11-Year-Old Crowdfunding His Way to Camp Inc.

Cash-blog-photo-300x187In true entrepreneurial fashion, 11-year-old Cash has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise money for Camp Inc. tuition. Cash is already more than half way there!  His inspiring and innovative story was just published in a TIME Magazine article:

The Next Mark Zuckerberg? Meet the Kid Crowdfunding His Way to Summer Camp
By Rabbi Jason Miller

Today’s listing of Jewish summer camps includes dozens of “specialty camps” that focus on specific interest groups like science and technology, the culinary arts, health and wellness, and sports. These camps, which run anywhere from one to eight-week sessions, require a significant financial investment from parents who want their children to enjoy meaningful experiences over the summer vacation. Financial scholarships and significant subsidy programs like the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s BunkConnect help defray a portion of the tuition costs, but money is still an impediment for many families.

One pre-teen in the Bay Area was so determined to attend a specialty Jewish camp this summer that he recently launched his own crowdfunding campaign. When 11-year-old Cash Ashkinos of San Francisco learned about Camp Inc., a Colorado-based overnight camp with a strong focus on entrepreneurship, he knew he was destined to attend. The problem was the cost, so Cash is hoping to fund his summer at Camp Inc. by raising contributions through the website Indiegogo.

Crowfunding websites like Indiegogo are more commonly used to raise seed capital for startup companies, unique new products, and grassroots ventures. Indiegogo Life, which Cash is utilizing, aims to help average people raise money online for a cause. In his appeal for funding on the website, Cash writes, “Camp Inc. provides kids the opportunity to work in a team to create a business idea and present it to a team of potential investors. It would really help me learn how to be more comfortable being in front of a group and improve my public speaking.” He continues, “I would also meet new friends and fellow aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country. I sometimes struggle with social interactions and Camp Inc. would help me build confidence and independence as well as the social and leadership skills I need in my goal of becoming an innovator.”

Read the full article and learn more about Cash’s story at Time.com.

About Josh Pierce

Camp Inc. is directed by Josh Pierce, a successful entrepreneur, camp professional, husband, and father of two girls. Josh spent years as a camper and staff member at Camp Chi, the Chicago Jewish Community Center’s overnight camp. He studied music and business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has built and sold a number of companies. After a decade of working with Jewish teens, Josh’s passion for youth entrepreneurship and overnight camp led him to the Boulder JCC, where he was awarded a prestigious position in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Incubator II and full funding for Camp Inc. through the Jim Joseph Foundation and Avi Chai Foundation.

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