Grinspoon Institute Announces Chai Match for Jewish Overnight Camps
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Grinspoon Institute Announces Chai Match: Up to $1 Million in Matching Grant Funds to 18 Jewish Overnight Summer Camps

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2011

The Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), is pleased to announce the award of $1,000,000 in matching grant funds to 18 Jewish overnight summer camps through their Chai Match program.

Matching grants of up to $54,000 each have been reserved for selected Institute affiliated camps through a competitive application process. The participating camps will have one year to raise matching funds in a two-phase matching campaign. The camps will use at least 50% of the overall funds raised for capital improvements. Details of the Chai Match program are on the "Chai Match" page of the Institute's website.

Through challenge grants, the Grinspoon Institute continues to pursue its mission of enhancing the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit overnight camps and other organizations that engage young people in meaningful Jewish cultural and educational experiences. In the last five years of matching challenges, HGF has committed more than $10.5 million, which has in turn leveraged more than $60 million in fundraising among Grinspoon-affiliated camps.

The grant recipients are:

  • B'nai B'rith Camp, Oregon
  • URJ Camp Eisner, Massachusetts
  • URJ Camp George, Ontario
  • URJ Greene Family Camp, Texas
  • Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa, California
  • Habonim Dror Camp Na'aleh, New York
  • Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Connecticut
  • Camp JRF, Pennsylvania
  • Camp Laurelwood, Connecticut
  • Camp Livingston, Ohio
  • Camp Mt. Chai, California
  • Camp Seneca Lake, New York
  • Camp JCA Shalom, California
  • Camp Stone, Ohio
  • Camp Tel Yehudah, New York
  • URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, Mississippi
  • Camp Young Judaea Midwest, Illinois
  • Young Judaea Sprout Lake Camp, New York

About the institute: The Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, located in West Springfield, MA. The Institute 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, the Institute also provides these institutions with technology assistance ranging from Web related services to donor databases and social media.

For further information about the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy, visit or call Jackie Herskovitz at 617-269-7171.