News & Events
From the Executive Director
Guest blog by RFC Intern, Konah Brownell. "I'm thrilled to be back for a second summer with the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC). If you caught my previous blog from last summer when I began my first internship with the RFC, you already know that I'm a former RFC grant recipient, and this time around, I've taken on a new role within the organization. This summer, I've been diving into the dynamic world of social media, crafting compelling posts and selecting thought-provoking articles to be shared across various platforms. This role has given me a unique window into the RFC's heart and soul, enabling me to grasp their core values on a whole new level..."
This summer felt bookended for me by Camp Kinderland in a way I haven’t experienced since I was a teenager attending the camp. In early July, I attended a visiting day at Kinderland to see my teenage niece, who has been going to camp with her cousin for years, and is now a CIT (counselor in training). And in late August, that same niece arrived for our two week family vacation midway through our time on the Cape, fresh from seven weeks at camp. She was exhausted from busy days and not much sleep and mourning having had to say goodbye to her friends.
As I reflect on this anniversary, I’m struck by how much has changed over the past decade while the core of our work has remained consistent. Since 2013 we launched the Exonerate Ethel campaign, celebrated the RFC’s 25th and 30th anniversaries and went from just under $5 million granted in our history to almost $9 million awarded as of the spring of 2023. We increased our annual granting from $370,000 per year and 150 grants in 2012 to over $410,000 annually and almost 170 grants last year.
My name is Damian, and I'm excited to share my story with you. I'm a Mexican, gay, cis-gender male with learning disabilities, and I've always been passionate about learning new skills and expressing myself through fashion. Right now, I'm on an amazing journey to pursue a college degree and career in social work. These aspects of my identity and interests shape how I see the world and how I want to make a difference in it. One thing that has been truly important on this journey is the incredible support I've received, including grants for tutoring and academic help from the RFC.