S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Invests $597,000 in Camp Fire’s Promise to Youth

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Invests $597,000 in Camp Fire’s Promise to Youth
Kansas City, Mo. – Camp Fire National Headquarters has received a generous grant from The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation that will help Camp Fire expand nationwide education of Camp Fire’s trained, caring adults and help drive Camp Fire’s strategic planning process.

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has committed a  one-year investment of $597,000. This investment supports two key priorities. First, it will improve and expand Camp Fire’s online training system, which is at the heart of how Camp Fire delivers training and continuous learning to national headquarters and council staff, volunteers, and board members. The improvement and expansion will provide Camp Fire’s trained, caring adults with an even deeper understanding of Camp Fire’s program methodology, called Thrive{ology} – the science and practice of helping youth thrive. Second, the investment will support the research, evaluation, and design of Camp Fire’s  five-year strategy and business plan through the engagement of La Piana Consulting. La Piana Consulting is nationally recognized for its expertise in nonprofit strategic and business planning as well as its thought leadership within and outside the sector. Project management support will also be funded as a component of this grant. This, combined with a recent grant of $1.25 million over three years by The New York Life Foundation, brings Camp Fire’s recent major grant support totals to more than $1.8 million.

“Camp Fire is honored to have these prominent foundations place such trust in Camp Fire’s Promise to youth,” says Cathy Tisdale, President and CEO of Camp Fire. “We live our Promise to youth daily, and our results show the difference Camp Fire makes in the lives of youth everywhere as a result. The resources provided by the New York Life and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundations will strengthen Camp Fire’s capacity to fully realize our vision for the kids and families we serve.”

About Camp Fire
Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit youth development organizations, serving youth, teens, and families in communities across the United States. Camp Fire programs are research-based, delivered where youth and families are via out-of-school time, environmental and camp, and teen service and leadership programs. Because youth want to shape the world, Camp Fire’s focus is giving youth and teens the opportunity to find their sparks, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Camp Fire’s proven programs develop young peoples’ skills now so they can reach their full potential. For more information about Camp Fire, visit www.campfire.org.

About the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund envision a productive, vibrant, and sustainable country that is a model of success and a source of innovation. The Foundation hopes to foster the development of models that can become the standard practices of tomorrow – providing support for inspiring projects, enduring partnerships, and high-quality organizations well after the Foundation sunsets in 2020.




February 10, 2016

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