Camp Kesem (Ann Arbor, MI)


  • Name:Paige Van Kampen

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Kesem
  • Address:PO Box 4133
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(616) 566-0773

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is two-fold: To provide children affected by a parent's cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs, and to empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.

  • Overview:
  • Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that supports kids who have a parent who has or has had cancer. We send these amazing children to a week long summer camp for no cost. There are 1.7 million cancer cases a year that affect individuals and their families. The support is there for grown-ups, but the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients have been overlooked. Simply put: kids are often left to deal with these personal tragedies on their own; and if parents themselves are struggling with illness, their sons and daughters frequently miss the simple joys of childhood.

    Since 2000, Camp Kesem has given children affected by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to just be kids. The ever-expanding Kesem community engages in camp activities like sports, arts and crafts, and drama to give campers a fun-filled week. Campers also participate in “Cabin Chats” with fellow campers and counselors, giving children the chance to share their experiences with each other. There are plenty of laughs and lots of emotional support, but Camp Kesem does not provide therapy. The tremendous fun and support campers experience is what makes Camp Kesem a transformative, magical week for campers and counselors alike.

  • History:
  • Working with Hillel at Stanford, staff member Iris Rave helped four student leaders set up Camp Kesem. The group chose the word Kesem, which means “magic” in Hebrew, because its goal was to bring “magic” to families coping with cancer. Since its inception, Camp Kesem has been open to student leaders and campers of any religion, race or ethnicity. Thanks to the hard work of many student leaders, Camp Kesem at Stanford hosted 37 campers at its first one-week summer camp in 2001.

    Word quickly spread and the Stanford student leaders encouraged their friends at colleges across the country to replicate Camp Kesem in their communities. Based on the success of the Camp Kesem project at Stanford, Iris Rave also founded Camp Kesem National in August 2002 to help college students from coast to coast to start similar programs.

    In 2007, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University created a chapter of Camp Kesem for children in Michigan. By 2010, the chapter had expanded so much that the schools split and created their own separate chapters. The first year alone, the University of Michigan had 74 campers, in 2012 we had 99, and for the upcoming 2013 week we have 125 campers! We have numerous campers anxiously present on our wait list, but 125 is the most amount of beds the camp can offer us. Thus, we are hoping to expand to two separate weeks of camp to be able to provide this magical experience for up to 250 campers from the Southeast Michigan area - but we would need a lot of help in order to make this happen.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:70


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:51-0454157

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510454157
  • Organization Name:CAMP KESEM NATIONAL
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% FANNY WILSON CPA
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 452
  • Organization City:CULVER CITY
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90232-0452
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 2003
  • 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):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:P30
  • Asset Amount:$4,391,512
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$7,707,635
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$7,379,672
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:10:51 pm

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