Update on the givah Campaign
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020
In celebration of the 70th season of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and the 18th season of Ramah Day Camp, in 2015 we launched The Givah Campaign, a five-year comprehensive effort supporting:
Capital Projects and Program Initiatives – including construction of the new Nivonim campus (“the Givah”) at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 2017 and campus improvements at Ramah Day Camp to accommodate our growing camper base.
The Annual Fund – for need-based scholarships and across-the-board tuition subsidies received by all camper families. Annual Fund also includes special needs and inclusion programming.
Endowments – the Rabbi David and Emily Soloff Scholarship Endowment is one of the 70 named endowments that make up the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Endowment Corporation. These endowments ensure that sufficient scholarship and operational funds will be available in perpetuity.
The goal of the Givah Campaign is to raise a total of $9 million over five years. As described above – this is a comprehensive campaign that includes all the fundraising needs of both camps over this period.
In the fourth year of the campaign, we are proud to announce that $7.9 million towards the total campaign goal of $9 million has been raised.
New Arts and Outdoor Performance Center!
New for 2020! With the support of a challenge grant from a major national foundation, the current facility focus of the Givah Campaign is the construction of a new Arts and Outdoor Performance Center at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Construction will begin in August 2019 and the building will be ready for the 2020 season.
As seen in the architectural rendering, the new facility will be built on the site of the current Omanut/Nagarut building (Arts/Woodworking), which was constructed in 1982. The new Arts and Outdoor Performance Center will support many more opportunities for artistic expression and connection to Jewish identity through the arts.
We gratefully acknowledge these generous donors who have made lead gifts to dedicate aspects of this new facility:
The Vales Family – Omanut Building
The Newberger Family – Outdoor Performance Stage
The Lidov Family – Artist Studio
For info on the Givah Campaign and remaining dedication opportunities contact
Chief Development Officer Sam Caplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.690.8332.
Leave Your Mark
For decades campers have written their names in the Nivonim cabins. As we transition to our expanded Nivonim campus a new method of leaving a mark has been established. By dedicating a brick or paver along the Nivonim Walkway you can help pave the way forward for Ramah and leave your name and a message for generations to come.
In honor of Rabbi Soloff you can now dedicate a brick to celebrate his 43 years of contributions to camp! When building your brick select "Soloff Tribute Brick" in the shopping cart.
To place an order for a brick or paver, submit a customized brick order below and then please click on the “Donate Now” link to process the payment. Be sure to select “Givah Campaign Brick Fund” from the Optional Fund Selection on the donation form.
Below is a list of current naming opportunities, some of which may be modified before the completion of the campaign. Gifts can typically be paid across a three year payment schedule. For more information please contact Sam Caplan, 312-690-8332 or email@example.com.
The Arts & Outdoor Performance Center
מועדון נבונים / Moadon Nivonim
Nivonim will have its own Moadon multi-purpose building as part of the new campus. Housing a central activity area and a kitchenette, the flexible space building will be used widely by Nivonim as the main programming and gathering space for aidah activities.
Givah Outdoor Plaza
The plaza connects the multi-purpose building to the cabins. It’s the perfect space for a variety of group activities day or night. A freestanding sign or boulder with plaque will acknowledge the plaza donors.
Outdoor Performance Stage
The cabins on the Givah will house a total of 100 campers and staff. Two naming opportunities are available for boys’ cabins and two for girls’ cabins.
(1 sold, 3 available)
Givah Staff Rooms
Staff rooms housing up to four counselors in each cabin are available for naming. Donors of staff rooms will be recognized on the exterior of the building along the main cabin entrance.
Both the boys’ and girls’ cabins will have an indoor porch available for naming.
(1 sold, 1 available)
Single benches around the Givah campus are available for naming. Each bench will be marked with a dedication plaque.
Crafted by hand in a beautiful design, a lovely mezuzah will be placed at each site below along with a small name plaque acknowledging your generous gift.
Entrance to Givah $50,000
Moadon Nivonim $36,000
Cabins (4 available) $18,000
Staff Rooms (4 available) $10,000
A minimum gift of $18,000 will establish a named endowment to ensure scholarship and operational funds will be available in perpetuity.
Some endowment opportunities:
Ramah Israel Seminar Scholarship Endowment for Nivonim Alumni
Endowed Rosh Aidah Position
Endowed Counselor Position
The pavers and bricks stamped with donor names, inlaid in a beautiful pattern, form a walkway from the entrance of the Givah to the facilities within.
Pavers – (6 lines of text) $500
Bricks – (3 lines of text) $180