Camp Joins JCamp180’s Legacy Circle

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November 20, 2012

Seven Jewish overnight camps from across North America were recognized for their successes with planned giving initiative at Annual Conference of JCamp180 (formerly the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy).

November 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Over 400 leaders of Jewish camps and other organizations traded ideas and best practices related to sustainable management at an event themed “The Power of Teamwork.” This Annual Conference of the newly re-named JCamp180 (formerly the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy) allows participants the opportunity to attend training sessions and network with peer leaders. JCamp180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), provides free consulting services to the Boards of Directors of over 90 nonprofit Jewish camps throughout North America.

“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” says JCamp180 Director Mark Gold. “We believe effective teamwork leads to superior performance and sustainability.”

A shining example of the power of teamwork is the success of the Camp Legacy Initiative. This JCamp180 program focuses on planned giving and helps Jewish overnight camps to build skills in the areas of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of their most loyal constituents. In five years, this program has resulted in over 3,100 individual and family planned gift pledges, valued at an estimated $70+ million.

Seven camps were recognized for their achievements this year, reaching their Legacy program goals and helping to ensure the sustainability of their organizations for future generations. The following camps received incentive awards from HGF for their achievements:

–          B’nai B’rith Beber Camp (WI) – $10,000

–          Camp Moshava of Wild Rose (WI) – $5,000

–          Camp Nageela (NY) – $10,000

–          Camp Ramah in the Berkshires (MA) – $15,000

–          Camp Solomon Schechter (WA) – $10,000

–          Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa (CA) – $10,000

–          Habonim Dror Camp Miriam (Vancouver, Canada) – $10,000

More About JCamp180

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 or by contacting Jef Nobbe, Schechter’s Development Director, here.