Foundation for Jewish Camp, Inc.

Jewish Summers. Jewish Futures.

aka Foundation for Jewish Camp   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.jewishcamp.org

Mission

The Foundation for Jewish Camp unifies and galvanizes the field of nonprofit Jewish overnight and day camp and significantly increases the number of children participating in transformative summers at Jewish camp, assuring a vibrant North American Jewish future.

Ruling year info

1998

Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy J. Fingerman

Main address

253 West 35 St 4th floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

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Formerly known as

Foundation for Jewish Camping, Inc.

EIN

22-3551013

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Jewish (X30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a time when Jewish engagement is largely declining, Jewish camp provides a low barrier entry point for youth engagement. Jewish camp enrollment is on the rise. Research shows that Jewish camp is a key driver of adult and teen Jewish engagement and therefor is key to a vibrant Jewish future.

Jewish camp educates, fosters and nurtures future Jewish leaders, infusing campers with Jewish identity, knowledge, values and connection. Jewish camp is the perfect environment to create meaningful Jewish connections, experiences and community.

Foundation for Jewish Camp supports the field in expanding reach, capacity, and accessibility. Jewish camp needs to train and retain professionals, diversify programs in a competitive market and implement policies to keep kids safe. Jewish camp needs advocates in Washington and in communal board rooms across North America.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Overview

The Foundation creates inspiring camp leaders, expands access
to and intensifies demand for camp, and develops programs to strengthen camps
across the Jewish spectrum in North America. We raise the profile of Jewish
camp through strategic partnerships on a local and national level, and serve as
a central resource for parents and organizations alike.

Our broad perspective enables camps to see themselves as
part of a larger movement while raising the bar of excellence for each c
Jewish children and teens benefit, with summer camp experiences that are
unparalleled and enduring.

The Foundation for Jewish Camp:

Reaches new campers. We offer financial incentives
for first-time campers in more than thirty communities across North America.
Thousands of young Jews have gone to camp for the first time thanks to this
innovative program.

Fosters future Jewish leaders. We’ve trained more
than 1,000 college-aged camp counselors over the last six years to help them
engage campers, develop leadership skills, and build their own Jewish
identities.

Promotes excellence and best practices. Our
professional development programs for all levels of camp professional
leadership provide Jewish camps with a competitive advantage in the summer
entertainment arena.

Develops and implements new camp models and initiatives. We
have aided in the creation of five new Jewish specialty camps that focus on
areas like outdoor adventure, music and the arts, and environmental
sustainability.

Empowers and grows the field of Jewish camthe only conference of its kind.

Increases understanding about the importance of Jewish
camcollect, and disseminate research about the impact and
importance of Jewish summer camp.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

OHC is one of the greatest vehicles for communicating the urgency of Jewish camp. In partnership with over 45 Jewish federations and foundations, the PJ Library and 60+ camps across North America, OHC provides need-blind incentive grants of up to $1,000, to children attending non-profit Jewish overnight camp for the first time. FJC manages the system for grant applications, registration and tracking grants to partners and camps. Since its inception, nearly 84,000 children have attended camp through this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Foundation for Jewish Camp is a catalyst for change throughout the field of Jewish Camp in North America, training and inspiring camp leaders, increasing demand and improving supply.
Foundation for Jewish Camp's goals include:
1. Leadership training for field professional development and retention
2. Enhancing the Jewish impact of camp summers
3. Developing programs to strengthen camps across the Jewish spectrum in North America
4. Making camp more accessible to first-time campers and families
5. Elevating the field of Jewish camp on the cultural and philanthropic agenda

FJC focuses on three strategic areas to enable the field of Jewish camp to deliver the best possible experience for each child at camp:

Leadership Development
Successful camps require talented and passionate leaders – both lay and professional. Through innovative training programs and consistent support, we will be able to sustain key talent, nurture the next generation of leaders, ensure the long-term success of our camps and sustain the field of Jewish camp.

Jewish Impact
Quality Jewish summer experiences allow campers and staff to explore what it means to be Jewish and become something meaningful that will follow them throughout their lives. Strengthening the quality and depth of Jewish content, Israel culture and Hebrew at camps are significant components that drive camper retention and reinforce the role of camp as an intentional experiential Jewish educational institution.

Field Expansion
More campers participating in Jewish summer experiences will lead to a vibrant Jewish community. Developing new opportunities that attract potential campers will expand the impact of Jewish camp to the broader Jewish community reflecting our diversity. Our One Happy Camper® program has enabled tens of thousands of young people to experience Jewish summer camp for the first time.

For nearly 20 years, the Foundation for Jewish Camp has been leading the field of Jewish camp, working today with approximately 300 day and overnight camps, serving more than 180,000 youth, teens and college-aged counselors across North America. This camp network spans the spectrum of denomination, affiliation and ideology.

FJC's biennial conference, Leaders Assembly, convenes and inspires 700+ leaders in the field including camp professionals, lay leaders and philanthropists. Leaders Assembly is recognized as the highest level of professional and lay leadership development, and is regarded as a highly influential opportunity for the field.

The FJC staff includes expertise in multiple fields: Jewish education, organizing, evaluation and data collection, marketing, communications and media, program development, leadership development and more. The professionals work with camps on all levels, to address both urgent needs and long term mission and vision work.

One Happy Camper®
In partnership with Jewish federations, foundations and camps across North America, OHC provides need-blind incentive grants of up to $1,000, to children attending non-profit Jewish overnight camp for the first time.
Impact: 82,000+ new campers

Cornerstone Fellowship
Now entering its 16th year, the Fellowship promotes Jewish culture change at camp by offering Jewish educational training to exemplary returning bunk staff and professional development to camp leaders.
Impact: over 3,000 fellows

Yitro Leadership Program
Using experts and recognized leaders from various disciplines, assistant and associate directors participating in the program are challenged to widen their lens of Jewish leadership over a two-year period in order to enhance the staff culture and Jewish experience at their camps.
Impact: 57 associate/assistant directors, with a new cohort starting in 2018

Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)
ELI, a first-of-its kind MBA boot camp for Jewish camp directors, provides intensive training in business management, fundraising, and leadership skills, allowing them to manage their camps as effective well-run businesses, weaving together the best of private sector leadership and management training with Jewish values and ethics to create professional training program for Jewish camp directors.
Impact: 52 camp directors, with a new cohort starting in 2018

Hiddur: Enhancing Jewish Growth and Learning at Camp
The Hiddur Initiative aims at helping camps become more effective at delivering Jewish educational experiences to their campers and staff, in ways that align with each camp's unique Jewish mission. Through the Hiddur Initiative, camps will use all of their senses to create reinvigorated models of Jewish learning and living at camp and year-round.
Impact: 8 camps will pilot the program throughout their entire camp population summer 2018

Specialty Camps Incubator
Develops and launches new specialty camps, designed to reach demographic and interest groups and geographic regions underserved by existing Jewish camps. Through a series of workshops and mentoring, the new camp directors work with experts to gain skills and create infrastructures for their camps across many disciplines.
Impact: 11 new camps; over 6,000 campers served. 6 new specialty camps will open summer 2018.

Building Loan Program
An interest-free loan program developed to support construction projects at nonprofit Jewish camps to attract and accommodate more campers. This allows the camp to complete construction projects at an accelerated rate, whereas funder pledges often pay out over multiple years. Qualified camps are eligible for FJC interest-free loan of up to 50% of their project cost, subject to the following maximum loan amounts: $750,000 for camps with fewer than 250 campers and $1 million for camps with more than 250 campers.
Impact: More than $36 million in loans has enabled projects totaling $139 million

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foundation for Jewish Camp, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Platt

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/12/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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