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The Encampment runs almost entirely on donations from our network of alums, allies, and supporters like you. Your gift to the Encampment makes a world of difference to the Encampment youth, who will bring their increased awareness and commitment to social change back to their homes, schools, workplaces, and community.  

All donations are tax-deductible, and every gift, regardless of the amount, is essential to our work.

Please make your gifts to “Encampment for Citizenship,” the non-profit organization that produces the Encampment.

There are many ways to give:

Donate online

It's easy! It's fast! It's secure! No checks to write, no stamps to buy! We partner with Network for Good so that you know your donation is secure. You can make a one-time donation or become a Sustaining Donor.

Sustainers are a special group of donors who make hassle-free monthly contributions, designed to spread donations into comfortable amounts over time.

Whether $10, $20 or $50 per month, Sustaining Donors help the Encampment maximize support to our youth. Our youth can rely on us because we can rely on you.

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Donate by mail

Checks can be made out to "Encampment for Citizenship" and mailed to:  

Encampment for Citizenship
PO Box 1210
Aptos, CA 95001-1210

Give through your workplace

Many employers make matching gifts. Find out if yours does and double the size of your contribution! Some employers arrange for pre-tax deductions and handle the donation for you to your favorite organization. The Encampment for Citizenship's EIN (Tax ID) number is 30-0694938.

Donate in honor of

Our future is in the hands of today’s young leaders. By making a gift to the Encampment in honor of a friend, colleague, or loved one, you are directly supporting the next generation of engaged and thoughtful leaders committed to creating a more just world. If you make a donation in memory of someone, please contact us and let us know who is being honored and if you would like us to notify the family.

Make a legacy gift

By including a bequest to Encampment for Citizenship in your will, you ensure that we will have the resources to work with youth into the future. In general, an amendment or “codicil” can be added to existing wills, and can be changed at any time. Be sure to include our entire name, “Encampment for Citizenship,” and our address:

Encampment for Citizenship
PO Box 1210
Aptos, CA 95001-1210

Please consult a lawyer if you need legal advice.

Donate to the Jean Somerville Kotkin Memorial Fund

The American Ethical Union's Jean Somerville Kotkin Memorial Fund has been established at the provides support to young people with financial need who wish to attend the Encampment. Jon Kerner (EFC '65) and Beth Kotkin (EFC '69) initiated this fund to both honor their mother and support the Encampment. Jean Somerville Kotkin was the first president of the American Ethical Union and an ardent supporter of the EFC. To donate, send a check (made out to AEU with notation "for EFC-JSK Fund") to:

2 West 64th Street, Suite 406
New York, NY 10023

Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) alum, Jon Kerner (65CA) speaking at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), February 15, 2015.

Andrea and Alan Rabinowitz

A message from former Board Member Andrea Rabinowitz:

I have chosen the Encampment for Citizenship to be a recipient of memorial gifts that celebrate the life of my husband, Alan Rabinowitz.

Alan supported so many wonderful people and their causes; he believed deeply in all of them and that together we can keep our world on course somehow. To pick only one, together we chose a group that touched on all of his concerns: grassroots activism, peace, political involvement, environment, young people, inner healing, and group cooperation.

The Encampment is a summer gathering which teaches Civics and civility, self-empowerment and compassion in the context of a larger whole, intercultural understanding and deep appreciation, and once you have been to the Encampment you are part of a lifelong group of activists and healers.

The Encampment was founded right after World War II and the founders were from deep in my childhood and community. Alan and I were on the board together in the mid-1950s; it was one of the first progressive activities that I brought Alan into as we began our journey together. The Encampment has been revived in the last 5 years and we have worked with Margot Gibney, who found it transformative as a teenager, to continue to offer this life-changing experience to teens from all parts of this wonderful country.

The Encampment is a small tightly run organization and your donation will make a difference to it and to the young people that it inspires.

Lastly, we hope this provides an impetus to get to know this group: it may enrich your life as it has ours, perhaps you will keep an eye on it in the future, or know a teen who might benefit from a summer in their program.

Thank you deeply for any gift you make to them in honor of my beloved Alan.

The Encampment is a project of Encampment for Citizenship.

Encampment for Citizenship is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

We rely on the annual support of many generous individuals, and foundations. Encampment for Citizenship’s  EIN (Tax ID) number is 30-0694938.

If you have any questions about donating, please contact us by phone or email.

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Why I Support the Encampment

"We created our own world of inclusivity and equity where everyone had a say." Chela Blitt, EFC alum, parent and supporter, describes how the EFC helped to set her values as a young person and the importance of supporting young leaders now. Your year-end gift means the Encampment can keep inspiring young leaders and giving them tools to make the world better.

Why We Need the EFC
More Than Ever

Ruvani Perumal

"In 2016, I had the joy of meeting an incredible group of young people who were part of the Encampment summer program. I was blown away by their commitment to social justice, and the program’s commitment to critical thinking and exploring what it means to be a “citizen” as viewed through the various lenses of immigrants, indigenous peoples, people in positions of power, and people marginalized and on the fringes. I became a sustaining donor in 2020 as we saw our society fractured by a pandemic, partisan politics and further disenfranchisement of vulnerable populations. I truly believe we need the Encampment now more than ever to empower young people to redesign their futures to center on critical thought and empathy, and move us toward a more just and equitable society." – Ruvani Perumal, EFC Sustaining Donor

Another Reason to Smile

2013 Encampers on a VCU bus amazon smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Encampment for Citizenship. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same shopping experience you get on, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to an organization you select.

Simply go to, login, and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charity. Select Encampment for Citizenship, then shop! Tip: You can use the search feature to find us quickly.

Putting Our Values Into Action

Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman then and now

I attended the Encampment in 1970 [that's me on the left], and even though that was 50 years ago, I remember it vividly. What a remarkable summer: living in a diverse community with kids from the Bronx and kids from farms in Nebraska, doing community service projects, learning about social justice issues, and putting our values into action. My experience at the Encampment put me on a path to becoming a union organizer, a lawyer and an involved activist. 

The issues we are confronting today are just as critical as the ones we faced that summer long ago, and I am so glad the Encampment continues to guide and inspire young adults to repair our broken world. I make a monthly sustaining contribution — an easy way to donate — because I believe in the Encampment and the teens who attend. Encampment participants are not the leaders of tomorrow. They are the leaders of today.  — Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, EFC White Plains ’70