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4 Reasons to Fill out Your Camp Census Today


This is the second year that JCamp 180 has been a co-sponsor of the Foundation for Jewish Camp-led program that collects data across the field of nonprofit Jewish Camp.  Your camp's Director or Executive Director should have received a custom link for your camp via email - please go fill out the form today!
 



You’re still here?

If you are still reading this, you may need some convincing. In that case, here are 4 reasons your camp should complete the census:
 
  1. It provides your camp actionable field-wide data. The FJC prepares a report each year (one for Overnight Camps, another for Day Camps) that offers your camp industry-wide data and trends analysis to help you make better decisions. Although individual data is not shared, the system provides composite data that you can use to determine your position relative to other camps. Is your board trying to determine the appropriate tuition at camp? You can find average tuition across camps in the report. Do you want to know if your camp is lagging in enrollment across the industry? The report provides capacity across all camps and broken down by region, movement, and size. The data you enter helps make the report more accurate. As a program sponsor, JCamp 180 has access to the data in a way that can provide you with an even more detailed analysis of your position relative to other camps, so please remember to allow your data to be included in the JCamp 180 database summary.
 
  1. It provides your camp with year-over-year data for your own camp. Your camp will receive the detailed data you provide each year. You can use this data to document trends at your own camp. Is enrollment up or down? How has our budget changed over time? No, you don’t need the Camp Census for this data – you already have it! But the Census allows you to track the data in a consistent way every year so that reviewing the data is much easier.
 
  1. As a JCamp 180-affiliated camp, we require you to fill out the census as part of your annual renewal process. We use the data to help us better understand trends and customize our offerings to camps long-term.
 
  1. You’ll be helping the field of #JewishCamp…and helping others makes you feel good.

So please go and fill out the Camp Census today!

Have questions? Check out the FJC's Camp Census FAQ document, which includes contact information in case you need any assistance.

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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.


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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 www.jcamp180.org
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Kevin Martone
Technology Program Manager
JCamp 180

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