There are many different options when it comes to giving back to Crane Lake Camp. Take a look below to see how giving best fits for you.
Make a Pledge
If you would like to make a donation and pay it in installments, rather than a lump sum, you can do so by making a pledge. To be eligible for tax benefits for THIS year, make your contribution by December 31st. To make a pledge, or get more information, please contact Kadie Black.
Chai Circle Monthly Giving
Our Chai Circle is a group of faithful supporters of Crane Lake Camp who provide monthly support to families in need afford camp for their children. Your contribution ensures that future campers will be able to experience the joys of Crane Lake Camp. Your recurring gift will automatically be charged to your credit card, and will be a dependable source of support on which Crane Lake can rely throughout the year. You can participate for as little as $6 a month. By participating in the Chai Circle, you can consistently make camp better for over 900 campers a year in a flexible, simple way, while decreasing the amount of solicitations mailed to you. For more information, please look at our Chai Giving Circle page.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many employers offer match programs for donations. Check with your human resources department to see how you can increase your support to Crane Lake Camp.
Gifts of Stock
A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities (i.e. stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time) is one of the most tax-efficient of all ways to give. That is because there are multiple benefits to making a gift of this type. In addition to a charitable contribution tax deduction, you generally are able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the assets. It is best to consult with your tax advisor to understand the potential tax benefits related to stock gifts.
For more information about this type of gift, please contact Kadie Black.
To help ensure the long-term success of the camps, make Crane Lake part of your estate plan. We recommend speaking with your financial advisor to discuss what is optimal to meet your needs. For more information, please look at our Legacy Society page.
Help support Crane Lake Camp by purchasing an item on our Amazon Wish List, something we would love to offer our campers, but cannot purchase due to budgetary constraints. Anything we receive will be used during the summer, and will be greatly appreciated!
B’nai Mitzvah Projects
Many of our campers choose to make Crane Lake Camp the beneficiary of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects. We are excited to offer ideas and support to our campers that choose to do so. We have examples of projects that have been done in the past, and are happy to share them with interested families. For more information on how to make Crane Lake Camp your B’nai Mitzvah project, please take a look below.
Do you need an idea for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project?? Here is a list of great ideas!
- Make a Bar/Bat Mitzvah website with a page dedicated to your project
- Use Crane Lake clothes and swag to make Crane Lake centerpieces, which can then be donated to new campers who cannot afford to buy Crane Lake items
- Collect empty bottles and cans at your temple, school, and other organizations, then use the money you get back from the machines at the supermarket to donate to camp
- Host a walkathon with your friends to raise money for scholarship
- Host a talent show at your temple and donate proceeds to scholarship
- Recruit donations from local businesses, then host an auction or a silent auction to raise money for scholarship
- Host a car wash or bake sale
- You are a Crane Lake camper, you have your own brilliant ideas!
If you are committed to making Crane Lake Camp the beneficiary of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project, let us help you! Below, you will find examples of emails and invitation inserts that you can make your own!
Email text: Subject: Crane Lake Campers Need Your Help!
As you may know, I have attended Crane Lake Camp for [number] years and have been permanently impacted by the people I have met and the things I have learned. Camp has provided me with things that are difficult to find anywhere else, including a strong and loving community, the opportunity to develop a connection to Judaism, and a chance to learn and grow both Jewishly and as a an individual. As you can imagine, nonprofits and schools are facing a fundraising crisis. More families than ever need assistance to give their children the life-changing opportunities I have had at Crane Lake Camp. Camp has continued to allocate for scholarship in its budget, but will not be able to cover 100% of requests, and they expect the Scholarship fund to be significantly drained. The economy has put pressure on us all, but it is exactly for this reason that camp needs your help now more than ever. Every dollar helps! Last summer, more than 200 children were fortunate enough to experience URJ Crane Lake Camps because of generous donations like yours to the Scholarship Fund. For my [Bar/Bat] Mitzvah project, I want to help give more kids the opportunity to experience Eisner as I have. It really is a “summer that lasts a lifetime.”
You can donate online here: Donate to Eisner! OR Send a check to URJ Crane Lake Camp with “[Name]’s [Bar/Bat] Mitzvah Project” in the memo line to: URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps 160 Chubb Avenue, Suite 207 Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 Thank you so much! [Your name here] P.S. URJ Crane Lake Camp is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Invite insert text: As you may know, I have attended Crane Lake Camp for [number] years and have been permanently impacted by the people I have met and the things I have learned. Camp has provided me with things that are difficult to find anywhere else, including a strong and loving community, the opportunity to develop a connection to Judaism, and a chance to learn and grow both Jewishly and as a an individual. This year, more families than ever need assistance to give their children the life-changing opportunities I have had at Crane Lake Camp. For my [Bar/Bat] Mitzvah project, I want to help give more kids the opportunity to experience Crane Lake as I have. It really is a “summer that lasts a lifetime.” Help me send a kid to camp!
A gift of $18 will provide an end of session banquet dinner. A gift of $40 will provide a trip day laughing with friends. A gift of $75 will provide a joyful Shabbat experience. A gift of $180 will provide a day at camp making memories. A gift of $740 will provide a chance to participate in Maccabiah (color war). A gift of $2,600 will provide a first time experience in K’tanim. A gift of $5,000 will provide a summer that will last a lifetime.
Enclosed is my tax-deductible gift of: __$3,600 __$1,800 __$1,018 __$360 __$180 __Other $_____ Please make checks payable to URJ Crane Lake Camp Scholarship Fund, 160 Chubb Avenue, Suite 207, Lydnhurst, NJ 07071 __I have enclosed a matching gift from my workplace Bill my (check one): __Mastercard __Visa __AmEx __once __monthly __quarterly for $____ Credit card account number: ______________________ Security Code: _____ Expiration Date: _____
____________________ Signature (indicates authorization to charge credit card)
__Please contact me regarding planned giving to camp URJ Crane Lake Camp is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.