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Making Strides

The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has announced a strategic plan for FJC and the field of nonprofit Jewish camping, the appointment of a new chair of the board of directors and a new vice president of institutional advancement.
The new strategic plan aims to support FJC’s mission and vision for the field of Jewish camp with new strategies that have evolved in response to the results achieved and knowledge acquired over the last five years.  The four guiding areas of focus are:

1.     Camper acquisition:
grow enrollment
2.      Program excellence:
foster retention
3.      Leadership development:
ensure a strong future
4.      Community engagement:
achieve sustainability
Furthermore, the plan outlines four new priorities for FJC over the next five years:

1.      Addressing affordability
2.     Fostering connections
3.      Increasing awareness
4.     Creating innovative

Lee D. Weiss begins his term as chair, board of directors, this month, succeeding Skip Vichness, who held the position for five years and will now be chair of FJC’s chairman’s council.  Weiss joined the FJC board in 2007, served as vice chair for the past year and has proved to be a dedicated and tremendous asset to FJC and the field of Jewish camp in that time.  Weiss has a long, distinguished professional career in business.  He brings fresh ideas and a new perspective to the position.  Weiss played an integral role in the creation of FJC’s new strategic plan.
Weiss, a certified financial planner, is the founder and managing partner of Family Endowment Partners, LP (FEP), which he launched in 2007.  FEP is a multi-family office and investment advisor that advises family offices, endowments and foundations.  In addition to his position at FJC, Weiss has served on several other philanthropic boards including the Maimonides School, UJA Young Leadership, University of Maryland Hillel and American Heart Association.
“I’m grateful to pass the proverbial torch to Lee Weiss,” said Skip Vichness,  “Lee has spent the last year preparing for his new position, and his leadership will allow FJC to shine as we carry out our bold, new strategic plan.”
FJC has a new addition to the team who will be an integral part in the execution of the new strategic plan.  On November 1, Fani Magnus Monson, will join FJC as vice president, institutional advancement.  Fani brings a 25-plus-year track record of development success including the last 10 years as the vice president and chief development officer at JCC Association.
“We are so exhilarated by the new developments in both the team and strategy of our organization,” said Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, FJC.  “With such strong leadership and direction, I know we will thrive.  I am truly excited for, and proud to be a part of, the future of FJC and the field of Jewish camping.”
The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is the only public organization dedicated solely to nonprofit Jewish overnight camps. FJC employs a variety of strategies toward a single goal: to increase the number of children in Jewish summer camps.  To this end, the Foundation creates inspiring camp leaders, expands access to and intensifies demand for camp and develops programs to strengthen camps across the Jewish spectrum in North America.  Through strategic partnerships on local and national levels, FJC raises the profile of Jewish camp and serves as a central resource for parents and organizations alike.  FJC works with more than 150 camps, 70,000 campers and 10,000 counselors across North America each summer to further its mission.  For more information, visit www.jewishcamp.org.  A

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