The Foundation for Camp Max Straus

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“I really credit Camp Max Straus for changing my life when I was 8 and 9 years old and really who knew what direction my life would take. The Foundation for Camp Max Straus’ purpose is to make sure the camp is here forever!”
Sandy Sigal, VP of the Foundation for Camp Max Straus and former camper

About FCMS

The Foundation for Camp Max Straus was established in 1962 to ensure perpetual operational funding for Camp Max Straus. Camp Max Straus is a non-denominational, residential summer camp operated by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and is located on 112 beautiful acres in the Verdugo Hills of Glendale.

Thanks in part to The Foundation for Camp Max Straus, more than 50,000 underserved children have benefited from attending Camp Max Straus and its existence ensures that the camp will remain open for many generations to come.

The Foundation for Camp Max Straus is a California benefit nonprofit corporation with its own 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation operates as a restricted endowment fund with approved monthly allocations used to keep Camp Max Straus operating. Camp programs are then funded through the Foundation’s efforts including an annual Brunch and Family Day held each November.

For more information on The Foundation for Camp Max Straus, please contact Laurie Feldman at (323) 456-1147 or email

Brunch and Family Day 2014 Recap

More than 180 guests, including 50 children, joined us on Sunday September 14th.  Thanks to their support, an amazing committee and our honorees Gail and Lee Silver, the Foundation for Camp Max Straus raised more than $305,000 (net).  Highlights included a brief history of Camp Max Straus, including slides dating back to 1938 when it was established.  Guests were also treated to a conversation with a current 12 year old camper, a scholarship recipient and employee of Camp Max Straus, and a mother of 7 children who all attended Camp Max Straus.