11/13/2012
Camp consultancy JCamp 180 unveils its new name (formerly the Grinspoon Institute of Jewish Philanthropy) along with new incentive grants.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--More than 400 leaders of Jewish camps and other organizations converged in Springfield, MA this month to trade ideas and best practices related to the sustainable management of their respective organizations. The event, themed "The Power of Teamwork, was the Annual Conference of the newly re-named JCamp 180 (formerly the Grinspoon Institute of Jewish Philanthropy).

JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that provides free consulting services to the Boards of Directors of over 90 nonprofit Jewish camps throughout North America, used the event forum to introduce new affiliated camps, unveil new matching grant programs, and award recognized Jewish camp leaders.

Attendees of the event, meanwhile, attended training sessions, attended keynote lectures, and generally networked with peer leaders. According to JCamp 180 director Mark Gold, the theme "The Power of Teamwork," tied all these opportunties together for attendees.

"Teamwork is an idea at the heart of the Jewish camp experience, from the recruitment and training of staff to the making of bunk assignments." Gold says, "We believe effective teamwork, inside camps as well as other organizations, leads to superior performance and sustainability."

New Affiliate Camps

The nonprofit Jewish camp consultancy has added seven new Jewish camps to its affiliated roster.

The seven latest camps approved to recieve free consulting services from JCamp 180 are:

  • Camp Alonim (Brandeis, CA)
  • Camp Be'chol Lashon (San Francisco)
  • B'nai Brith Montreal (Montreal)
  • Capital Camps (Rockville, MD)
  • Daisy and Harry Stein Camp (Prescott, AZ)
  • Eden Village Camp (Putnam Valley, NY)
  • URJ 6 Points Sports Academy (Greensboro NC).

Matching Grant Opportunities

During its Annual Conference, JCamp 180 introduced new matching grant programs, making more than $2.5 million available to participating camps. These programs will result in over $10 million being raised for capital improvements, scholarships, and operating fund support.

Over the past six years, affiliated camps report having raised more than $175 million to support operating, capital and scholarship needs. In that time, JCamp180 and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation have provided  over $11 million in matching grants, which have leveraged over $70 million in charitable contributions to participating Jewish camps.

Jewish Camp Leaders Recognized

During its Annual Conference in Springfield, MA, JCamp180 awards to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the leading of Jewish camps through North America.

The following awards were presented at the conference:

  • HGF Outstanding Philanthropist Award-Awarded to Reuben Bar-Yadin for philanthropic leadership throughout the Dallas, Texas area and support for Camp Young Judaea (Texas).
  • Outstanding Board Leadership Award-Awarded to Daryl Messinger for her improvement of URJ Camp Newman's board governance, fundraising, and planning.
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award-Awarded to Ellen Alexander, development director of URJ Camp Henry S. Jacobs Camp, for her building long-term vitality and sustainability through increased cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts.
  • Impact in Technology Award-Awarded to URJ Camp George for its integrated use of technology for internal effectiveness and improved communications, community-building, and fundraising.

During the conference, seven camps received incentive awards from HGF for meeting goals in the JCamp180 Legacy initiative. In five years, this program has resulted in an estimated $65 million in estate-based commitments to Jewish overnight camps from over 2300 individuals.

About JCamp 180

JCamp180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Its mission is to significantly enhance the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit overnight camps and other organizations that engage young people in meaningful Jewish cultural and educational experiences. The goal of JCamp180 is to guide Jewish camps to become strategic and self-sustaining by providing coaching and consulting services along with technology assistance and a series of matching grant challenges. Learn more at www.JCamp180.org.