Campowerment’s 501(c)(3) partner Give Her Camp, Inc. (FEIN: 81-1407528) provides scholarships to extraordinary women to re-ignite their lives at Campowerment’s camp experiences.
Funded by members of the Campowerment community and brand partners (like One Tough Bitch) — with all overhead donated by the Campowerment Crew — Give Her Camp is a labor of love that’s bridged an opportunity gap for more than 40 re-ignited women since 2016.
How It Works
What YOUR SUPPORT UNLOCKS FOR WOMEN
By providing scholarships to Campowerment experiences, Campowerment X YOU spark possibility for inspiring women.
You fund the scholarships, you nominate the women who have earned the right to a spot at the campfire and tell us why (or you apply if you’re one of them!), then leave the rest to us. Together, we can make real change for not only the women we honor but, exponentially, the people on their re-ignited path.
Interested in opening another woman’s world to the idea of living life in vivid color? Give Her Camp.
IT ALL STARTED WITH “THE BUG JUICE BITCHES”
Beautiful things sometimes take anchor in the eye of the storm. Here’s what we shared with our Campowerment community on September 3, 2015, when we lost one of our own:”Now that you’re part of us, you’ll come to look to Campowerment for happy reminders, uplifting lessons, notes that make you smile; and we love being that for you, but we’d be lying if we told you some of this behind-the-scenes business-building and movement-growing isn’t hard sometimes.
It is hard. It’s worth it, one thousand million times over, but it is sincerely challenging to make decisions that we are sometimes unsure are the right ones, in service of a project that, over time, has become a community…and an actual extension of our family.
But all the obstacles that felt epically huge pale in comparison to the one we, as a community are dealing with today, and that’s the challenge we have writing this love letter about Bunk 4’s Rocky Lima.
Rocky marched into our world via Malibu in November of 2013, coming to camp solo, post round one of kicking Cancer’s a**, and landed in a bunk that came to be known as the “Bug Juice Bitchezzz.” ‘Twas a group that, in full disclosure, first proved to us that we were in the right business.
When they got to Campowerment, the Bitchezzzz were strangers who each came alone, looking to connect to themselves and each other; when they left Campowerment, they were soul sisters, ready to re-assemble as cheerleaders, cross-generational mentors, and absolute lifelines for one another.
And while they love to tell us that Campowerment did that for them, we know better. Campowerment gave them the space, sure, but all that love & friendship: they did that. They planned the reunions that sent them running from multiple states; they wrote the “Heyyy Bitchezzz” emails that kept the positivity alive; they created and all chipped in to a scholarship fund to pay it forward and send other women to Campowerment; they planned the conference calls to wish Rocky strength and spirit when her Cancer came back and kept them out of the hospital room; and they were gracious enough to let us be a part of it all.
It is with extremely heavy hearts that, alongside the Bug Juice Bitchezzz, who drove from all ends of California to Rocky’s bedside last night, we said goodbye to a woman who made us laugh through tears and cry from laughter (’til we peed. Yes, that happened.); a force to be reckoned with on this Earth and wherever she is right now.”
Together, in early 2014, led by Rocky and another bunkmate, The Bug Juice Bitchezzz built our very first (Camper-run) scholarship process, pooling their resources to send a deserving woman to Campowerment. Each of the Bitchezzz got to nominate a friend they thought was worthy of a free ride. We sold them bunk spaces wholesale, then we matched each spot out of pocket with another spot. Through their process, we’ve since sent more than a dozen women to Campowerment, and now we’re legit and run for real…with a 501c3. (That means donations are tax deductible.)
Rocky was our first loss, and unfortunately, not the only one. Both huge. Both from cancer. But the scariest part is: we know that, as this is life, we will love and we will lose and we will love more and we will lose. And that sucks. But the Earth will spin and the flowers will bloom, and so will the friendships that take root at the Happy Place we hope to offer to so many women. And for everyone who takes the risk of loving so big despite inevitable loss somewhere down the line, life will go on, except more enriched, re-ignited, with the best people by their side throughout the journey.
We want to bring more deserving woman in for the good stuff, and so, together, we will Give Her Camp.
- Is my donation tax-deductible?
Sure is! As a 501(c)(3), Give Her Camp is registered as a nonprofit entity (FEIN: 81-1407528). Should you choose to donate, the gals at Give Her Camp will send you a downloadable form you may submit to the IRS.
- To what is my donation applied?
A deserving woman’s time at a Campowerment experience for women. Give Her Camp’s overhead costs are very minimal, covering only what it takes to file tax forms and stay on the scene. Outside of legal and accounting, all services rendered to date have been/are pro-bono.
- What is required of a scholarship recipient?
With the acceptance of a scholarship, every nominee agrees to share the story of how/why she was chosen AND the story of her experience at camp with the community at-large. This means she’s game to write a blog post and provide testimonials to be featured in the organization’s media (videos, pictures, website, etc.).
- When do you pick who will be granted a scholarship?
Give Her Camp’s Board of Directors reviews and deliberates on scholarship nominations and applications each quarter. Scholarship recipients are notified no later than October 15 each year, and we recommend soft-holding dates until then! If your application or nomination does not lead to a scholarship for your nominee/applicant, you will be notified along the same schedule.
- How do you choose who will be granted a scholarship?
Give Her Camp’s board of directors — comprised of power players in philanthropy, international media, travel, and female empowerment — meets quarterly to review the nominees’ stories and vote on who will become scholarship recipients for upcoming women’s camp experiences.
- Can I direct my donation towards one recipient?
If you’re looking to sponsor a specific camper, full sponsorship opportunities do exist. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
- What are the qualities of an ideal scholarship recipient?
Any woman who seeks insight, connection and/or new beginnings and exhibits extraordinary generosity, bravery, compassion, or ambition, among other exemplary traits, would be a strong nominee.
- How do I apply for/nominate someone for a scholarship to a Campowerment’s camp retreat for women?
You can apply for or nominate an extraordinary woman for a scholarship here.
- Who goes to Campowerment’s camp retreats for women?
Our campers range in age from 21* to 83 (for real) and they take planes, trains & automobiles from all ends of the globe (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand). About 45% of them are repeat campers; 55% are first-timers.
Some are top Hollywood executives; others recent college grads; USPS employees; entrepreneurs; police officers; thrill-seekers; full-time moms; first-time managers; bloggers and beyond.
Actually, it’s kind of the best networking on the planet: because nobody** is allowed to say what she does for a living for the first 24 hours, so we get real personal, real quick! Will you fit in? Yes: promise.
*All campers must be 21 of age or older
**Except the experts