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

established 1987

500 Kettering Tower     Dayton, OH 45423     (937) 222-0410     (877) 222-0410     FAX: (937) 222-0636

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Established - Nov 1987

    Fund Agreement [pdf]
    Kuhn Letter to Foundation [pdf]
    Kuhn Letter to Founder [pdf]

Advisory Committee

    By-Laws
    Agendas & Minutes

Finances

    Financial Summaries
    Quarterly Reports
    Honorary & Memorial Gifts
    Distributions
    *** Donor Form ***

Donor Profiles

    Harold Prugh
    Paul Selz

External Links of Interest
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    The Dayton Foundation
    YMCA Camp Kern
    former Friends of Kern, Inc.

* * * * Celebrating 30 Years in 2017! * * * *

Special Announcements!!! - In honor of the Fund's 30 years, the following was announced at YMCA Camp Kern's annual Strawberries and Ice Cream event on June 15th, 2017:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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 which 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.

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 Summer Fund developed by the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Inc. (AGM) (current as of 5/22/2017).  


 

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