Frequently Asked Questions
updated July 18, 2021
- What is the difference between donating to The Carl B. Kern Fund and contributing directly to YMCA Camp Kern?
Donations to The Carl B. Kern Fund can be considered as investments in the future, helping to build the Fund's principal that
will yield a steady source of distributions to support a variety of YMCA Camp Kern initiatives in perpetuity.
(see how past distributions have been used). Donations to YMCA Camp Kern directly
serve to support specific immediate needs, such as camper scholarships and capital improvements. Both serve distinct,
important functions, and the Kern Fund Advisory Board encourages donors to choose the method of support with which they feel
the most comfortable. Of course, it's possible to donate to both.... 😊
- Are there goals to the existing fundraising efforts for The Carl B. Kern Fund?
The Founder of the Fund would certainly like to see the fund's balance reach $1 million before, in his words, he's "made his
last lanyard, so to speak...". This would result in an annual distribution of around $40,000, which would continue to increase as
the Fund's balance increases. Future goals might be tied to
keeping up with a certain percentage of the operating budget of YMCA Camp Kern, which would then guarantee a steady source
of income that could partially offset unforeseen circumstances.
- If the Dayton YMCA no longer owned YMCA Camp Kern, would this affect The Carl B. Kern Fund's distributions to camp?
No. The Fund Agreement is very specific in stating that distributions go to "the organization responsible for the management
of Camp Kern". If another Y were to take ownership, or if Camp Kern became independent, the distributions would continue
to camp without interruption.
- What would happen to the money in this Fund if YMCA Camp Kern no longer existed?
The Fund Agreement was specifically written to address this scenario. One of the reasons this Fund is named after Carl B. Kern
and not YMCA Camp Kern is that the intention of the Fund is to focus on the legacy of "C.B."'s work with youth through camping
and the outdoors. Should YMCA Camp Kern cease to exist, the Kern Fund Advisory Board
would continue to direct distributions
from the Fund to organizations that closely align to this work, in C.B. Kern's honor, keeping his legacy alive.