The Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Agawam, Massachusetts, has announced a $10.4 million match in support of more than a hundred Jewish overnight summer camps.
The foundation is providing the lead gift for the All Together Now 2021 campaign, with additional support for the campaign provided by an anonymous donor, the Klaff Family Foundation, the Franco family, and others. Participating camps will receive $1 for every $2 raised from other donors through December 31, up to a maximum amount based on camp size and utilization. In addition, day camps will be eligible to apply for funding through the 2021 Jewish Day Camp Match, a competitive grant that support investments in physical improvements.
"Our love of camp runs deep, and we are not alone. The funding community generously supported camps last summer, with thousands of donations of all sizes to get camps through a crisis. Unfortunately, the need continues," said Grinspoon Foundation president Winnie Sandler Grinspoon. "Because of COVID-19, camps face decreased tuition revenue and increased debt and expenses as they prepare to open safely for in-person camp this summer. The ongoing financial challenges are bigger than any one person or organization can solve, and it will take the whole community to help camps meet their operational needs."