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May 2017 Board Meeting

mstorey • 2 months ago • Uncategorized

MAY 2017

The Camp Dudley Board of Trustees met May 6, 2017 in the new Dudley Leadership Barn. Matthew Quigley opened the meeting with a round of applause for Josh’s first meal christening the new building. The meeting followed a great day on Thursday at Kiniya for Board training and bonding.   The Directors and staff collectively reported on:

  • The professional development activities for the staff, including 3 ACA New England conferences that the Kiniya staff participated in, an all-staff weekend April 21-23 at Dudley – half business/half camaraderie. The Stewards of Children training (a Darkness to Light “train the trainer program” on preventing childhood sexual abuse) that now lets Camp staff train others in our community and the pre-season training for all Leaders and other staff in contact with campers.
  • The JL weekends, which for Kiniya focused on programing, leadership, development and fun and for Dudley focused on learning and identifying the soft skills that the Leaders develop from the job and getting the boys from the two different sessions to meet each other.
  • Highlights from the Enrollment Report Package. The total number of girls that applied was up significantly from last year – 397 total applications versus 371 in 2016! Marnie is confident that Kiniya can fill 2 additional cabins in the future! The wait list at Kiniya is strong and retention at both Camps is at 78%.
  • Evan gave a snapshot with respect to the diversity of the community at Camp for the upcoming season and the scholarships awarded. The campers come from 31 states. Within Kiniya, 20% identify as non-caucasian and at Dudley, 17% identify as non-caucasian. Evan highlighted the campers and Leaders coming from the Marshall Islands and the application of one person that applied to be a Leader who discussed how his diversity can benefit Camp and how Camp can benefit him. There was a discussion about the TADS scholarship application process to ensure it is not hindering applicants’ acceptance to Camp.
  • Matt and Marnie highlighted the key Staff and Leaders for the 2017 summer. There was a discussion about the importance of having the presence of the opposite sex on Campus, which is supported by the Gender in Education Research Study, which suggests that men and women are happier and healthier when they acknowledge and celebrate their respective gender differences, a male teacher of girls creates an important opportunity to interact with and build relationships with men outside the family leading to more successful transitions into the wider world and that male educators help girls learn how to interact with men. In fact, a lack of male educators can lead girls to fear men if they don’t know how to interact with men and girls develop their view of themselves through male role models (including their father). Matt discussed the importance of having terrific older and younger women at Dudley and that Dudley will not hire a woman in a Staff role unless she has been on her own for at least one year. He also described how Jess works with many of these women at Dudley.
  • Matt provided an update on the GAP program.
  • There was an update of the major projects at Kiniya and Dudley, which included:

at Kiniya, Clearing of trees ‘Neath the Pines and shoreline clearing; Water System treatment services to increase water quality; Resurfacing of the back tennis courts for tennis & basketball; Fiber optic; Homestead expansion; Lodge Update (shared final design and timeline); and 1281 design planning (high level concepts). At Dudley, Leadership Barn; Challenge Course; Swim point; New Avery roof; Fiber line and lights out to parking for parents.

  • The contingency plans in place for the Summer in the unfortunate and unlikely event that one of the Directors was pulled away unexpectedly during the Camp Summer season. Kiniya would continue under the direction of Mollie (parents, campers and employees), Kat (D-Heads, program, and schedule) and Tom (Operations, including maintenance and food service) with shared responsibilities. At Dudley the shared staffing would be Evan, Fu, Fred and Davo.

The Legal Committee provided a brief update on the investigation and walked through the Camp Dudley and Camp Dudley Foundation Accounts and Flow of Funds Guiding Principles document to finalize the process and guidance for how contributions and expenses get allocated between Camp and the Foundation.

The Finance and Audit Committee agreed to create a budget, audit, and finance committee calendar. Fred went over the snapshot of the combined Budget and Finances with nothing noteworthy. He reviewed the Balance Sheet of the combined assets and liabilities. The Audit Committee reported on the Audit and discussed the Conflicts of Interest Policy and Report that must be completed by each Board member.

Dave Langston reported on Camp’s development activities to raise its $800K goal. Mark Valkenburgh went over the summary document of the Gift Acceptance Policy, which was adopted by the Board.

The Program and Policy Committee discussed the issue of “camper age” for Kiniya and Dudley, which has been researching the age requirements for other comparable camps. It was recommend by the Program Committee that Dudley accept Campers at a younger age – coming off of fourth grade instead of finishing fifth grade. Summer 2017 Dudley will have 12 – 10 year-old cubs. This change gives the Director some flexibility and provides consistent messaging across both Camps. It will require some campers to take a year-off before becoming a JL, but there are other options now with our other summer programming.

The Admissions and Diversity Committee (ADS) discussed the issues of race, sexuality and religion. It was decided that a Working Committee would be created to include critical feedback from Staff and that while each topic necessarily touches multiple Committees, it was proposed that ADS focus on Diversity/Race and Tuition (the latter with support from Development and Finance), that Program and Policy focus on Spirituality (one of our four Program Pillars), and that Health Risk Management and Safety focus on the issues around gender and gender identification.

The Board Development and Nominations Committee (BDN) discussed the needs on the Board and diversifying the Board with people of color and women.   Rich Maxwell, as Chair of BDN, thanked each of the Committees for providing their updated goals and reminded them of the need to update their Committee Purposes Statements by the November Board Meeting.

Spirituality at Camp (Extended CD News)

Brendan • 3 months ago • Uncategorized

This is the full version of the “Spirituality at Camp” article from the Fall – 2017 Camp Dudley News

The impact of Camp’s spiritual program is as diverse as the individuals in our community. It is also unifying as it draws all of us together to strive to improve and develop as human beings with a spirit of thanksgiving at its core. Reflection time is taught, and is critical to the life of a leader. Thought provoking Vesper questions and engaging conversation with fellow campers and leaders mark the end of every day. Chapel Talks begin each morning with thoughtful sharing of a meaningful experience by one of our community members.  Chapel service and Hymn Sing close out each week, bringing everyone together with positive, motivating and encouraging messages.

  • How has the Dudley spirit affected you?  Please share with us, here.

How has Camp impacted you spiritually and/or informed your way of life?


James Mayo III #14866

For the past 26 years, part of the cornerstone of my faith and spirituality has been the spiritual program at Dudley. Having moved from cantor (as a camper) to Director of Music has helped me to develop a great sense of spirituality through the application of music in worship. The spiritual program strives to ascertain an ecumenical approach to the program – which allows everyone to feel welcome – regardless of their religious beliefs. I have benefited from this approach in many respects – especially through the music – mainly because that is how I am able to relate, personally, to God through worship. The spiritual program has a substantial amount music, of many different styles, that is used to express the sentiments of people’s hearts – whether it be inspiration, classic rock, jazz, chants, and/or gospel. This approach has helped shape my view of how many others, outside of my beliefs, choose to relate to God in their own way. And for this, I am forever grateful.


Blake Harper #18778

Every time we sing a camp hymn at my church in Berkeley I am swept away to Dudley, and to those times each morning and each Sunday when we would lift up our voices together in the sincerest form of prayer I know. I am so grateful to all those who make these moments possible. Belt it out boys, this is sacred stuff!


Kelly Dale #21883

The lessons I learned at camp, including a deep understanding of The Other Fellow First, have shaped the way I look at foreign relations. A concern for the betterment of others has expanded beyond my days as a leader into my chosen career path. I work in International Development, meaning that I spend my days thinking through the ways that a small percentage of American taxpayer money can best be used to improve the lives of others around the world. I focus my efforts on adolescents girls, trying to help expand the aspects of Kiniya that we love most- a focus on empowerment, embracing unique talents, encouraging curiosity and exploration, and letting girls enjoy childhood- on a global scale. I am incredibly grateful for Kiniya and Dudley teaching us all these important lessons in a safe space and enabling us to share them with the world around us.


Sheila Kapper #15305

My spiritual connection is something I try to grasp, late at night as I lay in bed reviewing the day that just passed.  There is always the anticipation that someone will knock on the Infirmary door or ring the buzzer, you never know what is coming next.
But isn’t that a metaphor for life, living each moment with thoughts to what is around the corner….some positive, some not so…….
Taking time to see the trees, hear the birds or squirrels, feel the sun’s warmth  or wind blowing, listening to doors shut, motors passing by.  What a well run machine this world is, especially here at camp.  I need to stop and pause more.

Alexander Foster #22760

I can vividly remember an experience I had my first summer at Camp Dudley at Kiniya that has impacted my way of life as I know it. I remember stepping off the plane by myself, not knowing anyone at camp and quite honestly feeling nervous and alone. The first person I met from camp was the Programme Director at the time Nicholas Ansell, he greeted me with a bone-crushing handshake picked up my suitcase and proceeded to enthusiastically tell me anything and everything about camp without a moment of hesitation. At the time this experience was a whirlwind to me, but looking back I can remember just how quickly he made me feel welcome and how he treated me as if I was an old friend without knowing anything about me and it made me feel a lot calmer.
I look back on this experience and instead of looking back on how uncomfortable or nerve-racking the entire ordeal might have been I look back and realize how welcoming the experience was. Now, if I ever find myself in the same shoes Nick was in, whether it be welcoming a new member to the camp community or perhaps and new colleague at work, I think back to this experience and try to make them feel as welcome as I did 6 summers ago.


Rev. Dr. Peter Allen #11584

Camp Dudley provided me with many opportunities to talk openly and regularly about my spiritual questions, convictions, and hopes, and to listen to others’ spiritual experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Because spirituality was built into each day, it didn’t feel like it was an afterthought or an occasional activity, like at home. Dudley’s focus on “the other fellow first” reinforced the best lessons I was learning from my family and church. Ultimately, my spiritual experiences at Dudley helped guide me toward my calling and career as an ordained parish minister.


Paul Brown #23587

As a child, and now as an adult, I have always been the proud bearer of an unwavering spirit of exploration.  As a result, the actually existing world is a constant source of great fascination and wonder for me.  If I had to define in any particular way how Camp has informed my  way of life, it would be in the way it provides me with a profound sense of place and community.  The physical landscape itself on both sides of the Lake holds great beauty and gives rise to generations of stories and memories.  Names that are attached to familiar places – North Point, Kitchen Hill, Stacy Brook, or Junior Beach to cite a few – have meaning in the multitude of experiences that come to life there.  We hang onto many of these as uniquely our own and even more as a commonly held bond and history.  These places, experiences, stories, and memories are the cornerstone that continually builds a culture and sustains our community, over time and distance.  This is a living process that I am always grateful and proud to be a part of.


Ben Cady #15198

I was in a bad place emotionally before becoming a leader at Dudley. I lacked confidence in myself, which led to my having a very cynical view of the world. On my third day of preseason, I was eating lunch at a table in Beckman when a giant, red-faced clown with crazy hair sat down across from me. He pointed his finger at me, declaring, ‘You. You’re going to host the Wednesday Night Show. And you’re going to be great at it.’ I’m not sure if Davo saw that I needed a confidence boost, but this moment was one of many integral parts in my development into the person I am today. So many of these happened at Dudley. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize how rare it is to have been a part of a community, especially one that is male dominated, where people truly care about one another. A place where the question ‘how are you’ isn’t a throw away greeting, but one expectant of an honest answer. To be cared for by so many people at once makes it impossible not to want to give back. So to answer how Camp has informed my way of life I can say, without any cynicism, that it has made me a better man. It has given my a positive outlook on life and shaped the way that I treat others on a daily basis.


Sarah McDonough (Bear) #21013

I grew up singing in a church choir. The director there, Sue Ellen, taught us that choristers should lead service – not perform. The music was usually my favorite part of church. Because of Sue Ellen (and terrific musicians in my family, like my grandmother and mom), I was familiar with many of our hymns when I came to Kiniya.
That background in choir helped me frame my role at hymn sing; learning the piano part was important because by playing on Sunday nights, I could offer everyone a chance to sing, dance, and unwind.
The flip side of that, of course, is that all of the singing and dancing girls also offered me a chance engage, let loose, and relax. Let the River Run isn’t nearly as emotional (or funny) when it’s just the piano part.
I find singing with other people to be a tremendously powerful way to connect, and for me, hymn sing – whether in Colchester, Westport, or D.C. – has given me a sense that I am part of a grounded and compassionate community. Pretty great way to end a week.


Kari McKinley #19231

For a number of reasons, religion is something I have struggled with. In my quest for a better understanding of what draws people to become so devout, I’ve come to find that the faith and community that embody religion are components that are incredibly inviting. The spirituality and sense that we are only a small part of much greater purpose are also luring. When I’m at Camp, on either side of the lake, I know I’ve found my “religion.” I have my old friends, those who I’m just getting to know, and others who I haven’t yet met but will learn from and share with in the future. I am surrounded by mother nature and the calmness, perspective, and simplicity she offers. There is music, laughter, tears, and love. From Vespers to Chapel Talk, we can openly reflect and question with the support of both our mates and our mentors. My faith is in the belief that young minds learning and living The Other Fellow First will make for a better world to live in.


Sister Carol Perry #26265

It was a decade ago that I first came to Camp Kiniya at Dudley as a chapel speaker, and I fell in love with its work from day one.  I had had Dudley boys in my high school classes, but the work across the lake was a revelation.  It began like this:

I was seated on a bench, watching a tennis match and a ten year old camper sat down beside me.  After chatting for a bit, I asked her about her goals for the week, and she said:  “There is a final competition in my favorite sport this week and I am aiming to win third place.”  She looked very serious as she explained:  “I am not good enough to be first or second, but I am good enough to be third.”

In our crazy world where “I’m Number One” has become a battle cry, that honest understanding of her talents has stayed with me.  What was this place that could help girls see so clearly who they were?  My annual visits have only reinforced my appreciation of this incredible work of self-education that Camp Kiniya develops.  What a blessed spot!


Bill Harper #18500

More than 20 years ago I was introduced to the Spirit of Dudley, and it was clear to me that there was a soulful, real spirit to this place. Sitting on the Chapel Stage, at Willie Schmidt’s right hand, I watched as campers arrived in clumps of cabins. It was my first day at Camp, and the scene and sense was remarkable. But what amazed and touched me was the way Willie knew every kid, every Leader, and would lean toward me sharing a kind or intimate or funny detail about each one. Willie paid attention. He paid attention to every soul there. And I have been in that same Chapel chair over more than two decades, and I have been at the right hand of four distinct Directors, yet the experience has been the same. They paid attention. Matt Storey, today, deeply embodies that same practice. That is the spirit and spirituality I have experienced at Camp. The deep commitment and ability to pay attention; to give attention and recognition to the other person, the other fellow. To, in effect, treat the Other Fellow as sacred. I’ve seen it with Cub Leaders walking and laughing with their Cabin, thereby letting young boys feel something remarkable: this guy likes me, right now, right here, just as I am!  I’ve seen it when a D-Head takes time to practice some silly skit with his Aide. I’ve seen when a JL works, day after day, to help one camper pass a swim test.  It has has been said that “attention” to one other is the deepest form of prayer and compassion.  When I have done Vespers in Cabins, and watched tears well up in the eyes of Leaders as they see their Cabin, their Campers, I know that their is Something More, not just in this place, but in our World . . .


Jane Phalen #19496

Two things that my husband Tim (#16849) and I try to do in our lives as direct result of our time at Dudley, and what I think each of these says about Dudley’s unique version of spirituality. First, we take time each week to reflect on whether we’re living in line with our own morals and values, ideally in a beautiful outdoor location. I did a lot of self reflection at Dudley, even as a staff member. There is something about that chapel that makes you take a deep breath, feel gratitude, and consider how you can improve on who you are in the world.

Second, whenever we do go to any sort of church, whether it be a Catholic wedding mass in NJ or the small community church that we attend when visiting Tim’s grandmother, Peggy Powell, in Peru, VT, we SING AS LOUD, and WITH AS MUCH JOY AS WE CAN! While Dudley’s spiritual program encourages quiet self reflection, it also encourages joyful and unencumbered enjoyment of life.


Ways to Give to the Capital Campaign

Brendan • 5 months ago • Uncategorized

Use the links to below to make your pledge or send your gift today.

  • Pledge Form – Here’s how you get involved! Download, complete and return.
  • Pay by Check  – Make your check to The Camp Dudley Foundation and mail to the address below. Please note your payment as BFTF Pledge Fulfillment.
  • Make Your Pledge Payment Online – Use our online giving page and make your pledge payments electronically. Please note your payment as BFTF Pledge Fulfillment.
  • Making Gifts of Stock – Giving stock can be a great way to fulfill your pledge.  Directions are here. You can share this link with your broker.

Camp Dudley Foundation
BFTF Pledge Fulfillment
126 Dudley Road
Westport, NY 12993

Please contact Dave Langston ([email protected]) or Dawn Gay ([email protected]) with your questions.

Learn More about the Capital Campaign

Brendan • 5 months ago • Uncategorized

The following links offer detailed information about the rationale and projects of the Building For The Future Capital Campaign.

  • Our Story Board – Get more details on what is included in the Building For The Future Capital Campaign.
  • Projects in action – See those projects we have “leaned forward” to build so they could be available to campers in 2017!
  • Case statement – Read the detailed message on how the specific initiatives of the Campaign fulfill the strategy and needs of our Camps.
  • 2020 Vision : Strategic Vision For The Future – Study the five year strategic vision of our Camps to better understand the Campaign’s importance
  • Philanthropy and The Other Fellow First – Download the wonderful message to 2017 first session campers and parents about philanthropy and its interconnection with our motto. Written and delivered by Dwight Poler. You can also view Dwight’s message here.
  • Pledge form – Make your pledge today. Here’s how you get involved! Download, complete and return.

Campaign Progress – These tools tell the tale of how far we have come and how you can get involved.

  • Giving Pyramid – Here’s a look at how our Campaign is shaping up.  Find a brick that you might be comfortable investing in to build our future! We need you!
  • Friends of the Campaign – Who’s committed to the Campaign so far? Look and see!
  • BFTF DHeads –  Find someone on the Campaign Committee who can answer your questions.

Please contact Dave Langston ([email protected]) or Dawn Gay ([email protected]) with your questions.

#11904 John Ulin

Brendan • 9 months ago • Uncategorized

#11904 John Ulin
San Marino, CA

John (“JU” to his Dudley friends) returns to the Dudley Board of Trustees for his second tour of duty, having served from 2003-07 and as a member of the Executive Committee from 2004-07. John grew up in New York City, received his BA from Brown University in 1987,  JD from the UCLA School of Law, 1992 and his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1995.  John is a partner with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Los Angeles, specializing in copyright and trademark litigation.  He has a rich pro bono civil rights practice focusing on voting rights, public education, and providing for homeless veterans. He has volunteered as a Board Member of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and of California Common Cause.  John was a Dudley camper from1976-79, then a JL and AL before serving as a Leader from 1985-87 and Plebe Division Head in 1988-89. JU also kept up his singing with a band in Southern California from 2003-2014.  John and Mary Ulin have been married for over 27 years and are the proud parents of four Dudley and Kiniya’ites;  #21256 Ali (a Kiniya AL in 2017), #20904 Tori (on Kiniya’s 2017 waterfront staff), #20304 Christine and #18756 Curtis.  The Ulins lives in San Marino, CA. JU said, “Returning to the Board 10 years later is a great opportunity to honor the legacy of all the great men and women who put Dudley and Kiniya campers first and made our camps what they are today.  It is great to be back among the Dudley Family and working with Marnie and Matt to assure that Camp continues to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.”

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#13469 Joe Donahue

Brendan • 9 months ago • Uncategorized

#13469 Joe Donahue
Atherton, CA

Joey graduated from Stanford University in 1993.  After travelling, which included a semester of NOLS in Kenya, he graduated from Columbia University Medical School in 1999.  Joey then did residency in orthopedic surgery in New York City and moved to Silicon Valley for a sports medicine fellowship year in 2004 at Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates (S.O.A.R.) where he became at partner in 2005.  In addition to his private practice, he is the SOAR Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director, the Head Team Physician at Santa Clara University, was a team physician for the San Francisco 49ers from 2004-2007 and is currently a team physician with the San Francisco Giants.  Joey’s first experience with Dudley was an open house in Connecticut in 1982.  At the end of the slide show, Joey ran up to director Willie Schmidt and signed up for Camp on the spot.  Starting as a Plebe, he enjoyed the idyllic days of summer in Westport for five years.  His last summer was as an assistant leader in a cabin with fellow board member Pat Butler and sub-aide Matt Storey.  More recently, he has served as the camp doctor for the past two summers.  Since his first summer at camp, Joey embraced the Dudley motto as a guiding principle in how he conducts his daily life.  Joey and his wife Kat have three children, #22069 Sam, #22469 Henry and #23369 Hannah, all happy Dudley and Kiniya campers. In a fast moving world, heavy in technology and overly concerned with academic and athletic achievement, the Donahues are thankful for camp, a true haven for kids to be kids, and where character is paramount.

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#24514 Caroline (Foster) Deans

Brendan • 9 months ago • Uncategorized

#24514 Caroline (Foster) Deans
Holden, MA

Caroline has been with Fidelity Investments in the Boston area for over 20 years, developing product strategy and ensuring compliance for Fidelity’s retirement services product line.  She recently transitioned to Global Services, Fidelity’s offshore shared services organization. Caroline received her BA from Smith College and MBA from Clark University.  She remains active with Smith as President of the Smith Club of Central Massachusetts and Planned Giving Chair / Class Fund Agent. Keenly interested in growing girls as leaders, environmental stewardship and general kindness to others, Caroline also volunteers with FidelityCares, Mass Audubon and the Worcester Animal Rescue League. Said Caroline  “I’m honored and thrilled to join the Board of Trustees and look forward to helping the camps continue to thrive and evolve.” Caroline’s grandfather  #2454 H. Torrey Foster, father #7114 Torrey Foster, brothers  #11168 Torrey,  #12004 Chris and #13000 Stuart as well as numerous cousins introduced Caroline to camp with stories of hymn sing, ‘lobes, Stacey Brook Country Club, Dead Bug and more.  As the only girl, Caroline quickly memorized the Dudley cheer, helped her family host many Open Houses in Shaker Heights, OH during Director Willie Schmidt’s era and pined for the chance to attend a girl’s camp like Dudley. Her son, #20725 Ragon, and daughter, #21412 Gretchen, have continued the long Foster family camper tradition at Dudley and Kiniya. Inspired by Ragon’s experience on the Dudley NOLS trip, Caroline completed her own NOLS course in 2016. Said Caroline, “Dudley and Kiniya not only motivate our family to continue living the motto beyond the shores of Champlain, but they embody an ever-present energy and inspiration in our everyday lives.”

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#13820 Marcus Chioffi

Brendan • 9 months ago • Uncategorized

#13820 Marcus Chioffi
Greenwich, CT

Marcus has taught middle school history at Brunswick School, an all boys Pre-K to 12 day school, in Greenwich, CT since 2000.  In addition to his academic duties, he also coaches varsity football, as well as middle school hockey and lacrosse.  He enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching and coaching in an environment that so closely resembles Camp Dudley.  He first learned of Dudley through long time family friend, the late Tink Bolster, and has been on campus for 24 of 32 summers since.  Under the last four Dudley directors, he held positions in all ranks of leadership, including Junior Division Head in 1996. He has also worked in Westport as a member of the maintenance, boathouse and A-Hut staffs. Marcus met his wife, #16964 Joanie Chioffi at Camp in 1996. They live in Greenwich, CT with their two children, #24820 Jack (10) and Caroline (5). Together, Marcus and Joanie worked under Directors Wheaton Griffin and Andy Bisselle in the late 90s and early 2000s.  In 2006, Joanie was asked to integrate and implement Dudley values and traditions into the newly formed Camp Dudley at Kiniya. Marcus joined Joanie in the summer of 2007 as the program director, and the couple worked with Marnie to help lay the transformative foundation for Kiniya. More recently, in addition to working in varying capacities in the A-Hut Marcus was thrilled to work with Matt and Marnie as the CDA Vice President under CDA President Jay Wells and alongside David Ready, the current CDA President. Of even greater excitement, son #24820 Jack will cross through the Dudley gates as an official camper this summer for the first time.

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2017 Dudley Job Openings

egeorge • 9 months ago • Announcements | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

2017 Job Openings at Dudley

Each summer, Camp Dudley employs approximately 150 Program, Kitchen, and Maintenance Staff who work to produce an incredible camp experience for the campers. Hiring needs change from year-to-year and currently Camp Dudley is seeking individuals for the following positions…

Climbing Instructor: We’re looking for an experienced climber to run our indoor and outdoor rock climbing program. This includes leading trips to Adirondacks crags and supporting Camp Dudley’s Outdoor programming. Read the full job description.

Arts & Crafts Instructor: Interested in teaching art in an outdoor setting? We have openings in our Arts & Crafts program teaching various mediums. Arts & Crafts instructors typically lead classes in drawing and painting, printing, and ceramics, but there is room to incorporate new programming and teaching new skills. Read the full job description.

Tennis Instructor: Take the lead in one of our most popular program areas. We’re looking for an experienced tennis instructor to teach tennis at various levels to boys 10 – 14 years old. In addition, the tennis instructor will work with the rest of our Athletics Program team and work in other areas as well. Read the full job description here.

Maintenance: Work with our skilled Maintenance crew to keep campus safe and clean. This position offers an opportunity to work hard outside and be a part of a fun and dynamic team. Read the full job description here.

Food Service: Join a fast paced work environment filled with lots of opportunity for leadership and management experience. Our Food Service team works hard everyday to deliver 3 meals a day to the over 500 people on campus. In addition, the Dudley Food Service program works with local farmers to source as much of our food as possible from the immediate area and also strives to minimize waste by executing a high standard composting and recycling program. Read the full job description here.

January 2017 Board Meeting Notes

mstorey • 11 months ago • Uncategorized

As the Board convened in Westport, NY on January 27th light snowflakes fell and we all enjoyed the Adirondacks in the winter. Matt Quigley welcomed the new Members, Marcus Chioffi, Joey Donahue, Caroline Deans and John Ulin to the Board table. In addition, he presented the 2017 draft Board Goals that focus on Present, Prospective and Personal Goals for the Board. Matt Storey discussed the success of the 31 open houses available to our community and prospective new Campers throughout the reunion trail. Marnie commented on the success of the Kiniya Leaders Tea with 51 people, including 12 former Leaders, all of whom joined the Dudley Leaders Luncheon afterward. Matt updated the Board on some off-season shoulder programs that were a great success and will only be considered when the program is led by Camp Dudley in an effort to extend its mission. Matt and Marnie discussed implementation of some programs for administration of Camper scholarships and a web-based medical records system. There was lots of discussion about the new Dudley Gap Experience, the application process and the opportunity it has provided for Camp to reconnect with former Campers.

Matt gave the Board a tour of the new Leadership Barn. Rich Maxwell, as Chair of the Board Development and Nominations Committee reported on the Board self-evaluation process, results and provided certain recommendations, including looking at what would be considered a diverse Board for our Camps.

The Development Committee reported that the Annual Fund surpassed its goal for 2016 and raised over $825,000 (over 2,000 individual gifts!) and that there are over 100 people in the Beckman Society.

The Board adopted a Gift Acceptance Policy that can be shared with potential donors, as necessary, setting forth the guidelines that govern the acceptance of gifts made to Camp for the benefit of our operations, programs, scholarship and to the Camp Dudley Foundation.

The Finance Committee reported on the Camps financial position and presented the 2017 Budget to the Board. In addition, the Finance Committee reported on the upcoming closing for the construction financing loan with Merchants Bank of Vermont and Champlain National Bank for the New Kiniya Dining Hall project.

Lastly, the Board approved a motion allowing for the transfer of funds out of Camp Dudley, Inc. to the Camp Dudley Foundation, under certain circumstances.

November 2016 Board Meeting Notes

mstorey • 11 months ago • Uncategorized

The Dudley Board of Trustees met at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, New York on November 4, 2016.  Matt Quigley started the meeting giving a brief history of the German Exchange Program in 1961 as we look to launch the Dudley Gap Experience in the fall of 2017.  Matt and Marnie then provided their Directors’ Report. On the reunion trail, Matt and Marnie are actively reaffirming the mission, motto, core values (character – community – leadership – stewardship) and the four program pillars. Marnie and Matt shared with the Board how they are sustaining and strengthening our community and year-round relationships.  Attendance at Open Houses has been up from previous years for the vast majority. The numbers are strong and both reported they are confident that Camp will be very full for summer 2017.  Camp has two new additions to the year-round team – Tom McDonagh at Dudley (Dudley Gap Experience) and Tom Braden at Kiniya (Maintenance and Operations).  Camp is busy building, enhancing and preserving camp resources.  In addition, Camp is investing in the systems, technology, and software to support operations.  Camp has revamped its online application process, which is going live this week, and is partnering with TADS for purposes of processing scholarships.  Camp is looking into the use of “campdoc.com” – an online medical program that organizes medication forms.  Tom Brayden is helping to upgrade the WiFi at Camp Kiniya.

Matt provided the Board with an update on the Dudley Gap Experience, which will focus on Community, Leadership and Stewardship. Kat has agreed to work with Tom to co-direct the Dudley Gap Experience.  It is anticipated that Camp will have 6-10 people enrolled in the inaugural year.

Marnie talked about the early planning for Kiniya’s 100th (summer 2018) and that she is looking to re-engage Kiniya Alums of all ages and generations!

The Board reviewed and approved our Camps consolidated financial statements and the independent auditors’ report.  In addition, the Board adopted an Investment Policy Statement for Short Term Assets.  The Admissions, Diversity and Scholarship Committee engaged the Board in a discussion about our Camps’ spiritual program.  The Development Committee reported that new donors to Annual Giving were up 30%.

Lastly, the Board Development and Nominations Committee recommended and the Board approved the following new Board Members: Marcus Chioffi (educator), Joey Donahue (doctor), Caroline Deans (finance) and John Ulin (attorney).  In addition, the Board voted in the following officers for 2017: Matt Quigley, Chair, Whitney Phelps, Secretary, Mike Bransford, Treasurer and Mark Valkenburgh as Ad Hoc Executive Committee Member.

August 2016 Board Meeting Notes

mstorey • 11 months ago • Uncategorized

The Camp Dudley Board of Trustees met on the Camp Dudley campus August 26, 2016 preceding the 2016 CDA Reunion. Matt Quigley began the meeting acknowledging the planned new buildings for Camp Kiniya – the Dining Hall and the Lodge and for Camp Dudley – the Leadership Barn and providing the Board with a history of all the other major buildings at our Camps.  Matt and Marnie provided the Board with their Directors’ Report highlighting the over 1000 campers and 500+ others that benefited from an amazing 2016 summer.  Each identified a few factors that they think helped to make the summer the best ever, including — a strong commitment by all Staff as evidenced by almost 100% leadership contribution to the Annual Fund, more seasoned and experienced Staff with our new housing accommodations at Kiniya, great pre-season training, multiple Kiniya alumnae visited Camp in-season that provided an infusion of fresh energy during Camp, reduced nights out at Dudley (allowing for better rest), and the addition of 2 new programs at Dudley (assignment of a Staff member to a Leader and cabin (e.g., Staff ate breakfast with cabins and sometimes participated in vespers, etc.) and every day a senior Staff person helped Matt and were on duty after dinner). Marnie reported on the capital improvements at Kiniya, including the new Edie and Knollandale cabins, new decks on other senior cabins, improvements to the publications office, the screen porch on Homestead and the two new properties reconnecting the Williams Property with Kiniya. All of which also helped contribute to a fabulous summer.

Marnie and Fred reported on two major proposed Vermont regulations that could directly impact Kiniya.  Vermont is looking to (i) reclassify the SandBar Wetlands as a Class I, which would impact 20 Kiniya acres near the Lamoille River and (ii) impose on camps the rules applicable to hotels and motels.  As drafted, the Vermont Camping Association (VCA) is opposing the latter regulation. Both Camps were visited by the respective state’s Department of Health and passed inspection. Matt reported on the condition of the Lake, which is having an impact on the Dudley Program and caused Camp to voluntarily close Swim Point for two days. Camp can’t control the Lake levels or the pervasiveness of the Blue Algae and thus, Camp needs to invest in the Waterfront to ensure future access and use.

The Board reviewed the Camp Dudley Infirmary Health & Safety Report 2016 as presented by the Health, Risk Management and Safety Committee.

Fred went through the financial statements and discussed the fluctuation in the numbers given that Camp started a week later and the impact of the Vermont real estate tax liability due to Camp no longer benefiting from a real estate tax exemption in Vermont for YMCA Camps.  The 990s were filed and the 2015 audit is almost done. Bill Combs, Chair of the Audit Committee, reported on the Conflict of Interest Questionnaires completed by all of the Board and Key employees.

Mike Bransford, of the Finance Committee, reviewed the Pension Plan compliance requirements, which will become an ongoing Finance Committee responsibility.

Fred provided a financial update on the planned new Kiniya Dining Hall.  The Board had previously approved a $3M Budget and so far Camp spent $300K.  A motion was approved to allow the Executive Committee to negotiate and execute bank funding of up to $1.75 million for construction of the new Camp Kiniya Dining Hall.

Ted Smith, Board Development and Nominating Chair, discussed the credentials of each Board Member rolling off and the Committee positions held by each Member.  In addition, he talked about the 2017 Class rolling off and that 4 Members on the Executive Committee will need to be replaced in the next two years. He discussed the need for women and diversity in the Board ranks (in all respects).

An Ad Hoc Special Subcommittee was created and it was agreed to hire Laura Kirschstein of T&M Consulting for purposes of investigating the circumstances that precipitated the letter to the Community from the Board Chair dated November 30, 2016.

#20108 Eliza Davis – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 1 year ago • Uncategorized

eliza-headshotEliza Davis
School: Princeton University ‘17
Most Recent Role at Camp: 2014 Leader

Eliza’s Reflection

My gap year was easily the most fulfilling year of my life. I spent a semester in Spain and a semester in Bolivia, and then came back for summer at camp. It was the perfect bridge between high school and college. It allowed me to take a break from academics and figure out what I was really passionate about without the pressure of following a structured plan. I developed a greater understanding of my identity, where I come from, and the way that I fit into a broader world. I experienced communities, people, and places that opened my eyes to the vast diversity of lifestyles, beliefs, and societies that exist in the world.  I came home with a newfound appreciation for my home and my culture. My gap year helped me realize that inequality and social justice are the things that I care about pursuing most. Because of this, I am extremely passionate about the work that I am doing in school, and the work that I will be doing next year after I graduate. I think it’s really hard to know what you want out of life and I still don’t really know, but taking some time to experience life outside of the school context gave me a big head start.


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#19304 Tommy Dils – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 1 year ago • Uncategorized

tommy-headshotTommy Dils
School: Middlebury ‘17
Most Recent Role at Camp: 2015 Junior Division Head

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

As for my gap year, I decided to take a year off between high school and college because I was young for my grade and I wanted to improve at soccer heading into my varsity career at Midd. I chose to plan out the year on my own because few programs offered exactly what I was looking for. In hindsight, this was a risky decision to make and there were plenty of moments when I wished that I’d had more support, but the experience of going out on my own was valuable. A program that allows for individual, self-directed exploration is in my opinion the best kind of gap year program.

What did you do during your gap year?

I landed in Bad Homburg, Germany for first half of my gap year because of a family connection, and I’d been interested in living in the country because I had such an incredible time during the Dudley-Abbensen German Exchange trip that I took during the summer of 2009.  The family was American and British, and they had four kids under the age of 10. I stepped in as a “big brother” who helped out with a lot of babysitting responsibilities, and they welcomed me into their home. They also helped get me set up with a local soccer club and an bilingual international school in the city. I volunteered at the school three days a week, teaching gym classes with a Canadian gym teacher and working with kids aged 5-14.

The soccer was one of the best parts of my year. I played for both the U18 team and the men’s team at the club, and I quickly learned that I had to limit my turnovers to avoid being yelled at in German. I trained almost every day, and while there was a bigger language barrier between myself and my teammates than in other elements of my Germany experience, I learned and improved the most from playing soccer.

I was also able to travel, and I got to know the country really well. I was never more than a three or four hour train ride from any of Germany’s big cities, and I loved exploring new places on my own or meeting up with new or old friends. As was the case during the entire year, I found the Dudley network to be incredibly helpful, and the Dudleyites with whom I connect were generous and always made me feel at home.

I returned to the US for the second half of the year, volunteering at an organic farm in Florida for a few weeks during February before moving in with my aunt and uncle in Hamden, CT where I worked during the spring. I split my time between the New Haven Country Club, where I caddied and worked in the pro shop, and Park Central Tavern, a restaurant that my uncle owned at the time. I was able to make back the money I’d spent in Germany and get challenged in new ways. The days when I was the first one opening up the golf club in the morning and leaving the restaurant after closing were exhausting at the time, but I look back on them as the moments that toughened me up the most and prepared me for the challenges of college.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

My gap year prepared me for being a leader at Camp Dudley and for entering Middlebury in more ways than I could’ve imagined. I learned not to overreact when my plans went awry, to see the fun that spontaneity and flexibility created, and to trust my instincts. I also took pride in being able to plan out the entire year on my own and have it work out successfully. I went into the gap year wanting to improve my soccer, and I did so, but I came out of it having learned so much more about myself. I came into college confident in my own abilities, with a willingness to stay true to myself instead of getting sucked into the social pressures that college can present. The sense of adventure that I felt every day of my gap year has never left me, and for this reason I’ve gotten out and explored Vermont and the Adirondacks more so than many of my peers.

I kept a blog during my gap year called “For There is Much To Dare”—a nod to my Dudley roots and my desire for adventure. I accumulated over 50 blog posts, and I love looking back over them from time to time. They bring back so many positive memories and they inspire me to continue to explore.

Check it out and if you want to pull anything from it, feel free!


Final Thoughts

My final thought about gap years in general is this… So much much of education in the US is linear, structured, performance-based, and discrediting of students’ autonomy over their own learning. My gap year taught me that I could have a say in my learning environments and experiences, and I know it can do the same for so many who chose this option. A gap year offers a change of pace from the rest of our standardized educational trajectories—one that enables individuals to be critical of their education and to take ownership of it in a new, more proactive way.


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#21531 Sammi Muther – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 1 year ago • Uncategorized

sammi-headshotSammi Muther
School: The College of Wooster ‘15
Most Recent Role at Camp: Summer 2016 – Sailing Head and Aide Liaison

What did you do during your gap year?

I studied at The Royal School in Haselmere, Surrey as the Secondary School Exchange Scholar with the English Speaking Union (SSE with ESU). While at The Royal School, I completed AS levels in Art, Photography, and Drama. These are all subjects I had briefly explored in high school, but had the chance to immerse myself in through this year.  I traveled all around England, spent time in Wales, Ireland, and France. I made friends that I still am in contact with today, friends I’ve visited back in London and made memories that I will cherish always.

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

As a senior, every meeting with my college counselor felt like pulling teeth. I had no idea what kind of school (big, small, close to home, far away) I was interested in attending. When the ESU application appeared in my hands, pushing college back a year made all the decisions easier to make. I had lived in Marion, Massachusetts my entire life – I went to Tabor Academy where my parents were teachers and wanted to experience something – anything different.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

I applied to The College of Wooster as a senior, and through the ESU was able to defer my acceptance for a year. As a freshman at Wooster, I felt that my year abroad had given me an edge up from my classmates. I was comfortable being on my own and I was excited for college. Since graduating college, I’ve come to realize that if you aren’t ready for college – it’s ok to do some serious thinking. Take some time to figure yourself out. College is immensely important and I think it is crucial that people be excited to go study for four years.


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#19674 George Wells – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 1 year ago • Uncategorized

george-headshotGeorge Wells
School: Middlebury ‘18
Most Recent Role at Camp: 2016 Senior Division Head

Three words to describe the experience?

Eye-opening, unforgettable, challenging (in a good way)

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

My best friend from boarding school is British and I guess it is more common over there, so he had always been talking about it and convinced me to do it. Also, we were two of the youngest guys in our grade by a year or more and so we saw how advantageous it is to be a bit older: academically, socially, athletically, etc. Also, I had committed to Middlebury to play baseball and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue it so I thought the gap year would be an opportunity for me to figure out what I wanted to participate in and study at Midd when I got there.

What did you do during your gap year?

I began and ended my gap year as a Leader at Dudley, the first and second best decisions I made during my gap year. Afterwards, I drove out to Ligonier, PA and took a week long of fly-fishing lessons on the Rolling Rock Fish Hatchery river. Then, I flew to London to begin a three month stay in Europe.

My biggest takeaways from my European experience were learning how to travel by myself and navigate the subway systems of international cities, building the confidence outside of my comfort zone, and living with people from much different cultures than my own in such tight environments.

After that I flew back to the US for holidays, where I worked in retail and landed an investment banking internship in Boston for AGC Partners. I would call these two or three months my work experience. My biggest takeaways from this experience were narrowing some career/academic interests, interacting with superiors/adults in a professional manner, and appreciating/respecting my friend’s family and their space when I lived with them for an extended period of time.

Finally, before going to Dudley for the summer, I traveled to Peru, specifically Ollantaytambo in the Cusco Region. There I lived with a family for three months, originally helping out with two consecutive service trips from the U.S. We worked with the local public school to help build a wall around the perimeter. After that I was lucky enough to land a full-time English teaching position at a Montessori School after their old teacher got sick. I was connected with my host family because my boarding school had been sending trips there every summer, and and although I never went on them my College Counselor was the chaperon and offered to connect me. The town is at 10,000 feet, close to Machu Picchu and I only spoke Spanish for the three months. I would call this the most formative, besides Dudley, experience I have ever had. 100% outside of my comfort zone in an impoverished town in the mountains. The local community took me in, I explored every inch of the town and tried to see as much of the Incan ruins and mountainside as I could. My biggest takeaways were that it proved to me you can do anything on your gap year if you take a positive risk, getting to know a foreign place for an extended amount of time is infinitely better than taking a weekend there, it is possible to have a second family you truly love, and that my gap year was worth it.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

In so many ways I probably don’t even realize most of them. Felt a lot more mature when I showed up to school, knew exactly what I wanted to study, and I more confidence in an academic setting than I have ever experienced. My grades are higher than they were in high school. That feeling of confidence is only comparable to the high I have ever summer when I leave Dudley and go back to school. Right now I’m studying in Madrid, taking all my classes in Spanish, and the opportunity to travel alone and live abroad before this experience has made it so much easier and enjoyable.

Final Thoughts

If you have the opportunity to take a gap year, do it


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Peter Groves #14571

Brendan • 2 years ago • Uncategorized

( L to R) Wyatt, #14571 Pete, Sameena and Zadie Groves listening while Wyatt practices the Dudley Cheer.

#14571 Peter Groves
Bronxville, NY

Pete started at Camp as a Cub in 1988, tentatively signed up for a half season. Five days in, he called his Dad and said he wasn’t coming home. Pete was a full-season camper as a Cub, Plebe, and Junior, and came back for two more summers as a JL and AL.  Pete’s camping days stretched from 1988 to 1994.

Outside of camp, Pete attended Exeter, Yale, and Columbia Business School. He was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and recently joined the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as the Head of Research.  Pete and his wife Sameena now live in Bronxville, NY, with their two young children, Wyatt and Zadie. Pete sings The Dudley Hymn and one of either You’ll Never Walk Alone, Climb Every Mountain, or Amazing Grace to each of them every night, a tradition he’s kept up since the first nights they came home. Outside the bedtime routines, Pete leads the family through regular rounds of Put Your Hand in the Hand and Battle Hymn of the Republic.  As ever, Pete sings badly, but with conviction.

Pete is excited to lead the next era of alumni connectivity and community efforts, and to get to know the Kiniya family.

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Bill Bullock #12335

Brendan • 2 years ago • Uncategorized

Bill and his family (L to R) #12335 Bill, #20319 Addie, #21135 Liam, #23435 Silas and Bebe (Barbara)

#12335 Bill Bullock
Sheffield, MA

Bill credits Camp with changing his life when he arrived in 1977. As a second generation camper, he says “I had no idea what lay in store for my three idyllic summers.” Wisdom from coaches on the baseball diamond, Steve Wertimer’s antics at the microphone and Willy Schmidt’s leadership remain as highlights of Bill’s formative years at Camp. All three of his children have had their own Dudley/Kiniya experience. He is excited to be connected to our Camps in this new way. Bill looks forward to contributing his skills and experience to help Dudley and Kiniya continue as leaders in changing the lives of children from all over the world.

Bill graduated from Colby College in 1989 and started his career in commercial banking with the Bank of New England, Fleet Bank and Merrill Lynch.  Bill then followed his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing by joining the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont.  Bill then entered the world of nonprofits and education by serving as the Executive Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.  In 2007, Bill and his wife Bebe joined the faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA where he currently teaches US History and Economics and Philanthropy and does special project work in Advancement.  During his nine years at Berkshire, he has worn many hats, serving as their Director of Advancement, III Form Academic Dean (9th Graders) and Associate Director of Admissions.  He also coaches soccer, squash and golf and oversees their fly fishing club.

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D’Anne Hurd #19629

Brendan • 2 years ago • Uncategorized
D'Anne Photo Color June 2012-small

#19629 D’Anne Hurd Board of Trustees, Class of 2020

#19629 D’Anne Hurd
Bourne, MA

D’Anne continues a long Hurd family tradition of dedication to Camp Dudley, beginning with her grandmother, Edith Start Hurd, who donated Hurd Cabin with grateful appreciation to Dudley for the positive impact the camp had on her four sons, #3829 Kenneth (D’Anne’s father), #3943 Russell, #3944 Robert, and #4535 Gilbert.

Since then many Hurd family members have and continue to attend Dudley. D’Anne’s sons Eric (#17629) and Doug (#18629) Forsythe were campers, leaders and, in Doug’s case, Division Head, between 1999 and 2014.

D’Anne’s service to Dudley began when she joined the Dudley Girls’ Sub-Committee (the ad hoc committee charged with establishing a Dudley camp for young women) in 2003.  She then served on the Board from 2006 until 2010 championing Kiniya’s acquisition and its transition to Dudley ideals.  During her tenure on the Board, D’Anne chaired and served on numerous committees.

D’Anne’s 35-year business career combines law and finance (JD/MBA) at large (PepsiCo, Inc.) to very small companies (Boston technology start-ups).  She has served on public and private company boards since 1993. D’Anne currently works as an independent Board Governance Consultant with the National Association of Corporate Directors, traveling to corporate boardrooms to facilitate discussion, solve problems, and deliver education in areas such as Long Term Strategy, Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management. D’Anne also serves as an independent trustee of the Pax World Funds (a recognized leader in sustainable investing) including The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first broadly diversified mutual fund to invest in companies demonstrably advancing women’s leadership.

D’Anne is married to George Forsythe and lives in Bourne, MA.   “I am simply thrilled to return to the Dudley Board to plan for Dudley’s future and to support Marnie and Matt as they instill values and teach leadership to the young men and women in the Dudley family,” she says.

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Karen Johnson #24278

Brendan • 2 years ago • Uncategorized

(L to R) #12778 Drew, #24278 Karen , #23078 Luke and  #22078 Sam.

#24278 Karen Johnson
Lewes, DE

Before she became a Dudley wife, Karen visited camp while dating Drew (#12778). They returned to Camp for a couple of weeks every August, then as a family when their sons, #22078 Sam and #23078 Luke were born. From her first step off the train in Westport 23 years ago, Dudley has held a special place in Karen’s heart. In the summer of 2001 while visiting the school house on Dudley Road before their 9-hour drive home, Karen shared the news with Drew and then-toddler Sam, that a new camper (Luke) would join the Johnson family the following spring.  

Karen’s 20+ year career with The Rouse Company in retail real estate marketing has given her expertise in advertising and media strategies, event planning, budget management, customer service, risk management and tenant relations. Now, as a Senior Account Director/Brand Strategist with COHN Marketing, Karen works with companies within the retail real estate industry (and beyond) to differentiate and define their brand and propel it forward. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Karen mentors the next generation of marketers via bi-annual advertising/media courses offered by the John T. Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals.

After spending years on the sidelines as a Dudley wife, parent, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and aunt, Karen is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CD Board. Her happiest Dudley memory? … whenever James Mayo includes “This is My Father’s World” in the Parents Weekend Hymn Sing repertoire.

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Charitable Giving – A Structured Approach (Extended Article)

Brendan • 2 years ago • Uncategorized


Charitable Giving, A Structured Approach

By Claire Costello, David Ratcliffe, and Ramsay Slugg

Individuals who are committed to philanthropy are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the organizations and causes they support. Structuring their giving — by using a donor-advised fund, private foundation or charitable trust — can help them enhance that impact. Moreover, compared with direct giving, the use of one or more vehicles correlates with greater personal satisfaction and results in higher giving levels.

Donors give strategically

Today’s dedicated donors are using charitable giving vehicles as part of a more deliberate and intentional charitable strategy that better allows them to integrate their giving with their broader wealth management strategy. The 2014 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy indicates that the use of charitable giving vehicles is on the rise. Research found that more than half of wealthy donors use or plan to use a charitable trust, private foundation or donor-advised fund to make their gifts.

Structured charitable giving benefits both donors and recipients. Giving in a structured way allows donors to make charitable decisions proactively, rather than reacting to individual appeals. Structured giving may target specific organizations, focus on specific needs, or both. The use of charitable giving vehicles may also allow donors to better monitor the impact of their giving over time while seeking to maximize tax and financial benefits.

Moreover, charitable giving vehicles offer the opportunity to involve children and grandchildren in the charitable gifting or granting process. By structuring giving, families can help build and enhance a family legacy of philanthropy, allowing donors to pass along values along with their assets to younger generations.

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Three broad categories of charitable giving vehicles:

1. Indirect Charitable Giving Vehicle

With indirect charitable giving, the donor gives assets to a charitable entity, such as a private foundation or donor-advised fund, which in turn makes charitable grants to operating charities.

2. Split-interest Charitable Trust

Assets donated to a trust are used to benefit both the donor and the charity.

3. Institutional Giving

Many nonprofits offer their own charitable giving vehicles that may provide income to donors or their beneficiaries, as well as benefit the charity.

Indirect Charitable Giving

Donor-Advised Fund

Individuals and families who are looking for a simple giving vehicle may find a donor-advised fund (DAF) appropriate for their giving needs. A DAF is a nonprofit organization established with community foundations, certain financial services providers or other charitable organizations. The donor gifts cash, securities or other assets to the DAF and then receives an income tax charitable deduction for the current year.

With the gift, the donor establishes an account in the DAF that can be named as the donor wishes. This offers the opportunity to include family members in charitable giving. The account is managed by an investment professional who seeks to grow the assets. Returns on the investment can further enhance the value of the gift to charity.

The DAF makes grants to charities based on the donor’s recommendations. All grants must be approved by the sponsoring organization of the DAF. Grants can be made at any time, and there are no annual distribution requirements, as there are with private foundations.

In addition, granting can be done anonymously to protect the donor’s privacy, a benefit not fully afforded in other giving vehicles. DAFs may be established with community foundations, certain financial services providers, or other charitable organizations that sponsor them.

Private Foundation

Those who intend to donate significant amounts while creating a charitable giving program for future generations may wish to consider a private foundation. Foundations are nonprofit legal entities that make charitable grants. The donor retains full decision-making authority over granting.

Private foundations involve costs to establish, and their grant making activity is a matter of public record. Generally, 5% of a foundation’s assets must be granted each year. In addition, foundations are required to file tax returns and pay an excise tax of up to 2% of net investment income.

The donor receives an income tax charitable deduction for assets that are contributed to the foundation. The assets are typically invested to generate additional funds for future grants. The donor has the flexibility to choose how the investments are managed.

Key questions to consider when choosing an indirect charitable giving vehicle:

  • Are you interested in formalizing your legacy?
  • Would you like to create a forum for engaging family members?
  • Would you like to establish or continue family traditions?
  • How much control do you want to have over investments
  • and grant-making?
  • How costly — both in terms of time and money — is it to establish and maintain the vehicle?
  • Are there required annual distributions?
  • Can you give anonymously?

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Structured giving through a split-interest charitable trust

Charitable Remainder Trust

Donors who wish to generate income from an asset while ultimately gifting it to charity can establish a charitable remainder trust (CRT). This type of structured giving vehicle is particularly advantageous for highly appreciated assets. The donor contributes the asset to an irrevocable trust — one in which the terms of the trust cannot be amended or revised until the terms or purposes of the trust have been completed — and names the charity or charities that will ultimately benefit. The donor can claim an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value that will ultimately pass to charity, and can defer the payment of capital gains taxes on the appreciation. The donor or other beneficiary receives specified distributions from the trust, either for a specific number of years or for their lifetime. At the end of that term or the beneficiary’s life, the remaining assets pass to the charity that the donor has named.

Charitable Lead Trust

Donors who wish to provide income to charity while ultimately transferring assets to younger generations can establish a charitable lead trust (CLT). Depending on how the trust is structured, the donor may be able to remove income and future appreciation on an asset from his or her estate without permanently relinquishing management of the asset. A donor contributes assets to an irrevocable trust and, depending on the structure of the trust, may be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction. For a set term of years, or the duration of the donor or other beneficiary’s life, the trust pays an annual amount to one or more charities named by the donor. At the end of the payment term, the remaining assets will pass to the donor’s beneficiaries, typically their children or grandchildren.

Key questions to consider when choosing a split-interest charitable trust:

  • Who do you want to receive the income during the term of the trust?
  • Who do you want to receive the asset at the termination of the trust or the donor’s death?
  • Are contributions tax-deductible?

Structured Endowment

A donor giving to an institutional endowment may or may not restrict its use. This is an outright gift to a charitable organization for which the donor receives an income tax charitable deduction. The donor retains control by placing restrictions on when and for what purposes the funds may be used.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Some charitable organizations offer a source of income for donors through a charitable gift annuity. This is a contractual agreement between the donor and the institution in which the donor contributes assets and the charity promises to pay a lifetime annuity to the donor or another individual of the donor’s choosing.

The amount paid through a charitable gift annuity is typically less than what can be expected from a commercial annuity, because a portion of the amount contributed ultimately goes to charity. However, by making a gift, the donor receives both an income and estate tax charitable deduction. The charitable annuity also allows the donor to reduce the size of his or her taxable estate.

Pooled Income Fund

Another way for donors to access income is through a pooled income fund. These are funds run by nonprofit organizations, in which donors’ contributions are pooled and invested together. Income from the fund is distributed to each participant according to his or her share of the fund. Upon the death of the income participant, the remaining assets are retained by the designated nonprofit organization.

Key questions to consider when giving through a charitable organization:

  • How much control do you want to have over how your gift is used?
  • How much income do you want your gift to generate?
  • Are you sure of your long-term commitment to the particular organization?

Direct giving: advantages and considerations

Most people give directly, without the use of a giving vehicle, to the organizations and causes they wish to support. This approach is straightforward and uncomplicated. Donors receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction, they are not committed to make repeat gifts, and they can give as quickly as they can write a check or transfer stock. Often, however, direct giving is reactive rather than proactive. And if the direct giving is solely based on solicitation, donors may not feel as connected to the recipients of their gifts as more consistent supporters do. As donors become more focused in their philanthropy, they may wish to make a longer-term impact on a particular issue. And as the complexity of a donor’s financial situation evolves, it may make sense to consider more structured ways to give.

Choose the right team and the right approach

By moving from direct giving to structured giving, you can provide more consistent and meaningful support to the organizations you care about. Structured giving offers greater personal satisfaction by deepening your connection to the causes you value. Taking a strategic approach allows you to integrate giving into your overall wealth management and estate strategy.

Other potential benefits of structured giving include:

  • Creating a legacy of charitable giving by involving your family in your philanthropic efforts.
  • Donating appreciated securities may help you minimize capital gains taxes and help reduce the risk of holding a concentrated stock position.
  • Philanthropic planning may reduce the size of your estate and the resulting estate tax liability.

Various giving vehicles might be appropriate, from the simple to the complex, with various levels of control.

About the authors

Claire Costello is National Philanthropic Practice Executive of Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

David Ratcliffe is Managing Director, Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

Ramsay Slugg is Managing Director,Wealth Planning Solutions, U.S. Trust

Thanks to Merrill Lynch, Bank America Corporation, for allowing us to share this article with you.

Honor a Leader FAQ

Brendan • 3 years ago • Uncategorized


Why is this campaign important to Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya?

Camp employs a wide range of fund raising strategies throughout the year to meet our varied and diverse fundraising goals.  This year’s Honor a Camp Leader campaign is designed to support the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides broad support to scholarships, leadership development, and various aspects of facility maintenance. Our goal for the 2016 Annual Fund is $825,000 by December 31, 2016.

Who can participate?

Anyone!  All we ask is that you share the name of the individual from Camp who inspired you.

I want to honor a staff member or other Camp employee who was important to me. Can I include them?

Absolutely!  When we speak of leaders at Dudley and Kiniya, cabin leaders are often the first to come to mind.  However, all of our directors, summer staff, year-round employees, living or deceased, have been leaders in their own right.  Our intent is to honor as many of those inspirational individuals as we can.

How do I participate?

The quickest and easiest way is to go to our online website and make a gift with a credit card.  Use the note box in the online giving form to tell us who you are honoring.  You can also mail a check to Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport, NY 12993 and make your check for the Honor a Camp Leader campaign.  Once you have made you gift, tell your friends on social media who you honored and challenge them to do the same. Click here to go to our online giving site, NOW.

I can’t remember who I want to honor. Where should I look?

Click here to go to the publications page where you will find the Last Whistle and Spirit yearbooks.

How can I promote the Honor a Camp Leader Campaign?

• Call or email your camp friends, other parents or alumni.
• SHARE on your social media networks that you have participated in the Honor a Leader campaign!
• Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
• Reconnect with alums on our Alumni App

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