the Hole in the Wall Foundation
In 2005, the Hole in the Wall Foundation was established to support the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps’ goal of doubling the number of children served by 2010. In recognition of the ultimate need worldwide for our programming, the joint mission of the Association and the Foundation is to assist in the sustainability of member Camps and extend the magical Hole in the Wall Camp experience to as many children with life-threatening conditions as possible.
As the fundraising organization for the Association, the Hole in the Wall Foundation is responsible for raising funds and making grants to member Camps and Camps in development for the following purposes:
Assisting in the long-term sustainability of our Camps by enhancing organizational capacity and promoting the highest level of program excellence
Providing seed funding and assistance to groups forming new Camps around the world
Supporting the work of the Association, which serves the shared interests and activities of member Camps and fosters the responsible development of new Camps
To achieve our purposes, the Hole in the Wall Foundation launched a five-year fundraising campaign in 2006 with a planning goal of $57.5 million.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Hole in the Wall Foundation was able to begin fulfilling its grantmaking role in 2006 with more than $3.5 million in funding committed to the Camps.
With a focus on strengthening the organizational capacity and self-sufficiency of our member Camps, grants were awarded to:
Jordan River Village
Double H Ranch
Over the Wall
In seeking to expand the number of children served by the Camps, grants to develop hospital outreach programs by member Camps were awarded to: The Painted Turtle Camp Boggy Creek Barretstown
And, the Hole in the Wall Foundation encouraged the development of new Camps worldwide with approved grants to:
Dynamo Camp OK Corral
Flying Horse Farms
The Victory Junction Gang, North Carolina
www.victoryjunction.org The Victory Junction Gang Camp is set in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina on 72 acres of rolling fields surrounded by hardwood trees. This year-round camp for children with serious illnesses has served more than 4,000 campers free of charge since its opening in 2004. Victory Junction was founded by NASCAR legend Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie, in honor of their son Adam; it utilizes a creative architectural theme to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend.
In addition to summer camping sessions, Victory Junction serves more than 500 families in the fall, winter and spring. When addressing the needs of campers and their families, the camp provides a wonderful setting for corporate events, retreats, camper reunions, and specialized programs for smaller disease groups.
“I wish there was a camp like this in every city in every state in every country in the world.”
Over the Wall, United Kingdom
www.otw.org.uk Over the Wall provides children from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales with residential camp programs at top-quality facilities such as Bryanston School in North Dorset and Scotland's Glenalmond College near Perth. Most of Over the Wall's weeklong camps are run during Easter and summer holidays, with family weekends held throughout the year.
Over the Wall gives children one glorious week marked by fun, friendships, new challenges and rebuilt confidence. The programs allow campers to "hang out" with other children who share similar challenges and experiences without having to explain bald heads, scars, eye patches, crutches, weight gain or other unwanted effects of taking multiple medications. And that gives campers something priceless: a chance to fit in.
Jordan River Village, Israel
www.jordanrivervillage.org Located high above the Sea of Galilee on 50 acres of gently sloping land, Jordan River Village is currently under construction and due to open in 2008. Once complete it will be the first year-round, permanent site in the Middle East designed especially for children with life-threatening, chronic or genetic diseases. While at camp, children will be able to challenge themselves, gain independence, and just have fun. Jordan River Village will welcome Jewish, Muslim, and Christian campers from Israel and its neighboring countries.