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6/28/2021 - Half of the 2021 $20,000 distribution check will be supporting Camp Kern's Circle K Ranch Project, including a "Sponsor a Stall" campaign (see plaque).
The remaining $10,000 will be used to provide financial assistance to those children who want to benefit from the camp experience but may otherwise be unable to do so.
Welcome to The Carl B. Kern Fund, one of nearly 4,000 donor funds administered by
The Dayton Foundation,
a non-profit community foundation located
in Dayton, Ohio.
This Endowment Fund
pays tribute to a person and an institution through annual
The person is 'C.B.' Kern,
Dayton Y.M.C.A. Boys' Work Secretary from 1909-1917, whose outstanding
work with youth was evident from the many
testimonials and resolutions made
in his memory after he died tragically and unexpectedly on June 3, 1917
at the age of 37.
The institution is organized camping, which 'C.B.' recognized as one of
those unique experiences that can have such a profound, positive impact on
the physical, mental, and spiritual development of youth. More of
permanent value can be accomplished with a week in camp with a boy
than months of casual contact, he wrote in a 1915 one-page report
of the activities of his summer camp, Camp Ozone, which was
subsequently renamed Camp Kern
in his honor on September 17, 1917.
The continuity of distributions from the Fund has been particularly helpful during
the pandemic. From YMCA Camp Kern Executive Director Chris Addison on 4/17/2020,
"Thank you so much for the foresight and the gift. These special circumstances have
created a different kind of need at camp, and this donation will help us fill those
needs. You have all done an absolutely tremendous job with the Fund and should be so
proud of the benefits it has brought to camp and our campers over the years. We are
obviously facing some challenging times ahead, but gifts like these will make a big difference."
Please feel free to browse the Kern Fund web pages and learn more about
the person and character
of Carl B. Kern, the institution of organized
camping which he embraced so strongly, and the activities of The Carl B.
Kern Fund which serve to perpetuate the memory of 'C.B.' and
support "the experience that lasts a lifetime".
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2021-07-26 - For the historically-minded, a link to the
Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection
has been added under 'Other Links'. The collection includes a few Dayton YMCA and Camp Kern postcards.
2021-07-03 - The "FAQs" page now has some content(!).
Check it out
to see if your favorite question(s) have been answered!
2021-06-02 - The Kern Fund was featured in a May 30th Dayton Daily News advertisement celebrating The Dayton Foundation's 100 Years.
A PDF version has been added to the "In the News" dropdown.
2021-05-08 - The 2021 1st-quarter numbers are in. Thanks to an improved investment market
and donations received in response to the Annual Report mailing, the Fund's balance as of 3/31 is $531,392.37!
For details, see the
2021 Quarterly Summary Reports.
2021-03-08 - Time to remove the Foundation's toll-free number(!)
from our site - (877) 222-0410 - as it doesn't seem to appear anywhere on the
Foundation's site anymore. A relic of old!
2021-02-12 - The Kern Fund's 2020 Annual Report has been posted
will also be mailed to around 1,000 individuals.
2021-02-08 - The 2020 year-end numbers are in, and the Fund's balance passed
the half-million-dollar mark - $510,659.39!! Thanks to all donors! See the
2020 Quarterly Summary Reports page
for additional details.
2021-02-03 - The Dayton Foundation paid tribute
to Robert S. Neff, former Dayton Foundation Governing Board Chair who also contributed to
The Carl B. Kern Fund and was a long-time supporter of YMCA Camp Kern. Mr. Neff passed away January 18th at age 89.
2020-09-13 - How to put a positive spin on 2020? How about this: a generous donor
has made a '20-20' commitment, matching year-end gifts (starting in September) dollar-for-dollar
up to $20,000, in the hopes of adding at least an additional $40,000 to the Fund's principal this year...
To help out, click on the DONATE! link.
2020-05-02 - An original 1918 Carl B. Kern Tribute Booklet and a 1985 reprint
have been re-scanned and can now be seen in higher resolution on a separate page.