Needs and Responses

Summer Camps

Needs

The summer camp sector faces great uncertainty, as it remains unclear how long social distancing measures will need to be in place and whether they will be able to operate this summer, and if so, whether they will have to do so in a reduced capacity.

According to the Jewish Federations of North America document on Business Continuity Issues for Major Jewish Communal Networks, camps are hoping to be able to open this summer but are working through two basic scenarios: a partial summer and full closure.

“Camps believe that they can adjust to the health and staffing issues to manage a partial summer (no international staff, no visitors and controlled access to the camp site to manage health issues). Even if they can only open for a partial summer and certainly if they can’t open at all, camps face the return of registration fees and have fixed operating costs for managing their physical plants and ongoing expenses to maintain permanent and staff and offices towards the next summer.

“If camps are not able to open for the 2020 summer the situation is extremely challenging. Fixed costs are roughly 50% of total operating expenses. The Foundation for Jewish Camp estimates, based on 150+ overnights camps in its network, that the cost would run $150 million to sustain the camps through the 2021 season with no 2020 season.”

Responses

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. JCRF’s focus is to maintain the infrastructure of Jewish life that advances Jewish education, engagement and leadership.

JFNA reports that the CARES Act-enabled small-business and nonprofit loans may be a good option for camps, because “through future operations and fundraising they could manage this over time, especially if a substantial portion of loans were forgivable.”

Resources

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

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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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