Meet Your Match

Meet Your Match Nets $10 Million for Jewish Camps!

June 30, 2006 marked the end of the Meet Your Match Program for 26 Jewish nonprofit overnight camps.

Significant results of Meet Your Match include:

  • $7.5 million raised in pledges from 26 participating camps
  • $2.5 million matched by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
  • Total of $10 million going toward Jewish camping
  • 292 individual gifts to camps
  • 95% of the gifts came from first-time donors
  • Range of pledges: $10,000 - $750,000

Through Meet Your Match, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation offered an initial $2 million to the 26 camps to stimulate camps to find new donors. The program matched at 50% all gifts between $10,000 and $50,000 or more (up to $25,000 per gift and $200,000 in matching funds per camp). The donor response was so enthusiastic that the camps depleted the matching pool of funds by March - at which point the Foundation allocated additional funds. By June, $10 million was generated for capital improvements to Jewish camps.

Camps began putting the new funds to work immediately. Among the capital improvements are:

  • New sports facility with fitness center and skating rink at URJ Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, TX. The camp is also building a comprehensive performing arts center.
  • Waterfront upgrade and new dining hall at Camp Yavneh, Northwood, NH
  • New pool slide at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), Zionsville, IN
  • Studio Center for the Arts at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, Verbank, NY 
  • Guest house at Camp Ramah New England, Palmer, MA
  • New pool at Camp Moshava Wild Rose, Wild Rose, WI
  • A vineyard at URJ Camp Newman, California