Needs and Responses

Summer Camps

Needs

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) reported in July:

Since early March, camp professionals had worked tirelessly with their teams, the American Camp Association and federal, state and local officials to find a healthy, safe path toward opening for at least a partial summer. By late May, despite their best efforts, 90% of nonprofit Jewish overnight camps announced their decisions not to open for the entire summer season, affecting over 90,000 campers and college-age counselors.

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) calculated the annual fixed costs for 2020 of the camp operations across its network of 160+ overnight camps to be approximately 50% of total expenses or over $150M. 

Camps have demonstrated early success with virtual camp offerings to engage campers, counselors, families and alumni. Summer 2020 will be one of meaningful learning, with FJC gathering data from the broad range of approaches and formats being used this summer to support at-home engagement and camp staff enrichment, including FJC’s new Jewish Camp @ Home initiative and many other Jewish communal initiatives. Learning from this summer will help camps to strengthen year-round engagement efforts.

There is great uncertainty about summer 2021 and some concern that families may hold off registering until the spring, which will create challenges for managing early 2021 expenses. Camps generally rely on fall registration fees to provide the operating capital to help cover their fixed costs during the year. FJC will be working closely with the American Camp Association to capture learning from the few camps that are operating this summer and to address the uncertainties about what may be possible next summer.

Responses

JFNA in July reported:

Working aggressively and collaboratively, the field focused mitigation efforts in three areas: reducing costs, borrowing funds and raising money. Camps have been successful in securing over $22M in SBA loans, the JCRIF has provided both loans and grants of over $12M and local federations and foundations have helped camps raise well over $30M. In an effort to encourage parents to donate back part of their tuition paid, the Grinspoon. Foundation offered a $10M matching grant program, which has already stimulated over $10M in donations and over $30M in tuition rollovers for 2021. FJC now estimates the remaining gap to sustain camps to the 2021 camping season to be $18–$38M across the field.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation has announced $10 million in new emergency grant funding to support the nonprofit Jewish summer overnight camps that participate in the foundation’s JCamp 180® program, a program providing professional development and other resources for day camps and overnight camps. “The timing of the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting camps especially hard. We don’t yet know the full extent of the resources the camps will need to weather this storm, but we know they need the extra cash flow now and their needs will be significant if the camps can’t open this summer,” said founder Harold Grinspoon in a news release issued by the foundation. More details can be found here.

On April 20, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) launched the more than $80 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), supported by a seven foundations, including the Aviv Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the Wilf Family Foundation, which will operate in coordination with the JFNA. The invite-only program will be divided in two, with a loan program based at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, providing payroll and basic operational assistance for non-profits in the coming months.

In July, JCRIF announced it had made $10 million in grants to  more than 20 Jewish organizations, including the Foundation for Jewish Camp, as well as $20 million in no-interest loans, with $20 million more in loans under consideration. More details about JCRIF, including a JFN webinar, here.

Watch JFN’s webinar on the Grinspoon matching grant program below:

Resources

Professional Talent in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector and Covid-19

Date and time - Thursday, October 1
12-1 pm ET (7-8 pm Israel)

Source - JFN webinar

Amid Layoffs and Funder Bailouts, the Jewish Nonprofit World Is Fearing 2021

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
September 9

Emotion Before Content: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Designing Virtual Jewish Engagement for Young People

Description - Research study/report

Source - Schusterman Foundation and Jim Joseph Foundation
August 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Buffeting American Jewry for Months. What Lies Ahead?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 1

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

What’s Going on in Jewish Education? Answers from Leaders in the Field

Description - Report

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 13

How are Jewish Teens and Young Adults Coping Through this Pandemic?

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 18

Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Awards $10 Million to 20+ Jewish Organizations

Description - Announcement

Source - Jewish Community Response & Impact Fund
July 20

Passion, Perseverance and Grit: The Untold Story of Jewish Day Camps During the COVID Summer of 2020

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 12

Jewish Nonprofits Launch Nationwide Volunteer Drive to Respond to Pandemic, Social-Justice Needs

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 6

The Coronavirus Is Killing Off American Jewish Institutional Life

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
June 7

After the Storm Has Passed, Looking Forward to Camp — Summer 2021

Description - Op-Ed

Source - The Forward
June 24

What Covid Is Teaching Us About Jewish Education

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 29

For the Few Jewish Camps That Are Opening Despite Risks, Finding Willing Families Hasn’t Been Hard

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 24

New York Is Allowing Day Camps to Open. Some Jewish Camps Are Still Staying Closed.

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 9

Where Does the Jewish Community Center Movement Go from Here?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
June 3

A ‘Super Fund’ Aims to Keep Jewish Nonprofit World From Sinking

Description - News article

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 2

How Some Jewish Summer Camps Are Going Virtual This Year

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 28

How a Jewish Camp in Maine Plans to Keep COVID-19 Away

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 18

Ramah Camps Anticipate a Total Budget Shortfall of $27 Million, But Don’t Expect to Fold

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 14

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Source - JFN webinar
May 11

With Hope Fading and Regulations Tightening, More Jewish Camps Set to Cancel

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 13

All Together Now: A Matching Grant for Jewish Camp

All Together Now: A Matching Grant for Jewish Camp

Source - JFN webinar
May 7

The Biggest Jewish Coronavirus Relief Fund Will Soon Start Giving Out Loans

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 12

Camps Should be a Part of Our Community Response to COVID-19

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 7

From Cabins to Bungalows: Some Jewish Overnight Camps May Become Socially Distanced Family Retreats This Summer

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 5

Many Jewish Camps Will Cancel This Summer Due to COVID, Affecting At Least 10,000 Kids

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
April 30

$9 Million in Emergency Funding for Jewish Life Projects

Source - UJA-Federation of New York
April 23

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

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