Herzl Camp is building an endowment to ensure camp’s future – today, tomorrow and forever… Our goal is to reach $10 million in commitments in 2018.  Many friends of camp have already created named endowments to support camp, bringing us to over $8 million pledged today.

To start an endowment at Herzl Camp, you make an initial donation or a pledge to give over the course of a few years. Each year, a percentage of the value of the fund is given out for the purpose you determine – typically 4-5%, depending on recent investment returns. You can set a specific purpose or area of camp for your fund to support like inclusion services, scholarships or facility maintenance or your fund can provide a general donation. Your gift will support camp in perpetuity – forever.

It’s a simple process to set up a fund. Meet with Holly Guncheon, our Development Director, and set up your fund today!

Greatest Need Fund

A high quality camp experience is expensive – weekly tuition is over $1,000. Your donation to our General Fund improves camp for today’s campers, adds special programming and activities and helps keep camp tuition in reach of the average family. Your support for Jewish camping addresses many of the concerns that face our community. As adults, Jewish campers are significantly more likely to join a synagogue, donate to a Federation, care about Israel, and marry and raise children as Jews.

Scholarship Fund

Your donation provides camp scholarships for kids in financial need. A $117 donation provides one day of camp for one camper in need. Each summer, Herzl gives $200,000 in tuition assistance to families in need – over 28% of our campers receive a scholarship from Herzl Camp.

Israel Education Fund

Campers are 55% more likely to feel a strong connection to Israel than non-campers. At Herzl Camp, we have a vibrant Israel Education program funded through contributions from friends who care about Israel’s future. Each year, we bring teens from the Sderot region of Israel to participate side-by-side with their American counterparts. We also bring several Israeli bunk counselors for the summer in addition to special learning opportunities with Israeli Scouts, dancers, musicians and scholars. Not every family can afford a trip to Israel, so we bring Israel to Camp!

Building and Maintenance Fund

You’ve invested over $8 million in Herzl Camp’s facilities. Our camp is beautiful, functional, accessible and safe – Your gift to the Building and Maintenance Fund is used to keep it that way! Whether it’s a new roof, a new water heater, or replacing screens in cabins, we are committed to keeping camp in great shape for future generations and your donation makes that possible.


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