New Board Member? Get started on the right foot!

If you are a new board member at a nonprofit Jewish camp - thank you! Thank you for using your time, talent, and treasure to support the long-term vitality of Jewish camp.

We want you to be successful. Here are some tips to help you get off on the right foot.
  1. Read this Open Letter to All New Board Members of Nonprofit Jewish Camps and be sure you understand your role and how you can be effective on the board.
  2. Find any onboarding materials your camp has available and read them thoroughly. If there aren’t any – or they aren’t comprehensive – ask the Board President or other board member what you need to know to get started.
  3. Do your research! There are tons of resources out there to help nonprofit boards be most effective. You can start with the Governance section of the JCamp 180 Knowledge Center.
  4. Introduce yourself to your camp’s Mentor. Every JCamp 180 camp works with one of our Mentors. They are available to help your board and camp succeed.
Good luck! 

Written by Kevin Martone. Kevin is the Technology Program Manager with JCamp 180. His focus area is in applying technology (database management, communications) to support fundraising and outreach efforts. Kevin leads JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications) and co-leads Data2Donors, a program to help camps prioritize their database for improved Alumni outreach and fundraising.

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