Camp Sunshine (Decatur, GA)


  • Name:Ms. Sally Hale
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Sunshine
  • Address:1850 Clairmont Road
    Decatur, GA 30033
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:404-325-7979
  • Main fax:404-325-7929

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  • Mission:
  • Since our founding in 1983, the mission of Camp Sunshine has remained the same: to enrich the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through year round educational, recreational and support programs. In 2011 we offered 140 programs over 157 days.

  • Overview:
  • Although childhood cancer is rare, it is estimated that approximately 12,400 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed in the United States each year. The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown. In Georgia, it is estimated that approximately 400 children under the age of 20 will be diagnosed annually. Since the prognosis for children with cancer has improved dramatically during the past 30 years, more attention is being paid to quality of life for these children and their families. Depression, anxiety and isolation are common psychological concerns during treatment, especially in adolescents. Children with cancer require the same opportunities for personal and physical development as other children in order to gain the skills necessary to make the most of their lives, regardless of the outcome of their disease. Programs that are directed at promoting self-confidence, positive self-esteem, and creating a network for peer support, can aid in the child’s adjustment and ultimate recovery.When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is impacted. The physical and emotional pain of the experience overwhelms many people. Spending time with other families who have faced similar challenges and participating in educational and recreational events can have a dramatic and positive influence on their adjustment.Often isolated from their peers due to their illness and the demands of treatment, the children who attend Camp Sunshine programs realize they are not alone in their struggle with cancer. This network of support and guidance through the perilous journey of cancer increase the child’s- and family’s- positive coping and healing. Camp Sunshine has more than 350 volunteers who serve as camp counselors and year-round program volunteers. They are recruited from the community, and most return each year to volunteer their time. About 30% of our volunteers were former campers, now giving of their time to help children who are traveling the same path they once traveled. Camp Sunshine partners with pediatric oncologists and pediatric oncology nurses from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to provide the medical care at the summer camp. Qualified medical personnel are present at all times to perform daily blood tests and to administer chemotherapy and needed treatments. The medical personnel serve as valued members of the Camp Sunshine team throughout the year and a physician and/or nurse attend all Camp Sunshine programs. Camp Sunshine has a strong commitment to quality services. To ensure that its programs are of the highest quality and effectiveness, Camp Sunshine follows a rigorous evaluation process. Attendance at programs is monitored. Participants and volunteers are asked to complete program evaluations, which guide program development. Outcomes, based on overall goals, are measured on campers at summer camp and 98% of 2011 outcome objectives were achieved. The psychosocial and medical teams from participating hospitals are interviewed regularly for their input and evaluation and serve as advisors to our program. The summer camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp Sunshine is a member of the Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International, and Sally Hale currently serves as the President of the association. Our programs are varied in nature and scope, and encompass the entire calendar year. Each summer we offer 2 weeks of summer camp for 400 children, ages 7-18, at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA. This our largest and signature program. Throughout the year we offer: Family Camp Weekends, Teen Retreats, Leadership Development Program in conjunction with the Colorado Outward Bound School, Sibling Retreats and Overnights, Preschool Programs, and 13 regional programs throughout all areas of the state of Georgia. Sunshine 2U is our hospital based program offered at both campuses of Children's Helathcare of Atlanta and held for two weeks each summer and monthly througout the year. We also offer Bereavement Weekends and support sessions for families that have lost a child to cancer. Over the past 30 years, Camp Sunshine has created a community of support, encouragement and hope for the children and families that we serve throughout the state of Georgia.

  • History:
  • This year, Camp Sunshine celebrates its 30th Anniversary Year! Camp Sunshine was founded in 1982 by Dorothy Jordan, a pediatric oncology nurse. It began as a one-week summer camp, and served 44 children at that first camp in 1983. Since that time, we have grown to now offering a year-round schedule of recreational, educational and support programs for children of all ages and their families. Last year, Camp Sunshine served over 850 families with more than 140 programs delivered over 157 days. We anticipate serving even more families this year through our annual programs at the Camp Sunshine House in Decatur, GA, regional programs throughout the state of Georgia, and Sunshine 2U, our hospital based program which we offer monthly at both campuses of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and for two full weeks each summer.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:40
  • Advisory board size:28
  • Staff size:8

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Dorothy Jordan, Founder
    Mo Thrash, Chair, Beth Abernathy, Vice-Chair; Mark Moreland, Past Chair; Mnday Shoulberg; Secretary; Eric Newberg, Treasurer; Craig Anderson, Susan and Cral Bolch, J. Preston Byers, Diane Cassels, Caroline Finnerty, Kathryn Graves, Elizabeth Hale, Sydell Harris, Mary and Neil Johnson, Martin H. Jones, Craig Kaufman, Randall W. Kirsch, Lee Loughran, Glenda and Mark Moreland, C. Read Morton, Thomas Olson, Gary Palgon, Mark C. Pope, IV, Bill Price, ouis Rapkin, Vicki Riedel, Janathan Rodbell, Danielle Rollins, Kristine Rudolph, Billy Schultz, H. Verwray Scott, Michael Siegel, Vernon Buffy Swinehart, Strickland,
    Matt Van Paepeghem
    Stephen B. Bo Wilkins, Anthony Wilson

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Sally Hale, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Sally Hale, Executive Director
    Amy Moosbrugger, Camp Director
    Tenise Fernandez, Program Director; Ann Baker, Program Director; Michele Rothstein, Program Director; Mary Kyle, Development Director;
    Lindsey Monroe, Special Events and PR Coordinator; Chantesea Swain, Development Assistant


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:58-1872217

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:581872217
  • Organization Name:CAMP SUNSHINE INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1850 CLAIRMONT RD
  • Organization City:DECATUR
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30033-3405
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):318
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other recreational activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$9,482,674
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,833,142
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,283,180
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 7:04:01 am

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