Who is YOUR Camp's Vivian?

Note: Below is the latest JCamp 180 Legacy email. Each month, these emails include tips/inspiration for your Legacy fundraising efforts. Interested in receiving our future Legacy emails or to hear about future Legacy trainings? Email us and we'll add you to the list.


Vivian’s Legacy

Vivian never attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and didn’t speak Hebrew. 

When she passed away at age 97 Vivian left a bequest to Camp Ramah to establish an endowment in Hebrew language programming.  

Why?  Her brother, who attended Ramah in the 1950s, explains:

 “The people that I love, the friends of my lifetime…who call when I’m sick and who have always been there for me, and I for them, all come from my time at Camp Ramah. My sister saw what it meant to me...”  

Vivian’s story is a reminder of the many people like her who appreciate the life-long impact that Jewish camp has had on the lives of the people they love dearly.  

Who is your Vivian?

What can you do in the next few weeks or month to find your camp’s Vivian?

Engage your current Legacy Members: Capture their stories

Which of your Legacy members have the most passionate stories about their connection to camp?  Reach out to a couple of them and capture their stories - in their own words – in print or video. 

They will feel more appreciated and connected. 

And more comfortable sharing their camp story with their family members. And that will lead you to your Vivian.

Gentle Nudge: sharing one person’s passionate Legacy story will also aid in enrolling one new Legacy Member this month.
Thank you, Vivian, for your Legacy and your lessons for all of us. May her memory be a blessing.
Legacy questions? Challenges? Ideas or Legacy stories to share? Email me!

Written by Julia Riseman. Julia is a Mentor with JCamp 180 and the JCamp 180 Legacy Program Director. She also leads JCamp 180's Data2Donors program to advance Alumni outreach, improve camp databases, and raise more major gifts. Julia has also sparked the creation of many JCamp 180 programs and offerings, including this blog.

Who we are: JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). Our goal is to significantly enhance the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit Jewish camps in North America. To meet this goal, we provide affiliated Jewish camps with consulting services, annual conferences, shared resources, professional development, and matching grant opportunities. Find more at