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Camp Sunshine, Inc.

A ray of hope for children with cancer

Decatur, GA   |  www.mycampsunshine.com

Mission

Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our organization has returned to full in-person programming in 2023, following the Covid-19 pandemic. Because we serve a vulnerable population of children with cancer, our return to usual programming and normal operations was slow in comparison to other programs and camps. We are able to continue our full compliment of staff and offer virtual programming and limited in-person with restrictions from 2020-2023.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Sally Hale

Main address

1850 Clairmont Rd

Decatur, GA 30033 USA

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EIN

58-1872217

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Unknown (Z99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Camp Sunshine's vision is the lives of children with cancer will be restored and strengthened by the embrace of our Camp Sunshine community. Children with cancer are often isolated due to their diagnosis and treatment. They miss out on many of the normal childhood experiences for normal development. We hope through our programs and community of support for children and families, we will provide an opportunity for normal childhood development and individual growth, and bring children, teens, and families together with similar experiences.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Overall Year Round Programs

Residential summer camp, family camp weekends, teen retreats, family support groups, teen retreats, teen support groups, educational workshops for children, teens, young adults and parents

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Two one-week residential camps for children with cancer.  One week is for children 7-12 and one week is for teens 13-18.  Camp provides all the activities of most camps with pediatric oncology nurses and doctors on site at all times to provide necessary medical care, chemotherapy and other treatments.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Camp Sunshine offers four Family Camp Weekends during the year.  The weekend is a time for the families of children with cancer.  Spending time with other families who have faced similar challenges and participating in family educational and recreational programs can have a dramatic positive influence on their adjustment.  Families become a part of a community of support and understanding.  One family wrote, "At a time of such despair, Camp Sunshine was our place of HOPE and COMFORT."

Population(s) Served
Families

Hospital based recreational programs for children with cancer

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Weekend camp for siblings of children with cancer

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Family oriented day programs for preschool children with cancer and their families

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Awards

Gold Ribbon Camp 2016

Children's Oncology Camping Association, International

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2024

Children's Oncology Camping Association International 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of those attending summer camp based on reporting by parents and by camp counselors reporting on specific measurable goals.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on parent evaluations & volunteer reporting on specific goal measures 100% of summer camp campers in 2015 & 2016 & 2023 and 99% of summer camp campers in 2017.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Overall Year Round Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Parents who returned surveys, 100% said they would recommend this program (summer camp, family camp, sibling camp and teen retreat) to other families.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Overall Year Round Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total participants, including children and parents, in all programs throughout the year. In 2020, all programs were virtual and fewer attended. In 2021, mostly virtual with fewer participants.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Overall Year Round Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 and 2021, we utilized fewer volunteers due to the pandemic.

Number of returning volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

92% of summer camp volunteers were return volunteers

number of alumni volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Approximately 25% of our summer camp volunteers are alumni (former campers/childhood cancer survivors). We were unable to expand the numbers 2020-2022 due to necessary changes with COVID.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The vision of Camp Sunshine is that the lives of children with cancer will be restored and strengthened by the embrace of our Camp Sunshine community. Our mission is Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. Year-round programs provide opportunities for recreational, education and support activities, promoting individual growth, self-confidence and normal life experiences for children with cancer and their families. We bring together those facing similar experiences, to share those experience and to draw strength from one another amid common understanding and community of support.

To accomplish this mission, goals for our strategic plan completed in 2023 address outreach and serving more of Georgia's children with cancer and their families. Camp Sunshine goals include:
1. Be the premier provider of services for children with cancer and their families in Georgia.
2. Expand visibility and engagement.
3. Attract new and retain existing donors.
4. Assure a safe and inclusive community.

1. Expand the continuum of care
2. Engage referred families.
3. Evaluate the long-term impact of Camp Sunshine programs.
4. Continue to strengthen and develop an effective staff.
5. Highlight the impact of Camp Sunshine through strategic communication.
6. Increase awareness of Camp Sunshine among hospital staff.
7. Promote the Sally J Hale Scholarship Program.
8. Complete the campaign for the Sally J Hale Scholarship Fund.
9. Raise revenue to support programs and operations in Atlanta and Savannah.
10. Explore creation of a board-restricted reserve for in-hospital programs.
11. Embed diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices throughout the organization.
11. Utilize recruitment processes that result in Board, volunteers, and staff being representative of the communities we serve.
12. Sustain a pipeline of active, engaged volunteers.

Camp Sunshine has a very strong and committed staff of professionals carrying out our organization's strategic plan with a dynamic and invested Board of Directors. Lead by Executive Director Sally Hale who has been with the organization since inception and has served as the Executive Director since 1987, the staff includes experts in child development, recreation therapy, camping, pediatric nursing, childhood education and non-profit management. Partnership with Camp Twin Lakes provides expertise in camping as well as a state of the art facility for our camp programs. A partnership with the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta provides expertise in caring for the child with cancer and provides medical and nursing care at our programs throughout the year as well as valuable psycho-social consultation. Relationships with other children's hospitals throughout Georgia, including Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, also provide us with an opportunity to reach children with cancer throughout the state. Camp Sunshine is a member of Children's Oncology Camping Association International and the American Camp Association and we attend annual conferences to network with others providing similar programs and to attend educational sessions. Camp Sunshine is accredited by the ACA and has been designated a Gold Ribbon Camp by the COCA-I. Camp Sunshine professional staff serve in leadership roles in these important professional associations.

We have accomplished our goal of increasing the number of children and families attending Camp Sunshine programs. We have increased visibility and services in the hospitals and community. We have developed new communication networks and materials to convey our message and reach our targeted audience. We have met our fundraising goals and are in a position to continue to grow and strengthen our programs. We have significantly increased college scholarships to alumni. We have greatly increased our service to families in the Savannah area and are committed to providing ongoing programming in that community, now with two staff members and a local office. We have a full time program manager in the hospital providing ongoing programming. In 2016 we began to partner with an academic institution in researching impact of our programs. We published a research paper on the impact of summer camp on pediatric oncology nurses and have published a book on the stories of children attending Camp Sunshine and the impact of the connections they make. We are continuing with research projects and ongoing impact evaluations.

When parents were surveyed about summer camp:
• 100% reported their child felt accepted.
• 100% reported their child came home feeling proud about something they did at camp.
• 99% reported camp helped their child experience normal childhood activities.
• 100% of parents reported they would encourage other children with cancer and their families to participate in
Camp Sunshine programs.
When our campers were surveyed at summer camp:
• 99% of campers achieved our specific measurable outcomes.
• Campers rated their overall camp experience 4.71 out of 5
When parents were surveyed about family camp:
• 100% of families agreed their family spent quality time together.
• 100% of families said they would recommend this program to another family.
• 100% of families who attended family camp reported they would attend another Camp Sunshine program
again.
• 92% of families said they connected meaningfully with other families.
In 2020, in response to the global pandemic, we pivoted to provide all programs virtually. We are able to conduct summer camp and weekend camp programs with online platforms and mailing "camp in a box" to participants. In fall of 2021, we began returning to in-person while maintain virtual programs as well. In 2022, we returned to in-person summer camp and weekend camp programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Camp Sunshine, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Palgon

IntegriChain

Term: 2023 - 2025

Dorothy H. Jordan

Emory University

John O'Shea Sullivan

Burr & Forman

J. Preston Byers

Clearbridge Wealth Management

Lori Turbe

Grant Thornton

Gary Palgon

IntegriChain

Sheryl Bomar

Volunteer

Barunashish Brahma

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Mechelle Brown

Center for Disease Control

Rick Davis

retired

Alok Deshpande

SmartPath

Tammy Hunter

KPMG

Camila Knowles

Chick-fil-A

Evan Levy

Fitzco

Dax Lopez

DGL Attorneys

Jamie McCurry

Georgia Ports Authority

Hunter Morhous

TechCXO

Melanie Palumbo

Volunteer

Melinda Pauly

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Mia Pennington

King & Spalding

Vicki Riedel

Emory University

Marisa Simpson

Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Andrew Morse

Cox Communications

Karla Ahlert

RaceTrac

Kelsey Donnelley

Kilpatrick Townsend

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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 4/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/12/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.