We’re building a community – a campaign update

12 Jan We’re building a community – a campaign update

It’s about SO MUCH MORE than buildings . . . . We’re building a community!

The response to the launch of our community campaign From 60 to 120:  The Campaign to Build Jewish Continuity has been amazing!  Not only has our community committed the $250,000 needed to complete the challenge match by Carl & Joann Bianco, another generous donor has extended the match for an additional $100,000.  These donations are further matched dollar for dollar by the challenge matching grant from the Samis Foundation (up to $1.5 million).  So, the $250,000 stretched to $750,000, bringing our current total to $4.85M.  And, completing these challenge matches by February will allow us to break ground as soon as this Fall.


Now that our dreams are becoming a reality, we have enlisted the support of a Capital Campaign Manager, Sarah Rumbaugh, to keep us moving forward at this critical stage of the campaign, and a Project Manager, Dan Ramras, to help us turn our aspirational plans into real, wood and nails buildings.  Both Sarah and Dan are very experienced and accomplished in their respective fields and both happen to be camp parents as well!  As we enter 2016, Sarah will also help us investigate grant funding opportunities within and outside the Jewish community, and Dan will help us finalize our construction budget with an eye on being prudent stewards of our financial resources.

After the attention our July press conference generated, we were pleased to host our local Tumwater city government officials (including the mayor, city council, city planners and police and fire departments) at camp and provided them with an in-depth look at our hidden “Jewel of Tumwater.”  They left committed to working with us, as our property is annexed into the City of Tumwater, to ensure Schechter maintains its rustic, natural beauty while accomplishing our project goals.

Of course, none of this would be possible without YOU, our generous and committed community.  Thank you so much for being an instrumental part of building an even better camp to serve our Pacific Northwest Jewish Community for generations to come.


What can you do to ensure the continued success of this campaign?

  • Be a connector:  Introduce us to other potential donors; host a Schechter capital campaign party or meeting.
  • Act as a camp ambassador:  Share your excitement for the project with your friends, in person and on social media, and tell them why you supported the campaign.
  • Consider an additional gift to the campaign to take advantage of the matching programs.

Camp Solomon Schechter belongs to the entire community, and now is the time to get the whole community involved in building our future!  Thank you for your continued support.

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