Pictured: Elisa Spungen Bildner (WHA, Metrowest) and Rob Bildner (WHA, Metrowest) receiving the Shapiro Prize

At its annual conference in March in Miami, The Jewish Funders Network awarded Foundation for Jewish Camp the inaugural Sidney Shapiro Prize for Excellence in Philanthropic Collaboration, which acknowledges partnerships of forward-thinking Jewish funders. The award recognizes FJC’s founders, Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, The Wexner Foundation, and The Samuel Bronfman Foundation as the first funder collaboration to advocate for, promote, and strengthen Jewish camps on a wide scale. We deeply appreciate this recognition of our ongoing ability to collaborate with funders to advance the field of Jewish camp. 

Guest author Jeremy J. Fingerman is the CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp. Prior to joining FJC in 2010, he had a highly-regarded 20+ year career in consumer packaged goods.  He served as CEO of Manischewitz, and as president of Campbell Soup Company’s largest division, US Soup. As a child, Jeremy spent many wonderful summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where he discovered the joy of Judaism and made lifelong friends.  More information on Foundation for Jewish Camp can be found here.