JCamp 180 Welcomes More than 400 Nonprofit Jewish Camp Leaders to 2016 Annual Conference
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JCamp 180 Welcomes More than 400 Nonprofit Jewish Camp Leaders to Annual Conference

AGAWAM, Mass. - On November 6 and 7, 2016, JCamp180®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), hosted more than 400 leaders from non-profit Jewish camps and other organizations during its 12th annual conference. During the event, top individuals and camps were 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.

During the 12th annual JCamp 180 Conference, participants took part in training sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and speaking programs geared to help non-profits better manage their operations. Speakers included Cara Greene Epstein, Steven Meyers, the author of Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix, Peter Himmelman, the Emmy and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and author, and Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. These speakers and dozens of workshop leaders led discussion on the conference theme "Open, Generous, and Connected."  Other topics covered included fundraising, board development, strategic planning, enrollment, and technology.

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 presented included:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award - Gretchen Gross, Camp Centerland (JCC of Greater Buffalo)
  • Outstanding Development Professional Award - Jef Nobbe, Camp Solomon Schechter
  • Outstanding Board Leadership Award - Michele Burger, Camp Judaea
  • Gail Littman Memorial Legacy Stewardship Award - B'nai Brith Camp (Oregon)
  • Impact in Technology Award - Camp Eden Village

To date, JCamp180® has contributed more than $15 million in matching grant funds and $14 million in consulting services, which equates to more than 80,000 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 115 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®.

"JCamp180® has played a major role in transforming camps into more professional and sophisticated organizations," says Gold. "This program has helped these non-profit Jewish camps raise more money in the last ten years than they had in the previous four decades, thereby enabling them to better compete with other non-profit and for-profit camps."

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.

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