Photo of C.B. Kern THE CARL B. KERN FUND
of The Dayton Foundation

established 1987

1401 S. Main Street, Suite 100  *  Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 222-0410  * * *  FAX: (937) 222-0636

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The 2020 Kern Fund distribution check, which is usually presented in June at camp's Strawberries and Ice Cream event, was this year mailed directly to Camp Kern from The Dayton Foundation in mid-April. The $16,000 check was available sooner this year due to an accelerated Dayton Foundation grant schedule, and the Kern Fund Advisory Board wanted camp to have access to these funds as soon as possible, to be used as needed during the special circumstances created by the pandemic.

"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."

- YMCA Camp Kern Executive Director Chris Addison, 4/17/2020

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Welcome to The Carl B. Kern Fund, one of over 3,800 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 distributions.

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.

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".  

When Carl B. Kern established YMCA camping in the Dayton area in 1910, he was continuing a tradition that began 25 years earlier in 1885 with the first YMCA camp, Camp Dudley. A listing of YMCA Camps on the Web by Region will enable you to check into YMCA camps all around the country to see how far YMCA camping has come....

* * News and Announcements * *

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 online and 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.

2020-04-15 - The 2020 distribution in the amount of $16,000 is being sent to Camp Kern early this year because of The Dayton Foundation's accelerated grant processing schedule and the need to provide funds for camp sooner rather than later given the special circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The total amount distributed to Camp Kern on behalf of the Fund since 1989 is now nearly $197,000.

2020-03-03 - The Dayton Foundation logo has been refreshed with its newer version that was unveiled last fall.

2020-02-07 - The Kern Fund's 2019 Annual Report has been posted online.

2020-02-06 - The 2019 final numbers are in - we had a very good year, with an end-of-year balance of $448,961.20!. Additional details are available on the 2019 Quarterly Summary Reports page.

2019-11-20 - A link to page 4 of The Dayton Foundation's 2018-19 Annual Report, which includes some Kern Fund highlights, has been added to the In the News dropdown on the top navigation bar.

2019-11-17 - The Honorary & Memorial Gifts page has been updated.

2019-10-24 -The 'DONATE!' dropdown on the top navigation bar has been replaced with a DONATE! link which displays a page that describes various options/methods to donate.

2019-09-07 - A List of Donations link for the current year has been added to the Finances dropdown for quicker access to this page.

2019-08-23 - The web site header now displays only the new address for The Dayton Foundation which is moving on Monday August 26th and will be back open for business on Tuesday August 27th.

2019-06-13 - A check for $15,000 was presented to Executive Director Chris Addison at YMCA Camp Kern's annual Strawberries and Ice Cream event, raising the total amount distributed to Camp Kern on behalf of the Fund to nearly $181,000.

2019-01-16 - The order of the Financial Summaries display now begins with the current year and goes backwards to 1987.

2019-01-07 - A link to the Fund's Facebook page has been added to the home page.

2019-01-02 - Donations to the Fund will continue to be matched by the Fund's founder through June of this year, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Fund's first distribution check to Camp Kern. Donors can use a printable form or make a credit card donation online.

2018-12-15 - An additional, sortable 'Donors' column has been added to the Financial Summaries report which counts the number of individual donors each year. There have been many years where one individual/entity has made more than one gift.

2018-11-23 - Profiles have been added for Bob Barr and Bob Salisbury.

2018-11-22 - Want a blast from the past from over 20 years ago? An Older News and Archives link has been added to the bottom of this column which reflects some rather old content (from the now-deleted latenews.htm file)!

2018-09-16 - The Financial Summaries report has been updated so that you can click on a column heading to sort the column; click on it again to reverse sort.

2018-09-14 - 'In The News' was added to the top navigation bar, with links to one Camp Kern article and two Foundation articles, including a Good News article just published.

2018-09-03 - The website has been updated so that all of the links formerly found in the lefthand navigation column can now be found in the top gray navigation bar with dropdowns. This allows for more room to display content in the main section under the navigation bar.

2018-06-14 - A check for $10,000 was presented to Executive Director Chris Addison at YMCA Camp Kern's annual Strawberries and Ice Cream event, raising the total amount distributed to Camp Kern on behalf of the Fund to nearly $166,000.

2018-06-10 - All of the first nine Annual Reports of The Carl B. Kern Fund, covering the years 1988 through 1996, have now been scanned and posted on the Financial Summaries page.

2018-06-04 - The Carl B. Kern section has been greatly expanded to include additional historical historical information. Stay tuned for even more updates and links.

2018-06-03 - A new link called Distinct Donor Surnames has been created to display the names of all of the families who have donated to The Carl B. Kern Fund - many of whom have historical ties to the Dayton YMCA and YMCA Camp Kern.



Developed by: Stuart T. Weinberg, MD; Founder, The Carl B. Kern Fund
First placed on the WWW: April 5, 1995