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Welcome to The Carl B. Kern Fund, one of over 3,000 funds which make up
The Dayton Foundation,
a non-profit community foundation located
in Dayton, Ohio.
This Fund pays tribute to a person and an institution.
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....
Descriptions of other summer camp funds are on-line, including a
developed by the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Inc. (AGM) (current as of 5/22/2017).
* * News and Announcements * *
2018-11-17 - The Honorary & Memorial Gifts page has been updated.
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.
2017-06-15 - In honor of the Fund's 30 years, it was announced at YMCA Camp Kern's annual
Strawberries and Ice Cream event that the next $30,000 in donations to The Carl B. Kern Fund
received in the next 3 years, excluding estate gifts, will be matched by the Fund's founder,
potentially adding another $60,000 to the Fund's principal. Please check out our
Donor Form, where you have an opportunity to make an
honorary or memorial gift. It was also announced that an estate gift to The Carl B. Kern Fund
in the amount of over $200,000 has been confirmed by The Dayton Foundation, to be received within
the next couple of months. Lastly, a call for new members of the Kern Fund Advisory Board is now
underway to lead The Carl B. Kern Fund for generations to come.
Contact us for additional information.