TAWONGA JEWISH COMMUNITY CORPORATION

aka Camp Tawonga   |   San Francisco, CA   |  tawonga.org

Mission

We believe that a loving, inclusive Jewish community gives children a chance to gain self-confidence, explore their spirituality and discover the truest versions of themselves. The result? More compassion, acceptance of others and a desire to repair our world – that’s our mission. Since 1925, Tawonga’s four-part mission has fostered high self-esteem, enduring community, tikkun olam and positive Jewish identity. Our mission guides everything we do – from the programs we facilitate to the way we lead campers, train staff and champion inclusion. At Tawonga, we embrace differences, learn from each other and welcome everyone. Today, we are more committed than ever to ensuring radical inclusion by addressing and resolving blind spots related to gender and race.

Ruling year info

1996

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jamie Simon

Main address

131 Steuart Street, Ste. 460

San Francisco, CA 94105 USA

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EIN

94-3227261

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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?

Summer Programs

Yosemite-based programs include classic one to three-week summer camp sessions and skill-building teen leadership offerings. Our adventure “Quests” offer epic wilderness explorations on the road. All programs are run by Tawonga’s renowned and dedicated staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Families

Family Camp weekends offered in May, August and September provide four days to relax, unplug and have a blast in the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Mountains. A true taste of all that is Tawonga.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Parents
Adults

This innovative two-year program offered in the Bay Area takes Tawonga’s resonant approach to Judaism and applies it to the B’nai Mitzvah journey. Students participate in immersive monthly camp-style classes, hands-on family learning, weekend retreats in nature and critical thinking about Jewish ritual.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Families
Parents

Families can build community and experience the warm and welcoming Tawonga spirit all year long. Our “Down the Mountain” programs in the Bay Area include Jewish holiday celebrations, Tot Shabbats and volunteer service outings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Parents
Families
Adults
Jewish people

Where we work

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 participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Summer Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Youth Served during Summer Programs *Note: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our 2020 summer season.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Summer Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

97% of Camp parents are likely or extremely likely to recommend Camp Tawonga to family and/or friends. *Note: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our 2020 summer season.

Number of Participants in Family Camp Programs

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

Families

Related Program

Family Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

*Note: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our 2020 summer season.

Number of local Down the Mountain programs

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Year-Round Family Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of Camp families indicated that their child found a sense of home, family and community from their session at Tawonga.

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Summer Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

*Note: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our 2020 summer season.

Percentage of families who indicated that building Jewish identity and reinforcing Jewish values are a key strength of Tawonga.

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Summer Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

*Note: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our 2020 summer season.

Number of Tawonga Bar, Bat and B'nai Mitzvah Graduates

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

Adolescents, Preteens, Families

Related Program

Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvahs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

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

Adolescents, Preteens, Families

Related Program

Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvahs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Tawonga aims to foster high self-esteem, build community, promote Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and strengthen positive Jewish identity and spirituality among our community members.

Through impactful year-round and lifelong programming, we help people in the Tawonga community to become the truest versions of themselves. During the summer, we serve children grades 2-12 at our summer Camp sessions, teens through leadership and adventure “Quest” programs and families of all constellations at our campsite during Family Camp weekends. At our “Down the Mountain” programs in the Bay Area, we bring joyous Judaism to life with a range of personal growth and community-building programs for all ages.

Tawonga relies on 95 years of experience providing life-changing experiences while consistently striving to improve at every opportunity. We have excellent year-round staff and seasonal teams, an active and engaged board of directors, support from volunteer committee members and a Tawonga Alumni Board. Most importantly, there is a robust community of families committed to Tawonga’s values and vision, which include Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

Through innovation, training and evaluation, we continue to ensure that our core programs
remain excellent. These are a few examples of our recent accomplishments:

In 2019, Tawonga piloted an all-gender cabin option for campers who identify as non-binary. Results were overwhelmingly positive and our commitment to full inclusion caught the attention of the New York Times. Our 2021 summer season will include four all-gender cabins.

2020 was one of the most tumultuous years in Tawonga’s history, having to cancel our entire Camp season due to Covid-19. Despite the difficulties, we joined together in community for virtual Friday night song sessions, Tot Shabbats, Jewish holidays and more. We advanced our commitment to justice with online staff trainings, affinity spaces for Jews of color and teen workshops. In the face of so many personal challenges, our community showed up like never before.

In 2020, we formally launched Tawonga Institute – the professional consulting arm of Camp Tawonga – to offer online training and one-on-one consulting services to individuals and organizations. Through workshops led by members of our executive and senior staff, emerging women-identifying professionals gained empowerment tools; parents learned how to better manage power struggles with toddlers amidst a pandemic; colleagues across the Jewish and camping worlds shared roadmaps for leading organizations in a new remote, work-from-home landscape; and agencies across the Bay Area benefited from emergency preparedness and response training.

Also in 2020, we ran our first JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Fellowship with great success! 20 members of our summer staff, nearly half of whom identify as People of Color, participated in workshops that explored identity reflection, racial justice and Jewish values, Indigenous solidarity, multiracial Jewish peoplehood and racial justice leadership.

In 2021, Meg Adler, Tawonga’s Assistant Director of Jewish Life and Learning, was selected as a Diller Education Award winner in the Experiential and Communal category. Exemplifying excellence in Jewish education, Meg has transformed Tawonga’s Bar, Bat and B’nai Mitzvah program into a national model for innovative, alternative Jewish coming-of-age experiences.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve members of the Jewish community in the Bay Area and beyond at various ages and stages of life, from families with young children attending tot shabbat programs, to children at summer camp, students enrolled in the Tawonga B’nai Mitzvah program, teens participating in teen-centric programs (e.g., volunteer service, and leadership development), young adults joining community-building events and seniors coming to multi-generational family camp weekends. Tawonga’s Jewish education classes as part of Tawonga Institute are available to all members of the community, including professional leadership. The inclusive nature of Tawonga’s programming attracts a diverse community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    On a recent listening tour of our community, our Tawonga families expressed a clear desire for “more Tawonga,” which has helped us shape our organizational growth as we continue to offer more “Down the Mountain” programs in the Bay Area year-round and expand our season up at Camp on our campsite near Yosemite.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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TAWONGA JEWISH COMMUNITY CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 6/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Zlot

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 06/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability