September, 2022 - This past June, the 2022 distribution in the amount of $21,000 - the largest in the history of the Fund -
was presented to YMCA Camp Kern. $11,000 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. The remaining $10,000 will support staff housing renovations. From new Executive
Director Todd Brinkman, "We are so blessed to have this donation from the foundation. Looking over the past years of donations it
is truly remarkable how much great work has been done through this fund.... I am so grateful for this donation that will make a lasting
impact on our camp."
Welcome to The Carl B. Kern Fund, one of over 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
describing 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."
We invite you 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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2023-01-30 - End-of-year numbers,
an updated slide presentation, and a preview of
our 2022 Annual Report have been posted. Enjoy!
2022-12-11 - The 15-slide PDF presentation
has been revised with updated Dayton Foundation Background, Kern Fund Results, and Use of Distributions information.
2022-11-14 - A separate
page has been created and is available under the (now green) DONATE! dropdown.
2022-11-13 - The 2022 3rd-quarter numbers are in. OK, it's not a pretty sight...
The Fund's balance as of 9/30 was $437,749.18... But it will come back! And your
year-end contributions will help! For details, see the
2022 Quarterly Summary Reports.
2022-11-09 - The Frequently Asked Questions
page has been updated with questions about online donation options and details about donating various types of financial assets.
2022-05-31 - The Advisory Board is very pleased to announce that former Camp Kern Executive Director
Chris Addison will be joining the Board effective June 2nd. Welcome, Chris!
2022-04-30 - The 2022 1st-quarter numbers are in. The Fund's balance as of 3/31
was $546,857.16. Although there was a drop in market value, this was partially offset by over $12,000 in donations.
For details, see the
2022 Quarterly Summary Reports.
2022-03-07 - Very sad to report that Advisory Board member and
great-nephew of C.B. Kern Thomas Kuhn passed away Feb 27th at age 64. Donations
are being received in his memory. His obituary can be found
2022-02-09 - The Kern Fund's 2021 Annual Report has been posted
will also be mailed to nearly 1,100 individuals.
2022-02-05 - The 2021 year-end numbers are in, and the Fund's balance soared to
$580,099.37!! Thanks to all of our donors! See the
2021 Quarterly Summary Reports page
for additional details.