Don’t take a vacation from development this summer

So you thought you could rest this summer? Sure, most of the camp team is laser-focused on creating magic.  But summer – especially for camps! – is the best time to do fundraising’s most important task: stewardship. Thank your donors, thank your volunteers, thank everyone involved in making sure camp is a magical experience this summer and for many summers in the future. 

So what can you do? 

Invite your donors and prospects on camp visits. Talk to campers and their families to collect their stories about camp. Reconnect with your alumni and remind them about their emotional connection to camp. 

This article in eJewishPhilanthropy about essential summer fundraising activities can give you additional ideas. 

Did you know that our founder Harold Grinspoon has always accomplished a lot of work and networking on walks and hikes? So go take a hike – literally – the conversation could be very different and you just might connect to the person in a whole new way.

What will you do at camp this summer to reconnect and engage your donors, volunteers and prospects – all while enjoying the great outdoors?

Written by Jill Paul. Jill is a Mentor with JCamp 180. Jill has helped develop many JCamp 180 professional development programs including GIFT, Legacy, and Fundraising Fundamentals. She has also helped curate the tremendous resources of the JCamp 180 Knowledge Center on our website.

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