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

Fundraising for your nonprofit Jewish camp is much easier when there exists a “Culture of Philanthropy” at every level of the organization.  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. When that happens, donors become part of the agency, instead of outsiders.
As a board member, what can YOU do to develop this culture at your camp? JCamp 180 Mentor Laurie Herrick suggests 10 things your camp board can do this year to actively support a Culture of Philanthropy in this short article.
Want to learn more about how to create a Culture of Philanthropy throughout your organization? There will be multiple opportunities for the staff and lay leadership at your camp to begin to think through how you can develop this culture at your camp at the JCamp 180 conference.  You can also consider our new professional development program called the GIFT Leadership Institute to more fully embrace these ideas.

Written by Julia Riseman. Julia is a Mentor with JCamp 180. Julia leads Data2Donors, a program to advance Alumni Outreach, improve camp databases, and raise more major gifts, and Fundraising Fundamentals. 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