On January 10, 2012, Jeff Rose announced to our community that he was making communications, through the use of social media, a priority for Camp George. This prioritization came as a response to the End of Summer 2011 survey, in which our camper families expressed a desire to have more access to information about camp life. From school year content to our Communications Brit this summer, Camp George created an immense amount of social media content with the goal of bringing camp into our families’ home lives. On Sunday evening, November 4, 2012, Camp George was honoured to win the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy’s (GIJP) Impact in Technology Award. The GIJP provides mentoring and consulting services and challenge grants to nonprofit Jewish overnight camps and other organizations. GIJP focuses on strategic planning, leadership development, fundraising, and overall capacity building.
The Impact in Technology (or IT) Award is given to a Jewish summer camp that has successfully implemented technology tools for internal effectiveness, improved communications, improved community-building and fundraising. The winning camp must use technology strategically to help them reach specific goals. Ideally, the winning camp will try new technologies, measure the results of their efforts, and refine based on the goals they set.
Camp George is both proud and humbled by this achievement. It is a privilege to be recognized by an organization as outstanding as GIJP. Creating social media content was a wonderful learning experience for Camp George and was accomplished with a great deal of help from others. In particular, we would like to thank both the Union for Reform Judaism’s technology team, Scott Hertz and Leslie Bass, as well as Kevin Martone, the Technology Program Manager at the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. The help from these two groups was pivotal in allowing us to be successful in achieving our goals.
Additionally, we would like to say Kol Ha Kavod to our Communications Team: Jeff Rose (Director), Stacey Jaffe (Communications Committee Chair) and Jane Harris-Koblin (Communications Director).
And to all of our families, thank you for following us and engaging in our content. We have already begun our 2012-2013 school year content and are brainstorming new ideas for improvement this summer.
Please note: On November 5, 2012 the Grinspoon Foundation announced they would be changing their name to JCamp 180.