In 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.”