Camp Case: Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
By Linda Hoffenberg, Director of Institutional Advancement
As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Thanks to Harold Grinspoon we are learning how to fish.
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is known for creating a transformative Jewish community each summer. Campers are inspired by innovative programs and outstanding staff who join us from around North America and Israel.
Harold Grinspoon recognizes that Ramah Wisconsin - and dozens of other Jewish summer camps - can be stronger and more impactful if given access to mentors and tools to strengthen fundraising, strategic planning, planned giving, technology, and board governance.
With the guidance of JCamp 180, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin has:
- Maximized Grinspoon challenge grant opportunities to achieve our capital campaign goals. In recent years we built additional staff housing, a Vocational Center for our special needs program and a $3.5 million Kitchen and Dining Complex.
- Completed and begun implementation of our May 2010 strategic plan.
- Created a Legacy Society comprised of nearly 90 members.
Our professionals and lay leaders participate in JCamp 180 conferences and webinars. In this way we are not only learning how to fish, we are learning about best practices in technology, communications, stewardship, fundraising, board development and much more.
Throughout each of these steps we have worked closely with our JCamp 180 Mentor, David Sharken. His coaching and consulting services help enhance the infrastructure that enables Camp Ramah in Wisconsin to continue to provide an outstanding summer experience for our campers and staff members year after year.