Camp Case: Steve and Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC
By Mark Shapiro, Executive Director, Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
JCamp 180 has transformed how we think about our work; we now think of ourselves as a business with the charge of preserving the camp and its impact for future generations. Harold's vision is his greatest gift to camp. His financial donations alone are helpful, but the time and expertise of JCamp 180 Mentors has allowed us to make a permanent transformation in our culture of strategic planning and fundraising.
We are currently in the midst of a $5M Capital Campaign. With the help of our mentor, David Sharken, we realize we can raise this money; we can ask people to commit to the future of camp and to preserve what camp has been offering generations of children. We also have a detailed facilities and long-range strategic plan to ensure we are raising money on the most important priorities for camp. Phase I of construction begins with the building of a new pool on September 1, 2011. Other facilities will follow, including a new office and welcome center; new gym; renovated amphitheater; and other new and renovated buildings throughout camp.
Our dedicated staff and lay leadership - with the assistance of David and JCamp 180 - have:
- Created a strategic plan and are holding ourselves accountable to it.
- Changed our governance structures to be more effective and sustainable.
- Embraced a culture of philanthropy at camp.
We continue to learn and improve each day. But we know that our long-range planning and willingness to share the opportunity to invest in Steve and Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC will allow us to preserve camp and what it offers for generations to come.