How a Foundation Mobilized to Keep Jewish Summer Camps Afloat During COVID

From Inside Philanthropy (December 6, 2021)

In "How a Foundation Mobilized to Keep Jewish Summer Camps Afloat During Covid," Inside Philanthropy chronicles a philanthropic success story for which the credit goes largely to JFN members. That includes the Foundation for Jewish Camp (a public foundation) and its numerous supporters, including Elisa and Robert Bildner and the many foundations that came together to establish the Jewish Communal Response and Impact Fund, such as Aviv Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation; the Maimonides Fund; the Paul E. Singer Foundation and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. The article notes the important role that networks like FJC play, saying: "In times of trouble, they can be the unsung infrastructural heroes of the philanthrosphere." 

This article also highlights Jim Joseph Foundation's $12 million grant of general operating support to FJC (in addition to being part of JCRIF, which played a critical role in providing both grants and loans). "There’s a lot of debate about that in the field, but we at the Jim Joseph Foundation are big believers in general operating funds," Jim Joseph's Barry Finestone says in the article. "The general operating funds allow them to shift dollars around [and use them as needed].”

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Read the full article by Simone Ellin in Inside Philanthropy.