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By Mark Gold

Mark Gold, Director of the Grinspoon Institute
Boy does time fly. This month marks one year since I joined the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. In that year I've been privileged to work with the most amazing group of individuals, both members of the Grinspoon Institute as well as representatives of the camps we serve. In the past year we completed three and began two new matching grant programs and have mentored our 81 client camps through dozens of major decisions and capital projects. We integrated our 2010 cohort of new camps into the program and have begun the work of welcoming 10 more camps this year. The Institute completed a very successful first cohort in our GIFT program and began the second year of this highly requested development training program. Our camp conference in November was the most highly attended in our eight years and our webinars continue to attract broad audiences.

But more than our programs throughout the year, our success continues to be measured by the comments Harold and I receive from people affiliated with the camps we serve. The work done by both our mentors and our technology team is universally regarded as adding great value to the daily operations and long term success of your camps. By working with partners such as the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Avi Chai Foundation and the JCC Association we continue to strive to elevate the field of Jewish Camp for its professionals, its supporters, and its campers.

In lieu of a personal note to each camp director, board member and supporter with whom I have spoken this past year, I am using this column to thank each reader and camp participant, not only for welcoming me into the world of Jewish Camp, but also in continuing to welcome the Grinspoon Institute into your board rooms and your camp meetings. As we move forward, I want to assure you that the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy is committed to continuing to provide the mentoring, technical, and financial support that has characterized our work for the past eight years. I welcome your comments about what we have done, our current programs, and what we, along with our partners, can do better to continue to grow the field of Jewish Camp.



Thanking and Stewarding: Suppose She Says Yes...Now What?

By Jack Hornor
Jack Hornor Consulting

When a prospect says yes, say "thank you" immediately. But that's only the beginning of an ongoing stewardship process with the donor. How can you build a long-term relationship with a donor? A donor-centric stewardship plan is a good start. Read on to learn how to steward your prospects after they give.


Camp Case: Camp Kinder Ring

By Sharon Strongin
Development Coordinator

Camp Kinder Ring
When our Kinder Ring community began our fundraising campaign a few years ago we did not expect to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. Together with the help of funds received through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Meet your Match & Create Your Match challenge grant programs, we raised enough money to renovate and restore 26 bunk interiors; build brand-new bathrooms at many locations throughout camp; resurface many of the courts used for basketball and other sports; update our canteen; and purchase a tent as a new home for our gymnastics programs.

Camp Kinder Ring
We've also embarked on our Legacy program and were thrilled to partner with 50 Legacy members within our first year. We consider ourselves to be fortunate to not only have been given the opportunely to participate in these challenges but we are extremely grateful for the guidance and advice that we receive from our Mentor Julia Riseman, Camp Legacy Initiative Director David Sharken and the rest of the Grinspoon Institute staff.


This is the Thanks I Get? Live from 380 Union!

Watch: This is the Thanks I Get? Live from 380 Union!
Do you wonder what the inside of the Grinspoon offices look like? Do you want advice or commentary from our Mentors that is a little less formal than our eNewsletters? If you answered yes to these questions, you're in luck! Click below to find the first in what we hope will become a series of informal videos "Live from 380 Union!"

In our inaugural episode - This is the Thanks I Get? - Grinspoon Institute Mentors, Dan Kirsch and Julia Riseman review, the good, the bad, and the ugly of a set of Thank You letters received from camps. Are your thank you notes transactional rather than personal? Are you as attentive to details in your acknowledgement process as you should be? Watch this episode of "Live from 380 Union!" to make sure your camp's Thank You Notes don't end up in next year's video!

Do you have a great Thank You Letter we could share in our Knowledge Center? Do you have suggestions for any topics for future videos "Live from 380 Union?" If so, please send them to dan@hgf.org.


Legacy Update

The numbers are in! The 41 camps participating in our planned giving initiative have reported on their results for year-end 2011. Since the inception of the program in 2008, these camps have collectively received legacy pledges from 2,278 individual donors with an estimated future value of $59 million!

In addition, camps have realized gifts (meaning the funds from planned gifts that have been received by camps) totaling nearly $1 million to date.

Congratulations to the many volunteers and professional staff on our camp legacy teams.


Successful Camp Legacy Initiative Orientation for Round 5 Camps

Legacy Training
The orientation held on Sunday, February 12 for the latest round of camps participating in the Legacy Initiative welcomed 24 professional staff and lay leaders from 7 new camps. 5 attendees also joined us as new team members to existing Legacy teams.

Attendees worked together to create their Legacy action plans, get their teams of lay and professional leaders educated about planned giving, and initiate their legacy programs with Camp Legacy Initiative Director David Sharken, Program Consultant Gail Littman of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, and their Grinspoon Mentors.

We look forward to these 7 camps adding to the nearly 2,300 individual and family pledges valued at $59 million through camps participating in the Camp Legacy Initiative since the program began in 2008.


Upcoming Webinar: When "Thank You" Isn't Enough: The Art of Donor Stewardship

Why donor stewardship? To build lifelong relationships with your major donors and ensure that your organization is their charity of choice. The challenge is to discover what your donors want, and then exceed their expectations. Donor stewardship is the final step in the solicitation process, an ongoing process NOT just for major donors. Why is it so important, and why should you budget time and money for this purpose?

At 1 PM EST on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Grinspoon Institute Mentors, Jill Paul and Julia Riseman, will review current best practices in donor stewardship for Jewish Overnight Camps, and provide helpful suggestions for recognizing donors and their contributions beyond the simple, but mandatory, "Thank You." Board Members have a critical role to play in providing meaningful donor stewardship, and are especially encouraged to attend this 30 minute webinar.

Register now for When "Thank You" Isn't Enough: The Art of Donor Stewardship.


Interested in an Evening Webinar?

Last month, Grinspoon Institute Mentor David Sharken led a short Webinar and discussion called What's Next? What to do in the 4th Year of a 3-Year Strategic Plan. During the session, David addressed issues facing camps whose strategic plan has aged and needs to be revisited. You can find the Webinar recording and associated resources in our Webinar Archive.

However, we realize that many Lay Leaders from our camps are unable to attend our usual afternoon Webinars. If you are interested in participating in a live evening offering of What's Next? (or of a future Webinar topic), please click here to fill out our short survey. The survey should take less than 3 minutes to complete. If there is enough interest, we'll schedule an evening Webinar in the near future. We will also use the information we collect to help us better understand if evening Webinars would be of interest to our constituents.