-profit Jewish overnight camps and selected educational institutions in the areas of Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Development. In addition to this Board support, JCamp180®also provides these institutions with technology assistance ranging from Web-related services to donor databases and social media. For further information about JCamp180®, visit www.JCamp180.org.