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Oct

27

2019
Events

JCamp 180 Annual Conference

The 2019 JCamp 180 Annual Conference will be held from Sunday, October 27 through October 29 at the Sheraton Springfield. Save the date to join 400+ leaders in #jewishcamp in Springfield, MA in October.

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Blog
December 06, 2018

What’s the Board’s Role in Camper Mental Health Issues and Other Hot Topics?

The American Camp Association offers a number of resources to help Board Members learn about trends and issues impacting camp.

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Blog
November 29, 2018

One Great Jewish Camp Christmas Letter Worth Reading

Why Christmas Day? Because workplaces and everyplace fun is closed, so Jews spend more time online on this day than any other day of the year.

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Blog
November 21, 2018

5 Ways to Show Gratitude to your Camp Donors and Volunteers

November is an ideal month for expressing gratitude. Here are 5 fantastic ideas to express authentic gratitude to your Jewish Camp volunteers and donors who help your camp thrive.

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November 13, 2018

Thinking of the Camps Devastated by the California Wildfires

We are committed to supporting our affiliated camps in continuing to provide unparalleled Jewish experiences for the summer of 2019 and beyond.

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Blog
November 08, 2018

Were you at #JCampConf this year?

Find out who won this year's JCamp 180 Awards and what people are saying about this year's conference.

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Blog
November 08, 2018

5 Things To Help You Get the Most Out of #JCampConf: Post-Conference Edition

How can you be sure to put the learning and ideas from #JCampConf into practice when you get back to work? Try these 5 steps.

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Nov

04

2018
Events

JCamp 180 Annual Conference

The 2018 JCamp 180 Annual Conference will be held from Sunday, November 4 through November 6 at the Sheraton Springfield. Save the date to join 400+ leaders in #jewishcamp in Springfield, MA in November.

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Blog
November 01, 2018

Engagement and Feedback in the Real World

Could your camp utilize its physical space to allow campers, families, donors, alumni, and other stakeholders to provide feedback or engage with you and your work?

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Blog
October 25, 2018

How BB Camp Makes #GivingTuesday Work

How can you run a #givingtuesday campaign at your camp that helps your overall fundraising efforts?

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Blog
October 18, 2018

Get the Most from #JCampConf

How can you get the most benefit from your time at #JCampConf?

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Blog
October 11, 2018

Calling all Camp Chairs and Vice Chairs! JCamp 180’s Latest Program is for You.

JCamp 180's latest professional development opportunity was developed specifically for Board Chairs and Vice Chairs.

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Blog
October 04, 2018

How Can the Board Help Create a Culture of Philanthropy at YOUR camp?

A Culture of Philanthropy is when everyone including the board, the executive director and the staff are all part of connecting the agency to individuals in the community who want to support the cause. What can board members do to develop this culture at their camp?

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Blog
September 27, 2018

Could Your Camp’s Automated Email Responses Make a Difference?

Imagine if the automated emails you send to families, donors, alumni, and other stakeholders were memorable. Could they make a difference?

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Blog
September 20, 2018

Top 6 Traits of a Great Board Member

These 6 Do's (and parallel Don'ts) from BoardSource can help you become a truly effective board member.

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Blog
September 13, 2018

No Campers, No Camp. The JCamp 180 Enrollment Program is Here to Help.

Your budget, financial sustainability, and growth depend on recruitment and retention. The JCamp 180 Enrollment Program is here to help.

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Blog
September 06, 2018

Do You Have a Communications Plan? JTEC Can Help.

A communications plan ensures your whole team works together to reach your various goals. The JTEC program can help your camp develop an effective plan.

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Blog
August 30, 2018

Why Should You Register for the 2018 JCamp 180 Conference?

Registration for the #JCampConf is now open!

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Blog
August 23, 2018

Have You Seen Our Latest Legacy Webinars?

Check out the six webinars we've already recorded in 2018 focusing on helping you and your camp recommit to your Legacy program.

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Blog
August 16, 2018

10 Ways to Avoid Really Bad Board Committee Meetings

How can you make your Board Committees and their meetings run most effectively? Here are 10 tips to help.

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Blog
August 09, 2018

How Emma Kaufmann Camp Reached a Long-Lost Alumni…and their Fundraising Goal!

Emma Kaufmann Camp leveraged the Data2Donors program and Crowdfunding to reconnect with alumni and reach their fundraising goal.

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Blog
August 02, 2018

What Is Your Camp’s Impact?

Are you collecting and sharing the stories of impact at your camp?

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Blog
July 26, 2018

How Does Your Camp Consider and Implement New Policies?

What can your camp learn from BB Camp's experience studying and implementing policies re: inclusion of transgender campers?

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Blog
July 19, 2018

Are You Ready for an Emergency at Camp?

What will you do when the unexpected happens? Here are six lessons learned for preparing for and responding to emergencies at camp.

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Blog
July 12, 2018

Are You Stealing from Your Prospects and Donors?

Every fundraiser should listen to this podcast from Seth Godin.

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Blog
July 05, 2018

What is the Executive Committee’s Job…and What Isn’t?

The Board's Executive Committee plays an important role. But what limits should be in place to ensure the effectiveness of the full Board?

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Blog
June 28, 2018

Board Members, Tell Your Camp Story Using the New FASB Standards!

Is your nonprofit in compliance with the Financial Accounting Standards Bureau’s (FASB) new standards for financial statements? Can you use your financials to tell your camp's story?

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Blog
June 21, 2018

Do You Help Your Camp Fans Help You?

Does your camp make it easy for your campers and other constituents to ask for gifts in honor of special celebrations? Learn how the Cohen Camps have done just that.

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Blog
June 14, 2018

Are Your Board Committees As Effective as They Could Be?

Effective committees ease the burden on the Board. And happy committee members are the best pipeline for future Board members. So how can you make your Board Committees more productive?

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Blog
June 07, 2018

Whose Job is it Anyway?

Defining roles and responsibilities across staff and board members at your organization will help you do your work more effectively. This exercise may help.

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Blog
May 31, 2018

Look Back Before Moving Forward

3 lessons learned from re-reading your old strategic plan.

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Blog
May 24, 2018

They’re Watching You: Another (Research-Based) Reason to be Generous

We often talk about cultivating a “culture of philanthropy” within organizations, but this research shows you can develop a culture of philanthropy in families, too.

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Blog
May 17, 2018

Does Your Organization Reward Loyalty?

Your loyal donors are an important part of your camp’s support network. Are you showing them the gratitude they deserve?

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Blog
May 10, 2018

Financial Management: All Board Members Should be Involved

This 3-part webinar series on Financial Literacy could help you and your fellow board members be more involved in the financial oversight of your camp.

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Blog
May 03, 2018

5 Ways to Use PJ Library Radio at Camp

Looking for upbeat, kid-friendly, Jewish music perfect for camp programming? Here are 5 ways you can use PJ Library Radio at your camp.

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Webinars

Financial Literacy: Understanding Key Issues with Financial Management

This final webinar in the Financial Literacy series, to be held on May 1, 2018 at 1 PM EST, will explore the board’s role in financial oversight; policies and procedures that are key to maintaining effective internal controls; considerations in managing financial risk for camps; and roles and responsibilities of your Audit and/or Finance committees.

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Blog
April 26, 2018

New Data Shows Screen Ban is an Increasingly Powerful Value Proposition for your Camp

Camp Livingston completed a recent study about the benefits of screen bans at camp and used it to help their enrollment. Are there new ways your camp can promote its benefits and increase enrollment or retention?

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Blog
April 19, 2018

Design Thinking (and Fundraising) Start with Listening

Listening is important for both design thinking and fundraising. Here are some tips and resources to help you listen better and be more empathetic.

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Blog
April 12, 2018

What Might Your Board Members Learn from Visiting Other Camps?

Learn more about our new Board to Board Summer Visit program, and read about how a similar effort helped Herzl Camp.

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Webinars

Financial Literacy: Building Your Organization’s Financial Planning Muscle

In this webinar, to be held on April 10, 2018 at 1 PM EST, we will focus on best practices in budgeting for camps, incorporating practical tips and tools to facilitate the financial planning process.

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Blog
April 05, 2018

Why Should Augusta’s Green Napkins Matter to You and Your Fundraising Work?

At the Master's Golf Tournament, even the napkins are green. That way a stray napkin won't mar the beautiful green golf course on TV. Read on to find out what this has to do with your camp and your fundraising work.

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Blog
March 29, 2018

It’s Time to Write your Camp’s Annual Impact Report

Impact Reports share the successes of your camp and the important role of your donors in that success. Here are tips to help you write a great Impact Report now.

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Blog
March 22, 2018

How Can YOU Help Develop a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Camp?

How can you build a culture of philanthropy at your camp? Here are some steps to help you get started.

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Webinars

Obtaining Solid Commitments: Moving Beyond the "Letter of Intent" to Formalizing Legacy Commitments.

A supporter of your camp has submitted their Legacy Letter of Intent (LOI) – that’s great! So…what’s next? This webinar on March 22, 2018 will cover successful strategies to guide your Legacy members to make a specific commitment to leave an after-life gift to your organization…and communicate the details to you and your camp.

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Webinars

Financial Literacy: Understanding Financial Statements and Reports

In this webinar, to be held March 20, 2018 at 1 PM EST, we will explore how to understand financial reports and build a shared vocabulary around financial management topics between board members and an organization’s leadership.

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Blog
March 15, 2018

Are You Looking for a New Productivity "Hack?"

Looking for ways to improve your productivity? Check out the ideas shared in the "Productivity Hacks Free-for-All" session at #JCampConf.

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Blog
March 08, 2018

Replacing a Legend? Consider an Interim Solution

Succeeding a legendary leader can be an impossible task. It’s not unusual for an executive director hired after the departure of a legendary longtime ED to last two years or less. One potential solution is temporary...by design.

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Blog
March 01, 2018

Retention: The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Retention is on balance more valuable than recruitment, but make sure you have the data to be able to target your efforts.

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Webinars

Building a Major Gifts Program - Step 2: Setting and leading a brilliant qualifying meeting

Qualifying prospects is an important step for any Major Gifts Program. This February 26, 2018 webinar helped participants learn how to set up and lead effective qualifying meetings.

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Webinars

The Art of the Legacy Ask

This webinar shared the secrets you need to know to confidently engage in meaningful conversations about making after-life gifts to camp, and how to invite people to join your camp’s Legacy Program.

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Blog
February 22, 2018

Conflict of Interest Policy: Not Optional!

Having a clear conflict of interest policy that is routinely reviewed by the board and includes annual disclosures will help prevent potential issues that can negatively impact your camp.

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Blog
February 15, 2018

Who Cares?

Do you think your camp enjoys the "unfair advantage" of caring more? Do your customers – campers, families, staff, donors, volunteers, partners – agree?

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Blog
February 08, 2018

Have You Started Planning Camp Visits Yet?

Now is the time to ensure your donors and prospects have an incredible experience at camp this summer.

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Blog
February 01, 2018

Is Your Legacy Program Still Dormant?

Now is the time to recommit to your camp’s Legacy Program and reconnect with your Legacy members.

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Blog
January 25, 2018

Prepare for Disaster Now: Four Lessons from Ramah in the Rockies’ 2017 Fire

This past summer, Ramah in the Rockies suffered a devastating fire at camp. What can YOUR camp learn from their experience?

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Blog
January 18, 2018

How “alive” are your camp's livestreams?

HQ Trivia welcomes over 1 Million live viewers to their app nearly every day. What can your camp learn from their success?

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Webinars

Reboot Your Legacy Program

Has your Camp Legacy program gone dormant over the past few years? Getting your Legacy program back on track is easier than you might realize.

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Blog
January 11, 2018

Enrollment Isn’t a Task, It’s a Lifestyle

The JCamp 180 Enrollment Program is based on a comprehensive and holistic interpretation of what drives camper enrollment, and how to increase it.

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January 04, 2018

Where Can You Find Your Future Major Donors?

Do you know where to look to find your future major donors to camp?

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December 28, 2017

I'm so glad you asked

Do you take the time to ask your donors about their experience as donors...and actually listen? It could improve your donor relationships and your development results.

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Blog
December 20, 2017

Building a Major Gifts Program - Step 1

Is it time in your camp’s evolution to build a Major Gifts Program? If so, this Webinar could be your first step.

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Blog
December 14, 2017

Who Should Sit on Which Board Committee and Why

Are you hoping to create a more engaged, effective board? Connecting board members with the right committee might be the answer.

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Blog
December 07, 2017

Could Design Thinking Help YOUR Camp?

The JCamp 180 team used elements of Design Thinking to rethink the annual conference this year. What is Design Thinking and what can it do for your camp?

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Webinars

Building a Major Gifts Program - Step 1

Webinar about building a major gifts portfolio, focusing on defining your portfolio and qualifying members.

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Blog
November 30, 2017

What’s My Brand? And Is My Brand Successful?

Do you know your brand promise and what makes you unique in the market place? When you are clear about what your camp is all about and what makes you different, you will attract and retain more campers.   

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November 23, 2017

Four simple emails you must send before the end of the year to raise more money

Did you know that 12% of all giving happens in the last 3 days of December? Here are 4 emails that could take advantage of this year-end generosity.

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November 16, 2017

Financial Literacy Beyond the Finance Committee

Yes, the Finance Committee plays an important role in a nonprofit's financial management. But EVERY Board member should be able to understand these 3 financial statements and what they mean for the organization.

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November 09, 2017

Feeling Great! Powerful Impact Reports

Why create an Impact Report? If you take the time to let your donors experience the impact of their giving, they are more likely to give again.

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Blog
November 02, 2017

"I had no Jewish upbringing at all." - Why Harold Grinspoon & JCamp 180 support Jewish summer camp

Ever wonder why Harold Grinspoon and the team at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and JCamp 180 support #jewishcamp?

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October 26, 2017

What happens when 400+ Jewish Camp Leaders Get Together?

Whether you joined us in Springfield for #JCampConf or not, find out more about the conference and this year's JCamp 180 Award winners.

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Oct

22

2017
Events

JCamp 180 Annual Conference

Thanks to the 400+ leaders in #jewishcamp who joined us in Springfield, MA October 22-24, 2017 for #JCampConf. See you next year!

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Blog
October 19, 2017

15 Effective Ways For Board Members To Actively Support Jewish Camp

Board members are important to the ongoing success of Jewish Camps. Here are 15 ways board members can support camp.

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Blog
October 11, 2017

Do You Invest in Your Lay Leadership?

Does your camp have a Governance Committee? If so, is there a clear job description for the committee?

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Blog
October 04, 2017

Do You Have Fall Appeal Letter Writer’s Block?

Are you having trouble finishing your camp's appeal letter? Worried nobody will respond...or even read it? Here are 8 tips that might help.

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September 28, 2017

4 Things MBAs Know That You Can Apply to Your Camp

What do your friends with MBAs know that you can apply to your camp? Take a few minutes to learn these 4 lessons.

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September 22, 2017

4 Reasons to Fill out Your Camp Census Today

This year's Camp Census is now open. Please be sure your camp's data is entered - it can help your camp and the field of #jewishcamp.

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September 14, 2017

Is Your Data a Mess? Data Standards Could Help

If you are frustrated with the ability of your donor database to support your work, you might have a data problem. The solution just might be data standards.

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Blog
September 07, 2017

Visiting Camp with Harold Grinspoon

What's it like to plan and execute a summer camp visit with Harold Grinspoon? And what should your camp expect when Harold arrives at YOUR camp?

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August 24, 2017

Thank Before You Bank

You’ve been given a gift in support of your Jewish Camp. Now you must thank the donor in the most heartfelt and personal way possible. Here are some simple rules for every gift.

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August 16, 2017

Is Wealth Screening A Waste of Time for Jewish Camps?

Few Jewish Camps invest the time and money needed to take advantage of wealth screening services. Is it worth it?

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August 10, 2017

Six Keys to Choosing a New Donor Database

Are you considering a new donor database for your organization? Ask yourself these 6 questions first.

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Blog
August 03, 2017

What is this Adaptive Leadership I keep hearing about and how can it help my camp?

Adaptive Leadership is a framework to help individuals and organizations when there are no clear answers to problems because there isn’t agreement on the nature of the problems to begin with. Want to know more?

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July 27, 2017

Why Won’t My Board Members Give?

Are you underwhelmed by the number and amount of donations from your board members? What might be the reason for this result?

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July 20, 2017

Blah Blah Blah: Is Your Camp’s Real Distinctiveness Getting Through?

What makes your camp TRULY unique? Are your communications making that clear?

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Blog
July 13, 2017

Enrollment Inspiration: Think Outside the Box/Country!

Camp Ramah in the Rockies tapped into a brand new market; this ROI tool highlights the impact this effort has on enrollment and revenue.

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Blog
July 06, 2017

Dazzling Technology Tools...But to What End?

Do you want to be successful with your communications and technology? Start with your goals.

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Blog
June 29, 2017

Capital Campaigns are Built out of Friendships

A capital campaign can be the start of some beautiful friendships - if you give them the time and attention they deserve.

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June 26, 2017

Please Join us in Welcoming Our Newest Affiliated Camps

Find out which four camps have become affiliated with JCamp 180!

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June 22, 2017

Strategic Planning That Won’t Sit on Your Shelf: A Management Protocol

Worried you won't take action on your strategic plan? This management protocol might help.

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Blog
June 15, 2017

Don’t take a vacation from development this summer

The summer can be the best time to take on some development tasks - especially for camp!

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Blog
June 08, 2017

Capital Campaign Basics for Jewish Camps

If during your camp visit you realize some of your camp facilities need improvements, what can you do? The answer might be a capital campaign.

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Blog
June 01, 2017

Prepare for your Summer Camp Tours NOW!

Successful camp tours require advance planning.

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April 03, 2017

Practicing What We Preach

Announcing our new JCamp 180 Blog!

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